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Twas the Knife Before Christmas: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery (Paperback)

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A Christmas delight, ’Twas the Knife Before Christmas will charm the stockings off readers of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier.

It’s out of the cupcake tin, into the fire for Holly White’s best friend, Caroline. Can Holly clear Caroline’s name in time to go caroling?

When a body turns up in a larger-than-life candy bowl filled with peppermints on the town square, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend Caroline is the main suspect. Everyone in town, including Mistletoe, Maine’s sheriff, saw Caroline fighting with the victim on the night of his death. Worse, a custom kitchen knife, engraved with Caroline's initials was found with him.

Now, just ten days before Christmas, Holly’s up to her jingle bells in holiday shenanigans and in desperate need of a miracle. Juggling extra shifts at her family’s Christmas tree farm and making enough gingerbread jewelry to satisfy the crowd is already more than she can handle―and now she has to find time to clear her best friend of murder. Add in her budding relationship with the sheriff, and a personal stalker dressed as Santa Claus, and Holly’s ready to fly south until springtime.

But her Sherpa-lined mittens come off when Caroline is taken into custody. Can Holly wrap up the case in time for Christmas...even after she gains the true killer’s attention? Find out in ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s second pine-scented Christmas Tree Farm mystery.

About the Author

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). This is her second Christmas Tree Farm mystery.

Praise For…

Praise for ’Twas the Knife Before Christmas:
“Cozy fans with a sweet tooth will be in heaven.”
Publishers Weekly

“Full of Christmas cheer, punning names of places and characters, and several Santas who play a major role.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Frost has created a wonderful world that’s fun and festive, while also producing memorable murder plots.”
Suspense Magazine

Praise for Twelve Slays of Christmas:
"A charming holiday cozy, filled with mystery and mistletoe, romance and reindeer, and a memorable heroine you’ll be cheering on. A festive mystery sure to delight cozy fans."
—Sally Goldenbaum, USA Today bestselling author of the Seaside Knitters Society mysteries

“A broken heart, an escape home to Mistletoe, Maine, and a dead body instead of piles of presents makes for a memorable adventure filled with Christmas spirit to warm your heart."
—Duffy Brown, national bestselling author of Demise in Denim

"The Twelve Slays of Christmas is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit, no matter what the time of year. The story, the characters, and the setting bubble with Christmas charm. Who can resist a town called Mistletoe, a protagonist named Holly, a cat who goes by the name of Cindy Lou Who, and a farm called Reindeer Games (complete with three real reindeer)? Certainly not me!"
—Vicki Delany, national bestselling author of the Year Round Christmas mysteries

"A merry mix of mistletoe and murder! Jacqueline Frost works some Christmas magic in this first of a new series delight."
—Erika Chase, national bestselling author of the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries

"Jacqueline Frost’s Twelve Slays of Christmas is a sparkling, page-turning debut mystery. You’ll find yourself in Mistletoe, Maine, celebrating Christmas festivities with delightful characters. And watching out for one who is up to no good. Frost nicely blends heartwarming scenes with suspenseful ones. You will be moved from a cozy position to the edge of your seat several times throughout the book. Climb aboard a sleigh and hang on for an adventure-filled ride. Two thumbs’ up for Twelve Slays of Christmas."
—Christine Husom, author of the national bestselling Snow Globe Shop mysteries and the Winnebago County mysteries

“Get the hot chocolate ready, kick back into a cozy chair, and be ready to stay awhile! Twelve days of holiday fun are about to begin at the Reindeer Games Tree Farm, but this year, a killer is playing a different, more dangerous game. When evidence leads the new (and handsome) sheriff to question her family and friends, it’s up to Holly White to keep the business rolling and to ferret out a few additional suspects. Readers will love spending time with Holly and all the other quirky, endearing characters in Mistletoe, Maine, a crisp winter setting decked out in history, tradition, and small town Christmas charm!”
—Barbara Early, author of Death of a Toy Soldier

"A lively and festive cozy series, introducing an appealing protagonist and charming Maine setting. Fans of Vicki Delany’s Year-Round Christmas Mystery titles will enjoy."
Library Journal

“Diverting...Will appeal to cozy fans.”
Publishers Weekly

“Mistletoe, Maine is most definitely the place you want to be for Christmas...especially if you’re into thrills, suspense, and lots of fun characters...A perfect Christmas gift.”
Suspense Magazine

Twelve Slays of Christmas gives all the warm and fuzzy merriment of the holidays, with charming characters, an idealistic setting, and murder.”
San Francisco Book Review, five-star review

"I can’t wait for the next book in the series, and predict that this will be a cozy fan favorite for years to come! It would make a fantastic Christmas gift for your favorite mystery lover, but don’t forget to get a copy for yourself."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781639103362
ISBN-10: 1639103368
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: October 11th, 2022
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery