Thursday, September 29, 2022

Book Review: Mrs. Claus and the Evil Elves by Liz Ireland (Mrs. Claus Mysteries #3)

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Strong characters, story, and lots of Christmas fun
Cons: There is nothing on the naughty list here. 
The Bottom Line:
Christmas visitor
Lots of holiday chaos
In fun mystery

Evil Elves Complicating Christmas

I love the Mrs. Claus mysteries. This inventive mix of fantasy with cozy mystery is as fun as it is inventive. As a result, I was looking forward to Mrs. Claus and the Evil Elves. I was not disappointed. 

It’s almost April Claus’s second Christmas at the North Pole. She is thrilled to have her friend Claire visiting from her home in Oregon. Claire is surprised by all she is seeing, but she is beginning to believe it. However, April’s hope of showing her guest the magic of Christmas in Santaland is facing hurdles. 

First, the reindeer are on strike. Then, someone flies a drone-deer over the annual ice sculpture contest, crashing it and leaving a threatening message behind. April’s friend, Jupiter the Elf, is worried that her boyfriend is missing. Can April figure out what is happening, be a good hostess, and fulfill her duties as Mrs. Claus?

There is a lot happening here. Yes, there is a dead body, and it happens a little later than some of the books I read, but that was never an issue. I was hooked from the beginning and had a blast watching April try to figure everything out. Things make sense in the end, which is always a good thing. 

The characters are wonderful. We can’t help but love April, who is still adjusting to being Mrs. Claus and all that it entails. Claire is a lot of fun as well since she is looking at everything with fresh eyes. As usual, I’d wished we had seen more of Nick, April’s husband, but that’s a minor complaint. I’m curious to see where a couple relationships go after this book. Yes, the mystery has plenty of suspects, and they fit into this world well. 

And this world is completely magical. There are so many great details that will make any Christmas lover smile. I read this book now since it released this week, but it put me in the Christmas spirit. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to read during December. 

This book is the funniest in the series to date. Some of that is definitely Claire’s reactions to the world, which are perfect. But there are many other wonderful moments. 

And yet there are some more serious themes and moments. The two elements blend together perfectly. 

If you haven’t found this series yet, I highly recommend you buy all three books. You’ll binge read them. If you are already a fan, you’ll be happy to catch up with all your favorite characters in Mrs. Claus and the Evil Elves

Note: I received an ARC of this book.


  1. Thank you, Mark! So glad you enjoyed it!

  2. What a terrific review, I've been wanting to know what the book is like, now I have to add it to my TBR

  3. This sounds absolutely adorable! I need to go buy them!


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