this book started out very promising but by 100 pages in, I started having serious doubts about how the author was going to make this slow plodding mystery become interesting or create any sense of urgency whatsoever. I'm new to Jessica Beck and this series, so long time followers of the series would know better than me if this was a fluke or if all her books are paced like this. the big problem for me was that the murder happens in the first chapter and you never meet the victim. after they find her body in the snow, you get a few bits and pieces about her in conversation of other characters, and then nothing more about the murder for so long. literally pages and pages and pages were filled with descriptions of food and the heroine eating. i kept thinking that maybe the author was hungry when she was writing this. don't get me wrong, i read a lot of cozy mysteries and don't mind a mention of homecooked meals, some hot coffee and donuts, etc. it adds a cozy touch, i get that. but this was ridiculous. i felt the heroine and her best friend went from meal to meal to mini-meal, with tons of forced banter between them, and NOTHING about the mystery. then at about 100 pages in we returned to that, still knowing very little about the victim and not having a reason to care. i kept plowing through until ultimately i gave up and just skipped to find out who the killer was. what I DID like about this book was the setting. I'm a sucker for snowy weather and small towns and Beck creates a very appealing picture of the town. her descriptions of the snowstorm, and the warmth of Suzanne's mom's house, the cozy decor of the donut shop, etc. were all well-drawn and made you want to snuggle under a blanket. Other than that, this was a let-down for me.