Another great installment in Hamilton's mystery series featuring ex-private detective Alex McKnight. In this one, Alex has just fallen hard for an Ontario police officer named Natalie Reynaud. A big snowstorm is on its way (these novels are all set in snowy Missouri), so their plan to meet up in Ontario for the weekend is out. But the two decide to meet each other halfway at a hotel in Soo, Michigan, instead. When they get there, they encounter a strange elderly man in the lobby of the hotel. He keeps staring at them, then smiling and tipping his hat. After a drink or two, Alex and Natalie head up to their room where, outside the door, they find an old-fashioned hat full of snow with a note that says, "I know who you are." It's clearly from the old man, so Alex goes back down to try to find him. Only, instead, he finds the old man is gone. The next morning, they get the news -- the old man was found frozen to death a few blocks from the hotel, and the doorman has been telling everyone it was Alex's doing.
The next thing Alex knows, he's caught in the middle of a century-old family feud. As it turns out, the old man's father was killed eighty years ago and his family has blamed Natalie's family for the murder ever since. The old man's sons find out who Natalie is, and soon she disappears, leaving Alex to assume the only thing that makes sense -- that she's been kidnapped by the old man's family, who are hell-bent on taking her life in revenge. The snowstorm has made it virtually impossible to get anywhere safely, but Alex has to find Natalie. Before he does, though, he'll come across three more dead bodies and almost lose his own life in the process.
I know I've read at least one more novel in this series and enjoyed it, so I have no idea why it took me so long to get to another one of these. I won't make that mistake again, though, as I thoroughly enjoyed this one and can't wait to read more! This is the perfect book to cozy up with on your couch by the fire on a snow day (which is what I was doing with it two days ago myself). Definitely recommended!