Cold Dark Night: Legends of Madeira Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B0968CXZQ9
- Publisher : AIW Press (May 30, 2021)
- Publication date : May 30, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1598 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 298 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #438,290 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As Tami delves deeper into trying to uncover the link between the deaths and her own home, Jason has his hands full dealing with a rebellious officer, a string of burglaries, an officer-involved shooting, and the mayor’s interfering wife. There’s also the unexpected arrival of Jason’s estranged father, and the frightening dream visions of danger from Tami’s new friend, Abbey.
I loved the small-town setting of this novel. Hall does a great job of bringing Madeira vividly to life, not only in the present but the past as well. There are several chapters that give readers glimpses into characters from the 1800s, and how their lives will eventually impact what takes place in the present. The author weaves a tale of more than one unsolved murder, doling out clues like breadcrumbs. Another plot thread incorporates lunar folklore and how it may or may not factor into the murders. I especially enjoyed how Hall incorporated those threads into the story, weaving everything together for a thoroughly satisfying conclusion.
Bottom line: Cold Dark Night is an intriguing mystery that includes all the elements that make for a page-turning read—wonderful characters, a multi-layered plot, historical elements, and folklore. And easy five stars!
Cold Dark Night offers murder mysteries in different timelines, and Hall manages to brilliantly weave the two crimes together by the end in a masterful manner. The manifestation of legends, lore, and curses culminates in a fascinating way, which kept me guessing until almost the very end.
Hall’s protagonists present on the page like old friends, and her antagonists are as abhorrent as true enemies. Her scene descriptions vividly brought New Mexico to life for me—I could smell the pinion in the fire and taste the cumin in the burritos. I wish Madeira was a real place, because I’d love to see the sights and meet the people (well, some of the people) first-hand.
The end of the novel promises more to come in this series, and I can’t wait. This was an easy five stars from me.
The main characters, Tami and her police chief husband, Jason, are kind, smart, happy people. It is easy to cheer them on. Their neighbor across the street, Abbey (Abbey Lane has a sister, Penny Lane, wink-wink to Beatles’ fans) is also sweet. And Abbey’s nocturnal dreams mean something, though she can’t figure out what, and it’s up to the reader to interpret Abbey’s dreams for her.
There is a strong sense of place in Hall’s story. I can imagine friends gathered at the classic diner, history enthusiasts meeting at the library, and Tami settling into a big, Victorian house. Even the New Mexico weather feels palpable.
As a bonus, I learned about moon legends/meanings when reading Hall’s story.
My only nitpick is there are a lot of chatty passages, little details I didn’t need to know.
I read Cold Dark Night through my Kindle Unlimited subscription. Overall, this is a delightful read with wonderful characters.