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Dark Night

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Beth, famous author and victim of a brutal kidnapping, has hidden away in a remote Alaskan town. Only the sheriff knows her real identity and why she is there. Beth knows her kidnapper is still intent upon finding her, but she is making good friends who will stand by her.  In the meantime, her mother is coming to visit, but she is obsessed with tracking down Beth’s kidnapper and finding her husband who left them many years ago. Winter is coming, the daylight hours are getting shorter, and the weather often has everyone housebound. Not everyone copes with the isolation well, and a man is found murdered. Who killed him? Does it have anything to do with Beth’s past? 
Dark Night is set in a fascinating and unique place and is populated by interesting people, many with their own pasts and secrets. It is a good fit for Beth and an exciting read.
I received an ARc from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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3.4 stars
This is Book #3 in the Alaska Wild series. Although I didn’t read the first two books, this story starts with a lot of back information on main character Beth River’s being abducted from her home in St. Louis, Missouri. She was held prisoner for three days and then was able to escape. 
She does end up in Benedict, Alaska ~ an isolated remote village~ at the ‘Benedict House’, which she accidently booked as it is a halfway home for female felons. 
Beth is an author with the pen name Elizabeth Fairchild and writes thrillers and is an amateur sleuth (aww amateur sleuths somewhat typical in Cozy Mysteries).

When I heard this story was a cozy with twists and turns, I was super excited. I love psychological thrillers with all the expected twists and turns but I also enjoy a good ‘Cozy’.
We cozy readers know that a cozy has little to no profanity, no excessive violence nor explicit sex. 
This story follows most of the “Cozy’ guidelines but has a bit more nasty language than I thought necessary. 
This story has some interesting characters including Beth’s mom Mill Rivers who wasn’t in the other two stories much but we get to know her in this story. 

BTW: Author:, Paige Sheldon has written several series ~ here is a Cozy Mystery link to her page that has a list of her books!
Paige Shelton | Cozy Mystery List (cozy-mystery.com) 

Want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press ~ Minotaur Books for this eGalley. This file has been made available to me before publication in an early form for an honest professional review.  
Publishing Release Date scheduled for December 7, 2021
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Dark Night by Paige Shelton is a well-written mystery novel that combines traditional police detective work and amateur sleuthing. Secrets, murder, and a horrific experience that continues to haunt and traumatize the main character make for a suspenseful and riveting read. It’s the third book in the Alaska Wild series and is set in fictional Benedict, Alaska.

Beth Rivers, a successful thriller writer known as Elizabeth Fairchild is still hiding and recovering in Alaska while the Missouri police look for her stalker turned kidnapper. The only person that knows her secret is police chief Gril Samuels.

Winter is starting, but the ferry to and from Juneau is still occasionally running. In comes a census taker, Doug Vitner. He’s not wanted as many in Benedict have secrets of their own or just prefer privacy. On top of that, Beth’s mother Mill shows up expectedly. If she could track down Beth, then could Beth’s stalker find her here? But that’s not all that is happening in this small community. Will Beth’s kidnapper finally be arrested? Will she stay in Alaska? Will Beth learn to fully trust more people in the Benedict community? These are only a few of the questions that must be answered.

Beth’s character was well-developed. She continues to be a flawed protagonist who has shown some growth through making friends and learning to deal with her post traumatic stress disorder, but she still keeps secrets and finds it hard to trust people. Several of the secondary characters gained depth in book of this series as some secrets are revealed while others continue to add to the enjoyment of the book. There are a large number of characters in this story, but several of them were introduced in the earlier books so it felt like I was catching up with old friends.

The author does a great job of portraying the hardships and lack of amenities as well as the friendships, pace of life, the wonders, and the dangers of living in and around small town Alaska. I could easily visualize the town, the people, the road conditions, the cold, the isolation and much more.

This story hooked me immediately and kept me interested throughout. It’s suspenseful and there are twists and turns and surprises along the way in an intricate plot that kept me guessing. From the small town residents to the descriptions of Alaska to the various mysteries, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Several themes run through the tale including murder, disappearances, secrets, domestic abuse, dysfunctional families, and much more.

