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Second in a new series set in Alaska from beloved cozy author Paige Shelton, Cold Wind will chill your bones. Beth Rivers is still in Alaska. The unidentified man who kidnapped her in her home of St. Louis hasn’t been found yet, so she’s not ready to go back. But as October comes to a close, Benedict is feeling more and more like her new home. Beth has been working on hersel Second in a new series set in Alaska from beloved cozy author Paige Shelton, Cold Wind will chill your bones. Beth Rivers is still in Alaska. The unidentified man who kidnapped her in her home of St. Louis hasn’t been found yet, so she’s not ready to go back. But as October comes to a close, Benedict is feeling more and more like her new home. Beth has been working on herself: She’s managed to get back to writing, and she’s enjoying these beautiful months between summer and winter in Alaska. Then, everything in Benedict changes after a mudslide exposes a world that had been hidden for years. Two mud-covered, silent girls appear, and a secret trapper’s house is found in the woods. The biggest surprise, though, is a dead and frozen woman’s body in the trapper’s shed. No one knows who she is, but the man who runs the mercantile, Randy, seems to be in the middle of all the mysteries. Unable to escape her journalistic roots, Beth is determined to answer the questions that keep arising: Are the mysterious girls and the frozen body connected? Can Randy possibly be involved? And―most importantly―can she solve this mystery before the cold wind sweeping over the town and the townspeople descends for good?


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Second in a new series set in Alaska from beloved cozy author Paige Shelton, Cold Wind will chill your bones. Beth Rivers is still in Alaska. The unidentified man who kidnapped her in her home of St. Louis hasn’t been found yet, so she’s not ready to go back. But as October comes to a close, Benedict is feeling more and more like her new home. Beth has been working on hersel Second in a new series set in Alaska from beloved cozy author Paige Shelton, Cold Wind will chill your bones. Beth Rivers is still in Alaska. The unidentified man who kidnapped her in her home of St. Louis hasn’t been found yet, so she’s not ready to go back. But as October comes to a close, Benedict is feeling more and more like her new home. Beth has been working on herself: She’s managed to get back to writing, and she’s enjoying these beautiful months between summer and winter in Alaska. Then, everything in Benedict changes after a mudslide exposes a world that had been hidden for years. Two mud-covered, silent girls appear, and a secret trapper’s house is found in the woods. The biggest surprise, though, is a dead and frozen woman’s body in the trapper’s shed. No one knows who she is, but the man who runs the mercantile, Randy, seems to be in the middle of all the mysteries. Unable to escape her journalistic roots, Beth is determined to answer the questions that keep arising: Are the mysterious girls and the frozen body connected? Can Randy possibly be involved? And―most importantly―can she solve this mystery before the cold wind sweeping over the town and the townspeople descends for good?

