Twelve Slays of Christmas: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery

Twelve Slays of Christmas: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery

by Jacqueline Frost

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ISBN-13: 9781683318071
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 45,532
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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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).

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Twelve Slays of Christmas: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
BookLovinMama75 More than 1 year ago
We are introduced to Holly at the Hearth, the café at her family’s tree farm. She had unexpectedly returned home just a few days before what should have been her Christmas Eve wedding. As she is preparing to celebrate the holidays with her family, Margaret Fenwick is found murdered and Holly’s dad is suspected of the murder. Holly sets out to remove suspicion from those around her, her father as well as the employees at the farm. The more I learned about Mistletoe, Maine, the more I wanted to visit myself to celebrate the Christmas season! The holiday spirit jumped off of the pages. I enjoyed that there was just a bit of romance between Holly and the sheriff, but more importantly that it didn’t feel forced. The characters were likeable. So much so, that you didn’t want any of them to be the “one who did it”. The author also did a great job of setting the stage for the upcoming holidays. I look forward to additional books in this series!
brookeblogs More than 1 year ago
Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost is the perfect Christmas cozy mystery. I was so excited to read it this time of year for review. After a break-up, Holly White heads home to Mistletoe, Maine to work at her family's Christmas tree farm. She needs the comfort of home and it's the perfect time of year to be there, with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. However, not long after she arrives home, one of the town's least liked citizens ends up murdered. Holly's family and friends make up the suspect list, and she works to figure out who the real killer is. Holly was a great main character. She was smart and easy to relate to, which made it a joy to follow along with her story. I totally loved the setting of Mistletoe, Maine. It sounded like the ideal place to spend the Christmas season. The author does a wonderful job of painting a picture of this town and all its festivities. This book had me itching to put my Christmas tree up, and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa with a candy cane stirrer. Five stars from me for sure! I am voluntarily sharing my honest review of this book and my opinion is not influenced in any way. I received a copy of the book.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Jacqueline Frosts’ Twelve Slays of Christmas Twelve Days before Christmas is the big money making event at the Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farm in the historic town of Mistletoe, Maine. The farm has been in the White family for generations. Holly White comes home to the farm after her fiancé cancels their wedding planned for Christmas Eve. She starts helping her parents at the farm. Will the magic of Christmas, make her forget her hurt and woes and get back to being the former happy, creative Holly? Margaret Fenwick who is president of the Mistletoe Historical Society, is busy running around town enforcing minuscule regulations. She comes to Reindeer Farm then has an argument with Holly’s father, Bud. Later Holly discovers Margaret bludgeon to death with a wooden stake use to mark trees at the farm. Margaret’s body was in one of the farm’s sleighs. When Sheriff Evan Grey seems to have Bud as his main suspect, Holly begins her own investigation. Despite several warnings and threats to her family to back off from sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong, she ploughs ahead until death is at her door. How will she escape in the cold, snow covered tree farm or will she end up frozen to death? This was an exciting Christmas read. The description was deftly woven into the story. You could feel the cold, smell the fir trees, enjoy the games played, taste the cookies and cupcakes plus take a sleigh ride. There was a myriad of well fleshed, colorful, well rounded, well developed and three dimensional characters. The White family is close knit and always happy to help each other out when needed. They were always open to help workers, customers, neighbors and town people. A very well plotted mystery adventure with plenty of twists and turns. An exciting, captivating story with Christmas magic abounding throughout the book. I volunteered to read Twelve Slay’s of Christmas. Thanks to the author and publisher via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a charming Christmas read, perfect for getting into the holiday spirit TWELVE SLAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Jacqueline Frost The First Christmas Tree Farm Mystery Holly White has returned home to