In 2017, Shea Collins is a 29-year-old woman living in Claire Lake, Oregon. Recently divorced and a loner, she works as a receptionist during the day and after-hours she publishes a true-crime blog called The Book of Cold Cases. The 1977 "Lady Killer Murders" was the area’s most infamous unsolved crime and Shea wants to see if she can bring some new insight into the case. Local heiress Beth Greer was 23-years-old when she was accused and acquitted of the murders. Now, still living in her large gothic mansion as if time has stood still, Beth agrees to be interviewed by Shea. The two women strike up an interesting relationship as each have been scarred by traumatic events in their lives. Once Shea visits Beth, it is clear that the house is hiding as many secrets as Beth is. And Shea may be in grave danger as she searches for the story of a lifetime.
I was a big fan of author Simone St. James’ The Sun Down Motel. And while I generally steer clear of books that include the paranormal, her last book was so appealing that I had to read The Book of Cold Cases. The story is a very good one and the question of whether Beth is a cold-hearted killer who got away with murder or a misunderstood victim held my interest. It’s a tense mystery which is only enhanced by the presence of some not so friendly ghosts. The description of the creepy cliffside Victorian house is terrific, adding just the right amount of horror while keeping the focus on the solving of the crime. Take a chance on this one and keep the lights on.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal
Publication Date: March 15, 2022.
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