Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Frozen Detective by Amanda Flower

Frozen Detective
Book Summary

Murder on the ski slopes.
The weapon? A bow and arrow.
The suspects? Every guest at the villa.

Intrigue, a fake relationship, and humor come together in a 
Knives Out-style cozy mystery from bestselling author Amanda Flower and Hallmark Publishing.

A wealthy doctor invites many of his associates to spend a week at a giant, luxurious ski villa. Darby Piper, a seasoned private eye, and Tate Porter, her new partner at the detective agency, are among the guests, going undercover as a romantic couple. They were hired by the doctor’s much-younger wife to investigate anonymous threats against her husband’s life. But before long, Darby and Tate are investigating a murder instead.
As they dig up buried grudges, Darby’s jealous ex-boyfriend on the police force thinks they’re wasting their time. Will Darby and Tate figure out who the killer is…or will it become another cold case?

This cozy mystery contains a free Hallmark original recipe for Goat Cheese Phyllo Puffs

My Thoughts

Darby Piper and Tate Porter have a new case.  Tate’s old high school girlfriend, Cecily Madd is in town with her husband.  They have rented out the most expensive lodge in the area for a big New Year’s Eve party.  Cecily tells them that her husband, Dr. Garret Madd has been getting threatening notes and she wants them to uncover who is behind the threats.  Dr. Madd does not want to involve the police.  Cecily wants Darby and Tate to pose as a couple (awkward).  The night after the lavish party, Darby is in the lodge’s gym when she notices someone lying in the snow.  She finds Dr. Madd dead with an arrow in his back.  Darby and Tate will need to work quickly if they want to identify the killer behind this chilling crime before all their suspects fly the coop.  

Frozen Detective by Amanda Flower is the second A Piper & Porter Mystery.  It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series.  I found the story easy to read thanks to Amanda Flower’s friendly writing style.  I like that we get to know more about Tate Porter.  The whodunit had plenty of suspects since the victim was not well liked. There is a red herring or two to distract readers.  There are clues to help readers solve the crime.  I enjoyed the action which kept things lively. This was a fun mystery to solve.  I thought the method of murder was unique.  There is a wrap up of the crime at the end, but I was left with one lingering question.  I believe this case will leave the agency in the red thanks to Darby’s purchases at the ski shop (she was not prepared for cold weather).  I just loved Tiny, the Saint Bernard that belonged to the manager of the lodge.  He is a sweet and clever dog.  I liked the humor at the end.  I wish there had been more of it in the story.  Get cozy in your favorite chair with a comfy blanket to enjoy Frozen DetectiveFrozen Detective is a wintry whodunit with ominous notes, an astonishing announcement, a purple parka, a dead doc, a sweet St. Bernard, a defensive detective, and a bracing blizzard. 

Frozen Detective is available from Amazon*.  The first A Piper & Porter Mystery is Dead-End Detective.  Amanda Flower has Honeymoons Can Be Hazardous coming out December 27.  It is the fourth An Amish Matchmaker MysteryBlueberry Blunder comes out May 23, 2023.  It is the eighth An Amish Candy Shop Mystery.  You can find Amanda Flower's other novels here.  Thank you for joining me today.  Tomorrow I am featuring Knot a Game by Betty Hechtman.  It is the ninth A Yarn Retreat Mystery.  I hope that you have a relaxing day.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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