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A serial killer is abducting, torturing, and murdering young women in a small community in central Maine. Seeming to select his victims at random, he acts out the rituals of the Spanish Inquisition before committing their bodies to the sacred waters of nearby Sebec Lake. Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office, and Detective Douglas Bateman A serial killer is abducting, torturing, and murdering young women in a small community in central Maine. Seeming to select his victims at random, he acts out the rituals of the Spanish Inquisition before committing their bodies to the sacred waters of nearby Sebec Lake. Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office, and Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police join forces in tracking him down. Hiding in plain sight, the killer is clearly from the local community and plays a deadly “catch me if you can” game with Quinn and Bateman. He seems determined to humiliate them and demonstrate his superior intellect, leading them to suspect that perhaps there is a deeper motive and purpose behind his string of murders.


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A serial killer is abducting, torturing, and murdering young women in a small community in central Maine. Seeming to select his victims at random, he acts out the rituals of the Spanish Inquisition before committing their bodies to the sacred waters of nearby Sebec Lake. Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office, and Detective Douglas Bateman A serial killer is abducting, torturing, and murdering young women in a small community in central Maine. Seeming to select his victims at random, he acts out the rituals of the Spanish Inquisition before committing their bodies to the sacred waters of nearby Sebec Lake. Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office, and Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police join forces in tracking him down. Hiding in plain sight, the killer is clearly from the local community and plays a deadly “catch me if you can” game with Quinn and Bateman. He seems determined to humiliate them and demonstrate his superior intellect, leading them to suspect that perhaps there is a deeper motive and purpose behind his string of murders.

30 review for The Ice Maiden

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    A couple out on a snowmobile ride find a fox in the middle of the frozen lake appearing to be interested in something instead of running off when they approach. Curious as to what holds his attention the couple approach to find what looks to be human remains that the animals have gotten a hold of so they call in the police. Detective Anne Quinn out of the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office and Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police find themselves teamed A couple out on a snowmobile ride find a fox in the middle of the frozen lake appearing to be interested in something instead of running off when they approach. Curious as to what holds his attention the couple approach to find what looks to be human remains that the animals have gotten a hold of so they call in the police. Detective Anne Quinn out of the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office and Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police find themselves teamed up to investigate when the body is determine to be that of a young woman. When more victims are found the detectives find themselves in pursuit of a serial killer that seems to be very familiar with the area and it's residents. The Ice Maiden is one of those books that simply turned out to be not really up my alley when I began reading this story but having a review copy I felt I would still see how the story turned out. In the end it was simply the style of the writing that has me rating this book at 2.5 stars and not the plot contained within or the actual writing itself, I'm just not a fan of the overly descriptive plot driven story the author came up with. There were so many instances in this book I really wished the author would have just let the characters tell their story instead of describing every little thing in so much detail. For instance they are out to dinner one night and instead of a conversation flow between characters we get the author describing everything that would/could of been being said between them. Details down to the speed limit on the roads and the color of everything really don't need to be included for a story to be told in my opinion. However, with all of that being said about the style of the book there was still a decent thriller of a story with a serial killer on the loose buried in there. To me this was just too slow paced without enough connection to the actual characters but I'm sure the style would be a perfect fit for other readers out there so if it sounds interesting to you I'd still suggest giving it a try. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A seriously enjoyable tale of a vengeance driven serial killer set amidst the beauty of rural central Maine. I loved how the author has set the novel in real places and it was interesting to look at Google Maps to get a feel for the setting. Beautifully paced with a touch of romance to balance out the terror and tragedy, it's a book I thoroughly recommend. A seriously enjoyable tale of a vengeance driven serial killer set amidst the beauty of rural central Maine. I loved how the author has set the novel in real places and it was interesting to look at Google Maps to get a feel for the setting. Beautifully paced with a touch of romance to balance out the terror and tragedy, it's a book I thoroughly recommend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Detective Doug Bateman and Anne Quinn, investigator for the County Sheriff's office join forces to catch a serial killer. What looks to be a random selection of victims, this killer abducts, tortures, and then he commits their bodies to the local lake. After their bodies are left in the water, there isn't much left in the way of evidence. Because of the out of way places he chooses and how easily he abducts the women seemingly out of thin air leads Doug and Anne to believe it's someone from the c Detective Doug Bateman and Anne Quinn, investigator for the County Sheriff's office join forces to catch a serial killer. What looks to be a random selection of victims, this killer abducts, tortures, and then he commits their bodies to the local lake. After their bodies are left in the water, there isn't much left in the way of evidence. Because of the out of way places he chooses and how easily he abducts the women seemingly out of thin air leads Doug and Anne to believe it's someone from the community ... one who is well-known. Two bodies have been found already and when Doug's wife goes missing, he fears the worst. And Anne is next on the list. Random ...... or is there a deeper meaning to the victims he has chosen? This is a very well-written murder mystery with unforgettable characters. The background of Maine blends beautifully with the story. Maine is described so well, it felt like I was there. The secondary characters are unique and lend much credibility. There are a few surprises, little twists and turns here and there. Keeping fingers crossed this turns into a series. Many thanks to the author / Black Rose Writing / Netgalley for the digital copy of THE ICE MAIDEN. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bandit

