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'Twas the Knife Before Christmas


'Twas the Knife Before Christmas

by Jacqueline Frost

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  • ISBN 9781683318040
  • English
  • 289 Pages
  • 78804 Words

'Twas the Knife Before Christmas

by Jacqueline Frost

**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.

Review & Comments

  • Amy Weidenaar

    There is nothing not to like about this book! This is the second time I've read a book that had a town called "Christmas" and themed the town off of it. The other was a historical romance. I still find this to be a very unique premise. However, killing off someone and revealing them at the town Christmas tree lighting definitely kicks things up a notch! Knowing that they're going to open a Bed & Breakfast in future books also gives so much room to go in future books. I need to go back and read the book before this. Thankfully, I'm only jumping into the series at book 2. I could tell that I missed some things though and instead of it being a spoiler, it teased me just enough to make me really want to go back and read it. I can't say that I didn't guess who did it because I was wonderfully led down a few paths only to question myself again. So, I'm sure that I guessed at one point, I just didn't stick with it through the whole thing. There were laughs mixed with suspense throughout. I did not expect it when the climax of the book came. I honestly thought it was going to maybe be a little suspenseful but the drama would come a different route when I was suddenly hit with it. I particularly enjoyed the closeness of the family and the support they show their friends. Thank you to Jacqueline Frost, Crooked Lane Books, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and share my honest thoughts and opinions with others. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Entertaining Great world building Easy-to-read Page-turner Original Funny Wonderful characters Whimsical Happily Ever After.

    January 30, 2019
  • Kim T

    This is a wonderful holiday read. The setting of the Christmas Tree Farm and the town of Mistletoe was described perfectly, I wanted to go visit, participate in the Reindeer Games, and eat Caroline’s cupcakes. The characters have wonderful chemistry making reading about them an enjoyable experience. The mystery was full of twist and turns to keep me engaged throughout the book. I was surprised at who the actual murder was when he/she was revealed. The author adds touches of humor throughout the book, one example is where the body is found. I recommend this book to all mystery or Christmas fans. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.

    January 3, 2019
  • Cindi A

    The Town of Mistletoe Main is home of Reindeer Games Farm and has become an annual Christmas destination for people from around the World. It’s also become a holiday tradition for me as I love this series and it helps to set the mood for the holidays. Love it!

Holly White works on her family’s farm that is non stop Christmas from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. People travel to Mistletoe for the holiday celebration and this year is just as busy as the years past. When Holly’s BFF Caroline is arrested for murdering her date, Holly is committed to clearing her friend’s name before Christmas arrives. But with the holiday at Reindeer Games, her mail order jewelry business, and all of the decisions that she must make about the Inn that her family is building, Holly is in over her head. But Christmas is full of Miracles and Santa…if you believe. The town of Mistletoe is absolutely a hoot to visit in this book and I look forward to next years entry. Last year’s was one of the best holiday series I have read and this year’s did not disappoint either. Going to read this again both books again the week before Christmas because I love them that much!.

    November 13, 2018
  • Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader

    ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas by Jacqueline Frost has us journeying to Mistletoe, Maine. Holly White works at the family café The Hearth on their tree farm in addition to making her popular recycled glass candy jewelry and working with the construction crew on the families’ new inn. Holly had no idea she would have to make numerous design choices for the inn which she will be running when it is completed. Holly and her best friend, Caroline West, who owns Caroline’s Cupcakes, meet up for the town tree lighting ceremony where they will unveil the “Guess How Many Mints are in the Bowl” contest. When the cover is removed from the giant bowl, a deceased Derek Waggoner is inside. Unfortunately, Caroline had a very public incident with Derek the night before which puts her at the top of Sheriff Evan Gray’s suspect list. Caroline’s alibi consists of eating cupcakes and watching Cupcake Wars (who doesn’t love that show) on her new smart fridge in the bakery. Now Holly must work in sleuthing in between her other duties. The killer, though, does not appreciate Holly sticking her nose into the case and warns her off with boxes contained threatening notes and peppermints (just like the one in the big bowl). When Caroline’s prints are the only ones found on the murder weapon, Sheriff Gray arrests her. Holly is determined to have her friend out of jail and home before Santa comes riding into to town. ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas contains plenty of Christmas cheer with the Reindeer Games, Holly’s jewelry, a construction crew that resembles Santa and three of his elves, making gingerbread houses, sleigh rides, a Christmas tree lighting and special Christmas magic. While some of the Reindeer Games sound like fun, there are others that I am surprised there were any competitors (decorating a gingerbread house blindfolded). Holly is an energetic and creative woman who is doing three jobs with the help of her friends, Cookie and Caroline. Holly owns a cute cat that she has named Cindy Lou Who. Holly’s romance with Evan Gray seems to have stalled out over the last few months. He has some issue that is keeping him occupied, and he has not confided in Holly. She just might need to do a little reconnaissance. I am glad that the author is letting their romance progress at a slower pace (let is develop naturally). While the new inn is being built, Holly’s mother decided to have the kitchen at The Hearth remodeled. The remodel was supposed to be completed weeks ago plus the carpenter manages to create chaos on a daily basis. The whodunit has multiple suspects, good clues and misdirection. Holly questions people around town while trying to find the guilty party and clear Caroline of the murder charge. Holly finds herself in some sticky situations. While ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas is the second A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery, it can be read alone (easily). I am giving ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas is a charming cozy mystery with friendly characters and plenty of Christmas fun that will put you in a festive mood. .

    December 14, 2018
  • Jeanie J

    This second entry into the Christmas Tree Farm Mysteries is even better than the first. Jacqueline Frost creates a small town that feels both real and fun. Time spent at the games could easily be a distract from the plot but both the reader and the participants have so much fun that those games are a delightful and unique characteristic of the series. ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas is a Christmas murder mystery with the real feel of the holidays including the best and the worst they have to offer. I love when Christmas novels really include the holiday much more than those that just take place in December. The plot and people should be enough to carry any reader who does not appreciate the holidays, but be warned that this town is year-round Christmas. I don’t think anyone would have a problem reading this book as a stand-alone. The relationships are well laid out without interfering with the plot as are the roles of each characters. I highly recommend this holiday treat to anyone looking for a good cozy read or for a book to put them in the holiday spirit. I was excited to get an ARC of ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas from Crooked Lane Books via Netgalley and will enjoy sharing it with my friends. #Knife Before Christmas #NetGalley.

    November 17, 2018

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