Thursday, December 30, 2021

Book & Audio Review: Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case by Kristen Painter

Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case

Kristen Painter
Narrator: Hollis McCarthy
Series: Jayne Frost (Book 1)
Publication: Sugar Skull Books (March 8, 2016)
Length: 198 p.; 8 hours and 18 minutes

Description: Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of.

Needing someone he can trust, her father sends her undercover to Nocturne Falls to find out why employees at the Santa’s Workshop toy store are going missing.

Doing that requires getting to know the town, which leads to interesting encounters with a sexy vampire, an old flame, and an elevator that’s strictly off-limits. The more Jayne finds out, the more questions she has, but the answers lead her deeper into danger.

Will her magic save her? Or will she come up cold?

My Thoughts: Jayne Frost is North Pole royalty. Her father is Jack Frost, the Winter King. Her uncle is Santa Claus. She has been working in the family business but still hasn't found the career that excites her passions. 

Her father sends her undercover to the Santa's Workshop toy store in Nocturne Falls to try to discover why employees are going missing. They are leaving letters resigning their jobs but not packing up their stuff when they leave. Jack Frost wants to know why.

Jayne gets a job in the Santa's Workshop and is disguised to mask her distinctive looks. She does find the store manager to be a bit of a problem but that doesn't seem enough to account for the turnover. Jayne also makes some friends among the other clerks in the store which is a new thing for her. Most people who want to be friends with the Winter King's daughter don't have the purest of motives. 

Jayne also runs into an old boyfriend who is living in town and working for the Fire Department. Their parting was not an amicable one. Jayne's heart was broken. She isn't excited to see Cooper and she's confused when others tell her that Cooper is nursing a broken heart of his own. Jayne also meets sexy vampire Greyson Garrett and begins dating him.

I really enjoyed this story. I like the worldbuilding and the humor. I wish I had Jayne's metabolism! Her descriptions of all the wonderful sweets she tries made me hungry. 

The narrator did a good job with the various voices and made the characters really come to life. 

Favorite Quote:
"This can't be a thing, you showing up on my fire escape. I'm not a misunderstood high schooler looking for an immortal boyfriend to stalk me into loving him. Normal people call or text."

He popped a brow. "And I would have had you given me your number."

"Oh. Yeah. Sorry."
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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