    If perfectly adequate was a set goal, Smith passes it with flying colors. He takes an intriguing concept of a Spanish Inquisition inspired serial killer and sets it in the naturally creepy Maine and then proceeds to tell the story in a notably uninspired wooden monotone. It's actually almost peculiar enough to be interesting in itself, his narration tends to veer into this over descriptive passages pertaining to nature, geography, objects...but not so much characters, those are fairly stilted an If perfectly adequate was a set goal, Smith passes it with flying colors. He takes an intriguing concept of a Spanish Inquisition inspired serial killer and sets it in the naturally creepy Maine and then proceeds to tell the story in a notably uninspired wooden monotone. It's actually almost peculiar enough to be interesting in itself, his narration tends to veer into this over descriptive passages pertaining to nature, geography, objects...but not so much characters, those are fairly stilted and one dimensional. Nevertheless, it's a decent police procedural with a prerequisite ending twist. Not the sort of thing that'll send you looking for author's other titles, but it'll pass some time. For a Kindle freebie it served its purpose.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Black Rose Writing for a review copy of The Ice Maiden, a police procedural set in Maine. The body of a young woman is found submerged in the ice. She has been mutilated and tortured using medieval methods. Doug Bateman of the Maine State Police and Anne Quinn of the County sherriff's office investigate what turns out to be a far from straightforward case with few forensic clues, a hidden motive and a rising body count. I enjoyed The Ice Maiden which has a good I would like to thank Netgalley and Black Rose Writing for a review copy of The Ice Maiden, a police procedural set in Maine. The body of a young woman is found submerged in the ice. She has been mutilated and tortured using medieval methods. Doug Bateman of the Maine State Police and Anne Quinn of the County sherriff's office investigate what turns out to be a far from straightforward case with few forensic clues, a hidden motive and a rising body count. I enjoyed The Ice Maiden which has a good plot and some surprising twists. It is not a particularly profound novel but being plot based it doesn't have to go deep on emotions and social issues. What it does do is paint a very good picture of small town, rural Maine and its inhabitants and their way of life. I like novels set in communities different to my own as they are always informative. It may not be for the squeamish as mutilations are inventive and graphic. The characters are not particularly well developed beyond what is needed. They are pleasant, dedicated people with no vices, always a relief, who just get on with the job. Doug is separated from his wife after the death of their son but seems to be holding it together. Anne is an incomer from Michigan which arouses some suspicion from the locals but her pleasant, can do personality soon wins them over. I think 3.5* is an appropriate rating for this novel but I have rated it 3*, deducting 0.5* for the annoying frequent use of auto de fé instead of the correct auto da fé. Pernickety is my middle name. The Ice Maiden is a solid read which I can recommend to anyone looking for few hours escapism.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    My Rating: 3.5 Stars Is one of history’s darkest times being re-enacted? A serial killer is on the loose in a small town in Maine. As this monster acts out the rituals of the Spanish Inquisition, innocent women are being tortured and murdered. Anne Quinn and Douglas Bateman will team up to dig through the meager clues, sifting through both the ancient religious horrors and clues of the present. They never expected the killer to hit so close to home. B.D. Smith’s THE ICE MAIDEN gives readers a pano My Rating: 3.5 Stars Is one of history’s darkest times being re-enacted? A serial killer is on the loose in a small town in Maine. As this monster acts out the rituals of the Spanish Inquisition, innocent women are being tortured and murdered. Anne Quinn and Douglas Bateman will team up to dig through the meager clues, sifting through both the ancient religious horrors and clues of the present. They never expected the killer to hit so close to home. B.D. Smith’s THE ICE MAIDEN gives readers a panoramic view of a rural and simple town in Maine, highlighting its seclusion, its wild beauty and the ugliness of many of its inhabitants. Everyone knows everyone’s business, gossip and supposition abound, yet the truth is buried deep in the twisted mind of one man on a twisted mission. The graphic details are brutal, the twists are plentiful and the subplots touch on the inhabitants of the town. Both main characters are strong, although getting to know them is actually not easy, perhaps the plan of the author to focus our sights on the action? I found myself more engrossed in the crimes than the victims or the “heroes. A fairly good read, jagged and dark with eerie crimes repeating history with brutal precision. Sometimes a little dry, I wanted the characters to show some emotional peaks so I knew they were alive. Publisher: Black Rose Writing; 1 edition (April 26, 2017) Publication Date: April 26, 2017 Genre: Thriller | Suspense Print Length: 185 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    John

