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Snow Place for Murder

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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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In Snow Place for Murder by Diane Kelly, Misty Murphy's scenic Mountaintop Lodge is bracing for the holidays. As fresh snow brings in hoards of skiiers, Misty sits down for a holiday meal with her new boyfriend, her ex, her (nearly) grown sons, her boyfriend's (nearly) grown daughter, an adorable cat, a fluffy dog. The lodge is booked by a developer and their investors, looking to transform the serene, low-key mountain getaway into a over-the-top commercial resort, but the locals aren't having any of it.

What could possibly go wrong?

It's a satisfying murder mystery with a huge cast of potential killers, that's all wrapped up in a satisfying conclusion. And honestly, if Diane Kelly (one of my favorite mystery writers!) ever decides to write an entire mystery from the POV of Yeti the cat, I'm here for it!

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Great mystery! It was fun and cute and exciting. Everything you would want in a cozy mystery. Can’t wait to read more from this series.

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This is the third selection in the Mountain Lodge mystery series. Misty looks forward to hosting a group of people who are potential investors in a resort plan in the same mountainous area as her lodge. Local folks take offense to the possible new high-end resort and storm into her lodge to confront Nigel, the head of the investment company. When he turns up frozen to death outside the lodge after a ski adventure, all the potential investors plus the local naysayers come under suspicion.

The chapters in the book alternate between Misty's narrative and her cat Yeti's narrative, which adds interest to the story. In addition, Misty enjoys hosting her two sons for the holiday season in which this story is set. However, the action could have occurred at any winter time.

Although this novel is advertised as a "cozy mystery," readers should be aware of gruesome descriptions of the corpse, which were unnecessary to the plotline. The author also paid a lot of attention to explaining the diversity amongst the people staying at the lodge. This third novel in the series can be read as a standalone. Inn truth, I liked the first and second novels better.

I received this novel from the publisher and from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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I really enjoyed this 3rd installment of the Mountain Lodge Mysteries. Misty's two sons are staying with her over winter break and come across a frozen nose at the bottom of a sledding hill. What a unique way to find a clue to a dead body. I enjoy the way that Misty and her handyman boyfriend work together to solve the murder and the way that the author weaves together the stories of all of the inn's guests to keep you guessing the whole way. This is a great series by a wonderful author. Looking forward to the next book! Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy.

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Misty Murphy runs the Mountain Top Lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A developer is staying at the Lodge with plans to present a resort idea to investors. Locals are not happy with idea.

Snow Place for Murder is the third book in Mountain Lodge mystery series. This book can be read as a standalone, but I suggest starting with the first book in the series, Getaway With Murder.

Snow Place for Murder is a charming cozy mystery with likable characters and a lovely setting.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Snow Place for Murder by Diane Kelly takes us back to the Mountaintop Lodge in North Carolina owned by Misty Murphy. The locals are up in arms over a resort that Nigel Goodwin wishes to build on Beech Mountain. When Nigel is found dead, Misty’s curiosity has her searching for clues. The story is told from Misty and Yeti’s point of view (Misty’s cat). Yeti’s chapters did not add anything to the story, and I did not find them entertaining (they are not like Brigit’s chapters in the author’s A Paw Enforcement series). I found the story’s pace to be slow with the murder not occurring until I was about halfway through the story. It was obvious who would die from the beginning. I thought how the victim was found to be clever (I had to laugh at the “rock” Misty’s boys found). There are a handful of suspects. Misty searches for clues and asks questions. Misty listens to conversation and then we get to hear her thoughts (and doubts) about what she heard. The investigation was rushed. The killer can easily be identified. I wish the story had focused more on the mystery and less on Misty and Rocky’s relationship. This is supposed to be a cozy mystery not a romance novel. Misty and Rocky’s college aged kids come home for Thanksgiving and the holidays. Of course, they wish to spend time on the slopes. I thought the characters were realistic and developed. I did not enjoy Snow Place for Murder. It did not feel like it was written by the same author of The Paw Enforcement series with the slow pace, repetitive details, and the excessive romance. Snow Place for Murder is the third book in The Mountain Lodge Mysteries. While Snow Place for Murder can be read as a standalone, I believe it is helpful to read Getaway with Murder (it will allow you to get to know the main characters). The author captured the mountains of North Carolina as well as the chilly climate. It had me wanting to settle into a chair with a cozy blanket and a cup of cocoa where I could watch the snow fall (I have no desire to hit the slopes). Snow Place like Murder is a winter cozy with Thanksgiving turkey, ski slopes, a disruptive project, a peculiar rock, a dead developer, curious conversations, and a happy holiday.

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This book was good. I would give 3.5 stars but the writing was well done. It was a little slow in the beginning but the lodge owner Misty and her sons discover another dead body. She’s determined to find out who killed this investor before the group goes back home.

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This was an amazing book. I highly recommend it to everyone. Great characters and a great plot. I will be looking for more books by this author. The book is superbly written. Lots of twists, turns and shocking turns of events

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This is cozy set in the Carolinas and can be read as a standalone. I loved Diane Kelly's Death and Taxes series but I found this book to be too slow given the murder didn't happen until 1/3 of the way through. The story was told in dual points of view, MC Misty and her cat Yeti. but Yeti's point of view made no sense to me and seemed to be just a way to make the book quirky without adding actual value.

The writing itself was generally okay as there were so many characters and possible suspects. When Misty spent page after page investigating the case in her head by asking endless questions and doing internet research it felt a little off=putting. I would rather have seen Misty do some actual investigating - asking questions of guests, snooping around, getting herself into some trouble, etc. to make it a little more exciting. Similar to how her MC in the Death and Taxes operated.

I appreciated that the book didn't make it easy to solve the mystery right away and it gave plenty of red herrings.

Thanks to NetGalley and St Martins for the arc.

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fun, entertaining and heartwarming cozy mystery.
This is the third book in the Mountaintop Lodge Mystery series set in the North Carolina mountains, but it was the first in this series for me, also the first by this author. But it definitely works with this book if you are looking for a seasonal cozy - jumping in the middle of the series was not an issue.
The story was well written with good pacing and nicely developed characters. I enjoyed the flow of things and wasn't sure about who might be the murderer until later in the story, there were the usual multiple viable suspects, motives and opportunities. What really stood out about this book was not the mystery however but how genuinely goodnatured and kind Misty and her boyfriend and handyman were treating each other, her sins, her former husband and other people. It was just so nice to see them all get along so well and be considerate apart from the little inconvenience of a murder. This was a fun, seasonal and fast read that took me to my beloved snowy mountains.

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