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Twelve Slays of Christmas

(A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  969 ratings  ·  255 reviews
When Holly White's fiance 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 Mis ...more
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Crooked Lane Books
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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 ab
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Holly White heads home to Mistletoe, ME for Christmas after breaking up with her fiance a mere two weeks before their wedding date. Once Holly is home and preparing to celebrate the holidays with her family, a local woman is found murdered on Holly's family's tree farm. Suspicion falls upon Holly's dad, who was recently seen arguing with the woman right before she was murdered.

Of course, Holly sets out to prove her dad's innocence and capture the real killer before he strikes again. Surprisingl
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mistletoe, Maine sounds like a delightful place to enjoy all the wonderful sights, sounds, tastes, and wintery fun of the Christmas season. Reindeer Games would be such a fun family outing or even a friendly competition between friends. Oh, and the shopping… the Twelve Days of Christmas sounds superb but in my case it would likely turn into Two Days of Shopping Heaven and then a maxed out credit card! So much Christmas cheer in Mistletoe, you definitely find yourself in the holiday spirit!

It tru
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Holly White thought she would be spending her Christmas holiday getting married to her fiance and heading out on her honeymoon. Instead Holly's fiance breaks up with her with less than two weeks to go until their planned Christmas Eve wedding and she packs her things to return home to Mistletoe, Maine where her family runs a tree farm. Jumping back into working at the farm to help her parents during the busy season leading up to Christmas helps Holly take her mind off of the end of her relations ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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It’s 30 below today – perfect time for another overdue book review. Especially one that is set in the wintery wonderland known as Mistletoe, Maine.

Holly White finds herself the exception to the rule of the old adage “you can’t go home again” after being dumped by her fiancé right before her wedding. However, there’s no better place to turn a frown upside down than her family’s Christmas tree farm and café. In fact, the only downside t
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Holly White moves back home to her family's Christmas tree farm after her fiance dumps her for a yoga instructor right before their Christmas Eve wedding. Instead of having time to lick her wounds, she's wrapped up in helping her parents through the farm's busy season, which gets ever-so-more complicated when the disliked president of the local historical preservation society turns up dead-- murdered via giant wooden candy cane. Wanting to clear her family farm's reputation, Holly White sets out ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The colourful, whimsical cover design caught my attention and I wasn't disappointed. This story is a wonderful read that combines the spirit of Christmas and an exciting and fast paced cozy mystery that I couldn't put down.
It left me with warm feelings and looking forward to the cold Christmas season.
Wonderful characters in a village that I would love to visit.

This book makes it on my Top 10 list of 2017.

Grab a hot apple cinnamon tea and some yummy cookies and enjoy the magic of Christmas with
Melissa Rose
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nothing gets me feeling more festive than… murder?

As November rapidly comes to an end, I felt a hankering to indulge myself in a Christmas cozy. So, after asking for recommendations in a Facebook group, I decided to check out Twelve Slays of Christmas; the first instalment in The Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series by Jacqueline Frost. I did not regret this choice.

Now, make no error, his mystery is not deep. In fact, there are many aspects of the story that are either cheesy, too cutesy, or just
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a fantastic time with this cozy! I had heard some really good things about this book so when I noticed that my library had a copy of the audio available, I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. Once I started listening to this book, I didn't want to put it down.

Holly White has moved back home after her fiance decided to break things off just before the wedding. It works out that she is home just in time to help out
Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)


descriptionThis cover is getting a much coveted 5 Star rating from yours truly. Why? Because it is is just SO damn fun and festive. Fabulous use of graphics. A great representation the story. Good composition and title work as well.description

