Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub
Published: November, 2017
Reason I chose to Read this Book: The first couple books in the series proved to be a light entertaining read, and relatively fast. Everyone should have a few of those in their TBR pile.
Previous Book in the Series: #2 – Something Buried, Something Blue
Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub is the third in the Lily Dale paranormal cozy mystery series.
Series Background: (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)
Lily Dale is a small gated community in New York State, whose population predominantly consists of psychics. The energy in the town is known as Spirit, and if you are skeptical when you arrive, you won’t be for long. In the summer season, it is a very busy place, as tourists from around the world come for readings, as well as physical, spiritual and emotional healing. Bella Jordan and her son Max ended up in the town while trying to return a cat to it’s owner…who, it turned out was dead. Bella ended up not only looking after the dead woman’s pregnant cat, but also her bed & breakfast, The Valley View Guesthouse.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
It’s almost Christmas. Although trying to be quiet, a man clumsily dumps a body into the lake behind Valley View Manor, just as Bella is looking out the window. She isn’t really sure what she heard or saw. But the murderer doesn’t know that. As he attempts to check out the Inn, he runs into a black cat, being chased by Jiffy. The murderer doesn’t seem to be having any luck at all. When he decides to come back later, he turns around and his dinghy is gone. Then he discovers he has lost the gold rings somewhere along the way. He has a long walk ahead of him, but plenty of time to think about what he is going to do about any witnesses, and to find those rings.
Jiffy starts having premonitions about being kidnapped, and although it isn’t the first time he’s had those thoughts, this time he fails to arrive home from school in the middle of a snow storm. Max is sure that his friend has been taken, although others feel he just wandered off, which is quite normal for the boy. His mother, Misty, is beside herself, and goes off looking for him, and finds herself in more trouble.
When a second body is found, Bella is determined to find Jiffy. She feels the police are concentrating too hard to the murders, and not the six year old boy. While she still doesn’t buy all the psychic stuff, even she is starting to wonder.
LOL, well, this book turned out to be about my least favorite character – Jiffy. I have not liked this bratty little kid since the first book….and this book really didn’t endear him to me, although it probably should have. Pandora is coming in a close second to my disliked characters in this series. I still like Bella, Drew and Luther.
I guess I should start by saying that you should really read these books in order to really understand the dynamics of the characters.
The plot was really good, and although some of the results were predictable, not all,
Overall, I still believe that the books in this series are a light, entertaining read, with enough mystery to keep me interested, and enough “lightness” that I don’t have to think too hard.
Read: November, 2022
About The Author: Wendy Corsi Staub is an American author who has written over 90 novels. She writes stand-alone suspense novels, a number of mystery trilogies, as well as the Lily Dale series and YA novels. As Wendy Markham, she writes Women’s fiction. She has a husband and two sons. She lives in New York. She is an active supporter of the American Cancer Society and has fostered rescue animals. *** Photo Taken from GoodReads
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Have you read it? Do you plan to? Tell me your thoughts…do you agree or disagree with my assessment? These are only my opinions – and it would be a boring world if we all thought the same. Either way, I’d love to know.