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Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.

Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus' niece, heir to the Winter Throne, and now private investigator. Sort of.

When Lark Bramble, an old frenemy, shows up in Nocturne Falls, Jayne finds herself reliving the painful past and trying to make responsible decisions that won’t mess up her future. But being an adult proves harder than she thought.

Finally at peace with where things stand between her and Lark, Jayne thinks everything’s cool until a chilling event at the Black and Orange Ball shatters that peace and puts Jayne at odds with the powers that be. She knows she’s on thin ice, but she’s determined to crack the caper.

Can Jayne find a way to right the wrongs she might have caused, or will she forever bear the guilt of allowing herself to be snowed again?

©2017 Kristen Painter (P)2017 Kristen Painter

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HATE the narrator

so I listened to the series because I liked the series. I hate the narrator though. Her voice for some of the characters is dumb and she switches to like this little kid voice sometimes which is very annoying.

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FULL OF WONDER, SUSPENSE AND LOTS OF SURPRISES

Wow, Kristen does it again! There was a lot of suspense, Wonder, and big surprises. I never saw that coming. I had to just sit back and stair off into space and think about everything. This is a book that stays with you a long time after reading/listening. In fact, it will be with me forever. I can’t go into details without spoilers so I better not say any more. There is a surprise that I didn’t see coming in a million years.

The narration was great. I’m not that crazy about the voice of Jayne. I think because it sounds like a lady I go to church with lol. But it wasn’t bad either. The narrator is very talented and can do any female voice and male voices. It sounds like so many differen5 characters talking you never once second guess it.

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Cookie Cutter Caper

The 4th installment of this series picks up where the last left off at a cliffhanger with the return of Jayne and Cooper's frenemy Lark coming to town to DJ an event for the head vamp lady's ball. The triangle of love interest soon becomes a square with another love interest entering the scene in the form of Sinclair who makes donuts. The story continues to be light, the romance never moving beyond PG, the tension never lasting long enough to cause any stress, but the story and narration left me wanting. This was probably the worst where things felt so set up in a clunky way, both around the plot and the romance options. Things just being forced to go into certain directions not because things organically flowed that way but felt more like the whole story was just a way to bridge to a specific outcome. It was very predictable but not very fun. For fans of this series this doesn't fall far enough to not be worth listening to but overall I continue to prefer the Nocturne Series over this one, and I especially prefer BJ Harrison's narration over Hollis's.

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That voice,,, ugh.

The whiny baby voice of protagonist is getting worse. Trying one more book. Story is fun, but that voice.....ugh.

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Awful narration, awful main character

The narrator makes grown characters sound like whiney little children. I want to spray Jayne in the face with water. A grown woman, business owner and heir apparent to a total throne is too dumb to stay out of a police investigation? Also, pick a dude or cut them loose. Who's got the energy to keep 3 on the hook at once? Characters making wrong assumptions does too much heavy lifting in the plot.

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This is the end

I was hoping that the books would improve, but sadly that hasn't happened. Love the premise, but not the execution.

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This far in, it's got unresovlved issues.

Issue #1: Every super is super white. While it's great that a writer wants to stick with what they know.....HOW IS THIS WRITER SO SHELTERED THERE ARE NO PEOPLE OF COLOR?! Like.... not even in the back ground. I know Georgia is not best known for ethnic diversity....but the story is set in a tourist trap. Grayson being introduced as having Romany blood with a description of 'like Johnny Dep but cleaner' ISN'T ethnic diversity.

Issue #2: All the white people have super successful careers. Nobody ever stresses over rent money or child support payments. everyone got their dream job. Taxes don't even screw with people after a whole year. Naturally there is always plenty of money for a shopping spree. This just isn't plausible. Even in an upper-class district, there is always someone with an addiction to gamboling or a rich kid that blew the whole trust fund. Where is the screw up some family tries NOT to talk about? Oh, yeah, that was back in book one.

Issue #3: All these different white people don't have culture, they just have money. So what if Harry potter spoiled me a bit on a secret cultural heritage among the magic folk. The bigger issue is the stress the author puts on how tolerant her princess is....of a bunch of white people with neither financial differences nor cultural variations. Ask anyone from France if they have no cultural differences from England and you're likely to get an earful. Monster High did a better job of expressing diversity, and it was written for 8 year olds.

Issue #4: Jayne is mature enough to run a business and date 3 different guys, but not mature enough to describe her feeling as something more adult than 'girly parts? The 'naughty' bits are STILL so aggressively sanitized in this story that I don't care HOW old she is because she's still clearly too young to have sex. It renders all the guys into little more than hired help.

Issue #5: Three guys are TOTALLY cool with their love rivals, CLEAR ABOUT WANTING COMMITMENT, yet NOT AT ALL affected by her royal station. Yet none of them are getting actual sex. It's completely implausible that one woman get the interest of three perfectly honorable guys at the same time with no problems sharing her attention for the time frame. They are more like ken dolls than people at this point.

Issue #6: Everybody has the magic to kill someone, makes a big deal of it, but would never dream of using it for evil. Please get real. With so very many supernaturals with super killing power, the probability of their being no serial killers because power trip is stupidly low. The magic system has no apparent correlation to the people with magic or the cultural dynamic. When the bulk of the magic comes down to special affects.....why bother writing it in at all?

And finally, magically, nobody had family related trauma. NOBODY! In what reality does every family function beautifully?Even supporting characters get on great with their family. Aside from divorce, family issues just don't exist.

