Twelve Slays of Christmas A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery By Jacqueline Frost: Review/Giveaway

Dec 9, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Twelve Slays of Christmas. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

A Christmas Eve wedding sounds so romantic, but when the groom backs out less than two weeks before the big day, it’s heart-wrenching. It would be one thing if he just had cold feet. It’s a whole other kind of hurt when he says he met someone more “Zen.”

Holly White returns home to the Christmas tree farm her parents own. Tourist season is sure to take her mind off the breakup—eventually. The Twelve Days of Reindeer Games will provide enough distraction. Margaret Fenwick provides even more. She’s in charge of the Historical Society and determined to make the town accurate, down to the paint colors. Since she orders people to comply instead of working with them, her fans are far and few between. book

It’s not a total surprise when she’s found dead. Since one of the people she argued with was Holly’s father and her body was found on their farm, every one of the farm employees and family are suspects, plus the other townspeople.

Holly attempts to divert the Sheriff’s attention away from the farm and that means she has to ask questions. She’s not as subtle as she thinks, and it soon leads to threats if she refuses to stop. The Sheriff finally realizes she’s better off as an unofficial partner than on her own. At least she’s not thinking about the cancelled wedding anymore!

This is the first in the series. The characters are delightful, the town warm and friendly, perfect for a day trip, a weekend or the whole Twelve Days. There’s a potential romance brewing, Christmas traditions like hiding pickles in the trees, a tree decorating contest, and a snowball race. If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, ready for hot chocolate and snickerdoodles, nothing will. A couple of cats add to the story. Grab a plate of cookies, a hot drink, and a cat to settle in for a satisfying mystery.

To enter to win a copy of Twelve Slays of Christmas, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “twelve,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 16, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won’t see coming.

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  1. Looks like a fun read! Thanks for this chance!

  2. A Christmas story with cats and a Christmas tree farm. How could you go wrong?? Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. I really enjoy seasonal themed mysteries. Great title!

  4. This looks like an amazing read!!! Thanks for the chance!

  5. This one looks intriguing as well. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  6. I have never heard of hiding pickles in the tree. But when I was small, my Grandmother had a lovely glass pickle decoration on her tree.

  7. Been looking for this one. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway

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  9. Thanks for offering a Christmas-themed mystery.

  10. This looks like a winner to me! Thank you.

  11. Sounds like a wonderful debut in a new series.

  12. Like the description of the book and it sounds like some great Christmas stories.

  13. This sounds like a fun read, set against the fragrant backdrop of Christmas trees. Thank you for the chance to win!

  14. I have been eyeing this book all season. I’d love to win it.

  15. We have a winner!


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