‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas (A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #2) by Jacqueline Frost @crookedlanebks #bookreview #mystery

Title: ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas

Author: Jacqueline Frost

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

Page Count: 309

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

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 a larger-than-life candy bowl filled with peppermints on the town square, 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, a custom kitchen knife, engraved with Caroline’s initials was found with him.

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 a personal stalker dressed as Santa Claus, 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.

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‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas by Jacqueline Frost is the second book of the cozy A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series. Each book in the series has it’s own mystery to be solved so they can be understood as a standalone. However, the characters do return from the first book so there is a bit of character building carried over from book to book.

In the first book of the series Holly White had returned back home to her parents Christmas Tree farm in Mistletoe, Maine after her fiance had broken up with her two weeks before their wedding. After jumping in and helping her parents to take her mind off of her troubles Holly had begun to feel at home again and decided to stay in Mistletoe.

Now a year later Holly has made plenty of friends in the small town and has a slight love interest in her life with things going well for her and her parents business. However when a body is discovered that Holly’s friend Caroline had been seen fighting with the night before along with her monogrammed knife Holly finds herself again looking to find a killer to clear her friend’s name.

A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series is definitely one for those that absolutely adore the Christmas holiday. Each book is just filled to the brim with holiday goodness from the events going on to Holly’s pet cat, Cindy Lou Who. As silly as some may seem it never fails to put a smile on my face and buried within all of the over the top holiday happenings there’s also a pretty solid mystery to solve to keep readers guessing and turning the pages. Can’t wait to see what happens next to Holly and the residents of Mistletoe.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

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 and Sisters in Crime.

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