REVIEW: The Kill Box by Nichole Christoff

The Kill Box Book Cover The Kill Box
A Jamie Sinclair Novel
Nichole Christoff
Thriller
283

In an intense thriller that’s perfect for fans of Lee Child or Lisa Gardner, security specialist and PI Jamie Sinclair tackles a cold case that could cost her the one person who means the most to her.

Hardworking Jamie Sinclair can’t wait for the weekend. She plans to be off the clock and on the road to wine country with handsome military police officer Adam Barrett. But when a strung-out soldier takes an innocent woman hostage and forces his way into Jamie’s bedroom, everything changes. Jamie’s never seen the soldier before. But he’s no stranger to Barrett—and with one word he persuades Barrett to pack a duffel and leave Jamie in the lurch.

Jamie cannot fathom why Barrett would abandon her without explanation. But as the consequences of an unsolved crime threaten to catch up with him, a late-night phone call sends Jamie racing to Barrett’s hometown in upstate New York. In a tinderbox of shattered trust and long-buried secrets, Jamie must fight to uncover the truth about what really occurred one terrible night twenty years ago. And the secrets she discovers deep in Barrett’s past not only threaten their future together—they just might get her killed.

The Kill Box by Nichole Christoff is the third book in the Jamie Sinclair series. I reviewed the first and second books, The Kill List and The Kill Shot, earlier this year, but this book was definitely my favourite so far.

In The Kill Box, tough cookie Jamie Sinclair shows her soft side, racing (unwanted) to the rescue of Adam, who we got to know in previous books. Adam is less the knight in shining armour in this instalment, and is more like the damsel in distress – thankfully Jamie puts up with his rubbish and sees it for what it is – insecurity, after a tragedy from his past resurfaces. Jamie takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of a decades old murder, but before she can make much headway, bodies start dropping left and right. With some strange small town acquaintances and a keen DEA agent, along with Adam’s adorable granny, she manages to find the truth.

I think this was my favourite book in the series so far because it had the deepest mystery and the best character development. Jamie showed her softer side, and we learned that there was more to Adam than just being the perfect jarhead. The secondary characters were really interesting, and (although my awesome deductive mind was suspicious of one of the bad guys from the start) there was plenty to keep me guessing! I read the whole book in a sitting – which is a testament to the book in itself, as I’m so tired these days that long stints of reading are far and few between!

The book can be read as a stand alone mystery, but readers would definitely benefit from the backstory of Jamie’s career, and Adam and Jamie’s relationship, as both are developed during this book. Plus, the first two books are pretty good, so why not check them out?!

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I received a copy of The Kill Box by Nichole Christoff in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

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REVIEW: ‘Dying Brand’ by Wendy Tyson

Dying Brand Book Cover Dying Brand
An Allison Campbell Mystery
Wendy Tyson
Mystery
264

When image consultant Allison Campbell attends an award ceremony to honour a designer friend, she’s thrust into a murder investigation. Only this time, it’s personal.

A former boyfriend is dead, slain on the streets of Philadelphia. His widow claims he was meeting with Allison, yet Allison hadn’t spoken to him in years. Nothing about his death—or life—makes sense. When compromising photos from their past arrive at Allison’s office, they raise more questions than they answer.

Driven to find justice, Allison deconstructs the image her ex had created for himself, looking for clues about the man he’d become. As her hunt for the truth unveils secrets, Allison’s past and present collide—with deadly results.

Wendy Tyson writes excellent mysteries. That much I know, from reading two of her previous books – Deadly Assets and The Seduction of Miriam Cross. When I picked up Dying Brand, I was not disappointed by the mystery that unravelled within the pages.

From the get go, it’s clear that something isn’t quite adding up in the death of Scott Fairweather. Allison Campbell, Image Consultant (and sometimes sleuth), is pulled into the fray when someone starts sending her photos of her in the midst of a heated affair with Scott, from years ago. Who is sending them, and why, is left a mystery for more than half of the book, as the mystery slowly revealed itself.

Tyson does a great job of teasing the clues out of a story. Nothing is revealed too quickly, but the story doesn’t drag. Refreshingly, the outcome remained unknown until I reached it – there was no guessing in the first few chapters who the bad guy really was.