Mistletoe, Maine, but not for her Christmas Eve wedding. Confident that she actually dodged a bullet when her fiance left her for a yoga instructor, Holly is throwing herself into the Reindeer Game festivities at her family's Christmas tree farm. But when the president of the historical society, who had been wreaking havoc with several residents including Holly's dad, winds up murdered at the farm Holly finds she has more on her plate than Christmas cookies! Holly needs to get the farm back in business after it's closed to the public as a crime scene and decides to show that good looking sheriff that there are much better suspects than her family and the farm's employees. Reindeer Games Tree Farm is a magical place for a mystery. Filled with winter traditions and all the Christmas trimmings, reading this book made me want to snuggle by the Christmas tree and drink some of Cookie's special tea...even though my tree isn't up yet! Despite the joy to be found at the farm, there's also a killer on the loose adding fear and suspicion. I appreciate the fact that Holly visibly reacts to the threats and scary occurrences with realistic emotions. She's affected and struggles to deal with what has happened, but doesn't let it stop her from trying to find the killer. TWELVE SLAYS OF CHRISTMAS is a charming Christmas read, perfect for getting into the holiday spirit. I can easily picture it transformed into film and watching it on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel! It's a perfect holiday blend of mystery and romance with enough chills to be exciting and the right amount of sweetness to make you smile. The first Christmas Tree Mystery is a feel good story flavored with the joy of Christmastime as well as a good mystery! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
After her fiancé leaves her for someone else just two weeks before their Christmas Eve wedding, Holly White packs up and moves back home to her parent’s Christmas Tree Farm in Historic Mistletoe, Maine. Her timing couldn’t be better as she arrives just in time to help with the busiest time of the year on the farm as the annual Reindeer Games are set to begin and brings in visitors from all around to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with tons of games, activities, and festivities. Shortly after her arrival Holly finds that the head of the Mistletoe Historical Society, Margaret Fenwick, has been handing out fines to local business that have not adhered to the strict guidelines for keeping things historically accurate in Mistletoe. After Margaret delivers a fine to her Father, Bud, and they have a heated exchange, Margaret turns up dead. Holly knows her father is a big teddy bear and would never hurt anyone, so she sets out to find the true murderer and clear her father’s name…and clear the farm from being the scene of a murder investigation and let the reindeer games begin! Along the way she her personal safety, and that of her family, is threatened, she has to share the news of her broken wedding plans with well wishers, decide where she wants to live and how she will support herself moving forward, and mend her broken heart. It’s a tall order for a debut book and Jacqueline Frost delivers! There are a lot of well developed characters in story: Cookie, Sheriff Evan Grey, and Cindi Lou Who, just to name a few. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book to review and I can’t wait to spend time with them all in the next book as well as check out some of the author’s other series.
Lynette381 More than 1 year ago
What a great book this was! I loved the Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost. It was a nice break from the other books I have been reading, and it was just what I needed to get myself in the mood for the holidays. I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review, and I found myself wishing at the end that there were more in this series. Holly White just can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble…from her broken engagement to the general mishaps that keep occurring on the Christmas tree farm. She finds herself in some precarious predicaments, but always manages to get out in time. I love the underlying romantic tones that Frost included, but my favorite part of the book is the comradery that Holly has with the characters in the book. Cookie is by far my favorite character, and if I didn’t know any better, would be making a trip to Mistletoe, Maine to visit this place myself. It sounds so quaint and magical and exciting all at once. I wonder though how future books in the series (and hopefully there will be more!) will work since it can’t be Christmas year round. Overall, I found myself flying through the pages, trying to figure out whodunit. I was pretty sure I had it figured out, and then when I realized who it was, I can’t say it took me by surprise, but I had a hard time believing it. I would definitely recommend this to a friend or family member and look forward to finding other books by Frost. Thank you!
Anonymous 14 days ago
Loved the mystery, will keep Jacqueline Frost’s name so I can read all of her books.
