“Dead of Winter” A Lily Dale Mystery By Wendy Corsi Staub

by Sandra Murphy

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review & links to purchase it.

Lily Dale is home to psychics, mediums, tarot card readers, and magic. It’s easier to list those without other-worldly powers than those who possess them. Bella Jordan agrees she has “a feeling” now and again but nothing like the others claim. A recent widow, she and her son, Max, accidentally relocated to Lily Dale. Now they run a B&B in the midst of minor and not so minor repairs.

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Max’s best friend is Jiffy, so named because of his love of peanut butter. Jiffy is an odd child, forgetting his coat in the worst of winter, talking to an invisible friend, and with an imagination that knows no bounds. When he announces he’s going to be kidnapped but not until it snows, it could just be a tall tale or something more.

Bella happens to see a light on the lake late one night. There’s also a scream that most people attribute to an owl. She’s not so sure. When a body is found at the lake’s edge, she’s pretty sure the owl is innocent.

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To say much more would give away too much of the plot. The mystery is a good one with red herrings that are all too believable and clues that are subtle. Bella is able to find out more about herself as she’s involved in finding Jiffy, discovering who the murdered man was, who could have killed him, and how she’s going to live her life as a widow—provided the killer doesn’t find her first.

This is the third book in the enjoyable series. Bella’s B&B is someplace you’d like to visit, complete with appointments to hear your future with the psychics. The quirky town is a welcoming place, even in the dead of winter.

To enter to win a copy of Dead of Winter, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “winter,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen January 20, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please included your mailing address.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. She writes articles for Animal Wellness and Natural Awakenings magazines and online, for Sniff and Barkens. For the last ten years, she's written/edited the SPAWNews, a monthly newsletter for small publishers, artists, writers network. She has written short stories for three anthologies (Flash and Bang, The Killer Wore Cranberry #4 and Dogs and Dragons). There's even a tale of the pitfalls of gardening when you're six years old, titled Death of a Red Leather Mary Jane.
At last, she's achieved her dream of a book of her own on Kindle--and all the other e-readers--with the publication of From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception, a collection of short stories published by Untreed Reads. Her Westie-ish dog, Ozzie, begs you to buy a copy. It's only 99c and he needs more toys.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.


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  2. Lily Dale sounds fascinating. I would really like to read more about the town wihere most of the people have special abilities.

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