There was quite a bit of Allison’s personal life included in this book; her family drama, her boyfriend/ex-husband, her best friend and his older lover… I liked how this was handled in this book better than in it’s predecessor; the introduction of Allison’s little sister was interesting, and she was better developed than the somewhat distant older sister, or the abusive father who has mellowed in old age. That said, I still thought there was a little too much sex (really, I think Allison and Jason didn’t share a scene without taking each other’s clothes off).

Overall, I loved the mystery in this book. It was complicated and elusive, which I must prefer over a simpler whodunnit plot where I can guess what’s happened before I’ve even settled into the read! I am still interested in where Tyson takes her headstrong character next; I feel that there’s still a little way to go in terms of character development, I just can’t quite connect with Allison at all. However, if Tyson keeps her mysteries as fresh and intriguing as she has so far, I’m excited to see what comes next!

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I received a copy of Dying Brand by Wendy Tyson, the third book in the Allison Campbell mystery series, in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

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REVIEW: Noise by Brett Garcia Rose

Noise Book Cover Noise
Brett Garcia Rose
Crime/Thriller
236

The world is an ugly place, and I can tell you now, I fit in just fine.

Lily is the only person Leon ever loved. When she left a suicide note and disappeared into a murky lake ten years ago, she left him alone, drifting through a silent landscape. 

Or did she?

A postcard in her handwriting pulls Leon to the winter-cold concrete heart of New York City.

What he discovers unleashes a deadly rage that has no sound.

A grisly trail of clues leads to The Bear, the sadistic Russian crime lord who traffics in human flesh. The police — some corrupt, some merely compromised — are of little help. They don’t like Leon’s methods, or the mess he leaves in his wake.

Leon is deaf, but no sane person would ever call him disabled. He survived as a child on the merciless streets of Nigeria. He misses nothing. He feels no remorse. The only direction he’s ever known is forward.

He will not stop until he knows.

Where is Lily?

As the cover suggests, Noise is a novel full of darkness and anguish. The true sadness of the story was contrasted with the beautiful writing, with Garcia Rose using words to create images and emotions in this fast-paced thriller.

Leon is a fearsome character. Born and raised in Nigeria, deaf and gun in hand, he was saved by an American family. It was then that he met Lily, his new sister, and instant champion. While Garcia Rose goes into frustratingly few details about his adoption, life in America, and how he forms such a strong bond with Lily, it’s clear that Leon would do anything for her.

However, Lily disappeared ten years ago and Leon hasn’t heard from her since he read her farewell letter and learned that she had run away to make a life for herself in New York. One day, he receives a postcard from her and knows she’s in trouble.

When we meet Leon, he’s turning New York City upside down in his search for his sister. His ‘disability’ does not disable him at all – in fact, the fact that Leon is deaf does not really change the way the story unfolds at all, except to add to his mysterious, fearsome demeanour. Not afraid to shed blood in his quest to find his sister, Leon breaks all of the rules.

The novel is quite short – somewhere between short story and novel. So, the action happens rapidly. One lead turns into another, and then suddenly the story is at it’s end, and everything comes to a head.

Never really about a happy ending, or coming out unscathed himself, Noise reads somewhat like a mission of self-destructive, and is definitely not a light read. Emotionally, it is intense. I’d have loved a little more background, and a bit more character development, but overall the story was very unique and riveting. I was also particularly interested by Leon’s childhood in Nigeria, as I work closely with South Sudanese refugees who faced a similarly troubled upbringing. For a darker read, Noise is definitely worth a look.

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I received a copy of Noise from Kelsey at Book Publicity Services, in exchange for a review and my honest opinion.

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Review: The Kill List by Nichole Christoff

The Kill List Book Cover The Kill List
A Jamie Sinclair Novel
Nichole Christoff
Mystery/Thriller
247

As a top private eye turned security specialist, Jamie Sinclair has worked hard to put her broken marriage behind her. But when her lying, cheating ex-husband, army colonel Tim Thorp, calls with the news that his three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, he begs Jamie to come find her. For the sake of the child, Jamie knows she can’t refuse. Now, despite the past, she’ll do everything in her power to bring little Brooke Thorp home alive.

Soon Jamie is back at Fort Leeds—the army base in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens where she grew up, the only child of a two-star general—chasing down leads and forging an uneasy alliance with the stern military police commander and the exacting FBI agent working Brooke’s case. But because Jamie’s father is now a U.S. senator, her recent run-in with a disturbed stalker is all over the news, and when she starts receiving gruesome threats echoing the stalker’s last words, she can’t shake the feeling that her investigation may be about more than a missing girl—and that someone very powerful is hiding something very significant . . . and very sinister.

