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Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a copy of "Snow Place for Murder" in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is book 3 in the Mountain Lodge Mysteries series and it was a fantastic - hard to put down read, the same as the two previous books. Misty Murphy owns the Mountain Top Lodge where she seems to attract guests who end up being murdered. Rockford "Rocky" Crowder is her live-in handyman and possible romance.

This time her guests were a group of investors who were thinking of investing in a property that would be a luxury resort. There is a lot of opposition from the community as the land is home to does, fawns, bucks, groundhogs, skunks, foxes and bears. Gus one of the locals points out that the resort will harm the wildlife in the area. Nigel Goodwin is pitching the project and has rented out several rooms at the lodge for his guests. Rayan is his assistant and he treats him fairly badly. Kyle and Laurie Jensen, Celeste and Emilio Salazar, Daphne and Jean-Paul Fournier, Amari Lott and Sebastian are the investors that have gathered to hear the pitch. One of them will die and everyone is suspect.

Misty's ex-husband Jack and their sons J.J. and Mitch are visiting for Thanksgiving as is Rocky's daughter Pebble. Once university is over for the semester, the 3 young people return to the Lodge to help out until the new year.

The best character in this book in my opinion still is Yeti, Misty's cat. The chapters of the book alternate between Misty and Yeti. Yeti - also known as Baroness Blizzard - could probably solve these crimes that happen at the Lodge if only she could speak. She's very nosy - trying to see past the snow, to see what is happening outside. She heard sounds the night that one of the guests was killed but she can't tell anyone. Yeti also spends a lot of time devising plans to make her humans spend more time with her.

A wonderful read by Ms. Kelly. I didn't want it to end because I was enjoying the storyline at the Lodge. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series.

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First of all, thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a chance to read this prior to release!

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The third in the charming and engrossing Mountain Lodge mystery series by Diane Kelly, in Snow Place for Murder, the weather at the Mountaintop Lodge is truly frightful…

International resort developer Nigel Goodwin has traveled all the way from London, England to Misty Murphy’s little corner of North Carolina and bought out the Mountaintop Lodge for the week prior to Christmas. Their intention? To pitch an exclusive new resort concept to wealthy American investors.

But locals are at odds over the idea, and when a group comes to the lodge to express their worries to Mr. Goodwin and the potential investors, a blizzard hits Beech Mountain. Like the weather outside, things quickly get frosty, and Misty has to call local police to intervene. Handyman Rocky Crowder plows the lodge’s drive and, in an attempt to regain a jovial holiday atmosphere, smooths the snow pile into a makeshift sledding hill for the guests to enjoy.

Misty’s boys have finished their exams and are “home” from college for the winter break, planning to spend most of their time snowboarding at the ski resort. While taking a few runs down Rocky’s sledding hill, they discover a funny-looking, nose-shaped rock. Only it’s not a rock. It’s the frozen nose of Nigel Goodwin, who’s found dead and buried under the mound of snow.

Who put the developer on ice and why?


My most favorite read is a cozy mystery novel, and this series is no exception. I originally picked up this series because my sister went to college in the area it takes place. I am so glad I did because these are fantastic cozies!

This newest installment especially gives me all the cozy and winter feels, while also giving me a healthy dose of murder mystery! Like I always say, I hate waiting for the "action" in a cozy mystery, so the fact that this one starts right away made my heart happy.

I will for sure be continuing the series if there are more books, and have already gifted these to my mom as well!

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This is a fine addition to the series. An investor wants to bring a big resort to a mountain location filled with wildlife. A local group objects to the plans and confronts the investor, who is soon found dead. Misty needs to find the killer to save the reputation of her bed & breakfast. Well written with a nice twisty plot, red herrings and interesting characters. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book and chose to write a voluntary, unbiased review.

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Snow Place for Murder is book #3 in the Mountain Lodge Mystery series by Diane Kelly.

Misty’s lodge is hosting a developer who is pitching a new resort concept. The locals are not happy and it gets ugly.

I enjoyed this book. I like the family feel of the story. I am familiar with the Blue Ridge Mountain area in North Carolina and it is fun to read about places I know. It was an entertaining mystery and I liked how it wrapped up. I loved Yeti’s chapters!

Thank you to the author, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) copy of this book and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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Misty Murphy, owner of a mountain lodge, becomes entangled in a murder investigation when a resort developer is found dead on her property. As suspects include the other guests in the lodge, as well as some locals, Misty takes it upon herself to dig into motives and opportunities to help the local law enforcement solve the crime.

I have not read the previous 2 books in this series, but figured if I enjoyed this one, I'd go back to them. I can safely say this is not a series I'm going to be delving into, though, as I didn't care for the author's style in this book. I am not used to quite so much hand-holding in a mystery book, as the narration includes every single thought the main character has about the case, large or small, sometimes repeated. As I read, I had to assume that her speculations through most of the book were all wrong because otherwise, it wouldn't be a very engaging plot. Also, there is a lot of detail that was wholly unnecessary, including a long stretch of time before the mystery really got going. When Misty listens to conversations between others, just about every line of dialog is followed up with her thoughts about that statement—sometimes her doubting that they were telling the truth (even though she seemed to have little to no expertise in the matters they discussed most of the time), but most often bringing it back to herself with thoughts about how she would feel in that situation, how that situation reminded her of something that once happened to her, etc.