    A Good Maine Mystery This was a good short story based in northern Maine! The killer kills people and uses items from the Spanish Inquisition to hurt then kill them all for revenge. The Maine state trooper and his partner, a Sheriffs investigator are really good together. Thought I Had it figured out but, I was wrong. Very enjoyable

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    DNF'd at 13% because I didn't care about anything that was happening and felt like there was a lot of telling not showing. Just not one for me. DNF'd at 13% because I didn't care about anything that was happening and felt like there was a lot of telling not showing. Just not one for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Anne Quinn, a investigator for Piscataquis County Sherriff’s office and Douglas Bateman, a detective for Maine State Police join forces to help solve the murder of a woman found in the middle of a frozen lake. The death is very odd with religious elements to the murder. However, this isn’t the only murder as the serial killer kills more woman and taunts the police with his crimes. This novel was well written with a good amount of suspense and action however I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I ha Anne Quinn, a investigator for Piscataquis County Sherriff’s office and Douglas Bateman, a detective for Maine State Police join forces to help solve the murder of a woman found in the middle of a frozen lake. The death is very odd with religious elements to the murder. However, this isn’t the only murder as the serial killer kills more woman and taunts the police with his crimes. This novel was well written with a good amount of suspense and action however I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped. The characters were well written except for the budding romance between Douglas and Anne. The kiss they shared seemed to come out of nowhere, other than someone telling Anne to go for it I would never have known she had feelings for Douglas. The murders were well detailed with a lot of detail going into each murder and the religious ceremonies each one follows. I never did figure out who the actual killer was till the very end. Maybe other readers would have been able too but a key detail was left out until the very end. With murder mystery novels I like to try and figure out who the murder is. The novel had far too much dialogue for me. I felt the author was having everyone state what was going on rather than explaining it. I didn’t really need to know what everyone was wearing at every moment. I felt this took away from the novel. Some details were necessary but not everything. And why couldn’t the author write the details out instead of having the characters think/say them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carl

    I really liked this mystery. “The Ice Maiden” is the first in B. D. Smith’s Doug Bateman mystery series, and it is a winner. The story, based in northern Maine, gives us the protagonists of Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police and Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s office. The story was engaging; I really could not put it down. It was both disturbingly frightening and very descriptive in scenery, characters, and murders. The I really liked this mystery. “The Ice Maiden” is the first in B. D. Smith’s Doug Bateman mystery series, and it is a winner. The story, based in northern Maine, gives us the protagonists of Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police and Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s office. The story was engaging; I really could not put it down. It was both disturbingly frightening and very descriptive in scenery, characters, and murders. The story opens with the discovery of the body of a young woman who is found frozen head first in Lake Sebec. Our officers join forces to solve this murder of this frozen “ice maiden.” However, the killer is not finished with this Maine community; more horrific killings occur which seem to be based on tortures from the Spanish Inquisition. And then things start to get personal. “The Ice Maiden” is very satisfying mystery. It has carefully crafted plot with a unique premise in which the killer makes use of items and concepts from the Spanish Inquisition. Additionally Smith has created some interesting characters, especially those of Bateman and Quinn. I enjoyed the detail and development of the plot. However, there are some grammatical errors and spelling errors sprinkled throughout the story. Still, I liked the story and the characters of Bateman and Quinn; I look forward to seeing where the author takes them in “The Black Frog.”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    3 and 1 / 2 stars Detective Doug Bateman and Anne Quinn partner together to investigate the death of a woman found in the middle of winter in the ice in nearby Sebec Lake in rural Maine. The video feed they obtain shows only someone and the woman dressed in strange clothes walking towards the lake. The woman seems out of it. The “someone’s” face is covered by a long hood-like affair. It’s as if they knew very well that there was a video camera in operation. It suggests that the perpetrator is a l 3 and 1 / 2 stars Detective Doug Bateman and Anne Quinn partner together to investigate the death of a woman found in the middle of winter in the ice in nearby Sebec Lake in rural Maine. The video feed they obtain shows only someone and the woman dressed in strange clothes walking towards the lake. The woman seems out of it. The “someone’s” face is covered by a long hood-like affair. It’s as if they knew very well that there was a video camera in operation. It suggests that the perpetrator is a local person. Further investigation show that the designs on the clothing the woman was found in suggest a connection to the Inquisition. The autopsy of the woman shows that she was viciously tortured before her death. When more deaths occur, the tension ratchets up and the pace in our story moves along a little better. The killer taunts the detectives, almost daring them to catch him. When the murderer is finally apprehended, it is a surprise. This is a fairly well written and plotted book. It, at times, seemed to wander however. The descriptions of the Maine countryside were interesting, but the citizens were not. It is a slow read; not too much is going on for quite a bit of the book. This is my first B.D. Smith book and I am willing to give another of his novels a try. I want to thank Netgalley and Black Rose Writing for granting me the opportunity to read this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    M.R. Cullen