I received a copy of The Kill List by Nichole Christoff from the lovely Lisa at TLC Tours, in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

This book wasted no time cutting to the chase. With a crazed stalker setting his sights on security specialist Jamie Sinclair in the first few pages, Christoff quickly added an ex-husband with a missing child, and threw in another few mysteries for good measure. At breakneck speed, the clues unravel and the mysteries cross paths as they slowly unravel themselves.

This was the kind of mystery that was detailed but not dry, leaving me reading until 2am to find out what happened. I found the dynamic between Jamie and her ex-husband an interesting dynamic, which really impacted how the case unravelled. I also liked the military aspect of the story; Jamie had a military background that strongly influenced her character development, and I enjoyed her perspective on how the army base and it’s own investigations proceeded.

I thought Christoff wrote Jamie’s character to be a good balance of tough-woman-in-a-man’s-game, and vulnerable. It can be easy to skew too far in either direction, but I thought Christoff achieved a happy medium. Jamie’s character development also lent itself well to the romantic plot line in the book – instead of being included for the sake of it, the character of Adam Barrett helped develop the plot and the main character herself. I also appreciated the fact that, even though Jamie travelled between the army base, Washington, New Jersey and Philadelphia, the book didn’t make the reader waste time in transit. Nor did it detract from the story at all. Sometimes extensive travel in a book is frustrating, because the characters are stuck in a car or a plane instead of being on the ground furthering the story, but this was definitely not the case here.

With the second book in the series due out in March (The Kill Shot), I don’t have long to wait before I can get my hands on the next instalment in the series. I’m looking forward seeing how the characters introduced in the first book are incorporated into the second! This is definitely a great mystery/thriller for someone looking for something that isn’t too heavy, but is definitely riveting!

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REVIEW: Meow If It’s Murder by T C LoTempio

Meow If It's Murder Book Cover Meow If It's Murder
A Nick and Nora Mystery
T C LoTempio
Mystery
304

Nora Charles doesn’t believe in fate, even if she is a crime reporter who shares a name with a character from The Thin Man. In fact, she’s moving back to Cruz, California, to have a quieter life. But after finding an online magazine eager for material, and a stray cat named Nick with a talent for detection, Nora’s not just reporting crimes again. She’s uncovering them…
 
Back in her hometown, Nora reconnects with old friends and makes some new ones, like Nick, the charming feline who seems determined to be her cat. But not everything about Cruz is friendly. Writing for a local online magazine, Nora investigates the curious death of socialite Lola Grainger. Though it was deemed an accident, Nora suspects foul play. And it seems that her cat does too. 
 
Apparently, Nick used to belong to a P.I. who disappeared while investigating Lola Grainger’s death. The coincidence is spooky, but not as spooky as the clues Nick spells out for her with Scrabble letters—clues that lead her down an increasingly dangerous path. Whether fate put her on this case or not, solving it will take all of Nora’s wits, and maybe a few of Nick’s nine lives.  

I received a copy of Meow If It’s Murder by T C LoTempio in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

I thought this book was great. Immediately, I was captured by the characters. Nora Charles, an investigative reporter turned sandwich shop owner, can’t quite put a life of snooping behind her. When she hears about the drowning of a woman who is deathly afraid of water, she immediately suspects that there’s more to the story than the initial investigation turned up. Then, she finds a handsome feline on the stoop of her shop – and he leads her to a missing PI, who just happened to be investigating the same drowning.

Naming her new sidekick Nick, Nora starts digging into the mystery with his help – it turns out he’s a bit of an investigative guru! Along with a sarcastic, but very good-looking detective and a taro-reading best friend warning her of danger ahead, Nora refuses to give up on her hunch that something isn’t right.

This mystery was one that I would’ve loved curling up by the fireplace with (unfortunately it’s 38 degrees here in Australia today, so I sprawled out under the air conditioner instead!). I thought LoTempio did a great job of bringing the characters to life, and I felt at home with them from the very beginning. The mystery was also intriguing – what really happened at sea? Where is the missing PI? Is the cat really spelling out clues with Scrabble tiles?

