Holly Chase has been in Mistletoe, Maine for about a year
now. Back with her family and friends and happily, she’s
settling into a new normal. She’s going to be the innkeeper
for the inn her father is having built. Her parents are very
busy running their Christmas tree farm, and the farm’s
small cafe, the Hearth. Holly is working with the builder
to make decisions about the inn, helping at the tree farm,
and making and selling holiday-themed melted glass jewelry.
She's so busy that she doesn't have time to dwell on her relationship
with Sheriff Evan, although she knows he has become distant
and is avoiding her.
Last year there had been a horrific murder with the victim
put on display at Reindeer Games, the farm. And what’s
worse, Holly’s father, Bud was the main suspect! She
tells herself that this year everything would be calmer at
Reindeer Games. Of course, it would! But once again there’s
a murder, although this time the victim is found in a huge
candy bowl at the town’s Christmas tree lighting. Derek
Waggoner was an unlikable man and obviously, someone really
hated him. Holly’s best friend Caroline West had an
argument with Derek after an awful dinner date just the night
before. One of her personalized knives is found with the victim,
and the sheriff is taking a very hard look at Caroline’s
involvement with the man.
Holly sets out to clear Caroline's name, but she starts asking
too many questions and finds herself threatened with being
the next victim if she doesn't let it go.
This is a charming seasonal mystery that is written in a
pleasant style and is peopled by small-town characters who
are just the right mix of personalities and mannerisms to
keep things interesting. I enjoyed it very much and as with
the first in the series, I think this would be a terrific
Christmas gift for your mystery-loving friends and family.
It’s perfect for curling up on a snowy day, with a cup
of hot chocolate and some sweet desserts to keep you fueled
for a good long read. Because once you start reading, you
won’t want to stop!
Reviewers Notes: . The author also writes The Kitty Couture
Mysteries as Julie Chase