Also by this author: Dead Man's Hand, Queen of Hearts, House of the Rising Sun
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
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?
So now that I have read all of the Nocturne Falls books, I have moved to the “Jayne Frost” books. Jayne Frost, stands for “Nocturne Falls Mystery” 🙂 I just can’t get enough of the town. Although published May, 2016, I just got it. What? I finished the Nocturne Falls series before I picked this up.
Jayne Frost, is the daughter the one and only Jack Frost. If you have been reading Kristen’s books, you know all of them have supernaturals of one sort or another. For the first time there is a “real” character in Nocturne Falls. By real I mean Jack Frost, Kris Kringle, and their wives. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Jayne’s mom is Kris’s sister. She calls Kris uncle but she has some of his abilities. This means she must of received those from her mom’s side. She does make some comments about Kris’ size, which is a nod to the big guy.
Jayne’s ‘free-spirited’ in that she doesn’t do well with work. Although a winter elf, she is on the outside looking in. Mostly due to her father being Jack Frost, and her uncle being the boss. She attended and graduated college, and even dated a summer elf. I knew there were different types of elves. What I didn’t know that Winter Elves love sugar, while Summer elves enjoy fruit. More on sugar later. So Jayne is voluntold by her dad that she was going to visit one of their ‘Christmas Stores’. Oh, and solve the case of winter elves vanishing into thin air. Obviously she looks likes her father, Jack, with the bright blue hair, so she had to go undercover. Another interesting tid-bit about Winter elves. The darker blue their hair is, the more magic they have. Honestly, I haven’t studied winter elf physiology, so it was a nice addition.
Jayne’s amazed by Nocturne Falls the minute she arrives. Especially Delaney’s bakery. Remember how I said I would get back to sugar? So winter elves love sugar, she takes a can of Root Beer into the shower with her. Apparently, winter elves have the metabolism of a rabbit and therefore eat sugar in copious amounts. Scratch that, not all winter elves have a metabolism that fast, some are more the round plumpy versions. Thinking that she would go and see the town, she runs into a vampire. Not any vampire, but one of the town’s vampires. He is one of the vampires who walk around at night and get pictures with the tourists.
In disguise, Jayne’s constantly worried about the reactions when she reveals her true self. After making some friends, which is new for her, the worry just escalates. Oh and then she runs into her ex-boyfriend, a summer elf who happens to be in the fire department. Apparently they like fire, and she figured he would have been setting them, versus putting them out. Oh and she finds a cat.
The kitty on the front of the book. It was starving and she had to rescue it. In fact a solid part of the book is her interactions with kitty. Kristen, the author, has multiple cats, and sometimes I think she watches them while she writes. There is so much personality. She even writes about the mannerisms of kitty’s. This is the second “Nocturne Falls” book that has a cat in it. If you don’t count the Panther shifter, which I don’t.
To get to the bottom of the missing elves, Jayne must not only interact with vampire hotty, but also with ex-boyfriend hotty. I know what is a girl to do? She must also keep out of the watchful gaze of her boss, who is grumpy. Grumpy may be an understatement. The fact that he requires grown adults to register guests is just a little over the top. With her pantry laddened with sugar, and her fridge with Root Beer, she is ready to get down to the bottom of the issue. Oh but wait, kitty needs toys, food, and litter. All good things must come to an end, and Jayne has to choose who she wants to be and maybe just maybe who she wants to be with.
Like all of Kristen’s books, I really enjoyed this one. I would have liked to see some of the characters from the main book show their face. I guess Bridget at Howler’s does, oh and so does Delaney. Okay, so maybe I am wrong. I wish there was more interaction between the main characters and Jayne. All in all the start of a good series. I plan on reading the other ones. If nothing else to read more about her kitty.