Rather than making Nick the Sleuth cat some kind of magical creature, Nora immediately took to the plump feline and took his help with the investigating in her stride. I liked the mix of fact and frivolity; Nora took her investigation seriously, but the story was made more lighthearted by her themed sandwiches and kooky bestie.

I’ll definitely pick up the next book in this series when it comes out, and would recommend it to anyone who loves a cozy mystery with a powerful female (or feline!) at the helm!

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REVIEW: Pink Prosecco by Traci Andrighetti

Prosecco Pink Book Cover Prosecco Pink
A Franki Amato Mystery
Traci Andrighetti
Mystery
274

For Franki Amato, life in New Orleans is anything but “The Big Easy.” When she met handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, she knew she’d finally found a man she could trust. But she can’t say the same for his sexy new secretary, who is about as trustworthy as Mata Hari and every bit as seductive. Meanwhile, Franki’s best friend and employer, Veronica Maggio, has named her the lead investigator in the murder of a gorgeous cosmetics CEO who was found lying dead in the master bedroom of a historic plantation home.

Now the pressure is on Franki to figure out what a bottle of pink lip gloss and the legend of a pink diamond have to do with the bizarre killing. The problem is that the plantation is notorious for being haunted, and Franki is less than enthusiastic about the prospect of meeting a ghost. Adding to her stress, her Sicilian grandma is up to her usual meddling antics—this time planning Franki’s engagement to Bradley before he’s even considered popping the question. As Bradley grows distant and plantation employees begin dropping like Southern belles during a sweltering summer, Franki turns to a psychic with a phobia of ghosts to solve the mysterious murders and her own relationship fears.

I received a copy of Pink Prosecco by Traci Andrighetti in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

When a book begins with a woman stalking her boyfriend and displaying some serious jealousy, you never know how it will turn out. Luckily, the second instalment of the Franki Amato Mystery series quickly threw in a cast of quirky characters and an unusual mystery, the likes of which led me to like the first book in this series so much. I reviewed Limoncello Yellow earlier this year, and enjoyed the unlikely mystery, so was pleased when the second book came out – and I wasn’t disappointed.

Private Investigator Franki’s jealousy turns out to be well founded, as her boyfriend’s new secretary isn’t what she seems to be. But Franki can’t focus on unveiling this woman’s true colours, because she has several other mysteries on the go – involving historic plantations, a moon-loving medium, poisonous plants, and a best friend (and boss) who is definitely keeping a secret. I like they layers of mysteries in this book; they add intrigue, and keep the story moving quickly.

I felt the first book in the series was a little better at giving life to Franki’s best friend, ex-stripper land lady, and unusual co-workers. While Prosecco Pink did bring to life some unususal characters, and did a great job at describing the weird and wonderful New Orleans, I did miss the detail in some of the main characters.

That said, the unexpected mystery kept me guessing until the end, and the underlying mysteries had me hooked too – and that’s really what you want in a mystery novel! Definitely check it out if you prefer your chick lit with a side of crime, or your mysteries with a hint of girl power!!

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REVIEW: Deadly Assets by Wendy Tyson

Deadly Assets Book Cover Deadly Assets
An Allison Campbell Mystery
Wendy Tyson
Mystery
306

An eccentric Italian heiress from the Finger Lakes. An eighteen-year-old pop star from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Allison Campbell's latest clients seem worlds apart in every respect, except one: Both women disappear on the same day. And Allison's colleague Vaughn is the last to have seen each.

Allison's search for a connection uncovers an intricate web of family secrets, corporate transgressions and an age-old rivalry that crosses continents. The closer Allison gets to the truth, the deadlier her quest becomes. All paths lead back to a sinister Finger Lakes estate and the suicide of a woman thirty years earlier. Allison soon realizes the lives of her clients and the safety of those closest to her aren't the only things at stake.

I received a copy of Deadly Assets by Wendy Tyson in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

From the book summary that I received, I was under the impression that impeccably groomed Allison Campbell was a female detective. In fact, she is an image consultant! I thought that was a pretty interesting job to have, especially when it involves the occasional crime fighting on the side!

I found the mystery that unravelled in Deadly Assets to be fascinating; I was drawn into the complicated webs woven between the characters and didn’t know who the bad guys were and what their motives were until the very end.  I consider that the mark of a successful crime novel!

