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April Claus knows being married to the real Santa makes every day feel like Christmas. But when a different holiday arrives at the North Pole, so does murder... For the first time ever, Christmastown is celebrating a strange new tradition--Halloween. But not everyone is willing to watch their dependable winter wonderland get overrun by carved pumpkins and costume partie April Claus knows being married to the real Santa makes every day feel like Christmas. But when a different holiday arrives at the North Pole, so does murder... For the first time ever, Christmastown is celebrating a strange new tradition--Halloween. But not everyone is willing to watch their dependable winter wonderland get overrun by carved pumpkins and costume parties. As a series of scary happenings hit Santaland, each one more intense than the last, April realizes having a role in the festivities could cost her family, friends--even her own life. April isn't the only unlucky target. Outspoken elf Tiny Sparkletoe is found dead in the snow outside his cottage, crushed in the middle of what appears to be a monstrous footprint. With mayhem descending like reindeer on rooftops, April must stop the Halloween killer before the fate of Mrs. Claus becomes another creepy tale to tell in the dark...


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April Claus knows being married to the real Santa makes every day feel like Christmas. But when a different holiday arrives at the North Pole, so does murder... For the first time ever, Christmastown is celebrating a strange new tradition--Halloween. But not everyone is willing to watch their dependable winter wonderland get overrun by carved pumpkins and costume partie April Claus knows being married to the real Santa makes every day feel like Christmas. But when a different holiday arrives at the North Pole, so does murder... For the first time ever, Christmastown is celebrating a strange new tradition--Halloween. But not everyone is willing to watch their dependable winter wonderland get overrun by carved pumpkins and costume parties. As a series of scary happenings hit Santaland, each one more intense than the last, April realizes having a role in the festivities could cost her family, friends--even her own life. April isn't the only unlucky target. Outspoken elf Tiny Sparkletoe is found dead in the snow outside his cottage, crushed in the middle of what appears to be a monstrous footprint. With mayhem descending like reindeer on rooftops, April must stop the Halloween killer before the fate of Mrs. Claus becomes another creepy tale to tell in the dark...

