Review: Stalking Around the Christmas Tree by Jacqueline Frost

What is Jacqueline Frost’s Stalking Around the Christmas Tree about?

For inn keeper Holly White, Christmas time in Mistletoe, Maine, is the ultimate holiday gift. Business at the Reindeer Games Inn is booming, her wedding to Sheriff Evan Gray is nearly here, and the annual parade is about to begin. The town is lucky to have another gift this year with the state’s ballet company staying for several performances of The Nutcracker. But disaster strikes when Tiffany, the lead ballerina, shows up dead on a float during the parade, the Rat King’s mask nearby. Holly will have to spruce up her sleuthing skills if she wants to catch the killer before Christmas—and her wedding day.

Immediately, Holly discovers that Tiffany had more than a few secrets. She finds out that the star of the show had a super fan that no one knows anything about. And the show’s understudy slips some other intriguing information Holly’s way: not only was Tiffany secretly seeing someone romantically, but there seems to be more than one rat in this company. When Holly discovers a secret passage leading to Tiffany’s dressing room, with footprints leading out; she wonders if this is evidence of a secret lover—or a stalking killer.

With an impending snowstorm and the ballet company on the way out of town, Holly must act quickly if she wants to find the person responsible for this terrible murder. Will she be able to save Christmas—or will her investigation turn cold like the weather?

My review of Stalking Around the Christmas Tree by Jacqueline Frost

This is the fourth book in Jacqueline Frost’s Christmas Tree Farm Mystery series – I’ve loved reading them as they have been released and this one was no exception.

I think the characters and setting are really important in these sorts of cosy mystery stories and series, and I love that Frost gives us a strong sense of the town of Mistletoe while still giving her characters a lot of space to live and breathe through the story. I really felt like I get to know a bit more about Holly through each of the books, and I also feel like there isn’t so much backstory, and so many characters, that you would feel lost jumping in on book 4 of the series.

In terms of the actual mystery, it was really a typical cosy mystery and done well. The way Holly finds herself involved makes sense, and I found the ending satisfying.

As always with the Christmas Tree Farm Mystery books my favourite thing was how Christmassy and warm it all feels – I would love to spend a Christmas with Holly and her family in Mistletoe.

Overall I think this is a fun and accessible read for anyone looking for a cosy Christmas book, and would recommend picking it up if you’re looking for sweet festive (murdery) book.

xo Bron

Stalking Around the Christmas Tree by Jacquline Frost
Out now from Crooked Lane Books

Source: I received a free digital copy for review from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley (thank you!)
Category: Christmas cosy murder mystery

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