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Cold, Introducing Alex Duggins (An Alex Duggins Mystery) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 23, 2013
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"...An intriguing cast of characters laden with dark histories. A thrilling conclusion, combined with cliffhanger chapter endings, guarantees readers will be flipping the pages late into the night." -Library Journal
"COLD is compulsively readable and will evoke comparisons to Louise Penny's Gamache novels as well as Mary Higgins Clark." -New York Times Bestselling Author Robert Dugoni
"Cameron digs deep into the dirt of an idyllic English village when the past comes back to haunt the present for the sharply-etched townsfolk in this chilling tale of murder." -Bestselling Author Mary Daheim
"COLD is fast-paced, edgy, and wonderfully atmospheric." -New York Times Bestselling Author Jayne Ann Krentz
About the Author
Stella Cameron is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. With over fourteen million copies of her books in print, Cameron is now turning her pen to mysteries and independently publishing COLD, Introducing Alex Duggins. She draws on her English background for this new, already critically acclaimed mystery series. Atmospheric, deeply character and relationship driven, COLD reveals the power of old secrets to twist the present. Cameron's reputation for using her backgrounds to add tension and allure to her stories is heightened again. Cameron is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Achievement Award for distinguished professional achievement and for enhancing the stature of the Northwest Literary community. She lives in Washington with her husband Jerry, her Papillon Millie, black cat Zipper, and a cheeky little tabby named Jack.
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Top Customer Reviews
I do love a good mystery story and this was certainly that - add in the fact that its set in my very own stomping grounds and it made for a terrific read.
Alex Duggins has moved back to the sleepy town of Folly-on-Weir in the Cotswolds due to suffering a tragedy, but after stumbling over a murder victim in the countryside she sets off a chain of events that will put her life in very real danger. With its roots set firmly in the past, Alex must uncover the facts in order to understand why someone wants her out of the way..but just who can she trust?
I very much enjoyed this - it had a touch of the old school about it, those gentle rambling mysteries that came from Agatha Christie and Victoria Holt in my youth and are now coming from a whole new generation of crime writers...but with a modern twist. I love that Alex is not in any way affiliated with the police, nor does she do a job that would normally bring her into contact with them or give her any reason for them to consult her. She is at the heart of this story though...and to find out why she will have to dig deep and discover the truth for herself.
The supporting cast of characters are all very good - I particularly liked the enigmatic Detective O'Reilly who keeps trying to keep Alex out of trouble and away from the danger zone with little success, and her old school friend Tony, who himself has a past, who tries to do the same. They mystery element is complicated enough to hold interest and the final resolution is satisfying.
All in all a terrific read and I shall look forward to the next Alex Duggins mystery.
Happy Reading Folks!
From page one, I was shivering in the cold right there with Brother Dominic and Bogie. The story, about a woman (Alex Duggins) who returns to her peaceful home village after a miserable divorce and traumatic experience, draws you into the tight knit community that is Folly-on-Weir. When the community is turned upside down by two homicides in the space of a few days, you begin to unravel long kept secrets and old grudges that lead you on a merry trail of intrigue. The book comes to a heart-pounding conclusion with just enough loose threads to keep the reader waiting - impatiently! - for the next book in this series.
Once again, Stella Cameron, you've written a winner!
Several secondary characters are enmeshed in the plot, everyone has some secret and occasionally the sheer volume of characters did feel overwhelming, although they did manage to sort themselves out in my head nearer the end of the book. I liked Alex, even as I didn't always feel her motivation, or think that some of her decisions were the wisest options: but her curiosity and subtly telling fragility after her retreat to her hometown did provide her character with depth and emotion.
Conversations and dialogue slipped from believable to forced, there were occasions when the dialogue detracted from a character rather than enhanced, but these instances also were rare, making some of the characters less enjoyable than others.
With several twists and turns, there wasn't any single clear suspect: while I don't usually solve mysteries early on in a story, this one really did take me through to the end with several people I had suspected. Working tension and uncovering clues throughout the story arc was well done: Ms. Cameron understands a reader's need for peaks and valleys, and fuels it near perfectly. For those who like a suspenseful mystery, and fans of Cameron's other books - this is a must get.
I received an eARC copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I was captivated with the story from the very beginning. Wonderfully descriptive, I could almost feel the cold, biting wind. I could feel the angst of wanting to do what was right no matter the cost that Brother Dominic felt in those final moments of his life. Let's not forget Alex Duggins! Having suffered so much upheaval in her life she comes back to her previously quiet, peaceful town and a murder. She's not sure who she can and cannot trust. Even her closest friends' motives are questionable.
I found myself so embroiled in the story and characters to the point of losing track of time. This is a sign of a truly awesome book. I set high expectations for certain authors that I follow and I must say that Ms. Cameron has not disappointed me yet.