30 review for Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide by Liz Ireland is the second book in the cozy Mrs. Claus series. As with most cozy mystery series each book in the Mrs. Claus series features it’s own mystery that will be fully solved with that book so they can each be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. There will be some character development that carries over from book to book though for those that follow the series from the beginning. April Claus was just a regular woman living in Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide by Liz Ireland is the second book in the cozy Mrs. Claus series. As with most cozy mystery series each book in the Mrs. Claus series features it’s own mystery that will be fully solved with that book so they can each be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. There will be some character development that carries over from book to book though for those that follow the series from the beginning. April Claus was just a regular woman living in the United States when she met Nick, the man she just knew she’d be spending the rest of her life with. What April didn’t know or suspect at the time was that the wonderful Nick she was going to marry was none other than THE Santa Claus. After marrying Nick April found herself moving to Christmastown in Santaland at the North Pole and living among elves with Christmas celebrated year round. Christmastown has always been a one holiday town but April is glad to see the residents accepting that this year they will also be celebrating Halloween. Well, most of the residents have accepted the new celebration, not all the elves are happy. No one was expecting the series of random mischief though, especially not April who ended up involved in a funicular accident. As April begins to investigate the accident though Tiny Sparkletoe is found dead so April again finds herself teamed up with Jake Frost trying to catch a killer. My first time around reading the Mrs. Claus series I was expecting the lead to be more like the image of a merry Mrs. Claus so it took a while to connect to the “regular” person lead. This time already knowing April and Christmastown I was able to dive right in to the Christmassy fun… er Halloween fun? It was a cute idea to bring another holiday to the small town and I love how everything Christmas or wintery gets incorporated into the story. This one is definitely for those that love a cozy mystery with a quirky and humorous side to them which is what I seek to find and love in them. I will definitely be back for a book three if there will be one in the future. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    I wish to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for this delightful cozy mystery in return for an honest review. The author, Liz Ireland, has created a vivid, colourful, fully realized fantasy world. The descriptions of dwellings, clothing, names of places and imaginative names of the quirky characters all contribute to building the setting and engages the reader in its joyous festive spirit. This works as a standalone, but I now want to read the previous book to learn more about its unusual char I wish to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for this delightful cozy mystery in return for an honest review. The author, Liz Ireland, has created a vivid, colourful, fully realized fantasy world. The descriptions of dwellings, clothing, names of places and imaginative names of the quirky characters all contribute to building the setting and engages the reader in its joyous festive spirit. This works as a standalone, but I now want to read the previous book to learn more about its unusual characters. April Claus is a regular woman from Oregon who married Nick Claus, unaware that he was the real Santa. She moved with him to the quaint, picturesque town of Christmastown located in snowy Santaland at the North Pole. The community dwellers are employed in making and delivering toys to the world's children. A joyous Christmas spirit prevails and is celebrated 365 days a year. Characters include the Claus family, whimsical elves, snowmen, talking reindeer, and a psychotic boyfriend. Remembering traditions from her home state, Mrs. Claus wants to add Halloween to festivities in Santaland. She teaches the community about carving Jack O'Lanterns, trick or treating, designing costumes, and watching scary movies. Some of the elves are delighted, enthusiastically crafting Halloween decorations, whereas others are opposed to any changes. The first sign of trouble is noted in the village greenhouse, where pumpkins were grown to replace turnips. The place was vandalized, and the pumpkins smashed to bits. Police Constable Crinkles has been called in to deal with the destruction but is unwilling or unable to investigate the crime attributed to the Pumpkin Slayer. Ms. Claus feels she is a better sleuth and more able to solve the vandalism than the police officer. Santa Claus recruits Jack Frost to help his wife with the mystery. There are threats and Mrs. Claus fears that her life and the lives of others may be endangered. This is confirmed when Tiny Sparkletoe, a prominent protester against the introduction of Halloween, is found crushed to death under a giant footprint. Now, Mrs. Claus must wonder if the trouble and dissent are caused by the Pumpkin Slayer or what is now called the Abominable Snow Monster. Despite the fantastic element, the investigation is well-plotted with twists to keep the reader engaged and guessing. Recommended for those that want to escape our troubled times into an enjoyable mystery set in magical Santaland.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Christmas/Halloween Cozy Mystery, and this is the second book in the Mrs. Claus series. I have not read the first book in this series. I love that this book as both Christmas and Halloween in it. I have to say I really love the characters in this book, and I think this book is so cute. I did not see the twist before it was revealed, and I also think the mystery parts where super good. I love the reindeer cookie part of this book, and I think it is so funny. Mrs. Claus is trying to get This is a Christmas/Halloween Cozy Mystery, and this is the second book in the Mrs. Claus series. I have not read the first book in this series. I love that this book as both Christmas and Halloween in it. I have to say I really love the characters in this book, and I think this book is so cute. I did not see the twist before it was revealed, and I also think the mystery parts where super good. I love the reindeer cookie part of this book, and I think it is so funny. Mrs. Claus is trying to get use to being Mrs. Claus and being in North Pole, and she gets put into some trouble through out this book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Kensington Publishing Corporation) or author (Liz Ireland) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    April Claus is beginning her second year as the North Pole’s new Mrs. Claus, and she’s decided it would be fun to introduce Halloween to the residents of Santaland. Unfortunately, not everyone is on board, as evidenced by the threatening messages someone is leaving and the attack on the pumpkins one of the elves is growing. However, when things escalate to murder, April takes matters into her own hands to try to figure out what is going on. Can she keep the holiday from being ruined for everyone April Claus is beginning her second year as the North Pole’s new Mrs. Claus, and she’s decided it would be fun to introduce Halloween to the residents of Santaland. Unfortunately, not everyone is on board, as evidenced by the threatening messages someone is leaving and the attack on the pumpkins one of the elves is growing. However, when things escalate to murder, April takes matters into her own hands to try to figure out what is going on. Can she keep the holiday from being ruined for everyone? I absolutely loved the first book in this series, so I was anxious to return to the world that author Liz Ireland is creating. This book was fabulous as well. The murder takes place a little later in the story, but there is plenty going on to keep us entertained, and it only gets stronger as it goes along. The climax is wonderful. I did think there was a timeline issue at one point, but I think the fault is just a scene that is written unclearly. The little details of the world are guaranteed to make you smile; I just love them! While not all the characters are human, they are all completely real and we come to care for them quickly, which is key to getting us to believe in this world. If you are looking for a cozy mystery with a dash of fantasy, you’ll love this book. