1) Cold to the Touch was a seamless narrative blending criminal mystery and romance. Hunter's style is so elegant that I feel like I experienced the story, not just read it.
2) A gripping story with well-developed characters and a pace that, at times, leaves you on the edge of your seat. Very clean writing style that managed to move the plot along without bogging down the reader in trivial details as sometimes occurs in crime procedurals. Overall, very nicely done.
3) Talk about cold! Cari Hunter writes winter so that you feel the snow creep down your collar or the wind whistle through the rip in your pants. She makes you feel the ache of fatigue from three nights in a row of too little sleep, and the terror of thinking you're losing your job, your career, your best friend, and your chance at love. I cared about Sanne from the start. Meg took a little more getting used to, but she grew on me. The crimes were bloody--very, very bloody-but realistically so, and not in an offensive way. The story is more police procedural than mystery, so don't expect to solve who dunnit from clues. If the clues had been there, I'm pretty sure Sanne would have figured them out.
4) A long story for its genre but excellent – no wasted words, no padding, and a very satisfying conclusion to the romantic story arc from other books. I marked plot down a couple of points because the backstory could have been explained more clearly. Good characterization even in minor roles; these people are individuals, not stereotypes. Since the series protagonist has had her ups and downs I wasn't sure if she'd be able to overcome the hurdles set up but – EXCELLENT storytelling and a real nail-biter denoument. Brava!
Cold to the Touch by Cari Hunter
Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 15, 2015)
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Winter in the Derbyshire Peaks: months of knee-deep snow, short days, and rocketing crime rates.
Detective Sanne Jensen is living in self-imposed isolation and quietly falling apart, while Dr. Meg Fielding--Sanne's best friend and occasional lover--is struggling to cope with her violent brother, who is back in town and demanding money that she doesn't have.
When the murder of a drug addict is dumped onto Sanne's already unmanageable caseload, she suspects the death may be the start of something more sinister. But how can she investigate a crime when no one cares about the victim? And how can she stop a killer who has no identity, no motive, and no conscience?
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