This year, Sally makes an announcement that sends her children into a tizzy, an announcement so extreme that it pushes someone in the house to murder. The storm inside the house is matched by a raging blizzard outside, and the family finds themselves snowbound with a killer.
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By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 15-11-17
Sally Braddock invites her children and their spouses to her mountain top mansion, atop a mountain in Vail. They are there for Christmas, but Sally has some news for her family. That news will change everyone's life, because someone is willing to murder in order to stop it from happening!!
I love a good cozy mystery and this one was awesome!! I have to say that Sally's children were horrible! So obnoxious, and I just wanted to reach in and shake them, but I suppose, that's what money can do. As for their spouses, oh god, they were so ungrateful! It would be a nightmare to sit through that.
Anyway, the plot was entertaining and exciting. I actually thought I had the right person figured out, but I didn't. I love a book like this, that can throw you off the scent completely!!! It could have been any of them, because they were all set to lose an awful lot of money.
The only nice character was Sally. She was such a nice woman and just wanted to do the best by her kids, and if that meant doing what she had planned, then that was what she would do. I thought she deserved so much, what with the amount of things she had to put up with!! I will say that one of her kids redeemed themselves somewhat near the end and I ended up liking them.
Anyway, this was a great mystery and I will definitely be checking out more from this author. She made me feel a lot for the characters, and that's always good!
Stacey Melotte was clear and read it well, but I found some of her voices to be so forced and annoying! Especially for the wife of one of Sally's son. I thought she really didn't need to put on such a fake accent and force it. A subtle change would have done fine.
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
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By J&M Demildt on 04-05-18
Great locked-room cozy mystery
I’m a big cozy mystery fan- and this is one of the best cozies from a new author I have read in a long time. The story centers on Sally, a billionaire with very ungrateful children who invites them all to her house for Christmas. While they are there they get snowed in and a murder occurred. Clearly one of them is the killer but which one?
I thought the author did a great job of introducing the characters and making them seem really realistic. From the start you are sympathizing with Sally and despising her obnoxious children. However, as the story progressed I actually began to like them more as we got to know them better.
The ending of this story was a complete surprise, which I always enjoy. There’s nothing worse than a mystery that you solve within the first few chapters. I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author!
The only downside was the narration. The narrator pronounced everything clearly but read a lot of it and he slightly monotone voice, and some of the voices she tried to do sounded almost cartoony. Other than that- I’d highly recommend this book!