DELICIOUSLY CUTE AND DELIGHTFULLY ENTERTAINING!!!
I love, love, love Kristen Painter and totally smitten with her brand new Nocturne Falls spinoff series, Jayne Frost! I fell head over heels for Painter's work last year after reading The Vampire's Mail Order Bride, the first book of her Nocturne Falls Series and have been a diehard fan ever since. When I heard that Painter was introducing a new spinoff series, I could hardly wait but fortunately for us, the wait is finally over with the release of Miss Frost Solves A Cold Case. The story is cute, exciting, original, imaginative and totally unique paranormal romance filled to the brim with mystery, suspense and lighthearted humor. The narrative is exceptionally well crafted and beautiful written in the first person from the perspective of the the heroine, Jayne Frost, the Winter Princess and daughter of the Winter King, Jack Frost. The dialogue is smart, witty and flows effortlessly. Painter is a gifted storyteller and extremely skilled at building wonderful worlds for her readers but my favorite component of her stories is the magnificent cast of captivating and engaging characters she creates who come to life for us in the pages of her books. They will capture your imagination and steal your heart. What did I love about this book? Everything! What didn't I like about this book? Duh...not a darn thing! Would I recommend this book? You bet and I am, for all ages and anyone who loves a sweet little cozy mystery with just a smidge of light romance! Will I read this author again? Absolutely! Just as soon as she releases her next book!
Premise: For all you folks who haven't heard of Nocturne Falls, it's a fictional town in Georgia which celebrates Halloween 365 days a year and they celebrate it big time since it's the town's main source of income. Yup, tourists flock to Nocturne Falls where the streets are populated every single day with all manner of supernatural creatures dressed as gargoyles, vampires, witches, elves, werewolves, valkyries and anything else your mind can imagine. Except they aren't just dressed as these creatures.....they actually are these creatures and they're hiding in plain sight of the entire world. Oh my! And they not only live in Nocturne Falls but make their living by owning businesses which cater to the human tourists. But how could you not love it with haunts (sorry, I just couldn't resist that little pun) like The Scream Shop, Hallowed Bean, Howlers Bar & Grill, The Poison Apple, Illusions, Insomnia, Ever After, Mummy's Diner, The Gingerbread Inn, Delaney's Delectables, The Black Rose D & B (*snicker* a Dead and Breakfast rather than a Bed and Breakfast *giggle*) and Santa's Workshop. Santa's Workshop??? How did that one get into the Halloween themed Nocturne Falls? Well, every town needs a toy store, right? And this store is only one of many located around the world owned by none other than the fat man in the red suit. That's right, Kris Kringle from the North Pole and is overseen by Santa's right hand man, the Winter King himself, Jack Frost who just happens to also be his brother-in-law. Yup, family business and all that.
Jayne Frost is not very happy with the path her life has taken. It's hard enough being an almost thirty year old single elf at the North Pole but add being the Winter Princess, the only daughter and heir of Jack Frost, the Winter King and that equals no friends and no social life. Well, except for her best friend, Lark, who deserted her almost ten years ago to travel to Europe to 'find herself' - whatever that means - if she hasn't found herself by now, apparently she never will. Jayne's college education in communications is doing her no good at all with her working in the family business at the North Pole, her current assignment being: overseeing 'The Naughty and Nice' list. Yeah, so exciting, right? Not! Nope, Jayne is not a happy elf at all. It's not easy being royalty. But never fear, Jayne's loving father, The Winter King has a special assignment for her that just may turn out to be snow cool (sorry, another bad pun). In less than three years, six elves have quit their jobs at Santa's Workshop in Nocturne Falls, without any notice and only leaving a vague note behind. They just suddenly stopped showing up for their shifts. And even worse - they've disappeared! They no longer even show up on the North Pole's Elf Census. What? What happened to the missing elf employees? Well, that's Jayne's new job - to solve the mystery of the missing employees. The game's afoot! But everyone knows Jayne is the Winter Princess and she'll never be able to solve the case as herself, so she must go to Nocturne Falls incognito and magically disguised as Lilibeth Holiday, new elf employee at Santa's Workshop. Unfortunately, Jayne's plan runs into a few snags with the first complication being her handsome college ex-boyfriend, Cooper Sullivan, summer elf and now fire fighter for Nocturne Falls. Yup, the guy that broke her heart. Oh no! Oh yes, but it gets better! The second wrinkle is Greyson Garrett, a drop dead gorgeous, charismatic vampire who is more than just a little interested in winter elf, Lilibeth Holiday. And Jayne is more than a little interested in him as well! Oh my! But will Greyson be interested in the Winter Princess Jayne Frost? Well, Jayne may have to solve the case in order to find out. Or will she be more interested in rekindling a relationship with her old flame the summer elf? Or..... will Jayne suffer the same fate as the other six elves who have disappeared? Oh my! We'll see! Get ready for a fun-filled adventure where Christmas collides with Halloween! I love it! Another deliciously cute, delectably sweet and delightfully entertaining five star read from Kristen Painter!
Cold Mysteries in Nocturne Falls
I received an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review.
Set in our favorite town of Nocturne Falls, Miss Frost Solves A Cold Case is more mystery than romance, although we do get some juicy PDAs in this book.
Jayne Frost, daughter of Winter King Jack Frost and Santa’s sister Klara Kringle, is well a North Pole Misfit. Princess Jayne finds herself generally in one of two categories. Avoided for being Royalty, or given special treatment for being Royalty. All she wants is to be a normal Winter Elf, with friends. When workers start to go missing after leaving the Santa’s Workshop store in the Nocturne Fall’s, Jayne is asked to investigate the disappearances.
Kristen does a wonderful job of keeping you guessing just who is to blame for the disappearances, and when you finally figure out the who done it, you can appreciate how well Kristen kept you guessing. Because of all the digging Jayne does we find out more about the world of Nocturne Falls in a fun way. I hope to see more of Jayne’s story in a regular Nocturne Falls book, and would love to see her solve more cases.
Violence: Mild (Some fighting, nothing very graphic)
Romance: Mild. PDAs, Kissing and Potential Love Triangle situation.
5 Star Rating