Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves

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Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves

 

Series: Lizzie Snow #1

Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Published: January 6, 2015 by Bantam Dell

Setting: Maine

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Homicide detective Lizzie Snow reluctantly leaves Boston for a position in the small town of Bearkill, Maine. She’s struggling to heal after a painful break-up, and she is seeking her dead sister’s missing daughter. She hopes this move is a step in the right direction.

Lizzie’s new boss, Sheriff Cody Chevrier, needs her homicide expertise. Local retired law enforcement officers are dying — ostensibly from suicide and freak accidents — and Cody is convinced that there’s more to the case than meets the eye. Lizzie also finds herself paired with her former lover, Dylan, a state cop investigating the murders of several women in a nearby town.

Winter at the Door is a solid mystery with a likable protagonist and several interesting twists. It is well paced and consistently suspenseful. Its greatest strength, however, is the vibrant recreation of the setting. The town of Bearkill is incredibly real, and the author’s description of the beautiful, menacing wilderness of Maine, between New Brunswick and the Appalachian Mountains, is gorgeous. The portrayal of an encroaching Maine winter is also incredibly vivid. I could see the barren trees and billowing snow.

Sarah Graves has created an engaging debut novel for this series, introducing a strong female heroine. Lizzie Snow will find plenty of fans among mystery aficionados.

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