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    When I read the first book in the “A Mrs. Claus Mystery” series, I had issues with it, and I was skeptical about reading book two, Mrs. Claus and The Halloween Homicide. However, I have to say that I enjoyed this new addition much more than I thought I would. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Halloween is my favorite holiday, and there was plenty of drama with the elves and spooky decorations to smile about, but also, the mystery itself was very intriguing and held my attention. April is an interes When I read the first book in the “A Mrs. Claus Mystery” series, I had issues with it, and I was skeptical about reading book two, Mrs. Claus and The Halloween Homicide. However, I have to say that I enjoyed this new addition much more than I thought I would. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Halloween is my favorite holiday, and there was plenty of drama with the elves and spooky decorations to smile about, but also, the mystery itself was very intriguing and held my attention. April is an interesting character. She certainly isn’t anyone’s idea of a traditional Mrs. Claus. She has her own ideas about Christmas and celebrating holidays; she is never on time, can’t keep out of trouble, and isn’t the jolly, happy Mrs. Santa Claus we have all come to think of. But she does have her good points, and they shine in this story. Other characters have a lot to offer, and the friendships that have begun to develop, even with April’s in-laws, are becoming quite fascinating. I would like to see more of April’s family and friends involved in this series, and from what I read in this installment, it looks like that will happen soon. The murder of an elf is unusual, but in this case, it’s almost impossible to believe. In what appears to be a snow monster attack, a somewhat contentious elf, Tiny Sparkletoe, is killed, but the evidence isn’t adding up for April. Suspects range from business competitors to relatives to people within the Claus household. Tiny was not what he seemed. After an accident, while investigating, it becomes obvious that April might be the killer’s next victim. As Halloween approaches, April moves in on the killer and finds herself in danger of ruining not only Halloween but Christmas. With help from friends and family, Mrs. Claus unravels the clues and reveals a killer, and another side of Santaland no one knew existed. Mrs. Claus and The Halloween Homicide is a heartwarming story with a twisted sense of holiday cheer, fun for all. The action is great, the location couldn’t be better, and the characters are developing into comfortable friends. It isn’t every day readers get to spend a holiday with angry elves, drunk reindeer, crazed snow monsters, and a family that has just as many problems as anyone else. This is a must-read for fans of holiday cozies and Halloween stories.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    This is the second instalment in Liz Ireland's Mrs Claus mystery series. The reader soon meets the star of the show, April Claus, who runs a B&B in Oregon. In this novel, it's the first-ever celebration in Christmastown of Halloween. Recently married to Nick, April discovers that not everyone is happy about the festivities as someone wrecks the pumpkin patch. Then an elf, Tiny Sparkletoe, is found dead... I thought this was a highly entertaining, really solid continuation of the series. I reconf This is the second instalment in Liz Ireland's Mrs Claus mystery series. The reader soon meets the star of the show, April Claus, who runs a B&B in Oregon. In this novel, it's the first-ever celebration in Christmastown of Halloween. Recently married to Nick, April discovers that not everyone is happy about the festivities as someone wrecks the pumpkin patch. Then an elf, Tiny Sparkletoe, is found dead... I thought this was a highly entertaining, really solid continuation of the series. I reconfirmed my enjoyment of Liz Ireland's admirable characterisation of April who's rather scatterbrained. April stepped in to do some investigating herself, aiding Detective Jake Frost. She was also kept busy trying to keep up with her other duties as Mrs Claus. Suspects and clues were in plentiful supply and I was totally engaged in this magical tale for its entirety. With no let-up in the fast-paced plot, the author masterfully interwove intoxicating descriptions of the setting. This was so expertly done that I could readily imagine and sense all that protagonist April did, completely bringing the setting to life. There was Christmas cheer, as well as Halloween shenanigans all with oodles of humour, puns and wit. Liz Ireland's writing captured my complete attention and I didn't put this one down. The book was such a fun read and I was on a merry-go-round of doubt as I puzzled over the mystery. All in all, Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide is a top-notch novel. I will certainly be returning to see what April is getting herself into next! Very highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    It takes a fantastic writer to be able to combine genres, but Liz Ireland, once again, shows that she is that writer. Not only did she combine the genres of a cozy mystery and fantasy, but she also combined the holidays of Christmas and Halloween… now that takes real talent! In Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide, the second in the Mrs. Claus Mysteries, Ireland brings back the well developed characters from book one and gives us even more in book two. The reader also gets more details of Santa’ It takes a fantastic writer to be able to combine genres, but Liz Ireland, once again, shows that she is that writer. Not only did she combine the genres of a cozy mystery and fantasy, but she also combined the holidays of Christmas and Halloween… now that takes real talent! In Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide, the second in the Mrs. Claus Mysteries, Ireland brings back the well developed characters from book one and gives us even more in book two. The reader also gets more details of Santa’s Village combined with the fun and festive Halloween decorations and new traditions. There are humorous moments found throughout the book because of the combining of genres and holidays, and I thought the way Ireland imagined how the elves would celebrate Halloween was perfect. Only an elf would take a suggestion made in passing many months previously and learn how to grow numerous different types of pumpkins! The mystery itself had lots of suspects and I really enjoyed the final outcome of whodunnit, since it was a nice change. I’m already looking forward to book three and can’t wait to see if April’s friend from the states comes for a visit and how she’ll take finding out that not only is Santa real, but her friend is married to him.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide By Liz Ireland If you are in the mood for a book that can keep a smile on your face this one does it!! When April Claus decides to Bring Halloween to Stantaland, she was not prepared for what is going to take place. psychotic boyfriends, pumpkin slayers and even the Elves that are supposed to be merry are being very naughty. This book was a wonderful read and enjoyable till the end. Liz Ireland knows how to weave great characters and bring you a story that you Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide By Liz Ireland If you are in the mood for a book that can keep a smile on your face this one does it!! When April Claus decides to Bring Halloween to Stantaland, she was not prepared for what is going to take place. psychotic boyfriends, pumpkin slayers and even the Elves that are supposed to be merry are being very naughty. This book was a wonderful read and enjoyable till the end. Liz Ireland knows how to weave great characters and bring you a story that you don’t want to put down!! I received this e-book from NetGalley for my honest opinion. