Release Date: Sep 29, 2020
Publisher: Kensington Books
Who said Santa isn’t real?
Falling in love with Nick had been so quick for April. Finding out you’re now the New Mrs. Claus, well…. it’s going to take some time to get used to. And as the Christmas festivities begin and Christmas is just a few days away, a string of murders occurs, and all lights point to Santa, oh no!
I adored this book. Maybe it was the magic of Christmas, or the current desperate disparity of life, definitely the witty, imaginative writing of this author. This is not a traditional cozy murder-mystery. This is a Christmas story with talking reindeer and concerns over the snowmen and elf politics. My only complaint is that I wish there was more of the backstory, of when Nick and April fell in love. I wish this book was longer. Which isn’t really a complaint at all, is it? But I needed this story; this magic and silliness, and its imagination was perfection. This was so much fun to read!
With a kerfuffle (conflicting views) and clamor for justice among the residents of Santaland. Mrs.’s Claus will collaborate with Detective Jake Frost, a distant relation to the well-known Jack Frost. And with the help of Jingles the elf and Quasar the one-antler reindeer, they will try to get Santa off the Naughty List. The elves will protest, the reindeer will compete for brawn and the festivities will continue with ear-splitting carols! A perpetual fubar of Christmas delight!
It all came together, and it was animated and clever. Can you tell how excited I am for this book? I held up reading the ending because I had yet to solve it and I didn’t want to, either. I didn’t want it to end. One thing is for sure, I was not ready for this book. This is pure Christmas magic.
This story was exciting and fresh; a reprieve from the heavy murder-mysteries. An imaginative holiday gem! Although, murder is never lighthearted, this one took it on with a comical, yet introspective narrative. Why? Because there shouldn’t be murder in Santaland. In the place where hope and jolly cheer reign. But Liz Ireland, brought so much characterization to the characters. I loved that she gave voices to all the characters, particularly, the reindeer. Allowing you to see the character’s flaws and faults through Mrs. Claus’s investigation. Not all is eggnog and merry cheer in Santaland and I had a wonderful time making friends with these fun enigmatic characters. I simply, loved it.