Book Review |`Twas The Knife Before Christmas

‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas

(A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #2)

by Jacqueline Frost 4.22  ·   Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  142 reviews

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 the dumpster behind Caroline’s Cupcakes, 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, Caroline’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, a custom-designed marble rolling pin. 

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 run-ins with an ex-fiancé looking to make amends, 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.

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A cozy fun holiday adventure, Twis The Knife Before Christmas will have smiling and trying to figure out the mystery with Holly. In this second book of The Christmas Tree Farm Mysteries and should be on your top holiday season reads list. It is fun and mysterious.

In this book Holly’s friend Caroline is framed for murder and it is up to Holly to find the real killer. But that is not all on Holly’s plate. Her budding relationship with the town Sheriff is fizzling out and she finds he is keeping secrets.

Holly has two mysteries to solve, 1. Who killed Caroline’s date? and 2. Who is the sheriff spending all his time with?

In between helping her parents run things at the tree farm, making decisions for the new inn and figuring out how to help Caroline, Holly finds herself run raged and not enough time in her day for much else. It is all wearing on her. To top it all off, it seems the killer has made her his next target. Leaving threats of candy and death, the killer is warning Holly she is next if she doesn’t stop sticking her nose where it does not belong. Can Holly find the killer before she is next?

I really enjoyed this story. It was a fun and cute read with lovable characters. The series is set in the perfect holiday town. Making it fun and charismatic. The book flows steady and strong throughout. I did not read the first book in the series, but would not mind going back to see how all this began. You don’t have to because this can be read as a stand-alone. But I wish I had. You would get more background story on Holly.

Overall this book is a fun holiday read. It has great characters and the plot line is mysterious. The twists and danger will have you on the edge of your seat. But the Christmas setting makes it the perfect holiday read for your collection. So if you love a good murder mystery with a dose of fun and laughter, then this book is for you.

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