GratefulGrandma 5 months ago
This is not only the first book in a new cozy mystery series, but the author's debut. She did a wonderful job with the mystery as well as the magical and cozy setting of Mistletoe Maine. Holly White returns home to Mistletoe after her fiance breaks off their engagement for another woman. Holly is sure that the family business, Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farm, will be just what she needs to heal her broken heart and put her life back together. It is almost Christmas, so keeping busy is also on Holly's agenda. The Twelve Day of Reindeer Games at the farm, plus cookies and hot cocoa, are really packing in the tourists and locals. All is going well, until Margaret Fenwick. the head of the Historical Society, shows up with citations for Holly's father for not adhering to the historical code of the town. When Holly finds Margaret beaten to death, her body gruesomely stuffed into the Reindeer Games sleigh display the owners and staff at the tree farm immediately become suspects. Holly's father, Bud, was seen arguing with the annoying woman just before her death, making him look like a strong suspect. Holly knows her dad is not a killer, so in true cozy fashion, she is on the case to clear her father and find the murderer. I love cozy mysteries as well as Christmas stories, so this combination was a winner for me. The background theme of a Christmas tree farm and all the holiday events really added to the plot of the book. The mystery was well paced with several suspects and some red herrings. I really enjoyed Holly as the protagonist. She is dealing with personal issues, but puts that aside to help her family. She is smart and intuitive, as well as having a sense of humor and being a bit sassy. She did get herself into trouble a couple of times due to her sleuthing, but luckily for her, the new sheriff in town was there to make sure she was okay. The secondary characters were all well-written and added to the story and atmosphere. It looks like there will be some romance in the upcoming books in this series, and I am looking forward to seeing where that goes. I like that Holly designs jewellery and will be able to stay for awhile in Mistletoe using her artistic business as an income to see if she can make a living at it. A fun story and especially a fun Christmas Caper. 4.5 Stars, rounded up to 5. The publisher, Crooked Lane Books, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas, and opinions shared are my own.
ReadYourWrites 5 months ago
Jacqueline Frost aka Julie Chase is a new to me author. The cover for Twelve Slays of Christmas is what first caught my attention. The blurb had me wanting to read the book. I never expected to fall in love with Twelve Slays of Christmas so hard or so fast. Jacqueline made me want to visit Mistletoe, Maine and Reindeer Games Tree Farm. Her descriptions of the town and properties made it very easy to visualize everything happening. Three days after her cheating ex-fiancé called off their Christmas Eve wedding, twenty-six-year-old Holly White finds herself back in Mistletoe helping out at her parent’s Christmas tree farm. While waitressing at the Hearth (the tree farm’s cafe), Holly overhears Paula from the maple farm next door complaining about Margaret Fenwick, the president of the Mistletoe Historical Society. It seems as of late, Margaret has been hounding various people in Mistletoe in order to make sure their businesses are up to code and Historical Society’s standards. Some of those people include Holly’s own father, Bud, who has a very public argument with Margaret. When Margaret is found dead moments later, the police suspect Bud may be involved. From the very beginning, I loved Twelve Slays of Christmas. I loved the characters of Holly, her parents, outrageously funny Cookie, Holly’s friend Caroline, and especially Sheriff Evan Gray. Jacqueline has written a story that encompasses Christmas, with fun events and yummy snacks. The mystery was great. In fact, I was completely surprised by the who and why. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. **Received a copy of the book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect cozy mystery to get you in the Holiday Mood. Holly White has returned home to Mistletoe, Maine after cancelling her wedding. Her parents own and operate Reindeer Games a Christmas Tree Farm. There are twelve days until Christmas and the Reindeer Games are getting ready to begin. The head of the local Historic Society has been causing trouble all over town. When her body is found on the farm Holly sets out to solve the murder. The local Sheriff is a transplant from Boston who is determined to solve the murder and keep Holly safe. The mystery was good, lots of suspects and red herrings, and the solution made sense. The town and characters are a lot of fun. There is a lot of Christmas, Cookies and Hot Chocolate. Enjoy
