When Holly White’s fiancé cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime—exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society Margaret Fenwick is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly’s family tree farm.
When the murder weapon is revealed as one of the wooden stakes used to identify trees on the farm, Sheriff Evan Grey turns to Holly’s father, Bud, and the Reindeer Games staff. And it doesn’t help that Bud and the reindeer keeper were each seen arguing with Margaret just before her death. But Holly knows her father, and is determined to exonerate him.The jingle bells are ringing, the clock is ticking, and if Holly doesn't watch out, she'll end up on Santa's naughty list in Twelve Slays of Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s jolly series debut.
Holly White, the heroine of Frost's diverting series launch, retreats to the family home, a tree farm in Mistletoe, Maine, after her fianc breaks off their engagement just two weeks before the Christmas Eve wedding they were planning. There she finds comfort and the body of Margaret Fenwick, the town's grouchy historic preservationist, in a sleigh. Since Margaret and Holly's dad had a dispute over his vinyl fencing, he quickly becomes Sherriff Evan Gray's number-one suspect. Holly sets out to exonerate her father by finding the real killer. Her inquiries lead her to some eccentric locals, any number of whom might have wanted Margaret out of the way. Will Holly and the sheriff manage to settle their differences and catch the killer before the killer catches up with her? The straightforward plot and the attractive, if not nuanced, characters will appeal to cozy fans. Writing as Julie Chase, Frost is the author of Cat Got Your Secrets and two other Kitty Couture mysteries.