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Publisher's Summary

Solving a crime is like piecing together a puzzle. But what happens if the pieces don't fit?
When police chief Gordon Hepler's doctor orders him to cut down on the stress in his life or risk losing his vision, Gordon books a winter retreat at a remote bed and breakfast. Hours away from Mapleton, where nobody knows he's a cop, he plans to relax and try to forget about his eyes.
However, traveling "incognito" doesn't mean he's left his cop instincts behind. His curiosity is piqued when one of the other guests at the B&B doesn't appear to be who she claims. Before he can explore the puzzle she presents, a man shows up, pleading for help. His car's gone off the road, and his wife is inside.
Although a blizzard is approaching, Gordon can't refuse the frantic man's request and agrees to help him search. Fighting the storm, Gordon and the man struggle down a ravine to the car. What they find turns out to be one more puzzle, and it's not the last Gordon faces.
Are they unrelated coincidences? Or part of one bigger mystery? Or is he seeing a crime where none exists? Well outside his jurisdiction, with his health at stake, Gordon wonders whether he should follow his cop impulses, or remember he's on vacation and let the locals handle it. When it becomes personal, Gordon has no choice.
©2014 Terry Odell (P)2017 Terry Odell
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5 out of 5 stars
By Catrina P on 10-13-17

A cozy mystery

This was my first Mapleton Mystery and I loved it. Trying to piece together all of the "puzzle pieces" as the story unfolded kept me interested and constantly guessing what would come next.

I wouldn't hesitate to check out Terry Odell's other works or Steve Marvel's other narrations.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christina on 09-20-17

A cozy thriller!

This was the first book I listened to in this series, and I'm hooked! This whole story was full of moving puzzle pieces, and I never knew who to trust. I was suspicious of everyone and always second guessing who was genuine and who was all a part of the tangled mystery. As the odd deaths & break ins piled up I felt myself spinning theories as to who did what and how they could all be linked. It was a fun ride!

I also really enjoyed Gordon as a lead character. So often in cozy mysteries the cop is just a secondary character. But with this book I got to peek behind the curtain and see what goes on in the mind of a police officer as he hunts for a killer. All the steps that Gordon took to separate speculation from facts was interesting and made this book special. The narration was spot on, and made this a really enjoyable listen.

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