Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Book Review: Cold Girl: A B.C. Blues Crime Novel by R.M. Greenaway

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Dundum Press, via Edlweiss,for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

And now for another international mystery- this time British Columbia, Canada!

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A popular rockabilly singer has vanished in the snowbound Hazeltons of northern B.C. Lead RCMP investigator David Leith and his team work through the possibilities: has she been snatched by the so-called Pickup Killer, or does the answer lie here in the community, somewhere among her reticent fans and friends?

Leith has much to contend with: rough terrain and punishing weather, motel-living and wily witnesses. The local police force is tiny but headstrong, and one young constable seems more hindrance than help — until he wanders straight into the heart of the matter.

The urgency ramps up as one missing woman becomes two, the second barely a ghost passing through. Suspects multiply, but only at the bitter end does Leith discover who is the coldest girl of all.


Ah, Canada. This book will bring it's wildness and possibilities back to you! This is set to be book 1 in a new series (as this is the author's debut novel), yet it doesn't read like it is! The author gives you info info to know that there will be a prequel out there sometime, as Leith has a definite backstory that needs explaining, as he is a wounded character, working at turning his life around. As he works with, and against, the local constabulary, his strengths and weaknesses come out. But ultimately he will solve the crime at hand. It is an interesting tale that has a few red herrings along the way, to keep the reader guessing for most of the book. If you are looking for a new police procedural, you might find this new one very interesting to read! I look forward to book 2 in the series!

About the Author:

R.M. Greenaway has been a waitress and a darkroom technician, and also worked in probation. She travelled B.C. as a court reporter, and writes a crime series set in the province featuring the barely compatible RCMP detectives Cal Dion and David Leith. This is her first novel, and it won the 2014 Arthur Ellis Unhanged award. She lives in Nelson, B.C.

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