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Winter Takes All by @ErdahlMl is a New Year New Books Fete Pick #giveaway #cozymystery

Title: Winter Takes All

Author: ML Erdahl

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Book Blurb:

Crystal Rainey is aghast when she realizes her new year's resolutions haven't changed one whit from the previous year. Wanting to escape a future as dreary as a Pacific Northwest winter, she walks out on her dead-end office job, despite her tenuous savings account.

Stumbling across a job opening posted by a wilderness guide outfit, an intrigued Crystal bluffs her way into the position. With handsome fellow guide, the stalwart Conner Oakes, she leads a corporate retreat on a snowshoe hike to a majestic alpine chalet.

But when the company's detestable owner turns up dead in the snow, she fears her new life and budding romance slipping away. She finally has something worth fighting for and is determined to solve the murder and grab her chance at happiness before it's too late.


Not the most auspicious start to my guiding career, Crystal admitted to herself.

Conner sat back down, took a grateful swig of the coffee and sighed. "This could have gone better," he said stating the obvious.

"What happens next?" Crystal asked.

"We wait until dawn, see if he turns up, and escort everyone out of here. Hopefully, Philip is waiting for us at the lodge, and we can drive this whole miserable lot back to the city a day early. In the meantime, I suggest we follow everyone's lead and try to get a little shuteye."

Conner's radio crackled with Sam's voice, "We've found the missing man from your group, Conner. He's at the bottom of a cliff. I'm sorry to say this search and rescue operation has become a search and recover."

Conner paled at the news.

"What does 'search and recover' mean?" Crystal asked.

"It means he's dead.”

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It’s a brand-new year, full of possibilities. Did you make any resolutions/goals for 2020? If so, please share one.

My goal is to put the finishing touches on the second book in my Seattle Wilderness mystery series. It’s titled “Spring Upon a Crime” and takes place in the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park.

Why is your featured book a must-read in 2020?

What better way to start the New Year than the story of Crystal Rainey realizing her resolutions didn’t change from the previous year. Rather than let this epiphany be an excuse to let life pass her by, Crystal chooses to step off the corporate hamster wheel and pursue a new career as a wilderness guide. When a man is murdered on her first snowshoe hike, the mystery becomes an intricate puzzle, with fascinating suspects, and an amateur sleuth who’s delightful and humorous.


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Runs January 1 – 31, 2020.

Drawing will be held on February 1, 2020.

Author Biography:

Award-winning author ML Erdahl lives amidst the trees of the Pacific Northwest, where he pens humorous cozy mystery novels set in the wilderness he has spent his lifetime exploring. The only thing slowing him down is when his adorable rescue dogs, Skip and Daisy, demand to be petted and cuddled on his lap while he types. When he's not wandering the mountains, you can find him gardening, reading, or searching for the best coffee in Seattle with his wife, Emily.

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Unknown member
Jan 02, 2020

Thank you for having me as part of your New Year fete!


Unknown member
Jan 01, 2020

Good luck with your new mystery Spring Upon a Crime. I like that the setting is in a rain forest.


Judith Sterling
Judith Sterling
Jan 01, 2020

Sounds like a great read, and I love that you've set the next book in the Hoh Rain Forest. Best of luck with both books!


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N. N. Light
Jan 01, 2020

Thank you, ML, for sharing your book in our New Year New Books Fete. Happy New Year!

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