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This first book in a new detective series is engaging and focuses on new arrival to rural Maine, Homicide Investigator Lizzie Snow. The book is complicated with multiple story lines and mysteries which interweave. There are multiple narrative points of view in the story telling (we hear the thoughts of each character rather than only one) so the reader sees the big picture. This allows us to be privy to more information than some of the characters which adds to the scary factor. The complex character development and strong sense of place makes for a fast paced listen.
Potter does a good job with the narration. The writing is good also and this first book bodes well for the series. Be aware that there are errors in the publisher's summary here on audible which were confusing. The ex-boyfriend, for example, is not Chevrier--he is in reality the new boss. Recommended if you like police investigative procedurals and don't mind a fair amount of violence discussed.
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As a Maine native, I normally love novels that are set in my home state. Unfortunately, Winter at the Door contained too many stereotypes for my taste. No, not everyone who lives in rural northern Maine is an uneducated, narrow-mined hick.
Lizzie Snow could have been an interesting character - a strong, smart woman cop. Instead of acting intelligent and competent, Lizzie kept taking stupid risks and keeping secrets.
Sarah Graves is a good writer - the plot had lots of potential - so I might try another book by this author. However, I want smart characters to act smart, not like an immature teenager who has something to prove.
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