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Twelve Slays of Christmas: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery

(Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,686 ratings  ·  495 reviews
Filled with holiday charm and perfect for fans of Leslie Meier, Jacqueline Frost's charming series debut Twelve Slays of Christmas is set at a Christmas tree farm when the jolliest time of the year turns deadly.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 ...more
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Published October 10th 2017 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa Rose
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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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
I was looking for a good cozy mystery set around Christmastime, and this one delivered. The adorable cover is what initially drew me in, but the entire thing was a delight and very good on Audio.

Holly White has just been dumped by her fiancé, so she heads back home to be with her family. Mistletoe, Maine is awesome...and I wish I could visit this place. It's so magical and full of holiday cheer. Her family owns a tree farm called Reindeer Games and the President of the Historical Society is fou
Mark Baker
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2017
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
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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
Lynn Cahoon
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun Christmas set cozy with a touch of romance. Loved the main character and her sleuthing style.
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
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Actual Rating: 5 stars

Cozy Mystery | First in a Series

Twelve Slays of Christmas is a festive who-dun-it ! I thoroughly enjoyed this one and look forward to many more books in the series. Who doesn't adore a Christmas themed novel? Especially when it takes place in such a magical place like Mistletoe, Maine! The setting truly felt real to me as the author did a wonderful job at describing just how homely this place is. The characters are what really make the b
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Holly White's father is accused of murdering the president of the local historical society, Holly springs to her father's aid.

Holly is such a relatable and likable protagonist. The secondary characters are quirky and fun. The intriguing plot moves forward nicely and contains plenty of twists.

An all around good read for the holidays.
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. ...more
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
truly a gift. giving it 4.5 stars only because i wanted more out of the romance but y’all this book was so damn good and everything i wanted out of a Christmas Cosy.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, holiday
I did the CD/audio version, it’s nice book, it’s not major mystery. Just a “cozy” mystery story used with 1st person character chats, while in Maine, a small Christmas tree farm & in a large snowy village with nice neighbors. Holly White, the fiancé returns from her Christmas wedding with a “broken” heart. Wooden murder stakes found by Sheriff Evan Grey (Holly's father) and Reindeer’s staff review. Who’s a killer? Who’s on Santa’s “naughty” list?

I hope Merry Christmas & Happy New Year was to all
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
I read this as an audiobook and I could not be more in the holiday spirit! If you want a Christmas story featuring a cozy murder mystery, a small down in the winter, family feels, a romance, and quirky characters, I highly recommend! Smiled the whole way through this and craved much hot cocoa and sweets.
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
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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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