Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Seven top mysteries set in the Midwestern winter

Deborah E. Kennedy is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her debut, Tornado Weather, came out with Flatiron Books in 2017 and was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe best first novel prize by the Mystery Writers of America. Kennedy has worked as a reporter, teacher, and editor, as well as a cookie packer, ice cream scooper, and children’s baseball coach. She also holds a Master’s in Fiction Writing and English literature from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She currently lives in Forest Grove, Oregon with her mother and young son.

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Kennedy's new novel is Billie Starr's Book of Sorries.

At CrimeReads the author tagged seven page-turners that run red-hot in the deep Midwestern cold, including:
The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

I would recommend that you not read this book when you’re alone. Or stuck in an isolated farmhouse with only the wind for company. This spooky novel—Gudenkauf’s eighth—straddles the fine line between mystery and horror, balancing both so well you’ll be obsessed with the whodunnit while still trying to get the hair on the back of your neck to go down. The story revolves around true crime writer Wylie Lark, who, still smarting from an argument with her teenage son, retreats to an old house in rural Iowa to work on her newest book. She soon finds herself with more material than she bargained for. Not only were a husband and wife murdered in the house where she’s staying, but a little boy turns up wounded outside her door in the middle of a blizzard. Add a girl who went missing without a trace twenty years ago and a large dose of surprise and you have the perfect way to while away a winter night.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Overnight Guest.

--Marshal Zeringue