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. It was a terrific read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    So cute! This book brings Christmas and Halloween clashing together in the most entertaining way. I’m really loving this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    Mrs Claus brings Halloween to Christmastown and not everyone is happy about it. But is someone so unhappy they’d try to kill Mrs Claus? Just when April thinks she has figured out who has it I for her and Halloween the elf is found dead and it looks like an abominable snow monster did it. Now Christmastown is preparing for a battle with the monsters, celebrating Halloween, and trying to solve a murder all while preparing for Christmas. Can Mrs Claus solve the murder and Halloween, or will she be Mrs Claus brings Halloween to Christmastown and not everyone is happy about it. But is someone so unhappy they’d try to kill Mrs Claus? Just when April thinks she has figured out who has it I for her and Halloween the elf is found dead and it looks like an abominable snow monster did it. Now Christmastown is preparing for a battle with the monsters, celebrating Halloween, and trying to solve a murder all while preparing for Christmas. Can Mrs Claus solve the murder and Halloween, or will she be carved up like a pumpkin and left to rot? A cute series that always gets me ready for Christmas anytime of year.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    A fun book with a pretty good mystery. This is a type of book that defies the normal conventions of what genre it is so that might be a present surprise to some and other may be disappointed. It can’t be called a conventional cozy because we are dealing with Mrs. Claus here—as in Santa’s wife—and the North Pole populated with elves, smart reindeer and a thriving community are based on producing and delivery toys to kids on Christmas morning. At the same time it isn’t a conventional paranormal co A fun book with a pretty good mystery. This is a type of book that defies the normal conventions of what genre it is so that might be a present surprise to some and other may be disappointed. It can’t be called a conventional cozy because we are dealing with Mrs. Claus here—as in Santa’s wife—and the North Pole populated with elves, smart reindeer and a thriving community are based on producing and delivery toys to kids on Christmas morning. At the same time it isn’t a conventional paranormal cozy either. Magic isn’t used by characters and it isn’t involved with the crime either. The only magic is in the existence of…everything in the North Pole. So, Mrs. Claus, a native of Oregon, has decided to bring Halloween to town. Not everyone is thrilled with that and some destruction follows. But the real problem is when one of the main opposition against Halloween is found dead…stepped on by a snow monster. Is it murder? There are plenty of suspects because the man was not liked. Or is there an uncontrollable snow monster out there? Mrs. Claus needs to find out before fear and chaos ruin Christmas. There are some definite funny moments. Reindeers and cookies have hilarious results. While some characters we know from stories, movies, tv, etc. the writer has given them her own unique spin and new characters are more than just thin outlines. At times, April was a little annoying, particularly when she just blurted out her newest suspect without any real proof, just circumstantial evidence. With no surprise, things turn ugly when April accuses her best friend’s boyfriend. An enjoyable read and a nice break from the sweltering hot summer to imagine life in the North Pole. I enjoyed it enough to immediately go out and read the first one (you don’t need to the first one to understand this one). Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    Mrs. Claus, April Claus, just can't stay out of trouble. April introduces Halloween to Christmastown, but there are some town folk who don't get into the Halloween spirit. Pumpkins are smashed, threats are made and April survives the funicular fail. April is new to being Mrs. Claus. The current Santa Claus, Nick, is just filling in for his young nephew until Chris turns twenty-one and assumes the mantle of Santa Claus himself. There are some really fun characters in this book besides April and Ni Mrs. Claus, April Claus, just can't stay out of trouble. April introduces Halloween to Christmastown, but there are some town folk who don't get into the Halloween spirit. Pumpkins are smashed, threats are made and April survives the funicular fail. April is new to being Mrs. Claus. The current Santa Claus, Nick, is just filling in for his young nephew until Chris turns twenty-one and assumes the mantle of Santa Claus himself. There are some really fun characters in this book besides April and Nick. There's the inept Constable Crinkles and his nephew-deputy Ollie. They are more concerned about selling raffle tickets to make enough money to get new wallpaper in the local holding "cell" (Green wreath pattern or French hens?) than solving a murder. Jake Frost returns in this book and he is investigating the murder and has a second secret job in Christmastown. The murder victim, Tiny Sparkletoes owns Sparkletoes Bootery. Not many in Christmastown have a good word to say about him. Makes for lots of suspects. His death is attributed to a snow monster. A giant footprint surrounds his smooshed body. The town goes into panic mode. But is a snow monster really the killer? Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide by Liz Ireland is the second book in her Mrs. Claus Mystery series. I really enjoyed this story. It's so much fun visiting Christmastown with all the elves, the Claus family, quaint shops and drunken reindeer. What? Drunken reindeer? You need to read the book to appreciate those reindeer. There's not a lot of romance since this is a cozy mystery but April and Nick are a loving couple and I enjoyed reading about their interactions. I really am looking forward to what kind of trouble Mrs. Claus gets into next. I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    MRS. CLAUSE AND THE HALLOWEEN HOMICIDE is the second book in the Mrs. Clause Mysteries by Liz Ireland. I loved the first book in the series and this newest one has made me a dedicated fan! Filled with fantasy including fantastical world building (Santa’s North Pole!), quirky characters (surveillance snowmen, comical elves, and the like), and hilarious laugh-out-loud moments (boozy reindeer cookies anyone?) I couldn’t put the book down. Not many people would attempt to combine Christmas and Hallo MRS. CLAUSE AND THE HALLOWEEN HOMICIDE is the second book in the Mrs. Clause Mysteries by Liz Ireland. I loved the first book in the series and this newest one has made me a dedicated fan! Filled with fantasy including fantastical world building (Santa’s North Pole!), quirky characters (surveillance snowmen, comical elves, and the like), and hilarious laugh-out-loud moments (boozy reindeer cookies anyone?) I couldn’t put the book down. Not many people would attempt to combine Christmas and Halloween themes into one book, but Ms. Ireland makes it seem effortless. Despite all the entertaining fun the book has to offer, the author still manages to include a murder and a well-plotted investigation. It’s conducted by none other than Mrs. April Clause, Santa’s wife, transplanted from Oregon. I was too busy enjoying every word in this enchanting read to figure out who the culprit was. But once I finished the last page, it was clear that the clues are there for the armchair detective to follow. The only downside that I could see, is that the book doesn’t come with a plate of cookies and a mug of hot cocoa. I highly recommend the Mrs. Clause series for anyone who enjoys a good mystery filled with humor and delight! I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Liz Ireland

