The Dead of Winter (John Madden Series #3)

The Dead of Winter (John Madden Series #3)

by Rennie Airth
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The Dead of Winter (John Madden Series #3) by Rennie Airth

"[Rennie Airth's] meticulously detailed procedural mysteries are beautifully written . . . well worth reading, and rereading."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Rennie Airth's The Death of Kings is now available from Viking.

On a freezing London night in 1944, Rosa Novak is brutally murdered during a blackout. Scotland Yard suspects the young Polish refugee was the victim of a random act of violence and might have dropped the case if former police investigator John Madden hadn't been her employer. Madden feels he owes it to Rosa to find her killer and pushes the investigation, uncovering her connection to a murdered Parisian furrier, a member of the Resistance, and a stolen cache of diamonds.

Delivering the atmospheric writing and compelling characters that have already established Rennie Airth as a master of suspense as well as style, this long-awaited third installment in the John Madden series is historical crime writing at its best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143117247
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/29/2010
Series: John Madden Series , #3
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 226,464
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rennie Airth was born in South Africa and worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters before becoming a novelist. He is the author of two other John Madden mysteries, River of Darkness, a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and a Macavity Award for Best Mystery, and a New York Times Notable Book, and The Blood-Dimmed Tide. He lives in Cortona, Italy.

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Dead of Winter (John Madden Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
CSR More than 1 year ago
John Madden and his former colleagues solve an epic puzzle of a seemingly random murder of an immigrant land girl on a blacked out street; people who saw her and petty criminals start dropping like flies as the murder attempts to extinguish all witnesses. I hope the series continues for several more books, although he ages Madden (already more than 25y in 3 books).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I happen to enjoy dark, period mysteries and this one was avery well written. This is the third and last (for now) in a series by this author. The first one, River of Darkness, introduces us to the protagonist and other characters during that difficult, and dark, period after WWI. Each book afterwards brings you forward in time and each with a new mystery. This was a new author for me and I hope he has more books waiting in the wings.
kkelly More than 1 year ago
This writer is one of the best. I discovered him several years ago and have all of his books including the new one. I have reread the series many times and have given it to others to read also. You will not be disappointed with this series except for wishing he'd written more books!
RuthTC More than 1 year ago
Rennie Airth's newest mystery, The Dead of Winter, is excellent - and, this time, remarkably free of typos. The story and character are engaging and involving. I liked the way Airth brings his lead character, John Madden, back into play, and the evocation of the wartime environment in London and surrounding areas was beautifully done. I just wish Airth wrote more and faster; I'd like to have a whole shelf or two of Rennie Airth books in my personal library!
edofarrell More than 1 year ago
This book has it all. A wonderful plot with some unexpected twists, a lot of well-developed and interesting characters, the somber war-time mood of late WWII England. The twists and turns will hold your interest and the chilling ending will have you reading into the late night. Another excellent offering from Rennie Airth. Here's hoping he'll deliver another, and soon.
Bedelia More than 1 year ago
John Madden helps solve this third mystery by Rennie Airth set during the last days of WWII. A young woman is killed, but the why is the big question and the plot goes on forming a very twisty, interesting story. Highly recommend this wonderful book.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
WWII is raging - and bad things still happen on the homefront. I really like the way these books are set up - although I don't understand why the author let 10 years lapse between the settings of each of his books. Once again, John Madden gets pulled into a case through the most curious of "coincidences" - which is a theme of this particular story. It's all a matter of "timing" - of being in a particular place at any given moment. I also enjoy the fact that there are the same supporting cast of characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my third Rennie Airth novel. Starts out a bit slow but picks up nicely about a third of the way into the book. The first hundred pages or so nicely develope the characters and setting. He makes it easy to feel a part of the story. Finishes with his usual shocking slam bang ending. Love his writing style, and definitely looking forward to his next novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mysteries, great characters.
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lotto53 More than 1 year ago
love this author. great story line. a true mystery. enjoy
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