    The Ice Maidens is a police procedural about a serial killer, murdering young women using the techniques of the Spanish Inquisition. As a concept it intrigued me, however, something got lost between the idea and the execution. Firstly, the book needs to at least run through Grammarly. I admit grammar isn't my strongest talent but even I know too many commas disrupt the flow of the narrative. Secondly, every writing course I've ever attended has stressed the 'show don't tell' school of writing. The The Ice Maidens is a police procedural about a serial killer, murdering young women using the techniques of the Spanish Inquisition. As a concept it intrigued me, however, something got lost between the idea and the execution. Firstly, the book needs to at least run through Grammarly. I admit grammar isn't my strongest talent but even I know too many commas disrupt the flow of the narrative. Secondly, every writing course I've ever attended has stressed the 'show don't tell' school of writing. The Ice Maidens tells you what's happening, it shows you nothing. None of the characters are effectively described, which is crazy because every thing else is described until you're bored. So many sections telling us about ex-boyfriends and trees and the bumps in the road that ultimately are not important to the story. When we finally reach the end, the killer's reasoning for his murder spree stretches the reader's patience. The one convoluted back-story there is no mention of, yet the one back-story the reader actually needs to know. B.D. Smith's The Ice Maidens is ultimately unsatisfying. It's got a fantastic premise, which has obviously been well researched, but pages of clinical description don't give the story a way to connect with the reader. It's a shame because it had such a huge amount of possibility.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kat Dietrich

    The Ice Maiden by B.D. Smith is a mystery/thriller. First, let me thank the publisher Black Rose Writing, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My Synopsis: Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office, and Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police join forces to find a sadistic killer. The body of a young woman is found buried head first in frozen Lake Sebec. She had bee The Ice Maiden by B.D. Smith is a mystery/thriller. First, let me thank the publisher Black Rose Writing, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My Synopsis: Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office, and Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police join forces to find a sadistic killer. The body of a young woman is found buried head first in frozen Lake Sebec. She had been brutally tortured, and it looks like someone followed the torture pattern of a Spanish Inquisitor. Then another body is found, also tortured. The killer seems to know a lot of details about the area, and about the investigation. How close is he? My Opinions: The premise and plot of this book was really good. There was a lot of gore, but that was fine. However, the author may have been overly descriptive of other details such as geographical locations, scenery, and.…I now know way more about Maine’s declining moose population than I needed to. I think that was why it took me a while to get into the book, there was a lot of extra information that wasn’t necessary to the plot. However, the plot eventually took over, the suspense kicked in, and the story took me away. All that being said, I would like to try another book by this author.

  14. 5 out of 5

    M

    Unique premise, bad execution. Lots of telling, little showing. See warning below. This book features torture, grisly murders and corpse mutilation by a killer with a taste for Viking executions and torture methods of the Spanish Inquisition. Unlike most police thrillers, this book is paced quite slowly, although I doubt it’s deliberately so. Author B. D. Smith tells readers everything about settings in rural Maine, with minutiae enough for several travelogues. I read so much about the vagaries of Unique premise, bad execution. Lots of telling, little showing. See warning below. This book features torture, grisly murders and corpse mutilation by a killer with a taste for Viking executions and torture methods of the Spanish Inquisition. Unlike most police thrillers, this book is paced quite slowly, although I doubt it’s deliberately so. Author B. D. Smith tells readers everything about settings in rural Maine, with minutiae enough for several travelogues. I read so much about the vagaries of his characters, I think author dumped in all his character studies. Example: what I dubbed “The Lives, Loves & Tragedies of Doug & Beth” runs about 14-16 pages. Instead of character studies, I’d have preferred more police protocols and procedures. Although this story has 40-50 characters crammed into 182 pages, it’s not difficult to choose suspects capable of committing the murders—even when the author keeps important information about suspects close to his chest. Plus, somehow the efficient cops don’t do decent background checks . . . so voila! There’s the murderer! BTW, what a pathetic motive for staging a kidnapping. Trigger Warnings: grisly torture and murder, corpse mutilation, elaborate body staging. Plus, vulgar language and many references to God. Bad grammar & punctuation, plus spelling problems, etc. EDITOR NEEDED.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Mount