    Looking forward to the release of Mrs. Claus #2! In Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide, Santaland is having its first Halloween, but not everyone is celebrating. Someone called the Pumpkin Slayer is menacing the residents of Christmastown, and he's not just targeting decorative gourds... Looking forward to the release of Mrs. Claus #2! In Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide, Santaland is having its first Halloween, but not everyone is celebrating. Someone called the Pumpkin Slayer is menacing the residents of Christmastown, and he's not just targeting decorative gourds...

  15. 4 out of 5

    ColleenSC (ilikeoldbooks1213)

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to read an ARC of this fantastic book. This book is a huge success, and I honestly think it’s one of the best cozy mysteries I’ve read this year. Here are some of things I loved about this book: -The humor! This book is so funny. The first book in the series had humor too, but this book has several truly clever laugh-out-loud moments. -Just like in the first book, the author’s creativity really shines with names, places, and other Thank you so much to NetGalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to read an ARC of this fantastic book. This book is a huge success, and I honestly think it’s one of the best cozy mysteries I’ve read this year. Here are some of things I loved about this book: -The humor! This book is so funny. The first book in the series had humor too, but this book has several truly clever laugh-out-loud moments. -Just like in the first book, the author’s creativity really shines with names, places, and other ideas about Santaland and its inhabitants. The world she creates is so vivid and colorful. I am completely transported to a world of Santa and elves and talking reindeer. -The pace was fantastic. One quibble I had with the first book’s plot was that not much happened. Not so with this book! The shenanigans are essentially nonstop, with all sorts of excitement. -Liz Ireland really kept me guessing! With so many mysterious goings on and suspicious characters, I was kept wondering and theorizing the whole book. Honestly, my only dislike is that I’m not completely in love with April, the main character. One issue I had with the first book was how she was constantly lying to her husband (and everyone), but luckily in this book the lying doesn’t last long. Her hubby knows she wants to investigate and he even brings in Jake Frost so they can investigate together. I also don’t like how April blurts out suspicions without real proof. But I also know that’s a common thing that heroines do in cozy mysteries. I think this book will be irresistible to cozy mystery lovers. It put me in a Halloween AND Christmas mood! I wanted to eat cookies the entire time I was reading. The experience was cozy, happy, entertaining, and a little silly; in other words, it was a perfect cozy mystery experience. I will post my review on my Instagram page on the publication date of September 28th.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katreader

