When Holly White’s fiance cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime–exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society Margaret Fenwick is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly’s family tree farm.
When the murder weapon is revealed as one of the wooden stakes used to identify trees on the farm, Sheriff Evan Grey turns to Holly’s father, Bud, and the Reindeer Games staff. And it doesn’t help that Bud and the reindeer keeper were each seen arguing with Margaret just before her death. But Holly knows her father, and is determined to exonerate him. The jingle bells are ringing, the clock is ticking, and if Holly doesn’t watch out, she’ll end up on Santa’s naughty list in Twelve Slays of Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s jolly series debut.
3.5 out of 5 stars
|Twelve Slays of Christmas is a promising start to a new series! The idea for a Christmas Tree farm for the setting was something that I have never read before and it was really fun to explore. It is such a unique idea for a series. I really liked the idea behind the Reindeer Games hosted on the tree farm leading up to Christmas. All of the games were creative and sounded like a lot of fun to play. I kind of wish there was something like that where I live! This was the perfect book to get me in the mood for the holiday season.
I enjoyed the characters in this book. Cookie and Caroline were very likable side characters. I hope we get to see more of them in the next book. Holly was a likable character for the most part and I enjoyed learning about her and her family members. There were instances where I noticed that Holly is a lot like the lead female in the author’s other series, the Kitty Couture mysteries, in that she could be a little over the top and dramatic at times. I liked Sheriff Gray as well. I appreciated that instead of focusing on one person as a suspect, he considered all options.
The mystery kept my attention and I was second guessing myself about my suspicions on who the killer was. My suspicion kept bouncing from person to person and I wasn’t able to figure it out, so the reveal was a shocker! The killer wasn’t who I expected it to be.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.