    Overall, this is a good police procedural, although this plotline has been done hundreds of times in various media forms. The author pushes the murder mystery case along very quickly. The case solution, character personal relationship development, and lots of local lore and detail are all presented in under 200 pages. Lots of familiar stuff here. An intelligent criminal toying with law enforcement, lots of potential suspects, little forensic evidence, interference from high ranking cops, the "tw Overall, this is a good police procedural, although this plotline has been done hundreds of times in various media forms. The author pushes the murder mystery case along very quickly. The case solution, character personal relationship development, and lots of local lore and detail are all presented in under 200 pages. Lots of familiar stuff here. An intelligent criminal toying with law enforcement, lots of potential suspects, little forensic evidence, interference from high ranking cops, the "twist" near the end, etc. Most of it works for me. I think the weak point is the ending. The double ending of the "solved" criminal not really being the "true" criminal is almost expected by now, and is awkward to present realistically. Here, the case seems to be quickly dropped by law enforcement, even though the supposed criminal has been killed by an unknown person, before any confession. I would think that LE would have done a very deep dive on anyone with a possible connection to the supposed criminal, including the person who turned out to be the true criminal. Also, the motivation of the true criminal seemed very unbelievable. A grudge is held for many years, then a very elaborate set of crimes and actions is set up to attack a certain LE officer. Not ridiculous, but hard to accept.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Robb

    It's an adequate mystery. The narrative style is a bit distant so I wasn't drawn in to the story as quickly as I have been in other books of this genre. I'm still not sure if the title refers to the women killed and placed in the lake/ice in Maine during winter or if it was meant to be a reference to women with chilly outer demeanors such as Anne Quinn or Beth. I did suspect the character who turned out to be the killer and that the killer might be involved with others who were part of a certain It's an adequate mystery. The narrative style is a bit distant so I wasn't drawn in to the story as quickly as I have been in other books of this genre. I'm still not sure if the title refers to the women killed and placed in the lake/ice in Maine during winter or if it was meant to be a reference to women with chilly outer demeanors such as Anne Quinn or Beth. I did suspect the character who turned out to be the killer and that the killer might be involved with others who were part of a certain group, but I also was misled by a second character's words and behavior--so I don't know if that constitutes solving the whodunit or not. I'm not quite sure what's driving Beth. We aren't told if she does decide to follow through on her plans to move away that are mentioned in this book. Dr. Blood hints that it somehow relates to Beth's parents rather than to Doug or Beth's relationship with Doug. Doug and Anne are interesting characters. Will they end up together? Or will the author keep doing the will they/won't they dance and string it out so long that the readers lose interest? That might be the only reason I'd seek out more books in the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    Alright, so this is a book that I managed to get for free, as it was on discount for a day or so. And it started out really good, better than I expected. The Characters were interesting, the interactions as well, it seemed rather realistic, as in how it follow Police Procedures. The storyline started out quite fascinating as well, setting up a serial killer that uses Christian (and later others as well) torture and killing methods, that go back to the Spanish Inquisition. But I just couldn't adj Alright, so this is a book that I managed to get for free, as it was on discount for a day or so. And it started out really good, better than I expected. The Characters were interesting, the interactions as well, it seemed rather realistic, as in how it follow Police Procedures. The storyline started out quite fascinating as well, setting up a serial killer that uses Christian (and later others as well) torture and killing methods, that go back to the Spanish Inquisition. But I just couldn't adjust very well to B.D. Smith's writing style and, it got worse in my opinion the further I got into the book. The mix of when Smith uses interactions and drives the plot forward with us being there and when he uses a kind of narrative, far more descriptive kind of voice, that in my opinion is far better utilized for descriptions and background informations is often weird and misplaced. Several of the big showdowns and scenes that should be gripping are in that descriptive style and loose all sense of suspense and thrill. It's a real bummer, because the Characters and the Story by itself have great potential.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shweta

