Dead of Winter, a review by Shelley

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Darcy Coates

Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: July 11th, 2023
352 Pages
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Stuck in a remote cabin in the Rocky Mountains eight people begin to die one by one…who’s doing the killing and can any of them be saved? My gosh, this book was tense, the plot grabbed me right away and who doesn’t love an ode to And Then There Were None? The setting was perfect and Coates described it brilliantly, I could feel the bitter cold and the intensity in the atmosphere. It was great getting inside our main character, Christa’s head and learning her back history as the story is told from her singular point of view. The other travellers are fully fleshed out, realistic, all are important to the plot and have a significant role.

The winter weather on the mountain is like another character and causes almost as many problems as the people themselves. That ending was perfect because just when I thought I was so smart and had everything figured out, Darcy Coates threw a monkey wrench into the works and the ending blew me away. (I guess I am not as smart as I thought 🤔)

I was really pleased with how good this book was, it takes guts to take on a book that is anything close to Agatha Christie…kudos to the author for that, she did an amazing job of it and she made it uniquely her own. This is really more of a tribute and not a copy.

If you like dark, claustrophobic locked room type mysteries with flawed realistic, multifaceted characters this book is for you. And let me say that the mystery is just that, a mystery because there were red herrings throughout and I kept changing my mind on who the culprit was. This is my fourth read by Darcy Coates and I think it’s her best.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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