Sometimes I think I'm a weird reader in that I love it when my favorite authors try something different. I've long been a fan of Paige Shelton's cozy series like the Scottish Bookshop mysteries set in Edinburgh, but when I heard that she had a new series called the Alaska Wild mysteries coming out that was not a traditional cozy, I have to admit that I lit up. See? I told you I was a weird reader! I wanted to see how she handled new storytelling territory.
The first book in the Alaska Wild series, Thin Ice, came out last November, and after reading it, I really looked forward to the next one. When I heard about Cold Wind, you have to know I did my little happy dance. Let me tell you a little more about it.
|Available December 1, 2020!|
"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
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?"
You can see why I'm looking forward to this one, can't you? Beth is such an engaging character, and I like how Shelton uses the Alaska setting in her stories.
If you haven't read any of Paige Shelton's Alaska Wild mysteries, pick up a copy of Thin Ice and get acquainted with Beth Rivers. I'll bet it won't be long before you'll be getting Cold Wind!