'TWAS THE KNIFE BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Jacqueline Frost

'TWAS THE KNIFE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Christmas tree lighting ceremony in a Maine town revved up for St. Nick goes most unseasonably wrong when a body is found in a giant bowl of peppermints.

Holly White originally returned to Mistletoe, Maine, after her wedding was canceled only to see her father accused of murder (Twelve Slays of Christmas, 2017). She helped clear her father and developed a fragile relationship with Sheriff Evan Grey. Holly’s best friend, Caroline West, becomes Evan’s chief suspect in the peppermint-bowl murder since she had a public fight with Derek Waggoner, the victim, when he became handsy on a date. Naturally, Holly, whose family’s Christmas tree farm, Reindeer Games, is expanding to include a Victorian inn Holly plans to run, goes into sleuthing mode. Waggoner was not the most popular guy in town; his ex-girlfriend and a number of business partners were not all happy with him. Evan is clearly onto something when he tells Holly to butt out, for her questions lead to a number of threats that escalate as she continues her hunt for clues. Holly goes into overdrive once Caroline is arrested, the murder weapon having turned out to be a custom-made knife with only her fingerprints. Together with her friends and family, Holly continues to search for the real killer even though she may not survive to enjoy Christmas.

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

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-68331-803-3
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Crooked Lane
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2018




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