COLD WIND by Paige Shelton


Second in a new series set in Alaska from beloved cozy author Paige Shelton, Cold Wind will chill your bones.

Beth Rivers is still in Alaska. The unidentified man who kidnapped her in her home of St. Louis hasn’t been found yet, so she’s not ready to go back.

But as October comes to a close, Benedict is feeling more and more like her new home. Beth has been working on herself: She’s managed to get back to writing, and she’s enjoying these beautiful months between summer and winter in Alaska.

Then, everything in Benedict changes after a mudslide exposes a world that had been hidden for years. Two mud-covered, silent girls appear, and a secret trapper’s house is found in the woods. The biggest surprise, though, is a dead and frozen woman’s body in the trapper’s shed. No one knows who she is, but the man who runs the mercantile, Randy, seems to be in the middle of all the mysteries.

Unable to escape her journalistic roots, Beth is determined to answer the questions that keep arising: Are the mysterious girls and the frozen body connected? Can Randy possibly be involved? And—most importantly—can she solve this mystery before the cold wind sweeping over the town and the townspeople descends for good?

This one was stuck in my TBR pile, but I’m SO glad that I rediscovered it! What a fast-paced and well-written mystery! I loved the main character, Beth, who has fled to Alaska to escape a dangerous man. I want to go back and read the first installment in this series, but please know that this one is a stand-alone as well.

I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska (been to 49 states – that’s my 50th!) and this novel did a great job of describing it and evoking the solitary nature of living in the isolated Alaskan wilderness where this story takes place.

Thank you for my e-galley! I look forward to reading more in this series!

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