Cover Image: Snow Place for Murder

Snow Place for Murder

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

My thanks to NetGalley for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This was a good mystery. Misty, newly divorced, moved to the Carolinas too run a hotel with the help of her sons and new boyfriend, They get a large group in occupying almost all rooms and there is constant upset between the head of the group, Mr. Goodwin and his wife and the other members. The handyman, Rocky, is plowing one day and finds a body part. The mystery evolves. Who killed Mr. Goodwin and why?

Was this review helpful?

When Misty Murphy decided to move to North Carolina and start her life over as the owner of a rustic lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains, she had no idea what to expect. In the months since, she found a happy life running the Mountaintop Lodge with her assistant manager, Brynn, and her handyman Rocky. Add in Patty, who runs the diner next door and supplies breakfasts for the guests, and Misty has made a good life since her divorce.

And when her ex-husband and two sons show up for Thanksgiving, Misty is happy to have the band back together. The divorce had been amicable, and she’s missed her sons, now that they’re off at college. But they all gathered at the lodge for a family holiday, along with Rocky and his college-aged daughter Phoebe. They had a lovely weekend and then sent the kids back to school for finals, before they came back to the lodge to work over their breaks.

Misty’s sons apply themselves to learn the duties of running the lodge, including cleaning the guest rooms. And it’s good that they learn quickly, as the lodge fills up with a real estate developer and potential investors for a week. Nigel Goodwin is pitching a luxury resort down the road from Mountaintop Lodge, several stories high with a waterpark inside it and a number of activities like a ropes course, snowmobiling, and helicopter tours.

Local residents are against the development, knowing it will disrupt the local wildlife. There will be more traffic and noise, and the residents don’t want that, including one man who has been driving around, keeping an eye on Misty since he learned she would be hosting the resort owner at her lodge. Misty starts to wonder if she had done the right thing, letting Nigel Goodwin use the lodge to try to raise funding for a resort that would be direct competition to her. But she’s also a businesswoman, and turning down a full lodge for a week would be a big decision for her.

But then, Goodwin doesn’t make it back into the lodge after a long day of skiing. And when they find his body buried in the snow pile that Rocky had made from the snow in the parking lot, Misty can’t help but notice how many people were not fans of the man. In the few days Misty had known him, she’d seen him argue with his wife, be rude to his assistant, patronize his potential investors, and take on a group of local residents who are opposed to his plans. When a local wildlife photographer tried to show Goodwin the creatures he would be disturbing, showing video from trail cameras he’d put up where they were planning the resort, Goodwin started yelling about calling the police on his trespassing.

But who hated the man enough to kill him and bury him in the snow? It will take all of Misty’s resources, including her white cat Yeti, to find a killer and protect her family from danger.

Snow Place for Murder is the third novel in Diane Kelly’s Mountain Lodge Mysteries, and it’s a very snowy murder mystery. This one has a lot of family togetherness, bringing family warmth to the holidays and to the lodge. There area also several mentions of pancakes and pie, so it you are susceptible to hunger by suggestion, keep some tasty snacks handy for this one.

I am enjoying this series more and more as it goes along. I loved the addition of her kids in this one, where Misty’s original family and newfound family get to meet and interact. I loved the idea of the other resort and all the potential investors (that’s a suspect list right there), and I thought it added a lot of intrigue as well as a way for the locals to point out all the best parts of the area. Snow Place for Murder is another strong story in this series, with Yeti stealing the show once again.

Egalleys for Snow Place for Murder were provided by St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley, with many thanks.

Was this review helpful?

This was an fun, quick, cozy read! This is the third book in this series and it just continues to pull you into the story and characters.

Misty, the Mountain Lodge owner is dealing with another dead body. This time the body of the organizer of the investors week. A new resort could be on the horizon and this book throws a lot of suspects at us. You'll be guessing until the end!

Read this one today if you love a cozy mystery and you don't have to have read the two previous books.

Was this review helpful?

In the third book the Diane Kelly’s Mountain Lodge series, Misty Murphy’s inn at Beech Mountain, North Carolina has been booked for the week before Christmas by Nigel Goodwin. He’s travelled from the UK with his wife and assistant to pitch his new exclusive resort to potential investors.

But not all the locals are onboard with the idea. And some aren’t shy to come to the lodge and express their opinions to both Goodwin and his prospective investors. Then a blizzard strikes and the police have to be called to intervene when the protestors and the investors disagree.

