Blog All About It ~ January ~Winter

January 20, 2018 Misc. 8

Anna from Herding cats and Burning Soup started a new challenge this year and she gives everyone a prompt for the month and then we can write about whatever we want as long as it has to do with the word prompt.

January’s word is WINTER.

I am sure by now most of you know that I really hate Winter, I want nothing to do with being cold, or snow or anything associated with freezing weather. So it’s funny that I love reading books with that kind of setting, especially when they are mysteries, thrillers or horror. It’s like the colder setting just seems to make them scarier and more thrilling.

I thought I would list a few books that I like with a winter setting and some I have on my TBR that I can’t wait to read and hope to get to this year.

It begins with a freak snowstorm in May. Hit hardest is the rural town of Colby, Connecticut. Schools and businesses are closed, powerlines are down, and police detective Jack Glazier has found a body in the snow. It appears to be the victim of a bizarre ritual murder. It won’t be the last. As the snow piles up, so do the sacrifices. Cut off from the rest of the world, Glazier teams up with an occult crime specialist to uncover a secret society hiding in their midst.

The gods they worship are unthinkable. The powers they summon are unstoppable. And the things they will do to the good people of Colby are utterly, horribly unspeakable…

I just love a good horror set in the winter time! It all starts once the snow storm hits and these monsters come out and are pretty much just killing everyone! It was really cool!  Click on the cover to check out my review!

In the Barrens, a vast wilderness in northern Canada bordering the Arctic Circle, night consumes every hour of the winter. Humans are scarce; ferocious predators roam freely. Locals say spirits do, too.

Rookie cop Tana Larsson doesn’t mind the dark and quiet. Five months pregnant and hoping to escape the mistakes of her past, she takes a post in Twin Rivers, population 320. Maybe here she can find peace and community for her child.

But with her superior out of commission, Tana becomes the sole police officer in 17,500 square miles. One bitter night, she gets a call about the fatal wolf mauling of two students, and the only way to reach the remote scene is to enlist the help of the arrogant, irritatingly handsome Cameron “Crash” O’Halloran, a local bush pilot with a shady reputation for smuggling and a past cloaked in shadow.

When the macabre scene they uncover suggests violence much more sinister than animal, Tana must trust Crash if she wants to protect the town—and herself—from the evil that lurks in the frozen dark.

I also love a good crime novel set in the snow! In the Barren Ground was a really good mystery. I felt so bad for the Rookie cop being pregnant having to trudge around in the cold cold elements. She was way over her head with the murders and at times it seemed it could be supernatural but then maybe not. I really liked Crash he was a fun character. It was just a really good read. Click on the cover for my review.

Now for a couple on my TBR:

Three hunters find a crashed cocaine plane in the Montana wilderness. Each has a reason to steal the cocaine – who will?

The two who do steal it soon find themselves hunted by the Mexican cocaine cartel, the DEA, Las Vegas killers, their guide, and the police of several states.

Zack, a former NFL star now a TV sports icon, owes two million to some nasty people in Vegas. Steve, a Wall Street broker, may have lost all of his and Zack’s investments. Curt, their guide, a half-Cheyenne mountain man, is trying to save his ranch from an energy company takeover.

Diego is an executioner for the cocaine cartel. María Christina, a Harvard grad and Yale MBA, runs the cartel. Whitney Castro is a black girl from the Denver slums, now a brilliant DEA agent. Kenny Stauffenberg is an easy-going Montana sheriff who never gives up a hunt.

From the frozen peaks of Montana to the heights of Wall Street, the slums of Denver and the million-dollar tables at Vegas, SNOW is an electric portrait of today’s American culture, the invisible line between good and evil, and what people will do in their frantic search for love and freedom.


Sounds like a great thriller and one I didn’t get to last year that I need to this year. 🙂

In Christopher Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade–a work reminiscent of early Stephen King–Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age.

The small New England town of Coventry had weathered a thousand blizzards…but never one like this. Icy figures danced in the wind and gazed through children’s windows with soul-chilling eyes. People wandered into the whiteout and were never seen again. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same.

Now, as a new storm approaches twelve years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow. Photographer Jake Schapiro mourns his little brother, Isaac, even as-tonight-another little boy is missing. Mechanic and part-time thief Doug Manning’s life has been forever scarred by the mysterious death of his wife, Cherie, and now he’s starting over with another woman and more ambitious crimes. Police detective Joe Keenan has never been the same since that night, when he failed to save the life of a young boy . . . and the boy’s father vanished in the storm only feet away. And all the way on the other side of the country, Miri Ristani receives a phone call . . . from a man who died twelve years ago.

As old ghosts trickle back, this new storm will prove to be even more terrifying than the last. 

I came across this one while searching for winter reads and thought it sounded pretty cool!

Do you have any favorite winter setting reads?


8 Responses to “Blog All About It ~ January ~Winter”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’m not a fan of the cold either! Especially lately because the highs haven’t been above freezing. I don’t like this at all! I don’t need it to be hot but are temps in the 60s too much to ask? I do love mysteries set in cold weather book or TV wise. These sound really intense – I’m especially interested in Snowblind.

  2. Melanie Simmons

    I love snow. I feel like, if it is going to be cold, it might as well be cold and pretty. I will also say, that I usually feel less cold than when it is just cold and there isn’t any snow. I know that I’m a weird one. Those do like great books. I hope that I can try one of them soon.

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    As you know, I’m the same way as you. YES! Sign me up for Snowblind. I’ve read a few other things by that author and that one is a must. I remember buying Chills after seeing your review and I need to make time for it as well. My ultimate winter horror novel is The Shining.

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