I’ll admit that I didn’t feel a huge connection to the characters; perhaps it was because this was the second book in the series and Tyson didn’t waste words giving much backstory, which meant I may have missed some of the nuances in a few of the relationships. I felt Allison was a bit stiff (and had lots of unexplained headaches), but that could of been a part of her persona as image consultant. Overall, I appreciated the mystery more than the characters themselves.

Earlier this year, I read and reviewed another mystery by Tyson, called The Seduction of Miriam Cross (A Delilah Powers Mystery). The mystery was equally riveting, if not more so, and I found the characters a little more interesting. I think I preferred that book over this one, but would happily pick up the next book in either series! I’d be quite interested to see how Tyson develops her characters in subsequent books.

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REVIEW: “The Seduction of Miriam Cross” WA Tyson

The Seduction of Miriam Cross Book Cover The Seduction of Miriam Cross
WA Tyson
Mystery
375

Can Delilah Percy Powers figure out who killed Miriam Cross before she becomes the killer's next target? 

Miriam Cross, author, feminist and philanthropist, disappears from her Philadelphia home. A year later, a lonely recluse named Emily Cray is brutally murdered in her bed in a small Pennsylvania town. Miriam and Emily are one and the same. As Delilah and her staff of female detectives - a militant homemaker, an ex-headmistress and a former stripper - delve into Miriam’s life, they become submerged in an underworld of unfathomable cruelty and greed with implications that go far beyond the gruesome death of one woman or the boundaries of one country. Eventually Miriam’s fight for justice becomes Delilah’s own...until Delilah’s obsession with finding the truth may prove just as deadly.

I received a copy of The Seduction of Miriam Cross by WA Tyson in exchange for my honest opinion.

I really enjoyed sinking my teeth into this mystery; Delilah Percy-Powers and her band of misfit lady detectives were more than just your average chick lit crime solving team. As the mystery unravelled, the seriousness of the underlying issues gave the book more depth than many other chick lit mysteries. Furthermore, the complex mystery kept me guessing until the very end, when all of the interwoven strands finally became clear.

While the book had some strange formatting, a few typos and no page numbers, they were easily overlooked (no easy feat with a grammar nazi like me doing the reading) in the face of the gripping mystery. The cover hadn’t revealed much about the style of the story, so I was pleasantly surprised to read a book that focused on the mystery, with the  personal lives of the characters adding layers to the story but playing a clear second fiddle to the main plot.

I really appreciated that Tyson wove such serious current issues into the story in such a way that the reader was quietly educated as the mystery unfolded. Somewhat longer than an average chick lit novel, I was pleased to really sink my teeth into a detailed plot. Tyson kept the story moving forward at a good pace, and at no point did I feel like it was dragging – the extra pages were more than worth it.

I don’t want to give away anything about the plot, as you should analyse the clues for yourself as you progress through the book. However, I will say that for anyone looking for a slightly darker, more complex female-driven mystery, the first novel in the Delilah Percy-Powers mystery series could be perfect. If you want to check it out, you can find it here or here. I’ll be keeping my eye out for the next instalment!

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REVIEW: ‘Limoncello Yellow’ Traci Andrighetti

Limoncello Yellow Book Cover Limoncello Yellow
Traci Andrighetti
Mystery
288

Francesca "Franki" Amato is a tough-talking rookie cop in Austin, Texas-until an unfortunate 911 call involving her boyfriend, Vince, and a German female wrestler convinces her once and for all that she just isn't cut out for a life on the police force. So Franki makes the snap decision to move to New Orleans to work at her friend Veronica's detective agency, Private Chicks, Inc. But Franki's hopes for a more stable life are soon dashed when Private Chicks is hired by the prime suspect in a murder case to find out what really happened to a beautiful young boutique manager who was found strangled to death with a cheap yellow scarf.

When she's not investigating, Franki is hoping to seduce handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, but most of her time is spent dodging date offers from a string of "good Italian boys"-make that not-so-good ageing Italian men-that her meddlesome Sicilian grandma has recruited as marriage candidates. As Mardi Gras approaches and the mystery of the murdered shop girl gets more complicated, Franki must decipher the odd ramblings of a Voodoo priestess to solve both the murder and the mystery of her own love life.

I received a copy of Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti in exchange for my honest opinion.

