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.
About the Author
Jacqueline Frost is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Jacqueline is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC).
Praise for Twelve Slays of Christmas: "A charming holiday cozy, filled with mystery and mistletoe, romance and reindeer, and a memorable heroine you’ll be cheering on. A festive mystery sure to delight cozy fans." —Sally Goldenbaum, USA Today bestselling author of the Seaside Knitters Society mysteries
“A broken heart, an escape home to Mistletoe, Maine, and a dead body instead of piles of presents makes for a memorable adventure filled with Christmas spirit to warm your heart." —Duffy Brown, national bestselling author of Demise in Denim
"The Twelve Slays of Christmas is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit, no matter what the time of year. The story, the characters, and the setting bubble with Christmas charm. Who can resist a town called Mistletoe, a protagonist named Holly, a cat who goes by the name of Cindy Lou Who, and a farm called Reindeer Games (complete with three real reindeer)? Certainly not me!" —Vicki Delany, national bestselling author of the Year Round Christmas mysteries
"A merry mix of mistletoe and murder! Jacqueline Frost works some Christmas magic in this first of a new series delight." —Erika Chase, national bestselling author of the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries
"Jacqueline Frost’s Twelve Slays of Christmas is a sparkling, page-turning debut mystery. You’ll find yourself in Mistletoe, Maine, celebrating Christmas festivities with delightful characters. And watching out for one who is up to no good. Frost nicely blends heartwarming scenes with suspenseful ones. You will be moved from a cozy position to the edge of your seat several times throughout the book. Climb aboard a sleigh and hang on for an adventure-filled ride. Two thumbs’ up for Twelve Slays of Christmas." —Christine Husom, author of the national bestselling Snow Globe Shop mysteries and the Winnebago County mysteries
“Get the hot chocolate ready, kick back into a cozy chair, and be ready to stay awhile! Twelve days of holiday fun are about to begin at the Reindeer Games Tree Farm, but this year, a killer is playing a different, more dangerous game. When evidence leads the new (and handsome) sheriff to question her family and friends, it’s up to Holly White to keep the business rolling and to ferret out a few additional suspects. Readers will love spending time with Holly and all the other quirky, endearing characters in Mistletoe, Maine, a crisp winter setting decked out in history, tradition, and small town Christmas charm!” —Barbara Early, author of Death of a Toy Soldier
"A lively and festive cozy series, introducing an appealing protagonist and charming Maine setting. Fans of Vicki Delany’s Year-Round Christmas Mystery titles will enjoy." —Library Journal
“Diverting...Will appeal to cozy fans.” —Publishers Weekly
“Mistletoe, Maine is most definitely the place you want to be for Christmas...especially if you’re into thrills, suspense, and lots of fun characters...A perfect Christmas gift.” —Suspense Magazine
“Twelve Slays of Christmas gives all the warm and fuzzy merriment of the holidays, with charming characters, an idealistic setting, and murder.” —San Francisco Book Review, five-star review
“Another riveting read from a true master of the Mystery/Suspense genre and an ’absolute must read’ for the legions of Julie Chase fans. Of special note is the inclusion of recipes for feline companion treats!” —Midwest Book Review
"I can’t wait for the next book in the series, and predict that this will be a cozy fan favorite for years to come! It would make a fantastic Christmas gift for your favorite mystery lover, but don’t forget to get a copy for yourself." —MyShelf.com