'Twas the Knife Before Christmas

A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery, Book 2
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (324 ratings)

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A Christmas delight, 'Twas the Knife Before Christmas will charm the stockings off fans of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier.

It's out of the cupcake tin, into the fire for Holly White's best friend, Caroline. Can Holly clear Caroline's name in time to go caroling?

When a body turns up in the dumpster behind Caroline's Cupcakes, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend, Caroline, is the main suspect. Everyone in town, including Mistletoe, Maine's sheriff, saw Caroline fighting with the victim on the night of his death. Worse, Caroline's fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, a custom-designed marble rolling pin. 

Now, just 10 days before Christmas, Holly's up to her jingle bells in holiday shenanigans and in desperate need of a miracle. Juggling extra shifts at her family's Christmas tree farm and making enough gingerbread jewelry to satisfy the crowd is already more than she can handle - and now she has to find time to clear her best friend of murder. Add in her budding relationship with the sheriff and run-ins with an ex-fiance looking to make amends, and Holly's ready to fly south until springtime. 

But her Sherpa-lined mittens come off when Caroline is taken into custody. Can Holly wrap up the case in time for Christmas...even after she gains the true killer's attention? Find out in 'Twas the Knife Before Christmas, Jacqueline Frost's second pine-scented Christmas Tree Farm mystery.

©2018 Jacqueline Frost (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Reindeer, Christmas Cheer, Cupcakes, Big Mistakes

The second in the series finds Holly White still in Mistletoe, Maine at her parents Christmas tree farm enjoying the Reindeer Games and looking forward to managing the inn that her family is building, when out of the blue, a man turns up dead at the Tree Lighting downtown . . . in a giant bowl of peppermint candies. And Holly's best friend is the prime suspect. Caroline, also daughter of the mayor, is soon arrested. Holly is determined to prove her innocence, which gets her into hot water with the sheriff, Evan Gray, who Holly has been dating . . . and who has been strangely distant lately. I really hope this series continues, because I am HOOKED!!! Its clean, fun and interesting. Holly can't seem to stay out of the investigations, which always involve those she loves. This one was especially magical, centering around Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and I loved the way it played out. Murder solved! Bravo!

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Same as the first

This one was basically the first book all over again. And the Boston accents were excruciating to listen to.

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Great Christmas Read...

I was so anxious for this second book in the series to come out, and I wasn't disappointed. The mystery was well developed and I wasn't sure of the murderer until close to the end. But I especially love the recurring and new characters in the book. One of the things I love about Cozy Mysteries is that the characters in the books, and their personal lives, are as important as the mystery. Holly, her parents, Evan, Ray, Caroline, Cookie (& Theodore) have become like good friends. I enjoyed the addition of Libby, and Christopher was a really fun character - with a twist. I like how close Holly and her parents are. I also like the close friendship that has developed between Ray and Holly. I have hope that Holly and Evan's relationship will move forward in the next book, and perhaps with Ray and Libby as well. I enjoyed the side story with Ray's mom. I have listened to this book multiple times and I'm looking forward to having another in the series next holiday season.

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Charming!

Love this series. Interesting characters, great mystery, and fantastic narration. I also really appreciate the lack of bad language and raunchiness. It’s so refreshing to enjoy a story without cringing every third page. Please have more in this charming series!!!

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Grrrr

Story line is good. Women are existentially hyper sensitive. Mens personality is too feminine. Why is heroine always in danger at Christmas? Who would want to go to tree farm where is there always danger? Holly has no confidence in police work , she never honors police request grrr just grrr

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5 stars!

I love cozy mysteries, and this book is now one of my very favorites.

I have never listened to one on audible before though, and was worried I would not like it as much. But the narrator did a really good job and I was really happy with it!

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Christmas fun

I love a fun Christmas mystery and try to read one every December. I was thrilled to find this second Christmas Tree Farm mystery and was not disappointed in my choice for this year. Excellent narration brings this well crafted story to life.

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Fun cozy Christmas mystery

Despite the cringe-inducing overuse of the word "tummy", this is a fun Christmas mystery.

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Mistletoe

A great follow up to book one. I loved it! Hope there is a book 3 in the works!

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good story

Good story line. The identity of killer was surprising. sometimes the voice of narrator gets on my nerves especially for men characters.