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book. The names of events to shops from the description of the town and Hearth to the cats name! Loved it. If you want a Christmas cozy, look no more. It's also a unique cozy too.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost is the first book in A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series. Holly White has returned home to Mistletoe, Maine and her parents Reindeer Games Tree Farm. Her fiancé, Ben called off their wedding. Margaret Fenwick, head of the Mistletoe Historical Society, has been causing havoc around town with her tickets and demands. Margaret’s reign of terror comes to end when she is found dead in the snow. Sheriff Evan Gray arrives and closes the tree farm. Margaret was killed with one of the tree farm’s wooden candy cane tree markers for the trees which were last seen in Bud White’s (Holly’s father) possession. Holly’s family relies on the income from these weeks prior to Christmas to live on the rest of the year. Holly sets out to find Margaret’s killer and get Reindeer Games Tree Farm reopened (prove her father’s innocence). The killer, though, is unhappy with Holly’s investigation and sets out to dissuade her. Can Holly prove her father’s innocence and get the tree farm reopened? Or will Holly become the killer’s next victim? Twelve Slays of Christmas is a cute story. I found it easy to read with a nice writing style and good pace. I liked the characters but they were not fully fleshed out. The author left out details such as people first or last names (we may be given one but not the other). Twelve Slays of Christmas is more cozy than mystery. I liked the descriptions of the tree farm, café, craft store and the reindeer games. Christmas is a wonderful over-the-top event in this town. I am still not sure who owns the craft store (the person who runs it or is it part of the tree farm). My rating for Twelve Slays of Christmas is 3 out of 5 stars. I wish the mystery had been more dynamic. I found it simple with a limited suspect list. I enjoyed the descriptions of Holly’s jewelry designs and how she created them. I was surprised with the romantic element in the story considering that Holly was going to be married in two weeks. I did, though, like her love interest—Sheriff Evan Gray. Twelve Slays of Christmas will put you in the mood for Christmas.
Missisue4 More than 1 year ago
There is SO much about Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost to LOVE....unless you are the Grinch that is !! First you are in a town called Mistletoe hainging out at a tree farm, Reindeer Games, with Holly White and her cat Cindy Lou Who....have I grabbed your interest yet ?? How about Holly moves back home a few weeks before Christmas when Reindeer Games is in full Christmas mode? It's like you can smell all the yumy treats her mom is making. Yes I almost forgot there is a murder that occurs and the victim happens to be a "Grinch" herself. Even though Margaret is the President of the Mistletoe Historical Society, she is a thorn in everyone's side. And when Holly finds her dead body on a sleigh on the property and the murder weapon is a stake used to mark trees on the farm, Holly buts heads with the town Sheriff trying to solve the case and save her family's legacy. It doesn't matter where you are and what time of the year it is when you read Twelve Slays of Christmas (I was on the beach in Florida in October), it is guaranteed to put you in the holiday season. You will be longing for cocoa and snickledoodles in no time. Like I said there is so much to like within this story....It is sure to put you in a good mood. Even with the murder and the town on edge, there is a determined Sheriff who will do everything he can to protect his town and find justice. The relationships in the story will draw at your heartstrings....from Holly and her parents to the friendships Holly has with old family friend Cookie and re-acquainted school friend Caroline, the way the entire town sticks together and let's not forget the new sparkly relationship between Holly and the Sheriff. I am a HUGE fan of Jacqueline Frost and her other series Kitty Couture Mysteries written as Julie Chase. I look forward to more installments of Christmas Tree Farm Mysteries. I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve.....
