When Derek’s body is found in a larger than life-sized candy bowl filled with peppermints, the whole town of Mistletoe is in a shock. Holly learns that her best buddy Caroline is the main suspect. Caroline and Derek had a fight the previous night and it was captured by the media. Derek was more of a handsy guy and Caroline did the right thing by standing up to what was right. But with the fight caught on camera and her custom-made knife as the murder weapon, all fingers point towards Caroline.
Holly decides to save her friend’s name and pokes her nose into somebody else’s beeswax. The killer is not happy with Holly’s investigation. She receives several warnings from the killer but there’s nothing that can stop Holly until …
‘Twas the Knife before Christmas is the perfect story for Christmas. With truckloads of snow, snickerdoodle goodies, mouth-watering cupcakes, hot cocoa, a murder, friendship, love, family, and a Christmas miracle, this book was a complete package. In other words, Fantabulous!
The story was engrossing from the first page. Frost’s writing pulls you into the book. She’s a master storyteller. The descriptions of a perfect Christmas atmosphere, the characters, the climax and identity of the perp – absolutely fantastic!
There are some stories that make you believe in Santa, makes you believe in miracles and brings about a festive spirit in you and this book does just that.
The characters were quirky and funny. Cookie and her late-husband-turned-goat Theodore; Caroline and her ultra-rich-and-famous-parents who want her to marry someone of their class; Evan – the sheriff who has an on-off relationship with Holly; Ray – Holly’s best buddy and junior at school; Holly’s parents; Christopher – the guy who’s working on the White’s Inn; Derek and his weirdo girlfriend; Scooter – the creepy stalker, and Cindy Lou Who, Holly’s pet cat.
The suspects’ list is not very long but what Holly doesn’t understand is why the killer’s made Holly their next target. The story is engaging and keeps the reader hooked on to the book till the end. The identity of the perp was unexpected and shocking. The Christmas miracle, in the end, was a nice touch to the story. Not just Holly, even I couldn’t believe that Santa was right around the corner protecting Holly from the killer. The applause message tone on Holly’s phone every now and then, at the right time and place, was a brilliant inclusion by the author.
If you are looking for a perfect Christmas story then do not miss to read ‘Twas The Knife Before Christmas by Jacqueline Frost.
Character Development: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5 (The perfect score!)
Title: ‘Twas The Knife Before Christmas
Author: Jacqueline Frost
Published on: 23rd November 2018
Genre: Mystery and Thrillers, Cozy Mystery
Featured Image Credits: NetGalley
I received this book from Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.