Crime in Cold Places

White Heat book cover.It’s getting to be pretty chilly outside, but could you imagine having to solve a murder mystery in a blizzard? How about in the stark cold of the arctic? See if you can solve one or more of these crimes from the comfort and warmth of your own home:

White Heat by M.J. McGrath – Investigating the murder of an adventurist under her watch, half-Inuit Arctic guide Edie Kiglatuk teams up with police sergeant Derek Palliser when she realizes that the victim’s tour group was searching for something specific.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø – Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found on a mysteriously built snowman, a case that is complicated by subsequent abductions and a menacing letter.

Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland – Recalled out of exile in Siberia on condition that he solve the mystery of the Romanov family murders, Pekkala, once the Tsar’s most trusted ally, is partnered with the brother who betrayed him before discovering a dark secret that he realizes should stay hidden.

Hold the Dark by William Giraldi – When wolves begin attacking children in Keelut, Alaska, at the start of a particularly brutal winter, Russel Core arrives to investigate and must keep an abusive husband from finding his missing wife after beginning a grief-fueled rampage.

Snow Angels by James Thompson – A first entry in a new series introduces Inspector Kari Vaara, a hardened detective who investigates the racially charged murder of a Somali immigrant during a bitterly cold and dark Christmas season in Finland, a case that takes its toll on his marriage to his pregnant American wife.

Chill Factor by Sandra Brown – When a serial killer who leaves a blue ribbon at the site of his victims’ last sightings appears in the peaceful town of Cleary, North Carolina, police chief Dutch Burton finds the case complicated by his ex-wife’s disappearance during a blizzard.

The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg – After she returns to her hometown to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend’s past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case.

Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason – Unofficially investigating a suspicious suicide, Inspector Erlendur becomes increasingly unsettled by the unsolved cases of two young people who went missing decades earlier under circumstances tied to his own past.

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