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
I loved the setting on Holly White's family tree farm and the descriptions of the many things that make up their contribution to the season, the twelve days of Reindeer Games. For once, I didn't mind the usual trope of a jilted bride back home to lick her wounds. Holly fits right back into life in this small town very easily. The local sheriff, Evan Grey, is smart and good at his job. He doesn't really need Holly's help as she continues to coincidentally discover more about the death of local historical president Margaret Fenwick, but Holly is determined not to let her dad be the only one of the hook for her murder. This was a great debut, right from the author's cute pseudonym to all the details of the Christmas experience in Mistletoe, Maine. There are a lot of characters and twist and turns in this story, but it was a delightful read all the way through. I hope this will become a yearly tradition from new author Frost.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Murder on a Christmas Tree Farm Given my love of Christmas, it’s hard to resist when a new cozy mystery series starts up with a Christmas theme, which is why I knew I’d be reading Twelve Slays of Christmas pretty much as soon as the title crossed my radar. A series set at a Christmas tree farm? Sign me up, please. The farm in question belongs to the White family, and has been operating for four generations just outside of the town of Mistletoe, Maine. Holly has returned home after a broken engagement in the middle of December. While she figures out what to do next, she knows she can help around the farm since they are not only selling trees, but they have a café, gift shop, and host the Reindeer Games, different holiday themed games on the twelve days leading up to Christmas. However, things take a decided un-merry turn when Margaret Fenwick shows up on the farm. She is from the historic society, and she has been making everyone’s lives miserable recently in her desire to get every single building up to code. After a fight with several people in the café, including Holly’s father, Margaret leaves. A few minutes later, Holly responds to a scream to find Margaret dying in one of the rows of trees. In an effort to focus the investigation away from her family and the farm, Holly starts poking around. But what secrets might she uncover? If you are looking for a warm, cozy Christmas book, you’ve come to the right place. There is Christmas atmosphere in spades. And the games that the farm hosts? I want to play them, too! Okay, so maybe the last one wouldn’t be my cup of peppermint hot chocolate, but I would watch that one. Speaking of food and drink, there are so many delicious sounding treats in this book, I think I gained weight just reading it. There aren’t any recipes in the back, which might be a good thing for my scale. Unfortunately, this did come at the expense of the plot, and at times, the Christmas spirit overshadows the mystery. Holly also spent some time reacting to events (which is understandable) instead of actually detecting. She does piece things together in the end, however, and the climax is very suspenseful. The characters are outstanding. Holly may not have lived in the area for a few years, but she still has obvious strong ties to the community. I felt the love coming through in her interactions with the various characters. They provided much of the warmth and Christmas spirit I felt. Even though this book is set in Maine and there is all kinds of snow, I would love to hang out with these characters in real life. Maybe I should plan my visit for summer when it would be warmer. I’m already looking forward to visiting Holly and my new friends again. Grab your favorite warm beverage, cuddle up by the fire, and slip into Twelve Slays of Christmas. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts The White Family owns and operated the Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farm, “a holiday paradise” and hosts The Twelve Day of Reindeer Games drawing tourists from near and far. Holly White was supposed to be getting married on Christmas Eve but her fiancé called it off when he met another woman. So Holly is home in Mistletoe helping her family with the festivities. Games like the snowball roll and find the pickle, treats baked up fresh by her mom, and trees as far as the eye can see. Where better to spend the holidays than Mistletoe, Maine? Then Margaret Fenwick’s dead body is found in one of the sleighs and the murder weapon is a wooden stake Holly’s dad made to mark the types of Christmas tree rows. That makes him a suspect, but Holly finds out there were several people not happy with the president of the Mistletoe Historical Society. With the farm closed for a police investigation her family isn’t making any money and the people in town for the games and their trees are not happy. Holly decides it is up to her to slay the killer or at least catch him so the games can begin. I loved this story. What a wonderful debut for this series! Ms. Frost’s descriptions brought Mistletoe and the Reindeer Games farm to life. As we traveled around, from the cafe to the guest house, from