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.'Twas the Knife Before Christmas by Jacqueline Frost
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Also by this author: Twelve Slays of Christmas
A Christmas delight, ’Twas the Knife Before Christmas will charm the stockings off readers of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier.
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.
“Less than two weeks until Christmas-can you believe it?” I asked my friends Cookie and Caroline before sinking my teeth into another bite of creamy vanilla cupcake therapy.
Here is what I thought
I really loved this cozy thought it was kind of hard getting into the groove at first because a whole year has went by since the last book as this series seems to just be a Christmas only series. So some things happened during that year and it took me little bit to wrap my head about things like Evan and Holly and how they seem to be at odds when the last book ended with such a sweet ending. Other than that everything was great!
It’s getting close to Christmas and so Reindeer Games is busy getting ready for all the fun events that go on during the holiday season. Holly is pretty busy with her new business of making jewelry but also helping at the Hearth and with the games. Her friend Caroline’s business has take off thanks to Cookies investments and everything seems to be going pretty good. All but the funny way that Evan has been acting.
Things turn bad pretty quick when the guy that Caroline was seen having a public argument with on camera is found dead in the huge candy jar in town. All the evidence is pointing to Caroline but Holly knows she didn’t do it and bumps heads with Evan about it. Evan wants her to stay out of things but she won’t let her friend go to jail. This puts her on the killers radar and she starts getting threatening letters along with some peppermint candies.
I really enjoyed the Santa like character that was the contractor working on the Inn. It really added a nice Christmas touch!
This series is just so whimsical and it really would make a fantastic Christmas mystery for Hallmark! I love Holly she is a great character even though she is a bit to gungho about chasing after a killer and doesn’t think sometimes. All the side characters are great from Her parents to her friends and all those that hang out at the Hearth.
It had a really good mystery and I had a hard time figuring it out, there was a few good red herrings to throw me off so that I was kind of surprised but not really when the killer is revealed.
I highly recommend this series! The first book came out last year called Twelve Slays of Christmas!! Just love these titles!