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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312593279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312593278
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,739,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Clinch's enchanting second Ski Diva mystery (after 2010's Double Black) opens on a crispy day under a cloudless blue sky, a winter rarity in Vermont. Avid skier Stacey Curtis plans to take full advantage of it by spending the day on the slopes of Spruce Peak before she reports for her night job in the Broken Binding, a local bar. Unfortunately, the lift line is closed due to the filming of a commercial, and to complicate matters, her ex-fiancé, Brian Russell, is supervising the shoot. Later, when a snowstorm makes conditions on the slopes perfect, ski patrol friend Chip Walsh joins Stacey for some spectacular night skiing--spectacular at least until she hits something that turns out to be a dead body. Stacey once again turns sleuth in a fast read sure to appeal to skiers and nonskiers alike. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

Ski bum Stacey Curtis has left Boston and her cheating fiancé and is spending her days skiing Spruce Peak and her evenings waitressing at a local bar in a small Vermont town. Then aging movie star Harper Stone comes to town to film a mouthwash commercial; Stacey’s former fiancé, Brian, is part of Stone’s entourage. He seems to want her back, although she has moved on and is interested in Chip Walsh, a member of the Ski Patrol. Stone disappears during a blizzard, and Stacy and Chip find him dead in the snow. Stacey sets out to solve the crime and, after a somewhat perfunctory investigation, does just that. The mystery element is the weak point here, but the small-town frame, the vividly described setting, and the skiing action provide some compensation. Author Clinch founded and runs TheSkiDiva.com. --Sue O'Brien

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I look forward to the next one in the series.
Lilian
Wendy Clinch's style is charming, smart, and full of wit.
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Im partial to the skiing.....since I live in New England!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 25, 2011
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Hollywood Harper Stone arrives at Spruce Peak, Vermont to film a mouthwash commercial. Once a star, this is the only gig he can get though he does not hide his rage over how far his fame has fallen.

Avid skier Stacey Curtis looks forward to a turn on the slopes before going to work at the Broken Binding bar. However, the lift is closed due to the filming directed by Stacey's former boyfriend Brian Russell. Still the Ski Diva and her friend ski patrol operative Chip Walsh ski together until they run into a corpse. Someone murdered Harper with the last person to see the actor alive being Brian, who is known for his jealousy and anger. Stacey knows to stay out of the homicide on the slopes, but investigates anyway

The second Ski Diva amateur sleuth (see Double Black) is an engaging tale that focuses more on skiing than on the whodunit. Stacey is a wonderful protagonist whose theme is Let it snow; let It snow; and let it snow. Although the mystery takes the backseat on the lift, fans will enjoy going downhill with Stacey who brings enthusiasm and energy to the slopes.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lilian on January 9, 2011
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Fade to White is the second in the Ski Diva mystery series. The heroine is Stacey Curtis who finds herself ,once more , in the center of a missing person case that turns to murder. Stacey does not pretend to be a detective but she is aware of what is happening in her town. She is happy to tell the local sherif what she suspects and he trusts her judgement.

Readers who like to ski will relate to the Stacey's obsession with skiing and her desire to be on the first chair every morning. They will squirm as she does when she rides a lift chair with a 5 year old . And if they have ever been to Vermont, they will recognize the ski town and the people in it.

The story moves quickly and is told with a great sense of humor. It was lots of fun to read. I look forward to the next one in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By book_junkie35 on January 6, 2011
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I loved Double Black and enjoyed Fade to White even more. Wendy Clinch's style is charming, smart, and full of wit. She gets everything right in this book--the characters are memorable (who wouldn't love Stacey?), the plot tight, and the atmosphere perfect. An absolute delight. I can't wait for the next in the series.

The only problem is that I wanted it to be snowing when I read. Guess you can't have everything.
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More About the Author

Born and raised in Ocean County, NJ, Wendy Clinch is the founder of TheSkiDiva.com, the premier internet community for women skiers. She is a former advertising copywriter, having spent more than 25 years in the field, most recently as a partner in her own agency in suburban Philadelphia. A graduate of Syracuse University, Wendy now lives in Vermont with her husband, Jon Clinch, author of FINN: A NOVEL (Random House, 2007) and KINGS OF THE EARTH (Random House, July 2010).

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