With all the extra snow, a makeshift sledding hill is made and Misty’s twin sons, on a break from college, use the sledding hill between snowboarding runs at a local ski hill…and Goodwin’s body is discovered.

Although the police are involved right away, Misty wants to know who killed Goodwin and why. She’s helped by her boyfriend Rocky, his daughter, Misty’s sons, and Patty who runs the diner across from the lodge.

There’s a good mystery story with plenty of suspects with a motive to kill Goodwin, and the setting of the lodge is perfect. The author has the ability to bring the place to life so you can picture yourself enjoying a winter getaway. Lots of secondary characters are on scene, so there’s an eclectic group along with core series characters. Misty’s cat is also featured, but that was one element I found jarring. Every so often there’d be a chapter in Yeti’s POV and it did lift me out of the story itself.

Was this review helpful?

Misty's lodge is booked solid just before the Holidays. A resort developer has booked the entire lodge as he pitches his new resort idea to potential investors. When he turns up dead, there are plenty of suspects. He and his wife seem to be having marital issues, his assistant is not happy with his job or how he is treated. A local wildlife lover is concerned for the animals and a hunter who craves quiet and solitude are just a few of the suspects. Could some of the potential investors have motives? It's a good thing Misty's boy are home for the holiday and are pitching in around the lodge. This gives her time to snoop and ask questions.

This is a fun series, a little cozy mixed with romance. I love the characters and the setting sounds peaceful and relaxing.

Was this review helpful?

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra

Snow Place for Murder is the third book in the Mountain Lodge Mysteries series by Diane Kelly and the first in the series that I have read. I must say, it was very easy to feel vested in the lives of the main amateur sleuth and her family as this reader was properly introduced to these characters. As a result, I did not really feel like I was missing anything jumping in at the third book of the series. Well, other than being exposed to Misty’s propensity to help with police investigations!

The premise is typical standard cozy mystery fare. The location is in the ski town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Misty Murphy is a relatively new owner of the Mountain Lodge. Another character who plays a prominent role is Rocky Crowder, the handyman at the lodge as well as a new love interest of Misty’s. We also get to interact with her two boys as well as her ex-husband (albeit briefly).

An international resort developer, Nigel Goodwin, has reserved the lodge for several days where he plans to pitch a new resort to several wealthy investors whom Nigel has brought to the Mountain Lodge. Not surprisingly, there are a number of “locals” who are opposed to this development. That definitely added some interesting dynamics…and many additional potential suspects for the murder of … yup, you guessed it…Nigel! I must say, I did find the reveal of the murder victim different from other cozy mysteries (usually one “trips” over the whole body). In this particular story – this is not the case. And that did add an interesting layer until “all” of Nigel was located.

The number of potential murder suspects is large and varied – from townsfolks, to Nigel’s employee, wife or even a potential investor. This certainly added a bit of complexity to the mystery. As in true cozy fashion – Misty worked through her suspect list to narrow down the potential murderer in conjunction with the local police. It seemed that she mused each decision and piece of information she found with a lot of thought – sometimes excessively so in my opinion.

However, there is the business of the pesky little chapters with the title of “Yeti”. Took a couple of minutes to figure out these were the cat’s musings. I found them, quite frankly, useless and added nothing to the story. Perhaps I should re-read and see if I change my mind, though this is highly unlikely as there are many other cozy mysteries that I could read. However, I must say, I have enjoyed reading another of Ms. Kelly’s series – House-Flipper Mystery series. So while I may not continue with any more of the Mountain Lodge Mystery series books I will read her other series J.

I did enjoy references to other popular ski areas: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and Banff to name a few. All places in Canada – so this added a bit of comfort as this reader is from Canada and has skied at these resorts!

I must say, I fully anticipate the next book in the series to include a death associated with the newly installed hot tub at the lodge since this addition to the lodge seemed to take up a fair bit of real estate in this novel.

If you enjoy cozy mysteries set in the rustic location in the North Carolina mountains, with a variety of characters and a wintery setting, then I suggest you pick up Snow Place for Murder and get reading.

Was this review helpful?

Great cozy mystery! This book gave me all the warm cozy vibes of a fun winter mystery read! Loved this story and how it progressed! It was really easy to follow along and understand! Both the characters and story were easy to connect with and get invested in! I loved how quick of a read this was were a reader can get through it in one sitting will having a good time with great humor and lots of lovable characters! Definitely recommend checking this one out if you enjoy cozy mysteries!

