A group of crime authors. A snowed in mountain resort. What could possibly go wrong.
The book starts with a woman running through the snow, she knows she’s being pursued, but she doesn’t get away.
The staff of the resort notice she’s missing and reports it to the Police.
Sheriff Jenna Alton and her trusty second in command Detective Dave Alton head to the resort.
What follows is a cross between a cosy, locked room crime mystery set in, and around, the snowed in resort, and a chilling thriller.
Alton and Kane are stuck in the resort as the blizzard rages, another woman is murdered.
In true locked room mystery style they know they are trapped with the killer hiding in plain sight amongst the staff and guests.
I like this book, in fact I like this series. The back story of both Alton and Kane, both in hiding with pasts that have seen them work in law-enforcement, is addictive reading.
Both moved to hide in plain sight in the sleepy mountain town of Black Rock Falls, a small team around them that help them solve the ever increasing number of murders that have hit the town.
The town is growing as is its notoriety, that’s what attracted the crime authors, it’s also what’s attracting the psychopaths.
This, off all the books so far, has the feel of an Agatha Christie story, with the inclusion of the modern day chiller.
The story that the book carries is good, but for me it’s the characters and the setting that sets this series apart from others.
For that reason, I wouldn’t read this as a standalone book. It’s an essential cog in a very strong engine, and in the right place in that engine it works perfectly. On its own, I don’t think it would have as big an affect.
Pages: 346. Publisher: Bookouture. Available now.