    MRS. CLAUS AND THE HALLOWEEN HOMICIDE by Liz Ireland The Second Mrs. Claus Mystery April Claus never thought she'd bring havoc to Christmastown when she mentioned the fun of Halloween. Half of the population is eager to celebrate a new holiday, and take advantage of new marketing and booming sales, while the other half thinks it's an abomination. Violence against pumpkins turns into violence against the new Mrs. Claus when April discovers the accident that nearly killed her was no accident. Certa MRS. CLAUS AND THE HALLOWEEN HOMICIDE by Liz Ireland The Second Mrs. Claus Mystery April Claus never thought she'd bring havoc to Christmastown when she mentioned the fun of Halloween. Half of the population is eager to celebrate a new holiday, and take advantage of new marketing and booming sales, while the other half thinks it's an abomination. Violence against pumpkins turns into violence against the new Mrs. Claus when April discovers the accident that nearly killed her was no accident. Certain she knows the Halloween hating elf behind it, she's shocked to find him dead-apparently trampled by a snow monster. Now the town is in a panic believing an attack of Abominables is nigh, but April and her husband, the current Santa, are doubtful. Will April be able to prove that the irascible elf was murdered by another elf, or even a human? Or will the killer get to her first? I absolutely love this series and enjoyed this second book as much as the first! April is a lovable protagonist and even if she is Mrs. Claus, she's still completely relatable! She's an outsider, trying to fit in and prove her worthiness. She's smart and plucky, yet emotionally vulnerable too. She's also very funny. The thought of reindeer cookies still has me laughing. In fact there are so many funny scenes from raffle ticket selling police, debating cell wallpaper, and those reindeer cookies-I still can't get over the cookies. But there is depth behind the humor too. Friendship is at the core of the second Mrs. Claus mystery; speaking the truth and looking out for your friends, even if it risks ruining the friendship. Utterly unique MRS. CLAUS AND THE HALLOWEEN HOMICIDE is a finely crafted mystery filled with surprises and plenty of laughs.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    I generally stay away from holiday-themed books, but I read the first book in this series and loved it, so I got this one. I love cozies and fantasy, and the author does a great job of combining them in this one. Not only is the writing fantastic, but all of the characters are just so much fun to read about. Add in an interesting mystery, a little bit of slapdash humor, an interesting Christmas universe at the North Pole, an MC who wants to bring Halloween to Christmastown, and a bunch of all ki I generally stay away from holiday-themed books, but I read the first book in this series and loved it, so I got this one. I love cozies and fantasy, and the author does a great job of combining them in this one. Not only is the writing fantastic, but all of the characters are just so much fun to read about. Add in an interesting mystery, a little bit of slapdash humor, an interesting Christmas universe at the North Pole, an MC who wants to bring Halloween to Christmastown, and a bunch of all kinds of things in between, and you have a great book to spend some time with. There is one particular small plot about reindeer cookies that literally had me crying from laughing. Absolutely a great time. Highly recommend. I was provided a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (read_with_steph)

    As I said for the first book in this series, these books have the most original premise of any cozy mystery series I've read. The wife of Santa Claus, at the North Pole, with elves, and abominable snowmen, and a detective who is the cousin of Jack Frost... there's so much fun stuff going on! Unlike the first book, which was squarely of the Christmas holiday theme, this one is a bit more... spooky. Mrs. Claus has convinced the town to have its first Halloween celebration, but its bringing more mi As I said for the first book in this series, these books have the most original premise of any cozy mystery series I've read. The wife of Santa Claus, at the North Pole, with elves, and abominable snowmen, and a detective who is the cousin of Jack Frost... there's so much fun stuff going on! Unlike the first book, which was squarely of the Christmas holiday theme, this one is a bit more... spooky. Mrs. Claus has convinced the town to have its first Halloween celebration, but its bringing more mischief and mayhem than she anticipated! This book was even more fun than the first! It also set up a book three perfectly, with an anticipated visit from Mrs. Claus' best friend back in the United States in the next Christmas season. In this story, there were a ton of suspects, interesting crimes, and new characters (but not in an overwhelming way). I am so excited to continue reading this series! Thanks to Kensington for my eARC! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 5 stars - 9/10