descriptionAfter her breakup, Holly is back home in Mistletoe, Maine and helping out on her families Christmas tree farm. The reindeer games are coming up, and the town is buzzing with excitement. When a member of the local historical society is murdered on the property, all eyes are on Ho
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Holly White returns to Mistletoe, Maine after her fiance breaks off their engagement for a younger woman he met at the gym. The family business, Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farm, is just what she needs to help put her life, and heart, back together. The farm, and town, are gearing up for Christmas. The Twelve Day of Reindeer Games at the farm, plus cookies and hot cocoa, are really packing in the tourists and locals. Everything is holly jolly until the head of the local historical society, Mar ...more
I can easily say this story embraces the fun and magic of the holiday season. Author Jacquelyn Frost creates an amazing setting for Reindeer Games, a Christmas Tree Farm located in historic Mistletoe, Maine. Many charming characters immediately felt like family and good friends to me. The protagonist, Holly, has ended her engagement and returned home to help her parents during their busiest time of year. When a local grouch, Margaret Fenwick, is killed with a stake used to identify the different ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Romance took too much time, IMO. (view spoiler) Other than that it was a cute cozy mystery and beautifully described the Christmas Holiday season on a Christmas Tree farm that was delightful. Great narration, too.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

The White Family owns and operated the Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farm, “a holiday paradise” and hosts The Twelve Day of Reindeer Games drawing tourists from near and far. Holly White was supposed to be getting married on Christmas Eve but her fiancé called it off when he met another woman. So Holly is home in Mistletoe helping her family with the festivities. Games like the snowball roll and find the pickle, treats baked up fresh by her mom, and trees as far as the eye can
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who wishes to get into the holiday spirit.
What great fun it would be to live in Mistletoe, Maine around Christmas! Jacqueline Frost’s Twelve Slays of Christmas is one totally enjoyable holiday cozie. Holly White, the daughter of the owners of Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farm, returns from Portland, ME as her fiancé has met someone more ‘Zen’, and he cancels their Christmas Eve wedding only two weeks before Christmas Eve. As Holly arrives home, she is determined not to let everyone in the small town of Mistletoe pity her because of the ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
A fun Christmas themed mystery - small town with quaint decorations and a likable heroine.

After breaking up with her fiance, Holly comes home to help out her parent's family business just in time for Christmas. Apparently they go all out with themed parties and actual reindeer themed games. Naturally a murder ruins the party, and Holly tries to solve the crime since her father is a main suspect.

I read this one during the summertime, nowhere near the Christmas season, but it still made the magic
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aw, this was beautiful! This atmospheric Christmas mystery set in a Christmas tree farm was indeed the perfect holiday read! The plot was intriguing without being overly cheesy and pretentious and the narrative actually radiated joy; it made me feel as though I was amongst the close-knit community, joining in the festivity, having fun. As I read the book I saw myself savouring with great relish the steaming mugs of hot cocoa, delicious gingerbread men and refreshing and therapeutic cups of peppe ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful cozy holiday mystery with a little bit of romance mixed in, set in the delightful town of Mistletoe, Maine. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did an excellent job. I will be sure to read the rest of the series.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holly White has returned home to Mistletoe, Maine after a very abrupt cancelling of their wedding by her fiance. Once she's home she realizes she never should have left. Mistletoe is like a Christmas fairyland and she's anxious to participate in all the Reindeer Games that her mom and dad sponsor every year on their Christmas tree farm. That is, until someone is found murdered on the tree farm property and the place is shut down while they investigate. Holly tries to coax handsome Sheriff Gray i ...more
Mark Baker
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, mystery
When Holly White calls off her wedding, she returns to her family’s tree farm in Maine just in time for the annual Reindeer Games, which take place in the twelve days leading up to Christmas. However, the night before the games are set to start, Margaret comes in causing problems in her quest to keep the town exactly historically accurate. When Holly finds Margaret dead among the trees a few hours later, the police start looking a little too close to home. Can Holly clear her family and friends ...more
Peggy R
This is the debut book for the Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series. I was drawn to this book by the beautiful cover , the Christmas theme, and let's be honest who wouldn't be curious about a holiday themed cozy written by Jacqueline Frost. I'm glad that I was provided an ARC by the publisher because this was a delightful, whimsical debut of what promises to be a terrific series if this book is a preview of what's to come. It has everything that cozy mystery readers look for - wonderful characters ...more
A Christmas cozy mystery with all the elements that make a cozy good: interesting characters, a disliked victim, a small town where everybody knows everyone's business, and lots of suspects and clues with a little romance thrown in as well.

