Dead of Winter: A Lily Dale Mystery

Dead of Winter: A Lily Dale Mystery

by Wendy Corsi Staub


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ISBN-13: 9781683319344
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 207,989
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than eighty novels and has twice been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband, their two sons, and a rescued stray cat named Chance. This is her third Lily Dale mystery after Nine Lives and Something Buried, Something Blue.

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Dead of Winter: A Lily Dale Mystery 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I loved this little idealistic village full of psychics with some normal people mixed in. This was my second book in the Lily Dale series and I was so glad to return. I thoroughly loved it. A close knit village where everybody looks out for one another and wherein several psychics have taken up residence. A very small village with four single women living in nearby cottages. A lead in that tends to lend itself to all kinds of drama at times. Let's make that "cozy drama". A cute, cozy mystery that has everything. Charm, charms, laughter, great characters and a great story. I look forward to reading more about the ladies in Lily Dale. Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoying this group from a favorite author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was boring compared to the first in the series.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub is the third book in A Lily Dale Mystery series. The night before Bella Jordan heard a scream out on the lake and the next morning she discovers a dead body wrapped in a tarp on the shore. Then Max’s friend, Jiffy Arden (who manages to lose his belonging on a routine basis) disappears one day during snowstorm. To top it off, Misty Starr (Jiffy’s mom) disappears. What is going on in Lily Dale? Did Jiffy see something the night the body was dropped into the lake? Dead of Winter is not a standalone novel. You need to read the first two books in the series prior to Dead of Winter. The story is told from multiple POVs which makes for a confusing story (and frustrating). It switches between Bella, Max, Jiffy, Misty, and the killer. Then there are the multiple townspeople who all seem to be psychic (but cannot find the missing kid or prevent him from being kidnapped). The paranormal elements are not believable (come across as contrived). I felt that Dead of Winter needed a rewrite and editing. There is a significant amount of repetition (the same details over and over). The story also jumps around (the multiple POV thing). Dead of Winter lacks flow and continuity (and it way too long). The ending was unfinished. Important details were left out (like what happened to the four stolen gold rings). The mystery is one that plays out and readers are not given a chance to solve the murder. I did not enjoy reading Dead of Winter (it was blah). This was the last A Lily Dale Mystery for me.
wvteddy More than 1 year ago
Dead of Winter is the third Lily Dale mystery and the seventh Lily Dale book by Wendy Corsi Staub. I have always loved her books so I was thrilled to be chosen to read this book. It is set just before Christmas in the middle of a blizzard in Lily Dale, NY, a town that was founded by psychics or spiritualists. Bella Jordan is the only person in town who cannot connect with Spirit. She and her son Max found there way there after her husband died the year before, She manages the Valley View Inn. Not much usually happens in Lily Dale in the winter. Of course Bella has a knack for finding dead bodies so this year is different. This book has all the usual Lily Dale quirky characters, several bad guys, several good guys, at least one good but not so nice guy, a few ghosts, some animals, and a little romance. There are a couple of mysteries that are wrapped up nicely before Christmas. What more could you want? I classify this as a cozy mystery and it is a good one, a fun read. Thanks to NetGalley for the copy for my review.
Missisue4 More than 1 year ago
I could not stop reading this book !!!! As soon as I started reading Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub I was hooked !!! Even though this is the third book in the Lily Dale Mystery series and the first one that I read, it didn't matter. I was introduced to everyone in town like it was the first book. Staub's writing allows the reader to pick up the book and before you even finish the first chapter you are at home in this little lakeside community with all its wacky residents !! The main character focus is on Bella and her young son Max as they are new to Lily Dale (yes Lily Dale is the name of the area , it's not the name of a character). Bella and Max moved there recently after her husband passed away and she ends up running the Valley View Manor on the lake. They were brought to the Valley View Manor by Chance (a cat) and ended up staying. One unique thing about Dead of Winter is that Lily Dale is full of spiritualists. Most of Bella's neighbors are mediums that see and talk to the dead..... even her son's 6 year old best friend, Jiffy. This doesn't give the reader a "spooky" feeling because the way that it is written is comical at times and, well, the rest just seems to make sense. Don't get me wrong....there is a murder in the middle of the night and the killer dumps the victim over a rowboat in the lake....and Bella is caught looking out the window by the killer....and Jiffy just happens to run into the killer outside the Valley View Manor......and the victim just happens to be from a very impressive gang of theives.....and to make it all even better Lily Dale is hit with a tremendous snowstorm.... OMG I want to read it again !!! That's how good Dead of Winter is !! I sat on my couch reading it from start to finish !! Once you get to a certain point in the story (I won't tell you where...) you CANNOT put the book can't !! I challenge you to try !! Believe me when you get to that point, and you will know it when you get there, you mind as well cancel whatever you had planned for the rest of the day. Dead of Winter is set in a very interesting lakeside community with such interesting people .... I could go on and on regarding the residents, dead and alive, but you should read it for yourself !! After reading Dead of Winter, I can tell you that I will be going back and reading the rest of the Lily Dale series......
