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Chilling Winter Mysteries

Chilling Winter Mysteries

Posted by Emma on December 9, 2021

There is something about the snow and cold weather that calls for a hot drink, a fireplace, and a good winter 'whodunnit' mystery novel. Here is a list of books to lose yourself in this season. 

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

A group of friends go away to idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands to celebrate New Year’s together. They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world. Two days later, on New Year's Day, one of them is dead.

One by One by Ruth Ware

Getting snowed in at a luxurious ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn't sound like the worst problem in the world. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers...each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide. As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles by one

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Long plagued by troubling rumors, the former abandoned sanatorium has since been renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel. A woman goes missing, then another. With the storm closing off all access to the hotel, the remaining guests start to panic.

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

It's winter in the Catskills and the weather outside is frightful, but an Inn is so delightful! When the weather takes a turn for the worse and a blizzard cuts off the electricity-- and all contact with the outside world-- the guests settle in for the long haul. Soon, though, a body turns up-- surely an accident. When a second body appears, they start to panic. Within the snowed-in paradise, something-- or someone-- is picking off the guests.

The Mist by Ragnar Jónasson

1987. An isolated farmhouse in the east of Iceland. The snowstorm should have shut everybody out. But it didn't. The couple should never have let him in but they did. An unexpected guest, a liar, a killer. Not all will survive the night.

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

In a remote Polish village, a neighbor turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, our protagonist, Janina, inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunnit. If only anyone would pay her mind...

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny 

The second novel featuring the irresistible Chief Inspector Gamache...The falling snow brings a hush to Three Pines -- until a scream pierces the air. A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted. Heading the investigation, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache unravels the dead woman's past and discovers a history of secrets and enemies. But Gamache has enemies of his own. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is sneaking up behind him! (Note: this book was previously published under the title, Dead Cold)

All books can be found in print at The Blue Mountains Public Library and most can be found in eBook or eAudiobook on Libby.

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