the forest of trees to the entrance gate, and even Holly’s parent’s house and the reindeer stable. Pictures formed immediately in my mind. I could almost smell the hot chocolate, the cookies and the pine trees. Her writing style makes it easy and fun to escape right into the story. The author has also created some fantastic characters. Holly is a strong women growing through a huge change. Her life is not going how she planned and soon realizes she is happy the wedding was called off. Her parents are very supportive. I like that she thinks of her dad as her personal Paul Bunyan. Her mother can be found in the cafe kitchen baking up cookies and whoopie pies, always there to talk. Holly thinks she got her creative side from her mother. Delores Cutter, known to everyone as “Cookie” has quite a past but now she runs the Holiday Mouse Christmas Craft Shop on the farm and has a pet goat named Theodore, after her late husband. Be prepared to laugh, this lady is a hoot and a holler. We also meet Sheriff Evan Gray, a transplant from Boston. He came to town hoping for a slower life never expecting to have to deal with a murder in Mistletoe. This mystery is very well written with a blizzard of twists, a couple were downright chilly. With Holly not being home for a long time and the sheriff new to the community everyone seemed to be a a suspect. Holly knew her parents had nothing to do with the murder but she knew it had to be someone who knew their way around the farm. I was right there along with Holly tried to solve whodunit. This is a terrific holiday mystery. Fix yourself a cup of hot chocolate, grab some frosted sugar cookies, and curl up in your favorite cozy spot and enjoy! I sure did!
TheCozyReview More than 1 year ago
Holly White hasn’t had a great week or month so far. Her fiancé cancels their Christmas Eve wedding, preferring the company of another woman. Holly moves back home with her parents and helps her mother in the family business. She just wants some peace and quiet and time to mend her broken heart. When the local curmudgeon, Margaret Fenwick is killed and left at her family's tree farm, Holly jumps into the investigation. The murder weapon is one of her father's wooden stakes used to identify trees on the farm, the Sheriff, Evan Grey begins to question him, and the rest of their family and employees. Holly knows her father isn’t a killer; no matter him much he argued with Mrs. Fenwick. She is determined to find out who the real killer is. -- Series: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery Author: Jacqueline Frost Publisher: Crooked Lane Books Genre: Cozy/Mystery This is Jacqueline Frost’s series debut. It is filled with interesting characters and a wonderfully picturesque location. It is fast-paced with twists and turns that will keep the reader turning the page until the end. There are plenty of red herrings that keep the reader guessing as to the identity of the killer until the big reveal. Twelve Slays of Christmas holds within its pages a unique plot that isn’t hard to follow yet still is intriguing enough to keep the reader's attention. Holly is a woman who has experienced heartbreak but oddly enough does not appear to be overly concerned about the loss of her fiance. Evan Grey is a good reason why. he is a great distraction, he and Holly find themselves working together to solve the murder, and not allowing the past to keep them from enjoying each other's company. All the characters are very ordinary and yet extraordinary people. From the rich girl that Holly went to school with and has a budding friendship with, to the older lady that has always been one of Holly’s favorite people: each character brings life and entertainment to the story and broadens the plot. The ending creates tension and suspense. This book and author are highly recommended for originality, suspense and real mystery that can be missing in other stories of this type. Readers who enjoy authors such as Paige Shelton or Ellery Adams will like Jacqueline Frost’s “Twelve Slays of Christmas".
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the Twelve Slays of Christmas but it was the main character more than the plot that tied me to the book. When the pushy President of the Mistletoe Historical Society is murdered on the Christmas tree farm that has been in Holly White’s family for years, she decides to solve the murder so the property will be released before the vital last days before Christmas are gone. Everyone figures out that she is investigating but I was impressed with they way she handle her questioning of the people in the community. The heart that Holly offers the unpopular victim touched me. The dance of romance between her and the new sheriff was fun and I look forward to seeing more of this relationship. Her relationship with her cat was hilarious, I know cats just like that! While the book wasn’t outstanding it was really good and there was something about it that made me want to get to know all of the characters better. I will be following this series. I requested and received and ARC of Twelve Slays of Christmas via NetGalley. The opinion stated is my honest opinion. I always review books that I enjoy.