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Mrs. Claus and the Santaland Slayings
A Funny & Festive Christmas Cozy Mystery
BY Liz Ireland

September 29, 2020/ ISBN 9781496726582

Reviewed by Jen Oliver-Rigsby

Mrs Claus and the Santaland Slayings introduces readers to April, an inn owner in Oregon, who just happens to be married to Nick, the next Santa Claus. Upon arriving at her husband’s family home in the North Pole, the murder of an elf takes place. This elf, Giblet, had a public argument with Nick and accused him of murder. With hardly any crime in Christmastown, the constable does not how to conduct a proper investigation and hires, Jake Frost, a private investigator. Upon meeting with Jake, April learns that Nick is the prime suspect and vows to find out who the real killer is but can she do so without any more murders, including her own?

Ms. Ireland does a great job in establishing so many different characters based upon the Christmas stories and carols that have been passed down for generations. There are plenty of suspects and that makes for an interesting murder mystery to solve. The setting of Christmastown is unusual--honestly, who would think that any murders or crime would happen in the happiest place in the world? But it adds to the enjoyment of the crime solving.

If you’re a fan of cozy mysteries, murder mysteries or even just Christmas, then you should enjoy Mrs. Claus and the Santaland Slayings. This reader is interested in seeing how this is going to be a series and how the characters will be developed in future stories.

Reviewed 2020