On top of all of that, Misty's reactions to finding out the deceased man had actually been murdered, and later similar reactions to seeing a potential key piece of evidence, are over-the-top dramatic and not really what I look for in the MC of a mystery series. Finally, there were a few 1-page chapters scattered throughout the book that were from the POV of Misty's cat Yeti. When the first of these chapters came up, it took me several minutes to understand that it was a cat's head into which we'd just jumped, though that was probably my own fault. I thought at first that the cat's POV would give us, the readers, some clues that would help us solve the case for ourselves, but in the end, the cat chapters provided absolutely nothing. I'm a cat person through and through, but this was unnecessary to me.

Add to that some personal preference issues, like the immediate assumption that a stranger is dangerous and could resort to violence at any moment simply because he has a gun on his hip; and the fact that the MC and her ex-husband were divorced simply because the "romance had waned" (though he did try to romance her with a bottle of wine during this story...just saying) and they wanted different things from life. I'm really not a fan of cavalier divorce, much less celebrating it as a good thing. And I noted one glaring mistake involving characters returning from skiing twice in one day (and no, they did not leave to go skiing again in between). In the end, though I'm sure that there is an audience for this kind of cozy mystery, I am not that audience. If you think you might be, please do check out other reviews.

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This third installment in the Mountain Lodge cozy mystery series (though the first one I read) is a charming cozy set in a North Carolina mountain lodge. A noted resort developer travels to Misty Murphy's lodge and pitches his development plans to wealthy potential investors.

This book features likeable recurring characters, Misty and her family and friends, as well as a clever plot. Definitely a series to watch and I've picked up copies of the first two books in the series so I can get caught up.

Highly recommended for cozy mystery fans!!

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Snow Place for Murder by Diane Kelly is the third book in The Mountain Lodge Series but can also be a stand alone read .

In this installment, international investment realtor Nigel Goodwin rents out Misty Murphy’s entire lodge around the holidays hoping to lure wealthy American investors into developing an exclusive resort, this idea finds him at odd with the locals . When Goodwin is found murdered in the snow , Misty once again must find out who wanted Goodwin next investment to be his final one .

I really enjoyed the relationship between Misty and family , also I found the cat’s view fun .

Great story to pass the time .

Highly recommend!!

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Mountain lodge Inn in North Carolina is the perfect place for Nigel Goodwin’s presentation to potential investors for an exclusive resort. Run by Misty Murphy, its’ parking lot is shared with a restaurant and a ski resort is close by. With a full compliment of guests, Misty has the help of her two sons and Rocky, her handyman and current love. Goodwin’s project has the support of most of the investors, but the local residents are against the additional traffic that it will create and the harm to wildlife. Goodwin’s presentation is disrupted when the protesters descend on the inn. Add in a neglected wife, a disgruntled assistant and rumors of problems at Goodwin’s previous resort that led to a death and it is evident who Diane Kelly’s victim will be. Misty wants nothing more than a quiet life surrounded by family and friends, but now she is surrounded by strangers with a possible murderer among them. Time is also limited. Goodwin paid for five days of presentations and recreation on the slopes for his guests. As time winds down Misty must work with the police, providing her security footage and her observations.

Snow Place for Murder develops at a leisurely pace that gives the readers an opportunity to get to know the characters. Misty went through an amicable divorce. When her ex arrives with her sons for Thanksgiving it is a family event that includes Rocky and his daughter. Even Misty’s cat Yeti plays a part, narrating several of the chapters. With its’ unique discovery of the body, this book has everything that you look for in a cozy mystery. I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing this book or my review.

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Snow place for Murder by Diane. Kelly is the third in a cozy mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone but the back stories are helpful. The plot had plenty of mystery and surprising moments as well as some humor throughout. The book is a quick read, perfect for a snowy afternoon.
Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy of my book, all opinions are my own.

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I enjoyed reading this book. The primary characters were interesting and not cookie cutter. The actual murder was different from any others that I have read. I found it interesting and wanted to keep reading to see what happened and who the guilty person was. My one complaint is when the fellow was planning to set up a resort in Banff. Banff is a national park in Canada. There is no way this would be happening.

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this is a witty entertaining book. Nigel takes the Mountantop Lodge for the week before Christmas, trying to convince the people of the town to make a new resort. A blizzard hits and then there is murder and mayhem! Lots of interesting and quirky characters, twists and turns, making this a real page turner and a must read!

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Snow Place for Murder is the third book in this cute series set in a mountaintop lodge in North Carolina. Business is good as Misty rents out her lodge to a land developer and his prospective investors the week before Christmas. Its not all smooth sailing as there is marital tension between the developer and his wife, then theres his unhappy overworked assistant, and tension amongst some of his investors. Some of the local residents come to the lodge to protest as they are not happy about the proposed swanky new resort. When the investor ends up murdered, Misty's can't help but to once again get involved to bring a killer to justice.

