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‘Twas The Knife Before Christmas
Christmas Tree Farm #2
BY Jaqueline Frost

Crooked Lane Books
November 13, 2018/ ISBN 978-1-68331-803-3
Mystery/Cozy / Holiday- Christmas

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

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!


Reviews of other titles in this series

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Reviewers Notes: . The author also writes The Kitty Couture Mysteries as Julie Chase

Reviewed 2018