Overall, it was an enjoyable mystery that was engaging, suspenseful, fast-paced and compulsively readable. The well-developed ideas with good pacing from scene to scene kept me turning the pages. If you enjoy well-written mysteries, then I recommend you check out this series. The books are best read in order, but there is enough background that this one could be read as a standalone. I’m looking forward to book four.

St. Martin’s Press - Minotaur Books and Paige Shelton provided a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is set for December 7, 2021. This review was originally posted at Mystery and Suspense Magazine.
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Dark Night by Paige Shelton is the third book in her Alaska Wild series and was just as intriguing as the first two books. 

Ms. Shelton has written another intricate mystery with plenty of twists, red herrings and great new background material on Beth's family history. I really enjoyed meeting her mother, Mill, in this one. That woman is an excellent example of a "wild card" character. I never knew what Mill would say or do next throughout the book. The support characters are beginning to become more fleshed out now and I'm more and more curious about their stories and how they came to Benedict.

I was totally wrapped up in the story and felt so much pride when Beth finally had a breakthrough in her memories of her abduction that I actually cheered for her. I don't think that you could read this book as a stand alone because there is too many revelations in the first two books that aren't woven into this story to make it clear to a reader about Beth and her dramatic history.
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Winter is falling in the remote town of Benedict, Alaska, and with the cold comes a mysterious guest. The dreaded "census man," seemingly innocuous, is an unwelcome presence to those members of this secretive community who would prefer to keep their business to themselves. Meanwhile, thriller writer Beth Rivers has received her own unexpected company: her mother. The last Beth heard, Mill Rivers had gone underground in the lower forty-eight, in search of Beth’s kidnapper, and Beth can't help but be a little alarmed at her appearance: If Mill was able to track down her daughter, who knows who else might be able to?  Then,  a battered woman stumbles into the town bar one night, and her husband is found dead the next morning. Suspicions immediately turn to the census man, but when he, too, goes missing, everyone in Benedict is suspected, and Beth and Mill must work to uncover the truth.

This is the third of Paige Shelton's Alaska Wild series, and each one is better than the last.  She continues to reveal more of the characters in each book along with some surprises along the way.  Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for granting my request to read this book.
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This book was a page turner from beginning to end. A murder mystery in a town that does not like to share its secrets. A census man is sneaking around and he has a lot of questions so likely he is the #1 suspect. But when he goes missing, the town starts to get a little nervous.  Highly recommend.  I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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From the Publisher: The third book in the gripping, atmospheric Alaska Wild series by beloved cozy author Paige Shelton.....

For the reader who has not read any other books in the Alaska Wild series, don’t worry. You don’t need to have read either of those books to follow and enjoy Dark Night. Shelton provides enough contextual backstory and explanation to make the book understandable to those beginning the Alaska Wild series with book 3 without falling into the trap of repeating so much from earlier books that it turns off those who have read those books.
This is actually a modified (loosened) locked room story. Bemedict, Alaska is never completely cut off from the outside world although there are periods of time during which travel is almost impossible and it is clear that this isolation is both an attraction and a problem for different residents of the town. 
This doesn’t read as the typical ‘cozy,’ perhaps because of its setting. Alaska in general and Benedict in particular become characters in the story and when you reach the last page, murder having been solved, you will still find yourself hoping that Shelton has already started to write the fourth book in series. Beth Rivers (our protagonist) still have personal mysteries to be solved and Benedict and its inhabitants are far to complex and realized not to be worthy of yet another story
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Dark Night, by Paige Shelton is another fun addition to the saga of Beth Rivers and all her interesting and quirky characters in Benedict, AK.  I can't wait to see what happens next!
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Thank you #Netgalley for the advance reader copy of Dark Night by Paige Shelton in exchange for an honest review. In Benedict, Alaska, winter is coming. Beth Rivers, a writer of thrillers, has a visitor. Beth works at a halfway house called Benedict House. She meets up with Elijah Wyatt, who is always training for the Iditarod and raising huskys. 
I enjoyed this story, I really like Paige Shelton books. She is a great writer and goes into such detail.
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I didn't know that I could actually feel my skin crawl , I thought this was just an expression but this is how this book mad me feel. Every sentence is a masterpiece - deep, dark and ironic. 

