By Carla Neggers
384 pages, $7.99
Mira; Original edition October 26, 2010
Carla Neggers’ newest book Cold Dawn takes off like a house-a-fire, literally. Search-and- rescue expert Rose Cameron and Ranger, her golden retriever come upon the shell of a badly burned house while on a walk. As they search the property, Rose discovers an unrecognizably burned body. She quickly comes to believe that it may be the body of ski instructor Derek Cutshaw. Just when the people of Black Falls, Vermont were beginning to breathe a little easier, this tragedy occurs. Quickly, Californian smoke jumper Nick Martini enters the scene, and he soon suspects that this as the work of an arsonist… and perhaps something else is going on.
Cold Dawn is the third in Neggers’ Black Falls, Vermont series. I had not read the first two books in the series. The although the author does give you some background on the town’s colorful characters, I found it a bit daunting to follow their relationships. But I persevered and in the end, I was glad that I stuck with this book. It’s a good ol’ murder mystery and I really enjoyed it! Carla Neggers is great at plotting the necessary twists and turns and the occasional red-herrings that are the backbone of an enjoyable who-done-it.
Cold Dawn is an engaging and suspenseful read. It makes me want to go back and read the first two books in her series. Ms. Neggers, you have a new fan in me!
If I gave stars, this would get a solid 3 1/2 stars from me.
Source: This book was provided to me by the publisher at my request and in no way affected by review.
From Carla's bio: After graduating magna cum laude from Boston University and a brief stint as an arts and entertainment writer, Carla turned to writing fiction full-time. She has written more than 50 novels -more than a dozen of them New York Times bestsellers-and has earned raves from critics and readers alike for her unique blend of fast-paced action, suspense and romance.