Christmas elves: Everything you thought you knew is wrong.
Newly appointed Christmas Special Investigator Steingrim Og's first day on the job is interrupted by a murder and theft of a magic item, which threatens to destroy all society at the North Pole. With no mentor, on-the-job training is all Steingrim has to rely on.
Fighting racism, corruption, and politics, Steingrim finds his first case more complex than he imagined. He only has five days to find the murderer and the missing magic item, or everything the Elves know will come undone.
I was very excited to listen to this story since I love Christmas and mysteries, it seemed like the perfect audiobook for me! I greatly enjoyed the world that D. Gunn created with his characters, including all of the elf “swear words” which had me chuckling every time. I’m looking forward to the sequel!
I also really loved Gregory Salinas’s performance! I had listened to him narrate before (which is another reason why I chose this audiobook), and I enjoy the variety of voices that he brings to the characters along with his smooth, almost film noir detective voice that he gives Steingrim Ogg. All of the different voices and accents really distinguish the characters and make me feel like I’m a part of the story. I would highly recommend any other audiobooks that he’s narrated.
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The juxtaposition of having a noir murder mystery set in a Christmas fantasy world made for a very lighthearted yet captivating listen. I found myself quickly drawn in to the imagery, characters, and witty dialogues of the complex world of Elves that the author vividly portrayed. The tale covered topics of crime, gangs, racism, and violence without losing sight of the magic and spirit of Christmas. The narrator does a fantastic job of giving each character a unique voice to match their personality. The story has definitely left me wanting more, and I look forward to the next Mistletoe Mystery!