Was this review helpful?

"Snow Place for Murder" is the 3rd book in the series. But this is my second one. A very enjoyable read. Funny and exciting keeping you on your toes and easy to follow characters and interesting keeping you glued to who killed the person. Misty is up to par on her sleuthing. looking forward to the next book.

Was this review helpful?

A delightful cozy mystery! I enjoyed it very much. If you enjoy mysteries or stories with an amateur sleuth, and do not need the graphic reality with descriptions of gore and violence, this is a good choice. You can follow the clues to solve the mystery without any threat of nightmares.

Was this review helpful?

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and St. Martin's Paperbacks for my honest review.*

This is the third in a series that I had not heard of so it definitely can be read as a stand alone. Misty runs a lodge in a snow town in the NC mountains and the lodge has been booked for a weeklong presentation by a developer looking to move in and build a resort. But he is killed instead. This was a nice cozy mystery with typical small town characters and very light dating between Misty and her handyman.

What draws me away is the second point of view from the cat. I feel like this doesn't add anything to the story and makes me feel a little silly reading it. But good mystery and character development.

Was this review helpful?

This was a fantastic cozy mystery. I liked the plot and the characters were a lot of fun. Very much recommend this book.

Was this review helpful?

This was another great book from this series! I really enjoy the characters and the setting and cannot wait to follow along on more adventures.

Was this review helpful?

I love love love this book and this series! I love how the main character has picked up her life and changed so much. That she’s so open to new experiences. It’s fantastic! Not to mention the later in life romance. It’s such a fun series.

Was this review helpful?

Misty has a full house at the lodge for a week during ski season. They will all be investors of a new vacation facility. Not everyone in town is happy with the plans, traffic will be a worse, animals will be displaced and the peace and quiet will be no longer. Who is to blame when a body is found in Mistype property? Will her lodge ratings fall? Can she help solve another mystery?

Was this review helpful?

"Snow Place for Murder" is an awesome addition to the Mountain Lodge Mysteries by Diane Kelly! In this installment, a businessman is making a pitch to potential investors when a very suspicious disaster strikes. There's no shortage of suspects and it'll keep you guessing the whole time! I also found it interesting that there are chapters from the POV of the cat.
This is the first book I've read from this series, and it made me want to go back to the beginning and read the whole series.

Was this review helpful?

I love cozy mysteries and am always looking for a series to read. I loved the idea of a quaint mountaintop lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a winter backdrop and a 50 year old main character, Misty . Sadly I was disappointed-I thought there was too much focus on "stuff" that didn't matter. The cat Yeti's chapters didn't add anything to the story and I thought plain weird. Some of the scenes regarding Misty's sons and her love interest Rocky's daughter were unnecessary and at times ridiculous. To me the backstories took away from the murder which I thought clever and unique. Although this was just an ok read for me I'll give the next one a try since I read another series of this authors that I loved. If you're looking for a fun day on the slopes the wintry scenes will make you smile. Thank you #NetGalley and #St. Martin's Press for the advanced readers copy of the book. All opinions are my own.

Was this review helpful?

I really enjoyed this mystery. While I hadn’t read the first two books in this series, I didn’t feel that it was necessary to understand and enjoy this third installment. The characters were fun and the pacing was nice. I would definitely read more from this author.

Was this review helpful?

Snow Place for Murder is the third installment of the Mountain Lodge Mystery series and it finds lodge owner Misty, fueled to investigate the murder of a potential resort developer and lodge guest, which occurred on the premises.

I really liked that Misty’s motherly role to her two sons came out in the book, as it helped further humanize Misty and added in character aspects to a heavily plot-focused genre. While I had a hunch about who the killers were, I felt the mystery investigation was plotted out well and the red herrings strategically crafted. The setting in this series is always a fun one and having it take place near the holidays made it even more enjoyable.

Was this review helpful?

omgoodness y'all! This series gets better and better! I love Misty, Rocky and getting to meet their families for the holidays! This was such a fun mystery, great location, and set during my favorite time to read about...winter! I can't wait for the next installment! I would recommend this series to cozy fans!
I would like to thank netgalley, the author Diane Kelly and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book!

Was this review helpful?

I received a free copy from NetGalley. I had not read books one and two and although they were mentioned, I think this one read well enough without having read them first. I enjoyed the setting and the characters, even the occasional voice of the cat. I will go look to read the others.

Was this review helpful?