New Orleans (or ‘Nola’ as it is apparently known by locals) is the perfect setting for this quirky mystery. Against a setting of Mardi Gras madness, a voodoo priestess, serenading Italian men and a retired stripper, it’s hard for detectives Franki and Veronica to tell a suspects from the eccentric locals.

After leaving her over-bearing family and cheating ex in Texas, Franki is looking to start over and finally find her niche. Solving a high profile murder seems like the way to get things off on the right foot.

Personally, I found this book refreshing. Traci Andrighetti focused on the crime, not the men! Sure, as in real life, Franki has her run ins with cute guys, and not-so-cute ones (thanks to her Nonna, who is worried she’ll die alone and keeps sending men to her ‘spinster’ grand-daughter). However, the mystery definitely remains in the forefront at all times.

I liked the way the main mystery was interwoven with a second crime, and both incorporated the unique characteristics of New Orleans – the story wouldn’t have worked anywhere else, and it definitely gave the story more depth. Plus, I could sympathise with Franki’s frustration at her family’s feeling that she’s not doing the right thing with her life, and her insecurity at being the loud Italian alongside her perfect, petite best friend and partner. So, triumph was all the more sweet, because I was really rooting for her!

Andrighetti set this up to be the first in a series, and left just enough loose ends to tie up the main story but keep the reader’s interest aroused for the next story. I really felt that the author’s personality, and Italian heritage, influenced and added to the feel of the book, and steered it clear of being a cookie-cutter chick lit mystery.

If, like me, you like to delve into something a little different from the same-same chick lit that we so often read, I would definitely suggest picking up a copy of Limoncello Yellow – you can get yourself a copy here or here. I must admit, it was pretty exciting to get an author signed copy of a book in the mail; but I promise that I didn’t let that sway my opinions!

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REVIEW: A Cold Day for Murder – Kate Stabenow

A Cold Day for Murder Book Cover A Cold Day for Murder
Kate Shugak #1
Dana Stabenow
Crime
304

Somewhere in twenty million acres of forest and glaciers, a ranger has disappeared: Mark Miller. Missing six weeks. It's assumed by the Alaskan Parks Department that Miller has been caught in a snowstorm and frozen to death, the typical fate of those who get lost in this vast and desolate terrain. But as a favour to his congressman father, the FBI send in an investigator: Ken Dahl. Last heard from two weeks and two days ago.Now it's time to send in a professional. Kate Shugak: light brown eyes, black hair, five foot tall with an angry scar from ear to ear. Last seen yesterday...

Kate Shugak is a fairly volatile character. The 5ft 1″ spitfire is a native Aleut, Private Investigator who knows the Alaskan wilderness better than anyone else. When the local authorities can’t find the answers, they brave the icy demeanour of reclusive Kate.

In A Cold Day for Murder Shugak investigates two disapearances in her small hometown. Facing small-town suspicion and gossip-mongering, she slowly finds the truth. Her quirky Husky/Wolf mix, Mutt, acts as quite the animated sidekick and bodyguard, as Kate breaks hearts and busts lies left, right and centre.

From the get go, Stabenow’s talent at describing the landscape and lifestyle of the Alaskan wilderness is apparent. Throughout the book, she sets the scene in a way that brings the surroundings to life, and her passion for the culture is evident.

At times, it almost seems that the characters and the mystery are secondary to the illustrative descriptions and a peek into the lifestyle of people who are cut off from the rest of the world for six months of the year. While this focus on surroundings and community was fascinating, and did go towards explaining why people acted as they did, the novel could have benefited from more detail in the development of characters and the mystery itself – which was, after all, what the story was based around!

I enjoyed the book, and found the ending a surprise (which was great, as I often pick the endings of crime novels early on). However, upon reflection, the plot was a little weak. It was Stabenow’s ability to transport the reader to the Alaskan wilds that saved it, and made the book a worthwhile read.

If you are after a crime novel with an intricate plot, and many twists and turns, perhaps this isn’t the book for you. But if you are interested in a book that draws you into a very foreign culture, with some light mystery on the side, then why not give it a try? The e-book only cost a few dollars on iTunes, and you can get the paperback for a good price from Amazon or the Book Depository. I have downloaded and read the next book in the series the day after I read the first – so that’s saying something!

I’d love to hear from anyone else who’s read this book, and find out what they thought about it!

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