My December Just For Fun Read
This is the last year of this challenge.
Snow Way Out (A Snow Globe Shop Mystery)
1st in Series
Setting – Minnesota
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (January 6, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Julia Green
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00KWG5RM8
Curio shop manager Camryn Brooks thought she’d seen every kind of snow globe—until she saw one depicting a crime scene…
Ever since she was a child, Cami has loved the sparkling beauty of snow globes, and now, she sells them. In fact, they’re so popular, Cami and her friend—coffee shop owner Alice “Pinky” Nelson—are hosting a snow globe making class.
After the flurry of activity has ended and everyone has gone off with their own handmade snow globes, Cami spots a new globe left behind on a shelf, featuring an odd tableau—a man sleeping on a park bench.
On her way home, she drifts through the town park and is shaken to come upon the scene from the globe—a man sitting on a bench. But he isn’t sleeping—he has a knife in his back. When the police arrive, it’s clear they consider Cami a little flaky and possibly a suspect. After her friends also come under suspicion, Cami starts plowing through clues to find the cold-blooded backstabber—before someone else gets iced…
Snow globe making projects and tips included!
I wish we had a store like this nearby. I would buy, buy, buy!!
Camryn Brooks has taken over running her parents store, Curio Finds, after returning in despair from her job in Washington D.C.. Her mother is going through chemo and her dad wants to be close by to take care of her. Her friend, Alice “Pinky” Nelson, runs the connected coffee shop, Brew Ha Ha. Together they decided to host a snow globe making class. After the class is over Cami notices a new snow globe on a shelf in the store. A man in a park sleeping on a bench. Strange, who would have left that there? Cami starts her walk home through the park and notices a scene much like the scene in the new snow globe. She nudges the man and finds out he is not asleep, HE IS DEAD! This has to be connected to the snow globe and only the people in the class could have left it in the store. Could one of Cami’s friends or customers be a killer?
I like these characters. Cami, “my name is Camryn”, has a chip on her shoulder after being forced out of Washington by circumstances she tried to control. But I like that she is back home, her parents, especially her mom needs her to be close by. The love this family shares is so evident. They also love their snow globe store and going on little trips to find new items to sell. I look forward to getting to know this family better. Erin, a school teacher, and Mark a police officer, round out the group that has been friends for most of their lives. Clint, the assistant police chief, was ahead of them in school, but with this case tends to be around a lot. Clint does have one very annoying habit that drives Cami crazy. There is a lot of room for these characters to develop, but we have been given a fine introduction.
The build up of the mystery was good but I had a hard time believing the way it played out. It also made me sad. Cami doesn’t really investigate or solve the case but she does not know who to trust. Her friends are up to something she just hopes it isn’t murder.
It is the characters that will being me back to read The Iced Princess. They are quite a bunch.
Find out more about Christine Husom on her webpage here.
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