The Book of Cold Cases, a review by Cat

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The Book of Cold Cases
Simone St. James

Published March 15, 2022
By Berkley
344 Pages

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Yes! I fell in love with Simone St. James’ writing two years ago when The Sun Down Motel was released, and I have been counting down the days to a new release ever since (yes, I do plan on going through her backlog at some point). The Book of Cold Cases is every bit the novel I’ve been waiting for, as it blends mystery and fantasy into one delightful mix.

The Book of Cold Cases is an atmospheric read that cuts to the quick. Shea’s obsession with mysteries and crimes is immediately clear, while the reason behind this obsession takes longer to parse out. This, combined with the mystery of the Lady Killer Murders, is more than enough to suck readers right in.

At least, that’s what happened to me. I love this combination of murder mystery and fantasy elements. There’s something so appropriate about having ghosts interact with the world regarding murder (or several). Don’t you think so?

I absolutely loved The Book of Cold Cases and highly recommend that you give it a try. It’s different from everything else I’ve read while still in line with what I would expect from Simone St. James.


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