    Damn this started out so good! but kinda fell short in the middle and towards the end. I felt it was dragging a bit after the initial interrogation with the guy who worked in lumber yard. I liked how both protagonists were oddly awkward characters, since I tend to believe people who work in certain jobs develop some very similar characteristics. (view spoiler)[There were a couple of things that just didn't sit well with me. Even though the investigation was on-going there was a boring mid-part w Damn this started out so good! but kinda fell short in the middle and towards the end. I felt it was dragging a bit after the initial interrogation with the guy who worked in lumber yard. I liked how both protagonists were oddly awkward characters, since I tend to believe people who work in certain jobs develop some very similar characteristics. (view spoiler)[There were a couple of things that just didn't sit well with me. Even though the investigation was on-going there was a boring mid-part where nothing was happening. Not even them trying to profile the killer and narrow their search down. Either they were following leads or just waiting for new leads to show up. Also I found Beth's character and her interactions with both main characters really weird and unnecessary, specially her looming presence which stopped Anne in moving forward with Doug. She isn't part of Doug's life but still there and angry and just :/ yeah... I would have liked for Anne and June's friendship to have more time to develop as well. Also in the end when someone shot the main suspect, they didn't even try to dig into it until Anne was kidnapped. It was all bizarre to me. (hide spoiler)] It was an ok read but could have been better and also doesn't inspire me to dig into next in the series, sadly.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen Crissinger

    Doug Bateman and Anne Quinn are thrust together in a race against a truly sadistic serial killer. Faced with gory reenactments of ancient ritualistic torture, they must solve the riddles the killer leaves behind without becoming victims themselves. Unfortunately, the killer's madness is very, very personal, and both Doug and Anne will put their lives on the line to stop him. B.D. Smith brings an obvious love of the Northeastern US to light in this thriller, sprinkling great historical detail and Doug Bateman and Anne Quinn are thrust together in a race against a truly sadistic serial killer. Faced with gory reenactments of ancient ritualistic torture, they must solve the riddles the killer leaves behind without becoming victims themselves. Unfortunately, the killer's madness is very, very personal, and both Doug and Anne will put their lives on the line to stop him. B.D. Smith brings an obvious love of the Northeastern US to light in this thriller, sprinkling great historical detail and culture into a modern day community. Smith makes a small town come to life by delivering genuine characters with well developed histories and personalities. Smith also writes a great evil madman, and manages to shine the spotlight on any number of potential suspects. Occasionally very graphic in nature, this story takes the reader on a roller coaster of fear, suspense, nostalgia, and romance; and if the reader dislikes David Abernathy as much as I did, a little quiet celebration when a Scottish highland bull bests a rogue ATV.

  20. 4 out of 5

    T'ana

    Sometimes when you get a book for free you can't expect much. This was one of those books. I feel as if B.D. Smith sat their table with tons of researched material that they wanted for an accurate depiction and instead of turning around and making the story their own, they just threw in the research with a few bits of dialogue in between. I, as a reader, enjoy knowing my characters but I don't need to know every minute detail of their every day lives if it's not relevant to the plot. I understood Sometimes when you get a book for free you can't expect much. This was one of those books. I feel as if B.D. Smith sat their table with tons of researched material that they wanted for an accurate depiction and instead of turning around and making the story their own, they just threw in the research with a few bits of dialogue in between. I, as a reader, enjoy knowing my characters but I don't need to know every minute detail of their every day lives if it's not relevant to the plot. I understood that the author wanted to provide detail, but in my opinion it was too contrived. And honestly I can't even explain in words what my thoughts are about this non-thriller because I couldn't get past the fact that they detailed down to how many grains were in the kitchen sink. It was just too much. The plot was weak and getting to the ending was too bulky with words. The characters and their interactions were too forced. The mystery wasn't really much of one and beyond all it didn't make sense as to the motive. I tried. I wanted to like this. But I just couldn't care.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Monika Obermeier

    I’m quite disappointed since this story had so much potential. First things first. The language errors are inexcusable. “Preying” when it should be “praying,” for example. The punctuation errors in both their misuse and lack of use were also very distracting. The story itself could be shortened by half and be much more intriguing. There is an outrageous amount of detail pertaining to local history, minor character history, and nature that does not add to the narrative. The back stories for the m I’m quite disappointed since this story had so much potential. First things first. The language errors are inexcusable. “Preying” when it should be “praying,” for example. The punctuation errors in both their misuse and lack of use were also very distracting. The story itself could be shortened by half and be much more intriguing. There is an outrageous amount of detail pertaining to local history, minor character history, and nature that does not add to the narrative. The back stories for the main characters are also incredibly long, flat, and dumped into your lap much too early in the novel. There is no natural learning of the characters’ natures. I also found the interjection of possible suspects either talking to themselves, etc., occurring suddenly and randomly throughout the novel to be silly, and detracted from the anticipation for me. Smith could be more successful having the stories reviewed and properly edited before publishing. But for a free download, it was not an absolute terrible read. I will not be looking into other books by the author, however.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    Interesting but really creepy I haven't spent much time in Maine so can't testify to the accuracy of the geography in the book, but it certainly sounds like the author knows their way around. There's a lot of little details that make you feel like you're right there in the story which is both a good thing and a not so good thing. It's good because you feel like you're right there seeing everything just as the main characters see it. The main characters are pretty well developed and you get a dece Interesting but really creepy I haven't spent much time in Maine so can't testify to the accuracy of the geography in the book, but it certainly sounds like the author knows their way around. There's a lot of little details that make you feel like you're right there in the story which is both a good thing and a not so good thing. It's good because you feel like you're right there seeing everything just as the main characters see it. The main characters are pretty well developed and you get a decent picture of their personalities and relationships. The story reads almost like a news story rather than a novel which was actually kind of a relief to me. Just reading the description of what the victims looked like when found was graphic enough. I don't think I could have gotten through the book if there had been any description of the actual murders while they were happening. The police work and the way the various branches worked together was really interesting and I enjoyed that part of it a lot.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paris (kerbytejas)

