Book Review

COLD WIND by Paige Shelton (Out 12/8/2020)

I received a complimentary copy of COLD WIND by Paige Shelton. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books for the chance to read and provide an honest review.

Publication Date: 12/8/2020

Rating: 4 / 5

COLD WIND is the second book in Paige Shelton’s Alaska Wild Mysteries series and it picks up shortly after the first book, THIN ICE ends. Beth Rivers is settling into her new life in Benedict, Alaska having left her old life behind in the wake of having been kidnapped, injured and traumatized. She has taken on the task of reporting the news to the small local community.

When a mudslide hits near the town, the landscape is changed and new mysteries are brought to light. Two young girls appear at Beth’s door out of the wilderness and more secrets are uncovered in the woods, including a dead and frozen body. Beth’s history of helping out the police and her own investigative instincts lead her to investigate.

I really enjoyed THIN ICE last year, so was excited to get a copy of the newest series installment. Just as with the first book, I found this one easy to settle into and perfectly paired with hot cocoa on a cool night. While the author does a good job of reintroducing the characters and the setting, I would suggest starting with book one even though it isn’t necessary. The characters are an interesting mix, down to earth and quirky with plenty of potential suspects at hand.

As with the first book there are multiple mysteries going on. The new stories introduced in this novel are wrapped up to a good conclusion and progress is made on the series’ overarching mystery of why Beth was kidnapped, though answers are clearly still to come in future books.

I really enjoyed this read and it is going to be a perfect mystery for a cozy December evening! Keep an eye out for this one when it publishes on December 8, 2020!

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