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Title: Mrs. Claus and the Evil Elves
Author: Liz Ireland
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2022
Page Count: 296
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Jessica Fletcher meets Tim Burton in this creative and witty cozy mystery series from Liz Ireland, filled with unconventional characters, year-round Christmas cheer, and a unique heroine who’s married to the real-life Santa Claus!
April Claus has grown to love her new North Pole home almost as much as she loves her husband, Nick—Santa himself. But even in Christmastown, the holidays can be murder . . .
April Claus is getting an early gift for her second Christmas in Santaland. Her dear friend, Claire, is visiting from Oregon, and April hopes to show off her adoptive country at its cozy, glittering best. But when the annual ice sculpture contest is derailed by a kamikaze drone-deer, it’s just the first in a series of un-festive events . . .
Drone-deer, created by inventor elf Blinky Brightlow, are none too popular with the genuine, flesh-and-hoof kind, who are currently on strike. With no reindeer games to keep them in shape, Nick worries they may get too chunky to pull his sleigh come Christmas. Now Blinky is missing, his girlfriend, Juniper, is under suspicion, and between rogue reindeer and conniving elves, all of Santaland seems to have gone sugarplum-crazy. Add a dash of murder to the mix, and suddenly April is battling not just to clear Juniper’s name, but to save herself from being put on ice—permanently . . .
Mrs. Claus and the Evil Elves by Liz Ireland is the third book in the cozy Mrs. Claus series. As with most cozy mystery series each book in the Mrs. Claus series features it’s own mystery that will be fully solved with that book so they can each be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. There will be some character development that carries over from book to book though for those that follow the series from the beginning.
April Claus was just a regular woman living in the United States when she met Nick, the man she just knew she’d be spending the rest of her life with. What April didn’t know or suspect at the time was that the wonderful Nick she was going to marry was none other than THE Santa Claus. After marrying Nick April found herself moving to Christmastown in Santaland at the North Pole and living among elves with Christmas celebrated year round.
It’s coming up quickly on April’s second Christmas in Santaland and she’s hoping that this holiday season will go better than the last. April has her friend, Claire, visiting from April’s hometown of Oregon and hopes only to showcase Christmastown in it’s glittery festive best but things do not go to plan during the annual ice sculpture contest and April quickly finds herself investigating yet another incident this holiday season.
Liz Ireland’s Mrs. Claus series is the type of cozy that will have the reader laughing out loud from the beginning to end. The characters are of course are everything you would think you would find in Santa’s village and get up to the craziest antics to create havoc for April to untangle in each read and this third installment wasn’t any different in it’s quirky craziness. Definitely one that I enjoy returning to with each new book in the series.
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About the author:
Liz Ireland, author of the Mrs. Claus cozy mystery series, has written over forty works of romance, women’s fiction, and mystery. She also publishes under the names Elizabeth Bass and Liz Freeland. Originally from the United States, she now lives on beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia.