I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost
Published by Crooked Lane Books on October 10th 2017
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Also by this author: 'Twas the Knife Before Christmas
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.
“I have two cups of Santa’s cinnamon tea, one spicy apple cider, and a peppermint twist hot cocoa,” I said, setting the mugs on the table surrounded by rosy-cheeked women wearing matching holiday sweaters.
Here is what I thought
Twelve Slays of Christmas was a whimsical, fun-filled cozy mystery that even this Scrooge enjoyed the Christmas filled pages!
This is the first in a new series and I for one can’t wait until I can get my hands on another one! Holly has had her heart crushed as she was suppose to be getting ready for her wedding during the countdown to Christmas but instead the wedding is off and she is helping out her parents.
Holly doesn’t mind helping her family and coming home to Mistletoe has really helped her out a lot. It’s nice being around family and Reindeer Games her parents tree farm that has a cafe and a host of fun games to countdown to Christmas. It’s a big attraction so when someone is murdered on their property it almost ruins their livelihood because these twelve days is what really helps them make money to last most of the year.
Since it happened on their property Sheriff Evan Gray has to shut them down till he can sweep the property and is learning that Reindeer Games is a big part of the town. Holly is not happy with the new sheriff and decides to take matters into her own hand and find him a suspect beyond her family and those who work there. She starts asking a few questions in town and next thing you know she is being targeted by the killer. The sheriff has his hands full with Holly because even though she is scared she can’t help but be a bit curious about things.
I really liked Holly and thought she was a pretty realistic character, she was nosy and wanted to know why the older lady was so cranky, etc. When she is threatened she got scared, she didn’t hide it she told the sheriff, and she still snooped even though she was scared because she was curious. She wanted to get the gloomy cloud off her parents tree farm and she wanted justice for the older lady. She got panic attacks from thinking someone was watching, etc. She didn’t pretend to be real tough and hide a lot of things from the sheriff. I wouldn’t mind that sheriff coming to my rescue either and I think he might be a nice way for her to forget all about her ex-fiance. 🙂 It has a lot of great secondary characters from her parents to Cookie! I love Cookie she cracks me up.
It has a pretty decent mystery and I had two main suspects and one didn’t stand out as the real culprit till close to the end and I think I was figuring things out just a bit before the MC did.
Overall, I really thought it was an enjoyable and fun Christmas cozy and you need to grab it up if you enjoy cozy mysteries!