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide is the second installment of the Mrs. Claus series by Liz Ireland, which takes you back to Santaland. The protagonist is Mrs. Claus who introduces Halloween to the town and most of the elves enthusiastically participate in preparing for the big day. However, there are a few elves who are not so keen on this new spooky holiday being adopted into Santaland and they go on a pumpkin smashing mission. On top of it all, the most protesting elf is killed in a pecul Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide is the second installment of the Mrs. Claus series by Liz Ireland, which takes you back to Santaland. The protagonist is Mrs. Claus who introduces Halloween to the town and most of the elves enthusiastically participate in preparing for the big day. However, there are a few elves who are not so keen on this new spooky holiday being adopted into Santaland and they go on a pumpkin smashing mission. On top of it all, the most protesting elf is killed in a peculiar manner and April can’t help herself but get involved with the investigation. This story has so many adorable and interesting characters in it. With talking and drunken reindeer with faulty blinking noses, to a distant cousin of Jack Frost as the main detective to get to the bottom of the Pumpkin Slayer, to the many different elves of Santaland all make up for a hilarious cozy that had me laughing throughout the book. I also love that this has a unique spin on already established fictional characters who you always picture as jolly beings, trying to get by and who have struggles of their own similar to people in real life. April’s character is amazing and I’m a huge fan of hers. She is imperfect and is a big person trying to fit in a world made for much shorter people, all because she fell in love with Nick Claus. Her quirky characteristics and her relationships with those she was helping solve the mystery with were fun. The world building was amazing and the author transported me to a world that I would love to hang out in. If you haven’t guessed it by now, I really recommend this novel and I look forward to many more in this series. Thank you Kensington Books for the finished copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide is book #2 in the Mrs. Claus mystery series. This series is so much fun and so original. I love the idea that there is murder and mayhem in Santaland. In this outing, Mrs. Claus introduces Halloween to Santaland. Of course, it does not go smoothly. The author does a great job of throwing in enough red herrings that I can never figure out the murderer. I really enjoyed this book and am eagerly awaiting book #3. Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for the AR Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide is book #2 in the Mrs. Claus mystery series. This series is so much fun and so original. I love the idea that there is murder and mayhem in Santaland. In this outing, Mrs. Claus introduces Halloween to Santaland. Of course, it does not go smoothly. The author does a great job of throwing in enough red herrings that I can never figure out the murderer. I really enjoyed this book and am eagerly awaiting book #3. Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    I really liked the Halloween/Christmas combination of this cozy mystery. It was a pretty quick and fun read. I enjoyed the comedy side of this book, especially the reindeer cookies. It’s certainly a quirky book. It has me in the mood for Christmas reads soon! 😂 This is part of a series, but you don’t have to read the first one to follow along. I think this is a perfect fit for cozy mystery lovers and fans of the holidays. So, go check it out! 🎄 Thank you @KensingtonBooks for my #gifted copy!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Riddle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Cute and kept me guessing about the culprit. Cozy is for sure. Elves and Snowmen. Reindeer and Sleighs. Santa and Mrs. Claus are there, too. I have to say, reading about a young(er) and in love Santa was kind of a nice twist. It's also nice to think they made Mrs. Claus a bit of a badass. This is the second in the series and I have not read the first. I don't think it is necessary but, it was a bit frustrating to read an obvious reference to a previous book. I felt like I got to the party late b Cute and kept me guessing about the culprit. Cozy is for sure. Elves and Snowmen. Reindeer and Sleighs. Santa and Mrs. Claus are there, too. I have to say, reading about a young(er) and in love Santa was kind of a nice twist. It's also nice to think they made Mrs. Claus a bit of a badass. This is the second in the series and I have not read the first. I don't think it is necessary but, it was a bit frustrating to read an obvious reference to a previous book. I felt like I got to the party late but, the party was still fun. Tiny Sparkletoe was a greedy little elf and Pixie was a little HO HO HO! Sorry. I couldn't resist.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Terri Wino