booklover- More than 1 year ago
LIly Dale is a small community, unique in that most of the residents are psychics and mediums who all have such quirky personalities. Bella Jordan happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time ... she hears a man's dying scream and then she sees his body floating in from the lake when he was dumped. The killer looks up and sees her in the window ... and he immediately thinks to silence her. But Jiffy happens to be in the way of the killer and begins to have visions of being kidnapped. And during the first snowstorm of the season, Jiffy leaves school one day and disappears. With all the psychics available, one would think they could "see" what happened to the boy. But that doesn't happen. Everyone seems to be frantic with worry and do everything in their power to find the boy. As a part of the Lily Dale series, DEAD OF WINTER was somewhat disappointing. The premise was good, most of the characters were solid, but there were areas of repetitive conversation and a little boring. Max and Jiffy were wonderful ... how can you not like 2 very young boys with their energy and inquisitiveness. Add to them a couple of cats, maybe a dog and at least you walk away with a smile. This is certainly not the best of this series, but I have read some of the author's earlier books and enjoyed them immensely. Many thanks to the author / Crooked Lane Books / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
I love this mystery, and this series! From the first time I met Max and Bella, I found them endearing. Third in the Lily Dale Mystery series, each is better than the one previous. Most characters are small-town mediums – eccentric and well-defined. There is more than one mystery, which may or may not be related. Bella and her six-year-old son Max have been in Lily Dale for months, and it now feels like home. The young widow is managing Valley View Manor, During the winter season, she is helping with renovations planned by the owner. Her husband died almost a year ago, and the winter skies seem to reflect her grief. Much healing has already occurred since her car broke down in the Dale. Less than two weeks before Christmas, Bella tries to eke out cash for gifts for Max. His best friend, Jiffy, continually talks about the snowboard Santa will bring him, and Max just has to have one, too. Jiffy’s dad is serving in the military. Jiffy has been talking about something creepy – when the first big snowfall comes, he will be kidnapped. He is someone whose mother has the gift, and he does, also. The gift? Everyone in Lily Dale year-round is a psychic. Well, except for Bella. Before the big storm arrived, Bella had seen a boat on the not-quite frozen lake, and heard a horrible cry. The next day, she sees a huge bag or tarp at the shore. It was the body of a man who probably didn’t die from drowning. Strangers are in the Dale, including two women who go to Misty’s, Jiffy’s mom, for a psychic reading, and a man who looks like Elvis. Then, as the snowstorm arrives, Max is home sick from school. Jiffy disappears between the bus stop and Misty’s, and nobody can find him in the blizzard. The only constant for Bella, other than next door neighbor Odelia, is Drew. The veterinarian helped with Chance’s kittens, especially Max’s Spidey, who needed round-the-clock feedings. Drew’s visits are more frequent and he and Bella are comfortable friends. Drew and Luther, a retired detective, are the ones doing the most to find Jiffy. There is one who knows exactly who took Jiffy, and he isn’t sharing – the one who plans to leave at least a couple more bodies on his way out of town. The characters are well-defined and multidimensional. Even those new or visiting are depicted as well as possible. We continue to learn about Bella, Max, and Odelia, and begin to embrace Jiffy’s mother, Misty, who we knew little of until now. At first, the residents seem very eccentric but, as Bella has come to accept – that’s just Lily Dale. The murders and kidnapping are horrifying to a young mother on her own. Bella has done all she can to protect Max. He seems to take Jiffy’s kidnapping much more calmly than the adults; he accepts what Jiffy told him, and awaits the text he will receive from his friend. I like the multiple mysteries; is there more than one bad guy, or just one? The thick snow only fuels Bella’s fear for Jiffy, the worry about the killer, and concern for where Misty is. Descriptions are excellent; I can almost feel the freezing temps, the panic in near whiteout conditions, and the emotions of Misty and Bella. The outcome is very satisfying – while I could figure out part of it, I didn’t. I highly recommend Dead of Winter; it can easily be read as a standalone but reading as part of the series is more satisfying. From a grateful heart: I received this eBook from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.