    The Ice Maiden by B.D. Smith, was the first book I’ve read by this author, and I hope that this might become a series. The book was very descriptive in scenery, characters and murders. At times I felt the character descriptions came in bursts or waves of information, but after a while it all just worked out. I thought both Doug and Anne were good leading characters, and the secondary characters helped support the plot with unique and creative personalities and situations adding to the credibili The Ice Maiden by B.D. Smith, was the first book I’ve read by this author, and I hope that this might become a series. The book was very descriptive in scenery, characters and murders. At times I felt the character descriptions came in bursts or waves of information, but after a while it all just worked out. I thought both Doug and Anne were good leading characters, and the secondary characters helped support the plot with unique and creative personalities and situations adding to the credibility of the story. I’m limiting the details in this review, so the reader can enjoy the unfolding story. The plot was filled with historic info, tension, sadness, twists and many true to life situations. I wish to express my thanks to the author, Black Rose Writing-publisher, and NetGalley for the digital copy of the book. The publication date was April 26th 2017, and the book is available in digital, Kindle Unlimited and paperback. For me this was a 4 star read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mcf1nder_sk

    The Ice Maiden is a very good psychological police thriller by B.D. Smith, another one of the good new authors in the @blackrosewriting family. A small town in central Maine (no Constant Readers, it's not near Derry) is rocked by a serial killer, using the nearby Sebec Lake to leave his victims. As Maine State Police detective Doug Bateman and sheriff's department inspector Anne Quinn race to catch this killer, it appears that Bateman himself may be the key to solving this case. . Smith has taken The Ice Maiden is a very good psychological police thriller by B.D. Smith, another one of the good new authors in the @blackrosewriting family. A small town in central Maine (no Constant Readers, it's not near Derry) is rocked by a serial killer, using the nearby Sebec Lake to leave his victims. As Maine State Police detective Doug Bateman and sheriff's department inspector Anne Quinn race to catch this killer, it appears that Bateman himself may be the key to solving this case. . Smith has taken the typical serial killer scenario, and crafted an intriguing story that will keep the reader engrossed in the tale. The storyline is crisp, the characters, while not overly memorable, are more fully developed than your standard police procedural, and the twist along the way actually had me wondering for a bit, "Whodunit?". This is one of the better thrillers I have read this year, and in looking forward to reading more of Smith's works..

