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.Slashing Through the Snow by Jacqueline Frost
Series: Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #3
Genres: Mystery, Cozy
Published by Crooked Lane Books on October 12, 2021
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Also by this author: Twelve Slays of Christmas, 'Twas the Knife Before Christmas
Maine innkeeper Holly White returns to sleuth another seasonal slaying in the third Christmas Tree Farm mystery from bestselling author Jacqueline Frost.
Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farm is going into the B&B business, and Holly White is looking forward to her new role as innkeeper. Even better, Mistletoe, Maine's sheriff, Evan Gray, has deputized his little sister Libby to help Holly wrap presents for Mistletoe's toy drive. But a cold wind ruffles the cheery holiday decorations when a new guest checks in: Cleo, a vicious B&B critic, who could make or break the new inn. And the short December days turn even darker when Evan and Libby find Cleo's dead body in the gift-wrapped toy donation box.
The suspect list is longer than Santa's naughty list, and local resident Cookie is on it, since her fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, a metal nutcracker that she gave to Holly. So is Libby, who recently moved to town from Boston in less-than-savory circumstances. But cranky Cleo was an oh-holy-nightmare to lots of the townsfolk, such as Evan's reporter friend Ray; Christopher, the inn's former contractor; and confectioner Bonnie, whose Gum Drop Shop was a direct target of Cleo's scathing prose.
To figure out the killer's identity and clear Cookie's name, Holly and her friends brainstorm at The Hearth, the farm's café, while her mother keeps them fueled with Christmas goodies fresh from the oven. But if they can't put the culprit on ice, Holly may never see another Christmas.
The computer with my CAWPILE rating stuff on it wouldn’t turn on, so until I can create my graphic on my laptop I am graphicless!! 🙁
CAWPILE RATING – 9.14 5 STARS!
Barb and I have been waiting around two years for this book to come out! I was so afraid the author had abandoned the series at two books, but she can’t help what he publishers do! I was so excited when I asked her if she was going to be making another in this series and she said yes, so patiently we waited. 🙂 After you read my review go see what Barb @ Booker T’s Farm thought about it.
Here is what I thought
The wait is finally over and we finally get a new Christmas Tree Farm book!! I was so excited I couldn’t wait any longer to read this book.
It’s Christmas time once again in Mistletoe and Holly White is very happy with how things are going. Her family who ones Reindeer Games, a Christmas Tree Farm, have opened an Inn and Holly is now running it for them, she has also volunteered to wrap all the presents for the toy drive that Christopher is putting on. She didn’t realize the amount of toys that would be donated! The only real damper to the festive time is a critic for a fancy New England magazine has checked in and it doesn’t seem like anything Holly does can make her happy.
While Holly and her older friend Cookie was talking, Cookie makes a remark about someone clubbing her over the head with the nutcracker she had gotten Holly. Then it happens and Cookie is a suspect and so of course Holly will do about anything to prove her friend didn’t commit the crime. No matter how much her Sheriff boyfriend tries to talk her out of things because he worries about her safety.
I really love the town of Mistletoe even if it seems a little to good to be true! It has an amazing bunch of people living there and everyone is just so friendly. None of the regulars believes Cookie had anything to do with the murder and so she has a great group of friend rallying around her. The events at Reindeer Games are off the chart and sound so fun, if I was to ever vacation in a cold place I want it to be a place like this!
As I am sure you know I love the characters in this story! I love Holly, Evan, Holly’s parents, Cookie, Caroline, Ray and many others! They are just so loveable even when I want to smack Holly at sometimes for snooping when she tells Evan she isn’t, etc.
The set up for this story almost had me worried that the mystery was going to be to easy to solve. I mean you knew right of the bat that Karen was dying and that Cookie was going to be in trouble and what the murder weapon was going to be. There was some other things that made me worried that I might not enjoy this one as much if it went the way I thought it might be headed. I am happy to say though I totally didn’t guess the killer and it had a twist I didn’t see coming! I am really happy with this because I love this series and didn’t want to be disppointed by to easy of a plot!
I would highly recommend this cozy series and it is just so whimsical and cozy and a great holiday cozy!