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: Karen, 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 Karen'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 Karen 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 Karen'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.
About the Author
Jacqueline Frost is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Jacqueline is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC).
Praise for Slashing Through the Snow: “Wholesome as the Christmas Tree Farm, with a little humor as a bow." —Kirkus Reviews
“The characters are vibrant and endearing and the mystery is multifaceted...would recommend it to anyone who loves cozies.” —Seattle Book Review
“Filled with fun, quirky local characters and a fun murder-mystery.” —Red Carpet Crash
“Like watching a Hallmark movie in your head.” —Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
Praise for the Christmas Tree Farm Mysteries: "A charming holiday cozy, filled with mystery and mistletoe, romance and reindeer, and a memorable heroine you’ll be cheering on. A festive mystery sure to delight cozy fans." —Sally Goldenbaum, USA Today bestselling author of the Seaside Knitters Society mysteries
“A memorable adventure filled with Christmas spirit to warm your heart." —Duffy Brown, national bestselling author of Demise in Denim
"Guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit, no matter what the time of year. The story, the characters, and the setting bubble with Christmas charm." —Vicki Delany, national bestselling author of the Year Round Christmas mysteries
"A merry mix of mistletoe and murder! Jacqueline Frost works some Christmas magic." —Erika Chase, national bestselling author of the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries
"A sparkling, page-turning debut mystery...Climb aboard a sleigh and hang on for an adventure-filled ride. Two thumbs’ up for Twelve Slays of Christmas." —Christine Husom, bestselling author of the Snow Globe Shop mysteries
“Readers will love spending time with Holly and all the other quirky, endearing characters in Mistletoe, Maine, a crisp winter setting decked out in history, tradition, and small town Christmas charm!” —Barbara Early, author of Death of a Toy Soldier
"A lively and festive cozy series, introducing an appealing protagonist and charming Maine setting. Fans of Vicki Delany's Year-Round Christmas Mystery titles will enjoy." —Library Journal
“Cozy fans with a sweet tooth will be in heaven.” —Publishers Weekly
“Full of Christmas cheer, punning names of places and characters, and several Santas who play a major role.” —Kirkus Reviews
“All the warm and fuzzy merriment of the holidays, with charming characters, an idealistic setting, and murder.” —San Francisco Book Review, five-star review