The Dead of Winter

  • by Jean Rabe
  • Narrated by Catherine Wenglowski
  • 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a deceptively peaceful county, a murderer hides in plain sight.
Fifty-eight minutes into her first day on the job, 23-year-old Sheriff Piper Blackwell is faced with a grisly murder, the victim artfully posed amid decorations on his lawn. Drawing on former military training, Piper must prove herself worthy of the sheriff's badge, and that won't be easy.
Chief Deputy Oren Rosenberg, Piper's opponent in the recent election, doesn't like her and wants her to fail. She doesn't like him either, but she needs Oren to help catch the killer before another victim is discovered. Too late!
As Piper leads the manhunt, another crisis hits close to home. Her father, the previous sheriff, is fighting for his life, and she is torn between family and duty. Facing personal and professional threats, Piper has to weather a raging storm, keep the sheriff's department from crumbling around her, and reel in a killer during the most brutal winter sleepy Spencer County, Indiana, has ever experienced.

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Start a new job with... murder...?

Where does The Dead of Winter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of the best audiobooks I've listened to so far. Not only is the story itself interesting, but it is also read brilliantly by Ms Wenglowski.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot is great. It starts with a murder that shocks everyone around, then adds to it another murder, even more shocking, and then another... And there are also some undercurrents when it comes to the detectives working on the cases, with the new Sheriff in town that the older guys in her department don't really respect (yet), and with the competition among them as to who will catch the killer... It all creates a great mix and makes the book a really engaging read.


Which character – as performed by Catherine Wenglowski – was your favorite?

I really liked all of them:) The new Sheriff, Piper Blackwell, sounds young and inexperienced in her job, with a lot of doubts and yet a determination to be good at what she has undertaken... Chief Deputy Oren Rosenberg's inner monologues of how unfair the whole situation is with Piper being so young are both funny and irritating (as they should be:)); Piper's father, the former Sheriff, sounds exactly as he should - a tired elderly guy weakened by a fatal illness... There is not one character in the book that doesn't sound right... And it's really amazing as Ms Wenglowski in fact doesn't change her voice at all (or only very slightly) when reading the characters' lines... and yet I know exactly who is speaking and to whom, I catch their emotions, I follow the change in their moods, all that without any trouble:)

I think Ms Wenglowski's interpretation of the book adds to it being such a good listen; she doesn't overshadow the plot and the story itself by trying to act out every single scene... For me, that is the perfect kind of narration:)


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I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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- Lidia Chymkowska

Enjoyable Whodunit That Kept Me Guessing

I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book, which takes place in a male dominated police station in a hick town, but I did. The redneck vibe balanced out with the protagonist Piper, who was a strong and educated female who could stand on her own two feet. It was hard to imagine a 23-year-old sheriff but the story did a great job working through the dynamics within the department. It made me wonder, wow would I feel if I suddenly had a boss with no work experience now telling me what to do. I think the author got it right and I found Piper intriguing although she didn't seem totally convinced that she even wanted the job as sheriff.

I really enjoyed learning about all the suspects and trying to figure out the killer. I guess Piper decides to stick around as sheriff with this book being the first in the series. I definitely will look out for the next in the series.

I recommend this book if you like strong women, complex characters, serial killers, and a good mystery.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.








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- Jennifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2017
  • Publisher: Auspicious Apparatus Press