Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub

Dead of Winter

Just as a murderer dumps his corpse into the lake across Valley View in Lily Dale, Bella Jordan happens to be at her window, not quite realizing what she's seeing. Unbeknownst to her, the killer spots her silhouette and prowls straight to her door. That is, until he's interrupted by a black cat. A superstitious gambler, he takes off, but Bella's seen too much, and he vows...

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Dead of Winter Reviews

  • Jeanie

    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 w

    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.

  • Jill

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway, thanks to Crooked and Goodreads for the opportunity. If there is such a thing as the perfect Christmas mystery, then this book might be it. This is the first book I have read in series and it drew me right in. There were a few references to plots from the previous books, but I didn't feel I had to stop and read them before this one. This had a paranormal aspect, but it didn't turn me off like another book I just read because it seemed more re

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway, thanks to Crooked and Goodreads for the opportunity. If there is such a thing as the perfect Christmas mystery, then this book might be it. This is the first book I have read in series and it drew me right in. There were a few references to plots from the previous books, but I didn't feel I had to stop and read them before this one. This had a paranormal aspect, but it didn't turn me off like another book I just read because it seemed more realistic and woven into the plot. Bella and Max along with Jiffy and the other cast of Lily Dale characters have made me interested in seeing where this series goes along with catching up with the first two books.

  • Carrie

    Bella Jordan just happened by her window in her home, Valley View in Lily Dale, when a murderer was dumping a corpse in the remote lake close by. The killer spotted Bella and thinking he had been seen he heads straight to her door when he comes across a young boy chasing a black cat through the neighborhood. Getting scared away that he would be discovered Bella escapes the danger she didn't know was lurking outside her home.

    Jiffy Arden, Bella's son's young friend, who had been searching for the

    Bella Jordan just happened by her window in her home, Valley View in Lily Dale, when a murderer was dumping a corpse in the remote lake close by. The killer spotted Bella and thinking he had been seen he heads straight to her door when he comes across a young boy chasing a black cat through the neighborhood. Getting scared away that he would be discovered Bella escapes the danger she didn't know was lurking outside her home.

    Jiffy Arden, Bella's son's young friend, who had been searching for the roaming cat and had run into the mysterious man begins to have premonitions that he is going to be kidnapped during the season's first snowstorm. When that snowstorm arrives Jiffy disappears just as his vision suggested never arriving home after school when dropped off at the bus stop. The adults at first think Jiffy has just wandered off as he tends to do but Bella's son Max is determined Jiffy's vision has come true.

    Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub is the third book in the Lily Dale Mystery series. This series seems to be a bit of a cozy mystery type of read that takes place in Lily Dale which seems to be inhabited by those that are psychics and mediums giving it a bit of a fantasy vibe to the books. I didn't realize that this one was part of a series when picking it up and to be honest felt a bit lost starting out as it jumps right in with characters that were probably introduced in earlier books so there was a lot of trying to figure out who was who and who had the ability to do what in the story which brought the enjoyment down a bit for me right from the start.

    Once getting into the book I did enjoy what the author was trying to do with giving a twist to the story but it did often become a bit weird to have so many characters with visions and channeling and doing various other things. The story would sometimes seem a bit jumbled with all that was going on but I did begin to enjoy the characters as it went on so it kept my interest. If I'd started this one from book one it's possible I would have been completely hooked but as it was this one became one that ended up just being and OK read to me when it was all over.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Linda Strong

    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 dur

    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.

  • JoAn

    Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub is the third book in her Lily Dale series and was a captivating read. Bella and Max are enjoying their first winter in Lily Dale; and as Christmas approaches, Bella is trying to earn some new skills to make a little extra money for Max's Christmas presents. A smoothly paced plot that had more than one mystery evolving within the pages. I read the book in two days because I had to "know" what was going to happen next. I'm already looking forward to the next one

    Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub is the third book in her Lily Dale series and was a captivating read. Bella and Max are enjoying their first winter in Lily Dale; and as Christmas approaches, Bella is trying to earn some new skills to make a little extra money for Max's Christmas presents. A smoothly paced plot that had more than one mystery evolving within the pages. I read the book in two days because I had to "know" what was going to happen next. I'm already looking forward to the next one in the series.

  • Dsbook

    I read the first Lily Dale series years ago and loved them. I was happy to see that she is continuing the series about this town. These books have described the town in such detail that it makes me want to visit there. I really like the characters and will be watching for the next book in this series

  • Heather

    I was lucky enough to be granted an advanced copy of this novel, which is part of the Lily Dale Mystery series. When I requested the book, I wasn’t aware it was a series’ entry. But it stands alone well so that wasn’t a problem. Bella and her young son live in a community inhabited by a large number of psychics, but she’s not one of them. One day Bella hears a weird noise and the next day a corpse in a bag washes up on shore. Then a series of inexplicable happenings plague the neighborhood. A li

    I was lucky enough to be granted an advanced copy of this novel, which is part of the Lily Dale Mystery series. When I requested the book, I wasn’t aware it was a series’ entry. But it stands alone well so that wasn’t a problem. Bella and her young son live in a community inhabited by a large number of psychics, but she’s not one of them. One day Bella hears a weird noise and the next day a corpse in a bag washes up on shore. Then a series of inexplicable happenings plague the neighborhood. A little boy disappears, another body is found, and Bella hears things she can’t explain.

    The book reads fast and smooth. Those who prefer series will be drawn in enough to read more of these books. The tension is straight up taut. Bella as a narrator works well.

  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦

    November 7, 2017

    Mystery. Thriller. Suspense.

    Dead of Winter is another gratifying read by one of my favorite authors. Filled with quirky and likable characters, readers are going to want to be a part of this small town even though there is something shady going on... Like a murder and disappearance! With every step of the way being filled with more tension, readers are going to gobble this one up! It's a taught thriller with a fantastic story line.

  • Mattie

    Sometimes looking out your window can lead to you seeing something that you can’t unsee. It can also lead to a murderous villan seeing you.

    Dead of Winter, is set in a small community in Lily Dale, NY. It’s residents are made up of mediums and psychics.

    Bella Jordan & her son are not psychics or mediums. Bella is the manager of Valley View.... a Bed & Breakfast. Their quirky and very likeable neighbors set the page turning pace for this cozy mystery.

    This is the third installment in the

    Sometimes looking out your window can lead to you seeing something that you can’t unsee. It can also lead to a murderous villan seeing you.

    Dead of Winter, is set in a small community in Lily Dale, NY. It’s residents are made up of mediums and psychics.

    Bella Jordan & her son are not psychics or mediums. Bella is the manager of Valley View.... a Bed & Breakfast. Their quirky and very likeable neighbors set the page turning pace for this cozy mystery.

    This is the third installment in the series. While it can easily be read as a stand alone novel... I recommend beginning with the first in the series. It will be fun learning how Bella & Jordan happened upon Lily Dale & all the characters.

    After reading this series, Lily Dale is on my bucket list. Also, another Lily Dale Book is on my wish list. Such an endearing series.

    Thank you, Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a digital copy in exchange for my honest op

  • Missi Stockwell

    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 characte

    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 down.....you 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......


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