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?
©2016 Kristen Painter (P)2016 Kristen Painter
I haven't read the print version but thoroughly enjoyed the audio version.
Juniper - the character just appeals to me
I Enjoyed this one so much I went on to listen to the other Nocturne Falls books (they're OK-ish, but romances don't interest me as much as mysteries) and bought the second Jayne Frost book as soon as I saw the audio version was available
The quality of the narrator is more important to me than the genre. I go for a really good reading anytime.
The setting in Nocturne Falls was the best thing. The worst thing was that there was no real involvement at all from any of the characters that we've come to know and love. I know it's a new series but why set it in NF if you're not going to include anyone we know? (except as the most casual passing reference)
The narrator was OK - her voice is pleasant but her dialect/accent switching quite patchy so that our heroine ended up with an Irish accent if she was speaking to Greyson and so on. Also a lot of the characters seemed .. for no particular reason sound like someone from NY or New Jersey - which is a bit strange as NF is in Georgia and the heroine is from the north pole? As a Brit I found it particularly confusing.
No I really can't
I wouldn't listen to any more of this series although I may read the next book before making a final decision. I REALLY want the next Nocturne Falls (with B.J narrating) to be available now!
"Kristen has done it again"
yes. this is a great book and part of a great series
I might compare some of Molly Harper's Half Moon Hollow books to this book and this series.
when she kept sliding under the doors to snoop in the office.
When she saved Spider. He became her cat.
This book met all my expectations. It was fantastic. After i read these books, it leaves me wanting more.
"Princess Turned PI!"
I loved the original Nocturne Falls series so much, I just had to listen to the new series. It's everything you come to expect from Kristen Painter! A well written story that's clean, funny, full of suspense, and of course a cat!
Kristen takes us on another visit to Nocturne Falls for an adventure with Jayne Frost, the Winter princess, who goes undercover to investigate why employees are quitting and disappearing from Santa's Workshop.
When Jayne arrives in Nocturne Falls, we are introduced to new characters, while running into a few old friends. In addition, to these new characters, we get to see a different side of Nocturne Fall; a slightly darker side. With each new story, Kristen expertly develops both the characters and town to the point they appear real and tangible. The stories are so well written, you can easily visualize each scene, learn something new about the characters and town, and get lost in a good story.
I really enjoyed listening to this book, and will be on the lookout for future stories; however, it's definitely different from the PNR Nocturne Falls stories we are used to listening too. This is truly a detective story, with no romantic HEA's, and is told from Jayne's POV. We follow Jayne as she secretly investigates the missing employees, meets new friends, goes on dates, and solves the case.
While I missed B.J. Harrison narrations, this is a new series so it makes sense to go with a different narrator and Hollis McCarthy did a great job! While this is the first audiobook I've listened to by her, she did an awesome job on the voices and each main character had their own voice and was easily identified.
Besides getting used to the new narrator, and not having the romantic HEA, this was a great mystery and evil villain.
If you are a fan of the Nocturne Falls series, this story is a great addition to your collection
"A Pleasant Surprise"
I was skeptical about the whole North Pole/ Ice King's daughter storyline but it was believable without being corny. I would read this book again and will be downloading book two as soon as this is submitted.
"Too simple of a story."
The story is far too predictable, the characters all so nice and squeaky clean it becomes annoying. If you're looking for a book for your 13-14 year old daughter, this is fine.
"Yelping yetis! A great new series!"
I loved this book. Lighthearted and fun, just like all of the Nocturne Falls books.
Jayne was my favorite character. She's strong, snarky, and fun... the perfect heroine for this book.
I hadn't heard Hollis McCarthy narrate any other audiobooks, but she nailed this one. Each character had his or her own voice and the tone of the scenes came across just right.
I laughed out loud quite a few times.
A Nocturne Falls spinoff series? One that blends cozy mystery, year round Christmas, and Halloween 365 days a year? Yes please, sign me up!
Jayne Frost, the daughter of Jack Frost and the niece of Kris Kringle, is the Winter Princess and a pretty big deal in the North Pole. Not that it matters to her, she'd rather be happy. She's part of the family business, and her family needs her at the Nocturne Falls Santa's Workshop flagship store. It seems that elves are leaving with no notice, never to be seen again, and the higher ups (ie: The Big Guy in the Red Suit) are starting to notice. Jayne needs to go undercover and try to solve the mysteries surrounding the disappearances. What she doesn't count on is running into her old flame Cooper, a summer elf, or meeting sexy Roma vampire Greyson. Yelping yetis... what's a girl have to do to find her happiness and save the family business?
"A Pure Christmas Miracle"
Yes, the story is fun, and Hollis is a great narrator.
yes. You don't know until the very end who done it.
Her voice inflection is spot on. She brings the characters to life and stays true to each one.
yes. I was upset I couldn't.
A must listen to.
"I want to live in Nocturne Falls"
I have read Ms. Painter's other books set in Nocturne Falls and greatly enjoyed them. I am hoping there will be more.
The comes Jane Frost who happens to come to Nocturne Falls and adds a delightful twist to the city of Nocturne Falls. Although this seems to stand as a new series it looks as if it will be in Nocturne Falls and hopefully will combine in characters from the first series. It did some this time.
Will definitely get the next book and hope Ms. Painter contiues with both of the Nocturne Falls series.
"Below my age/believable category"
I LOVE the “Nocturne Falls” series but this was just okay. It’s well written/developed/witty but… I just can’t buy into the Santa theme. It is way below my age/believable category. This is NOT paranormal. It is just plain kid fantasy.
It says “A Nocturne Falls Mystery” but then says (Jayne Frost Volume 1). What does that mean? If Jayne Frost is going to have a spin off with a Santa theme, I am all OUT, but I will try another “Nocturne Falls” book and see if it gets back on track.
"Frosty Elves and Vampires"
This is my most favorite audiobook so far. I absolutely LOVED the narrator. And omg, Greyson's accent is to die for. I am so torn between him and Cooper. But I think I am team Greyson. The story is really great. I had already read the book. But listening to it gave it an even more richness.
I love how we get to visit the town of Nocturne Falls. If you haven't read any of that series, don't worry, this can be read or listened to without it. But I whole heartedly recommend it. This series is like a cozy mystery. And mystery it was. It kept me guessing until the end. There aren't any cliff hangers but I really wish I knew who Jayne decides to choose. Cooper or Greyson. While there is some dating, the story is mainly about solving the mystery of why all the employees have left the store in Nocturne Falls. Did they all just quit because the boss is so difficult to work for? Or did someone make them disappear. At times I was on the edge of my seat.
There are so many great scenes in this story. I really liked when Greyson had Jane balancing on the railing and took off with her.
Ooh, I have to say, I really wish Kristen would stop writing about all the delicious food. Especially the raspberry truffles. I had a craving I couldn't fix. I had to eat chocolate in the middle of the night. At one point, I stopped off at McDonald's on my way to work and was late. Lol
"Fun, Clean and Entertaining"
Yes, I would Definitely listen to this again. I listen to all Kristen Painter's books multiple times. Just because they are fun!!!
The plot was better than I anticipated. On the edge of my seat??? Not so much but it definitely kept my attention.
Kristen Painter's books are fun and entertaining, light reading or listening. After a heavy work laden day, it is always nice to have something to take your mind off of reality, And they always leave me in a rather good mood and waiting for the next one.
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