    3-1/2 stars I enjoyed book two in this series a little more than the first one, now that I'm used to the blend of "reality" and Santa/elf world that these books straddle. I was happy to spend more time with the cast of characters I met in book one, and the addition of a few new ones made for some interesting moments. The mystery in this book had quite an array of suspects to choose from, and I was happy that I didn't immediately figure it out. If you like cozy mysteries and holiday-themed stories, 3-1/2 stars I enjoyed book two in this series a little more than the first one, now that I'm used to the blend of "reality" and Santa/elf world that these books straddle. I was happy to spend more time with the cast of characters I met in book one, and the addition of a few new ones made for some interesting moments. The mystery in this book had quite an array of suspects to choose from, and I was happy that I didn't immediately figure it out. If you like cozy mysteries and holiday-themed stories, you will probably get a kick out of this series. I'm looking forward to the next installment to see what trouble Mrs. Claus can get herself involved in next.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Raenetta King

    Great fun I came across the first Mrs. Claus book by accident and fell in love with the story had to go looking for the next story if available. You didn’t disappoint me I hope there are more stories to come I have fallen in love with these stories and I am a very big CHRISTMAS story lover. Thank you for your stories. R King In Utah

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Berryman

    If the pandemic has gotten you down, this book will put a smile on your face. Liz Ireland has continued to impress me with her witty paranormal mysteries. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend reading anything by this author. I received an e-book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Renee Winter

    This book kept me smiling as I read it! The humor, the sheer fun of it! Ms. Ireland has created some truly unique fun characters. The story flows smoothly. I was kept quessing as who was the culprit. I will be reading more by this author! A fun must read! Thanks #netgalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ileana Renfroe

    Oh boy, Mrs Claus and Halloween? Can you imagine? LOL. Mrs Claus and the Halloween Homicide is the 2nd instalment and if you can imagine it even better than I imagined. April married to Santa Claus finds herself along with the town celebrating Halloween. Of course, not many are happy with this development. Mix in a murder and you have a great cozy mystery.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brittani

    What happens when a town that celebrates Christmas 365 days of the year is introduced to Halloween for the first time? Well, Mrs. Claus (April) certainly didn't anticipate what did happen. When death threats and murder darken the normally jovial town of Christmastown, April again sees herself thrown into an investigation. With the help of her husband and elf friends, she sets out to find the real monster before it's too late. I really enjoyed reading the second book in the Mrs. Claus series! I f What happens when a town that celebrates Christmas 365 days of the year is introduced to Halloween for the first time? Well, Mrs. Claus (April) certainly didn't anticipate what did happen. When death threats and murder darken the normally jovial town of Christmastown, April again sees herself thrown into an investigation. With the help of her husband and elf friends, she sets out to find the real monster before it's too late. I really enjoyed reading the second book in the Mrs. Claus series! I find it interesting to see how she's adjusting to life at the North Pole. In the first book, we saw more of her questioning her decision to marry Mr. Christmas himself, but in the second we see her confidence has grown and how she's traversing the parallels between her friendships at the North Pole and back home in Oregon. I feel we saw more of Nick in this book and their relationship with one another. I would love to see more of that in the next book as I enjoy their interactions and seeing what attracted them to one another in the first place, however limited those interactions can be. The side characters are extremely endearing. I love the bond April has formed with Jingles. Quasar still makes me go "awww". The Juniper friendship and Claire friendship are fun to see how April interacts with them and their similarities and differences. The overall storyline, of Halloween being brought to Christmasland, is what I'd imagine if Santa ended up in Halloween Town in Nightmare Before Christmas. It was delightfully imagined, and I look forward to what the next book will bring!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    This is a hoot. For those who missed the first book, this will be fine as a standalone because Ireland quickly fills you in on how April fell in love without wholly understanding what he meant when he said that he is Santa Claus. She's been living among the elves and others (reindeer!) at the North Pole and coping with the culture clash. Now, for the first time, the town is going to celebrate Halloween, except that not everyone is happy about it. Tiny Sparkletoe is murdered, someone is stalking This is a hoot. For those who missed the first book, this will be fine as a standalone because Ireland quickly fills you in on how April fell in love without wholly understanding what he meant when he said that he is Santa Claus. She's been living among the elves and others (reindeer!) at the North Pole and coping with the culture clash. Now, for the first time, the town is going to celebrate Halloween, except that not everyone is happy about it. Tiny Sparkletoe is murdered, someone is stalking April, and there's trouble in general. April, a sensible woman, takes matters into her own hands to get answers. Yes, it's a little silly but it also made me smile. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good cozy read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anna Fox

    Fun Halloween mystery set at the North Pole. I like the characters and how everything is resolved. The mystery kept me guessing. Of course, I liked the setting how could you not like something set in Santa's hometown? Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review. Fun Halloween mystery set at the North Pole. I like the characters and how everything is resolved. The mystery kept me guessing. Of course, I liked the setting how could you not like something set in Santa's hometown? Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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