  25. 4 out of 5

    Toni Fletcher

    Riveting, suspenseful and twisted, this book kept me glued to it and I couldn’t put it down. I thought I had it figured out, but then it seemed I was wrong and although it turned out that I was right after all, but it was for reasons that were absolutely surprising. The plot was well done and had a lot of unexpected turns to it, right up until the end. Quite graphic as far as the details go. The characters are so well developed and the omniscient narrator adds to the suspense with a peek into th Riveting, suspenseful and twisted, this book kept me glued to it and I couldn’t put it down. I thought I had it figured out, but then it seemed I was wrong and although it turned out that I was right after all, but it was for reasons that were absolutely surprising. The plot was well done and had a lot of unexpected turns to it, right up until the end. Quite graphic as far as the details go. The characters are so well developed and the omniscient narrator adds to the suspense with a peek into the killer’s mind. Some characters are red herrings but genuinely feel like viable possibilities for the killer. An absolute must read if you enjoy a good, well written, suspenseful story with murders, mayhem and colorful characters. Add to that, the darkness of an evil soul contrasted with vivid descriptions of the beautiful Maine Lake Sebec area and you get an excellent edge of your seat read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    When a body is discovered suspended upside down under ice by Greeley’s Landing, Maine, Detective Douglas Bateman, and his partner Tom Richard with the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit are called in to investigate Doug’s boss, George McCormick, Sheriff of Piscataquis County, has assigned Anne Quinn, county sheriff’s office investigator to assist with the case. Months later, a charred body is recovered from a burned cottage on Phoebe Island. Following the discovery, Doug learns that the DNA rec When a body is discovered suspended upside down under ice by Greeley’s Landing, Maine, Detective Douglas Bateman, and his partner Tom Richard with the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit are called in to investigate Doug’s boss, George McCormick, Sheriff of Piscataquis County, has assigned Anne Quinn, county sheriff’s office investigator to assist with the case. Months later, a charred body is recovered from a burned cottage on Phoebe Island. Following the discovery, Doug learns that the DNA recovered from a friendship bracelet the first victim wore during the autopsy were his. But Doug has never met the victim before which might suggest he’s being set up by the killer. His superior, however, takes him off the case and has his partner Tom reassigned until further notice. Soon after two women including his ex-wife Beth are abducted. Luckily his ex was found several days later but the second woman turned up dead suspended in a cove. Doug and his team have to find the killer before he strikes again.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Perhaps a 2.5. It's not a bad mystery in some ways, but there were a number of flaws that prevent me from giving it a higher rating. The character development was lacking to the point where I felt two characters were pretty much the same. There was a lot of time spent on characters and environments that ended up being tangential to the story, time that could have been used to more fully develop the main storyline. I felt like there were a few relationships were suddenly developed with no real lea Perhaps a 2.5. It's not a bad mystery in some ways, but there were a number of flaws that prevent me from giving it a higher rating. The character development was lacking to the point where I felt two characters were pretty much the same. There was a lot of time spent on characters and environments that ended up being tangential to the story, time that could have been used to more fully develop the main storyline. I felt like there were a few relationships were suddenly developed with no real lead-up to them. And finally, the murders seemed really violent and targeted women who had no relation to the person that the perpetrator wanted to harm (with the exception of the murder that started it all). Also predictable was that the female protagonist was going to be a victim as well. Given all this, I'm not sure if I'll continue reading this series or if I'll give the author another try.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Dean

    I loved the plot (which was intriguing and felt fresh), the setting (rural Maine), and the characters were interesting, but the writing style felt really rushed and you aren't ever really given a chance to get to "know" the characters beyond a very superficial level. This story has so much potential, but I wish it had been more fleshed out. It almost feels like transitions between scenes were cut out to make the page count smaller, which is shame! I'd have loved a longer, more thorough account o I loved the plot (which was intriguing and felt fresh), the setting (rural Maine), and the characters were interesting, but the writing style felt really rushed and you aren't ever really given a chance to get to "know" the characters beyond a very superficial level. This story has so much potential, but I wish it had been more fleshed out. It almost feels like transitions between scenes were cut out to make the page count smaller, which is shame! I'd have loved a longer, more thorough account of the story. It looks like this might be B.D. Smith's first novel, though, and there are a lot of things done right, so I am hoping that the writing style of the next will be a little smoother because overall, Smith is onto a good thing!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Margaret L.

    Another pleasant surprise. Besides the bargain price, this book caught my interest because of the Maine setting. As someone who used to travel a few times a year up through central Maine to Quebec, I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the area, unlike some readers. (I smiled when one of the victims turned out to be from St. Georges, QC, our somewhat unlikely vacation destination.) As to the story itself, after an un-promising start (I thought "dude book" for sure), I actually got into it and k Another pleasant surprise. Besides the bargain price, this book caught my interest because of the Maine setting. As someone who used to travel a few times a year up through central Maine to Quebec, I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the area, unlike some readers. (I smiled when one of the victims turned out to be from St. Georges, QC, our somewhat unlikely vacation destination.) As to the story itself, after an un-promising start (I thought "dude book" for sure), I actually got into it and kept the pages turning. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could because the details are a little rough around the edges, but I look forward to reading more in the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Natasha du Plessis

    This was my first BD Smith book and certainly not my last. I really loved the main characters and how they related to each other. This looks like the beginning of a series that I will definitely pick up to read. I loved the setting as well as the descriptions of the setting as I am not from America. I enjoyed BD Smith's writing style. Some parts of the book was a bit predictable but maybe it is because I have read so many detective stories. Thanks to Black Rose publishing via Netgalley for the co This was my first BD Smith book and certainly not my last. I really loved the main characters and how they related to each other. This looks like the beginning of a series that I will definitely pick up to read. I loved the setting as well as the descriptions of the setting as I am not from America. I enjoyed BD Smith's writing style. Some parts of the book was a bit predictable but maybe it is because I have read so many detective stories. Thanks to Black Rose publishing via Netgalley for the copy.

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