Review – ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas by Jacqueline Frost


It’s out of the cupcake tin, into the fire for Holly White’s best friend, Caroline. Can Holly clear Caroline’s name in time to go caroling?

When a body turns up in the dumpster behind Caroline’s Cupcakes, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend Caroline is the main suspect. Everyone in town, including Mistletoe, Maine’s sheriff, saw Caroline fighting with the victim on the night of his death. Worse, Caroline’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, a custom-designed marble rolling pin.

Now, just ten days before Christmas, Holly’s up to her jingle bells in holiday shenanigans and in desperate need of a miracle. Juggling extra shifts at her family’s Christmas tree farm and making enough gingerbread jewelry to satisfy the crowd is already more than she can handle—and now she has to find time to clear her best friend of murder. Add in her budding relationship with the sheriff, and run-ins with an ex-fiancé looking to make amends, and Holly’s ready to fly south until springtime.

But her Sherpa-lined mittens come off when Caroline is taken into custody. Can Holly wrap up the case in time for Christmas…even after she gains the true killer’s attention? Find out in ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s second pine-scented Christmas Tree Farm mystery.


My Review
4 out of 5 stars

What better way to close out the Christmas season than with another Christmas read, right? It was so nice catching up with Holly and the other residents of Mistletoe, Maine. I loved getting more of Ray, Caroline, Cookie, and of course, Evan.

The mystery in this book was really interesting so I just flew through it once I started reading. I put the book down a couple times to do other things but ended up coming right back to it a little while later. I needed to know what was going to happen next! The suspense in this book was a lot higher than in the last one. I was truly stumped when it came to the killer. My suspicion kept bouncing back and forth and I was surprised when the reveal came.

It warmed my heart that there was a little hint of Christmas magic and miracles at the end of this book. I also swooned constantly over Evan and Holly. I really hope there will be another book in this series – I’m not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet! 


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Jacqueline Frost is a pseudonym for author Julie Ann Lindsey.

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