Holly White has returned to her home in Mistletoe, Maine after canceling her wedding with only 2 weeks to go. Her parents run a Christmas tree farm and village there, and Holly jumps right in to help. Life becomes a mix of mistletoe, reindeer, fun activities
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is not only the first book in a new cozy mystery series by Jacqueline Frost. She did a wonderful job with the mystery as well as the magical and cozy setting of Mistletoe Maine. Holly White returns home to Mistletoe after her fiance breaks off their engagement for another woman. Holly is sure that the family business, Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farm, will be just what she needs to heal her broken heart and put her life back together. It is almost Christmas, so keeping busy is also on Hol ...more
Twelve Days before Christmas is the big money making event
at the Reindeer Games Christmas Tree Farm in the historic
town of Mistletoe, Maine. The farm has been in the White
family for generations.
Holly White comes home to the farm after her fiancé cancels
their wedding planned for Christmas Eve. She starts helping
her parents at the farm. Will the magic of Christmas, make
her forget her hurt and woes and get back to being the
former happy, creative Holly?
Margaret Fenwick who is president of the Mist
Cat Tutt
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. The characters were charming and witty, the story was well written, and the mystery was clever and shocking. It's rare for a book to hit on all cylinders, but this one did.

And while it was definitely a cozy mystery, it was unique in a couple of ways. One, the main character was in a lot more danger than is typical for a cozy. She was under fire for the majority of the book, which really made it an adrenaline pumping page turner. Also, while the father was warm and
Jessica Wilhoite
This book was an amazing first installment in the Christmas Tree Farm Mysteries. I can't wait for book two!

Holly is back home in Mistletoe after her fiance dumps her a few days before their wedding. Back with her family in her childhood home, she is determined to make the best of her situation. When her father gets into an argument with Mrs. Fenwick from the historical society and then Holly stumbles over her body, chaos ensues. It doesn't help that the hunky new sheriff keeps telling her to ba
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I saw the cover of this book, I knew I had to read it. And believe me, I was not disappointed. I was intrigued from the time I started this book until I finished it. This is the first in the Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series and I cannot wait for more in this series. I liked that there were not a lot characters in this story, sometimes to many characters tend to muddy the story and make it hard to follow. When the president of the Mistletoe Historical Society is found murdered at Rei ...more
Terri Wino
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
3-1/2 stars rounded up to 4.

I won this book from the publisher through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to both.

I really enjoyed this book. It had a nice mixture of a holiday story and a whodunnit mystery. The characters were all likeable and the town of Mistletoe, Maine came across as charming, not ridiculously sweet.

My only complaint -- if you could even consider it a complaint -- is that for the type of story this is, it maybe could have been a little shorter; there were a couple parts I felt
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies, christmas, mystery
Holly has come back home to her family’s Christmas tree farm in Mistletoe to regroup after her fiancé breaks off their engagement mere days before their wedding. But really, her heart doesn’t seem broken, and she throws herself into the farm’s festivities. But when an elderly woman is found murdered close to their property, her father is suspected of the crime. In asking questions of everyone in an effort to find the guilty party, Holly gets too close to the killer and puts herself in danger. Th ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The First Christmas Tree Farm Mystery

Holly White has returned home to Mistletoe, Maine, but not for her Christmas Eve wedding. Confident that she actually dodged a bullet when her fiance left her for a yoga instructor, Holly is throwing herself into the Reindeer Game festivities at her family's Christmas tree farm. But when the president of the historical society, who had been wreaking havoc with several residents including Holly's dad, winds up murde
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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).

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