He took that bag from a manila envelope and gave it to Leonard who took it as he might a grenade minus its pin. O'Reilly sat on the edge of a chair that brought their knees close.-- Cold by Stella Cameron. Cold introduces amateur sleuth Alex Duggins in what will hopefully be a long series. Alex has returned to her Cotswold village after her high-flying London marriage fell apart. She bought the local pub and a big stone house in the hills. But she also found a dead body half-frozen in the woods . . .
I haven't read Cameron's other books, but this one is terrific. I am almost finished and hate to put it down.
You can't outrun the past... ...and tripping over a frosted corpse is a complication that could destroy Alex Duggins' attempt to restart her life. The discovery of a murder victim threatens to unearth some old secrets, including her own. As the tiny town of Folly-on-Weir braces for a chilling winter and snow blankets Britain's Cotswold Hills, a killer faces a deadline. A terrible crime was believed to be safely hidden, but time and conscience can wear on a secret. The clock ticks and with the police breathing down her neck, Alex knows she's at the top of the suspect list. Desperate to clear her name and find the real murderer she begins to peel back the layers of deception that have long-concealed one of the town's darkest secrets. But time is also running out for a killer who has nothing left to lose. What's one more murder? Someone intends that Alex will be the next snow-covered body found in the beautiful hills above the town.
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