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A cute cozy mystery by Diane Kelly. This is the third in her Mountain Lodge Series. I enjoyed the winter vibe and Blue Ridge Mountain setting. The characters were likable and the author did a good job introducing the families as well. Misty, the Innkeeper, and Rocky her boyfriend and lodge handyman have their hands full the week before Christmas when Nigel Goodwin, a European real estate developer buys out the entire lodge to show his potential investors the nearby property he wants to develop. The locals are not happy with the idea of a resort development near the pristine nature trails. Midway through the book, Nigel is found dead, frozen in a snow pile. There are many sub-stories woven in with the mystery to solve which makes it fun. There is some humor and even a cat named Yeti who narrates a chapter here and there. Overall a fun cozy and quick read.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a digital advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

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I just couldn't get into this book. While I like the characters, the story just didn't hold my interest. I also didn't get the chapters from Yeti's point of view. They did nothing to advance the story.

I received an advanced reader's copy of this book and am leaving an honest review.

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Welcome to the third book in this cozy mystery, set in the mountains of North Carolina. Once again, the author crafts a realistic mystery at Misty’s Mountain Lodge. Misty is still new at running the lodge she bought after her divorce and working to ensure the Lodge stays in business during this first winter holiday season. When a big investor rents the entire lodge for a business pitch event, Misty is both excited and trepidatious about how everything will go. Turns out, she has reason to be worried as things don’t go to plan on multiple fronts. This is a lovely cozy and a great entry in this series.

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We get to see so much more of Misty’s family! We also get to see a few unique mountain characters as well. There is lots of snow and some winter sports too. This is one is super cozy!
As to the mystery, I knew who it was right away, but I didn’t know why or how. So there was still mystery to be explored. This book really helps to develop Misty and Rocky into more rounded characters with a history. It makes for a great addition to the Mountain Lodge Mysteries.

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Snow Place for Murder by Diane Kelly is a cozy mystery with some fun twists and turns. The novel is listed as the third in a series called Mountain Lodge Mysteries. The story takes place in the mountains of North Carolina. This was the first book I read in the series and I had no trouble jumping in with the characters and storyline. One of the fun things about this novel is that every so often a chapter is authored from Yeti’s (the cat) point of view.

The Innkeeper at Mountain Lodge is Misty. She bought the lodge recently after her divorce and is still new to running the Lodge. Rocky is the handyman and plows for the Lodge and other people. With Misty and Rocky during this holiday season, their children with the cat and the dog pitch in to help run the lodge.

Nigel Goodwin has rented out part of the Lodge for his business investors. He is trying to obtain money to open another fancy resort. He had invited a bunch of people to come to the Lodge to hear his plans and hopefully spend money with his company. However, Nigel’s presentation is disrupted by protesters and that’s when things started to fall apart…

I enjoyed the characters and the storyline of the novel. I like how Diane Kelly built up the story and tied me into the story completely. Snow Place for Murder by Diane Kelly is a great read.

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Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Snow Place for Murder is the third book in the Mountain Lodge Mystery series. I absolutely love this series. It only gets better with each book. The location and the lodge are major contributors to the charm of this series, as are the characters Misty, Rocky, Patty, Brynn, without forgetting Yeti and Molasses. The pace of Snow Place for Murder is on the slower side, but it's a good thing. It makes the reader really savor the storyline and one must keep in mind that cozy mysteries are perfect books to disconnect from the crazy pace of life.

Snow Place for Murder is perfect for a relaxing time with a good book. The mystery is solid, the main characters are charming, and the promoter who gets murdered is the type we love to hate. Also, it was great to have a family moment at the beginning of the book. And Yeti's mini chapters are so much fun!

If you have not yet started reading this series, Snow Place for Murder can be a good introduction. Of course, the Mountain Lodge Mystery series is best enjoyed in order, but every book can be enjoyed by newcomers to the series.

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Nice mix of characters, setting and with multiple possibilities for person responsible for death of developer. Would like to see more from Yeti, who is a wise, observant and sneaky. kitty. Would also like Misty to have some romance in her life. Good descriptions of life with teenage boys. Hope this series continues. Thanks to #NetGalley and #SnowPlaceForMurder for advanced digital copy.

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This was an awesome trip to Mountain Lodge just in time for Thanksgiving, but the story lasted through Christmas and New Year’s as well. Just when you think the mystery’s never gonna be solved, Misty does it again! It’s no wonder Deputy Highcloud values her input so much—I really like that deputy! She never downplays whatever information Misty relays to her.

It was fun to have Misty’s sons JJ and Mitch there working since Brynn was on vacation. They had a pal to hang out with on the slopes since Rocky’s youngest daughter came after her finals too. I sure wouldn’t’ve guessed whodunit, but Misty probably never thought something in her mail would help her solve the case. At a fairly remorseful showdown, everything was revealed about the murder and wrapped up nicely. And that left Rocky, Misty and their families free to enjoy the next two holidays.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by St. Martin’s Paperbacks via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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