Book Review: Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost

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Twelve Slays of Christmas: A Christmas Tree Farm MysteryTwelve Slays of Christmas: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery by Jacqueline Frost

My rating: 4.25 of 5 stars

Until a few weeks ago, I’d never heard of this author or series. I entered a giveaway contest for a cozy mystery group and won the second book late last week. Since I usually try to read in order, and I had some time this week, I got a copy of this first book, Twelve Slays of Christmas, from the ‘A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery’ series by Jacqueline Frost and devoured it throughout the last 24 hours. I needed a little Christmas cheer this week and this book brought it!

Who wouldn’t love a series about Christmas on a tree farm in Maine? I dream of moving to Maine one day, so this was a good alignment for me as a reader. I have a few other Christmas series I enjoy, and now I’ll be adding this one to the list of regulars. Holly White was dumped by her fiance just weeks before her Christmas Eve wedding. She trudges home feeling sad but hopeful for a new life. She’s just in time to help her parents coordinate and run their annual holiday shenanigans. This year they’ve added fun new Reindeer Games for 12 days to help bring spirit to the town. At least until a prominent member of the town’s historical society threatens to shut them down for falling out of ancient building or land code. But then… the poor woman’s found bludgeoned to death by the very wooden tree signs she complained about to Holly’s father. Which citizen was so angry (s)he took matters into their own hands? Holly’s determined to find out all the while fighting her attraction to the sheriff who’s moved to town from Boston to get away from major crimes. I guess life never goes the way you plan, huh?

As a new series, it’s off to a great start. I really like Holly and Evan (the sheriff). It will turn romantic, which will be fine, but I’m hopeful that’s not the center of the stories. There is also a younger guy, a reporter she knew years ago, who might give the sheriff some competition. And Caroline is a charming potential best friend, not to mention the cute and lovable parents and employees at the tree farm. I like the premise and the setting. The writing is good and felt natural for most of the narrative and dialog, only a few forced areas which I believe will disappear as the series matures. There’s a mature subtle humor at times, but it definitely still falls within the cozy realm. I recommend it for all cozy fans and holiday story readers alike.

I’m giving 4.25 stars to this debut and feel really excited to dive into the second one later this month — ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas. Sounds scary!

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41 thoughts on “Book Review: Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost

    bettylouise31 said:
    December 10, 2018 at 6:30 PM

    I did enjoy the second book.

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    carhicks said:
    December 10, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    So glad you enjoyed this one Jay. I really liked it and hope to read the second one this winter.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    December 10, 2018 at 9:03 PM

    Oh don’t rub it in. I missed out on this tour… mostly because i had enough other books planned to read already. Lol. I’m glad you liked it.
    By the way, did you get your eARC of another cozy witchy caramely series?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 10, 2018 at 9:32 PM

      Oh I totally understand. You can live victoriously. I did!!! Downloaded it today.

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        December 10, 2018 at 9:35 PM

        I did enjoy the review. Lol
        My intention was to wait until January to read it but now that it’s on my kindle and ready to go…..

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        December 10, 2018 at 10:17 PM

        You can wait. It’ll be worth it.

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        Shalini said:
        December 11, 2018 at 8:36 AM

        Since you are not reading cozy babe, are you thinking about my gifts… Ahem ahem… Birthday ones… Not Christmas 😂😂😂🎂🎂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        December 11, 2018 at 9:36 AM

        A million smiles, she says

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        Shalini said:
        December 11, 2018 at 10:58 AM

        Hush you naughty one, let cozy babe answer..

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        December 11, 2018 at 12:16 PM

        Snap

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        December 11, 2018 at 1:29 PM

        Of course!! I’ve been thinking about it everyday since the start of December. Yes yes yes I have yup

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        Shalini said:
        December 11, 2018 at 2:13 PM

        I KNEW IT… YOU ARE MY GIRL. hehehe 😂😂😂😂

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        December 11, 2018 at 3:37 PM

        😳😘😘😘😘😊

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 10, 2018 at 9:32 PM

      Did you?

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        December 10, 2018 at 9:36 PM

        Trying so hard not to start right tonight 😂😂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        December 10, 2018 at 10:17 PM

        You’re forbidden. Lol. 🙂

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        December 11, 2018 at 8:16 AM

        Hahahaha. I’m reading two right now. I think as soon as one is finished I may just pop into the Caramels book 😄

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        December 11, 2018 at 8:31 AM

        Temptation… sometimes it can’t be ignored.

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        December 11, 2018 at 1:28 PM

        Especially where that series is concerned 😄

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        December 11, 2018 at 3:21 PM

        oh, I think I’ll start reading series with 25 or more books and send you a review every day! Oops. I’m evil, just evil with my recommendations.

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        December 11, 2018 at 8:40 PM

        Lol. That sounds almost like that Stephanie Plum series!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        December 11, 2018 at 9:49 PM

        Yup! I saw a Donut Hole one with 40 something books, and Jessica Fletcher has that many, too…. I think you need to take ’em all on!

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        December 12, 2018 at 10:44 AM

        Jeez!!! Lol. Something to think about though….

        Liked by 1 person

        Shalini said:
        December 11, 2018 at 8:37 AM

        You can start working on the gift list… I can always approve and add more😂😂😂😂

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        December 11, 2018 at 1:29 PM

        😂😂🎁🎁

        Liked by 2 people

    Bookworms corner blog spot said:
    December 11, 2018 at 4:20 AM

    Great review. This looks so good.

    Liked by 1 person

    Shalini said:
    December 11, 2018 at 7:55 AM

    Oh I have no idea what you guys are talking about… But great review Jay…

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 11, 2018 at 8:30 AM

      LOL…. what do you mean? Christmas? LOL

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        Shalini said:
        December 11, 2018 at 8:35 AM

        Hehehe 😂 😂 yeah right… I meant the hints in books.. Cozy babe is tricky… For a second I thought she was hinting about my birthday gifts… 🤔🤔😂😂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        December 11, 2018 at 9:36 AM

        How many more days before it’s here?

        Liked by 1 person

        Shalini said:
        December 11, 2018 at 10:59 AM

        Just a few…. 😉😉😂😂

        Liked by 1 person

    Shalini said:
    December 11, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Do you want me to get Myriam here?

    Liked by 1 person

    Shalini said:
    December 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    But gifts are year long, it can be advanced and belated till July it is belated, then it becomes advance… Don’t you love my theory? 😂😂😂😂😂

    Liked by 1 person

    roseylocks said:
    January 26, 2019 at 6:45 AM

    Ohhh, this sounds good. I’ll add it to my Christmas Reads for this year.

    Liked by 1 person

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