There are just too many suspensions of disbelief that don't get fleshed out into something plausible by book 4 for me to forgive the flaws for any more sequels. Back at book 1 I thought being patient with the author would involve better character development or more depth of plot, but it's past the point i can turn a blind eye.

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Narration & Love Triangle finally too much

I liked the first book in the series - it was a fun light read. The romance wasn’t too over the top and the lead character was smart and funny. I also enjoyed the second book, but the narration had changed a bit and Jayne’s voice sometimes strayed into a weird pitch, like a 12 year old.

In the third book, the narration was fully in whiney, 12-year old territory and Jayne’s character seems to have also been dumbed down a lot. The love triangle was also growing a bit thin. Yes, I get it that both men are terribly attractive, but I don’t need to hear it constantly. Also, by now, it would be better to just pick one - how many grown-ups go to an event and split it with 2 dates?

I thought I would give the 4th book a try, since the first 2 had been enjoyable but, after just 40 minutes of listening, I can’t even finish it. The love triangle was bad enough but now there’s another super hot guy on the scene, who is described endlessly. Seriously, how shallow has Jayne become and how ridiculous is this plot line?

I like a light fluffy listen for when I’m doing things around the house or commuting and had been happy to find a new series to binge listen but can’t stand it anymore. If it was just the narration, I’d consider switching to a paper copy but I don’t appreciate the way the books have switched the emphasis to constantly, gushingly, describing how attractive the multiple love interests are

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interesting caper with a twist

Love everything Nocturne falls the Jane Frost series is no exception. spider the talking cat is really cute.As usual Jane finds the culprit and a dashing beau comes to her rescue

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Lighthearted fun

I enjoy these tales more than I expected to. It’s outside my usual choice for reading material and perhaps that’s part of the charm.

You won’t find anything challenging about this series or this novel but it helps pass time pleasantly enough. In our troubled world that can be enough.

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  • N. Mahoney
  • 06-11-18

Another fabulous visit to Nocturne Falls

I have previously done a few reviews based on the books set in Nocturne Falls but here’s a quick recap of the place… Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. It was set up by the Vampire family the Ellingham’s (Initially Grandmother Elanora Ellingham, and her 3 grandsons) so that supernaturals could live in their true forms, all the while convincing the ‘norms’ (normal magic free people) that it is all an elaborately set, quirky, tourist trap. Thus, the town makes money, the ‘supers’ have jobs and the general public adore the place.

Miss Frost Cracks a Caper is our 4th visit to Nocturne Falls through the eyes of Jayne Frost. She is no ordinary shop keeper. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne. Even in a town that was set up by Vampires and inhabited by all sorts of supernaturals she stands out.



Ok, now to this installment set Nocturne Falls…

Lark Bramble is Jayne’s ex-best friend from college (Their friendship ended when Lark broke up Jayne’s relationship then tried to seduce the poor man/Summer Elf for herself.) Jayne is beyond shocked when Lark walks into Jayne’s shop ‘Santa’s Workshop’ (it’s a family business) and want’s to take Jayne out for lunch and to talk.

It turns out that Lark wants to do more than ‘talk.’ Lark is a well known DJ and has the opportunity to provide the entertainment at Nocturne Falls greatest party of the year hosted by Elanora Ellingham, The Black and Orange Ball and wants to smooth things over with Jayne.

The ball is always an extravaganza but this year Elanora Ellingham will be debuting an outstanding piece of jewellery. A necklace set with a one of a kind, perfect pink diamond.

I’ve given you enough details and they are not spoilers but from here on spoilers could happen so I will end the story insight with.. An elaborate theft of all the most precious jewels happens at the ball and it is done using Winter Elf magic. Jayne, despite being told by the Sheriff to relax and let him investigate is never one to shy away from an investigation, especially when she gave the go ahead for Elanora to hire Lark (a Winter Elf)

This story has so much going for it. The plot is strong, the characters are colourful, interesting and fun, and there is plenty of romance and drama. Despite the obvious suspect there is still plenty of doubts, mystery and intrigue. The final outcome was one that I did not see coming. All in all this is a truly super Supernatural Cosy Mystery.

The narration by Hollis McCarthy is not only outstanding throughout this book but throughout the whole Jayne Frost series. As there are recurring characters she has to get those voices spot on throughout the series and she nails it! Her narration expresses the mood and personalities of the characters that she is portraying and such consistency throughout a series is a sign of her immense talent!

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  • S. Lacey
  • 03-01-18

Excellent!

Loved this book, although parts were bittersweet, like with Cooper getting bad news about his mum and he and Jayne breaking up (even if he said it was just temporary) because I still kind of like him and Jayne as a couple. Wasn't as sad about Greyson and Jayne though because as much as I love Greyson (and I do!) I never really saw him and Jayne as a couple, I think it shows in this book giving how different his and Coopers reasons for leaving town and missing the Black & Orange ball were.
I really like Sin although I'm reserving judgement for a book or too as he kind of seems a little too good to be true! So far though he does actually seem well matched to Jayne and she seems to have fallen quite hard for him already! I feel bad for Cooper though, if he and Jayne aren't going to be together as a couple, I hope he finds his perfect match as well, Greyson too!
Wasn't too surprised about Lark though, although she put on a good show for Jayne.
Can't wait for the next book!

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  • Teddy
  • 11-14-17

Another Excellent Jayne Frost Mystery.

This series continues to delight and entertain. It's much my preferred form of Nocturne Falls fix, so long may it continue.

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  • LeezaH
  • 02-22-18

Love the characters

I love this side series to Nocturne Falls, all of our favourite characters make guest appearances.

Jane is a fun character to read/listen about.

The narration is very easy to listening.