I was instantly captivated with the writing style . Paige Shelton is a force to be reckoned with . This is a deep, dark thriller that will have you saying “WTF” long after the novel concludes . 

Dark Night, is a must read !
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I enjoyed book 1 of this series, and while I missed book 2, book 3 was another good one.  I don't know if I could start with book 3 and still enjoy the story as much as a lot of background is in book 1. But if you miss book 2, you'll miss some nuances, but still enjoy book 3 :) 

Beth is still an awesome character in this well-written book.  Things are very descriptive (maybe overly so at times) but the story is compelling as we learn more about Beth and the whole cast of characters.
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I really love this series. Every time I open a book I feel like I’m stepping into the wilds of Alaska. I can’t wait to visit someday. 

Beth is such a great unique character. This book left me with more questions than answers and I kind of wanted to smack her mother. (lol)

I’m so excited to continue this series. I’m dying to find out the why of what happened to Beth. This was another interesting visit to this town!
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If You Want a Job Done Right...

Even in a hot Texas summer, I am immediately transported to the cold winters in Alaska with Dark Night. The third book of Paige Shelton’s Alaskan Wild series is soooo good. I was completely enthralled, especially with how Cold Wind had ended. I couldn’t wait to see how this one kicked off. Let’s just say that there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle. But the murder of another Benedict resident helps propel it all forward. In true whodunit fashion, we are left with all our players destitute due to temperamental weather. Which means a killer will not be getting a quick escape (hopefully)! 

What I love most about this series is the different layers of stories being told. Not only is there the murder, there’s also Beth’s story, and the residents stories, there’s so much you want to find out and learn that it makes this book impossible to put down. By the way, I love Orin. He’s has such a unique history that I would love to hear more of. If new to the series, start from the beginning with Thin Ice otherwise you’ll be lost! 

I feel like we retrieve multiple answers to questions that have lingered and yet, there are so many new ones that will make the wait for the next book pure agony. I’m a broken record when it comes to a Paige Shelton book, but I literally cannot wait for the next one...even though inevitable.
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This series is simply a lot of fun! The setting and the characters are wonderful. In this entry, we get a much closer look at protagonist Beth's mother. She finds Beth in Alaska and comes to see her-- while on the lam from a shooting that occurred at the end of the 2nd book. 

As always, Beth seems to be the character who gels for me the least. But the supporting cast is excellent. I love the setting, and I'm always pulled into the mysteries at the heart of the stories. I do suggest starting with the first in the series if you can, but I also think this could work as a standalone.

I'm ready for number 4!
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This is the third in the Alaska Wild Series.  It is just as exciting and suspenseful as the first and second books Thin Ice and Cold Wind..  It takes place in the town of Bennedict, an isolated town in Alaska.  Beth Rivers is the main character throughout the books.  The characters from the first story remain the same with an addition of others that add  to the story. There are two stories in one with the ongoing story of Beth and the second is the killing of Ned Withers.  The reader is taken on a journey of full adventure until the surprising end.  I look forward to the next in this series to see what evolves for Beth and what new adventures happen in Bennedict.

Thank you NetGalley, Minotaur Books and St. Martin's Publishing Group for this ARC.
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This is a great novel and series. It’s extremely well written that I found myself wanting to read more and more and finished in two days. Characters are both likable and relatable. The mystery itself is believable with lots of suspense and twists and turns along the way. I highly recommend this novel to all mystery book lovers. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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Benedict, Alaska is a place where people go to disappear. Author Beth Rivers has been living there for a few years now, so she’s shocked when her mother, Mill, shows up for a visit.The last Beth knew, Mill was looking for Beth’s kidnapper somewhere in the continental U.S. Beth doesn’t have time to worry because an abused woman shows up in town and then her husband is found dead. Is she the killer or is it the other stranger in town, the census taker? Readers should read the earlier books in this series to avoid confusion
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Paige Shelton's Dark Night is the newest addition to her series set in the remote town in Alaska which is full of secrets. I love this series!  Lots happens in Dark Night and I'm already impatient to see what comes next.
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