30 review for Cold Wind

  1. 5 out of 5

    PamG

    COLD WIND by Paige Shelton is a well-written mystery novel that combines traditional police detective work and amateur sleuthing. It is the second book in the Alaska Wild series. The story is set in Benedict, Alaska and centers around Beth Rivers, a successful thriller writer known as Elizabeth Fairchild. Beth is still hiding and recovering in Alaska while the Missouri police look for her stalker turned kidnapper. When two muddy eight- or nine- year-old girls show up at her office and then a bod COLD WIND by Paige Shelton is a well-written mystery novel that combines traditional police detective work and amateur sleuthing. It is the second book in the Alaska Wild series. The story is set in Benedict, Alaska and centers around Beth Rivers, a successful thriller writer known as Elizabeth Fairchild. Beth is still hiding and recovering in Alaska while the Missouri police look for her stalker turned kidnapper. When two muddy eight- or nine- year-old girls show up at her office and then a body is found, it is only the beginning of the mysteries that unfold. Why are the girls by themselves? Who are their parents? Who is the dead person? Will Beth’s kidnapper finally be arrested? Will she stay in Alaska? Will Beth learn to fully trust more people in the Benedict community? These are only a few of the questions that must be answered. Beth’s character was well-developed. She continues to be a flawed protagonist that also has shown some growth through making friends and learning to deal with her post traumatic stress disorder, but she still keeps secrets and finds it hard to trust people. Several of the secondary characters gained depth in book two of this series as some secrets are revealed while others continue to add to the enjoyment of the book. There are a large number of characters in this story, but several of them were introduced in book one so it felt like I was catching up with old friends. The author does a great job of portraying the hardships and lack of amenities as well as the friendships, pace of life, the wonders, and the dangers of living in and around small town Alaska. I could easily visualize the town, the people, the road conditions, the cold, the isolation and much more. This is a riveting story that hooked me with the first chapter and kept me interested throughout. It’s suspenseful and there are twists and turns and surprises along the way in an intricate plot that kept me guessing. From the small town residents to the descriptions of Alaska to the various mysteries, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Several themes run through the tale including murder, drug addiction, disappearances, PTSD and much more. Overall, it was a solid mystery that was engaging, suspenseful, fast-paced and compulsively readable. While it does leave one major plot point unresolved, all others were resolved. If you enjoy well-written mysteries, then I recommend you check out this series. The books are best read in order, but there is enough background that COLD WIND could be read as a standalone. I’m looking forward to book three. St. Martin’s Press - Minotaur Books and Paige Shelton provided a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is set for December 1, 2020. This review was originally posted at Mystery and Suspense Magazine.

  2. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Beth Rivers is still hiding out in Alaska because the man who kidnapped her has yet to be apprehended. She is getting more comfortable in her surroundings and is writing again. There was a recent mudslide that has shaken the town up a bit. Two young girls are found. They can hear but they don’t talk. Their mud-covered state leads everyone to believe they have been out in the elements awhile. The mudslide also opened up a path to reveal a house in the woods and a shack with a de Dollycas’s Thoughts Beth Rivers is still hiding out in Alaska because the man who kidnapped her has yet to be apprehended. She is getting more comfortable in her surroundings and is writing again. There was a recent mudslide that has shaken the town up a bit. Two young girls are found. They can hear but they don’t talk. Their mud-covered state leads everyone to believe they have been out in the elements awhile. The mudslide also opened up a path to reveal a house in the woods and a shack with a dead body. The woman is frozen stiff and while it is chilly in Alaska it is not cold enough to freeze a body solid and keep it frozen. Is there a connection between the woman and the girls? or just crazy incidents happening at the same time? Beth is very drawn to the girls and needs answers, so she inserts herself into another investigation that could make living in the lower 48 staying a step ahead of a kidnapper safer than the wild winds blowing through Benedict Alaska. I was thrilled to receive an early copy of the first book in this series, Thin Ice, and have been waiting somewhat impatiently for this book but let me tell you it was worth the wait. Just like Thin Ice, Cold Wind grabbed me right away and the book was impossible to put down. Many authors have a descriptive writing style but Ms. Shelton’s is unique in that she takes us on the scene like we are watching a movie. She is able to paint pictures with her words without getting overly wordy. The scenes came alive in my mind in living color and the story just flowed. There are several suspenseful scenes intermixed with some milder ones but the pages seemed to fly at breakneck speed. I had to know what was going to happen next. I was very impressed with the way Beth is evolving as she remembers more about the trauma she survived that had her landing in Alaska. She really is a strong woman because life in Alaska isn’t easy especially after all she has been through. She is surrounded by a very interesting group of supporting characters. We met several more in this story. Some who escaped to Alaska for their own reasons. Cold Wind actually gave me shivers and chills. Beth Rivers is a powerful character and I am so enthusiastic about this series and to see her story continue. To really appreciate this story you should read Thin Ice first to understand Beth’s journey, plus it is an awesome story too! Look for Cold Wind on my Best Reads of 2020 list.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Wow! about sums up this book. I started thinking it would be an okay read, then as I got further into it, I fell down the rabbit hole! I could not put it down. In spite of not having read the first book (which I have on hold at the library), I literally carried this book everywhere I went! The plotting is amazing. The author kept me spellbound by the cold Alaska wilderness and by the darkness of some of her characters. This book was amazing and I heartily recommend it. Thank you to NetGalley and Wow! about sums up this book. I started thinking it would be an okay read, then as I got further into it, I fell down the rabbit hole! I could not put it down. In spite of not having read the first book (which I have on hold at the library), I literally carried this book everywhere I went! The plotting is amazing. The author kept me spellbound by the cold Alaska wilderness and by the darkness of some of her characters. This book was amazing and I heartily recommend it. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books for the opportunity and pleasure of reading and reviewing this book. I won't be forgetting it anytime soon!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnson

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed the first book in this series about Beth Rivers, mystery novelist, who has moved to very small Benedict, Alaska, to hide out after a traumatic experience that has left her physically and emotionally traumatized. She needs to hide out and heal. I was really looking forward to this second book. Benedict is an interesting setting and full of wonderful characters. The atmosphere is so intriguing and well presented. In this story two lost young girls turn up at Beth's door. 3.5 stars I really enjoyed the first book in this series about Beth Rivers, mystery novelist, who has moved to very small Benedict, Alaska, to hide out after a traumatic experience that has left her physically and emotionally traumatized. She needs to hide out and heal. I was really looking forward to this second book. Benedict is an interesting setting and full of wonderful characters. The atmosphere is so intriguing and well presented. In this story two lost young girls turn up at Beth's door. They do not speak and have not been reported missing. The town springs into action. A dead body is found in an abandoned shed. It has been frozen for years. Who would keep a body frozen and who is it? Beth helps the law investigate and runs into an assortment of characters who live off the grid and are quite quirky. The problem I found is that Beth is quite annoying in this story. First of all, it's weird that the police take her along on the investigations. She blabs things to other residents a lot. She doesn't mind sharing. She breaks into people's homes. She questions people relentlessly. Why would anyone answer her intrusive questions? She puts herself in really dangerous situations. She is really quite annoying in this book. Still there is something likeable about her. It is a wonderful mystery to escape in if you don't use too much logic. Benedict and its citizens are fun. You don't have to have read the first one to enjoy this as the author does a good job of catching you up. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    October in Benedict, Alaska brings 9 hours of daylight. Recent rains caused a mudslide. A woman's frozen body is discovered and two mud covered little girls knock on the door of Beth Rivers office. Beth Rivers came to Alaska to hide. She is a best selling novelist who was stalked, kidnapped, and held in a van for 3 days. Unknown where her kidnapper is. Beth is still staying at the Benedict House, a halfway house which she checked into by mistake. Not that there are a whole lot of places to stay October in Benedict, Alaska brings 9 hours of daylight. Recent rains caused a mudslide. A woman's frozen body is discovered and two mud covered little girls knock on the door of Beth Rivers office. Beth Rivers came to Alaska to hide. She is a best selling novelist who was stalked, kidnapped, and held in a van for 3 days. Unknown where her kidnapper is. Beth is still staying at the Benedict House, a halfway house which she checked into by mistake. Not that there are a whole lot of places to stay in this small remote town. Beth helped her law enforcement grandfather when she was a teenager so police chief Gril uses her skills to assist in his investigation. It's not necessary to read the first book in this series, although I have. The author gives you all the information you need in this one. I am aware of Paige Shelton as a writer of cozy mysteries. This series is similar to a cozy except it has some bad language and a higher level of suspense. I like all of the secondary characters, especially Viola who is Beth's gun toting landlord. The mystery is straightforward with Beth learning more about her kidnapper.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Beth, an author, is still hiding out in a remote area of Alaska from the man who kidnapped/traumatized/brain injured/stress disordered her in her hometown of St Louis. A fiction writer and journalist, she has assumed the local paper and uses its building as a writer's retreat and even uses a typewriter to work on a novel to keep off the grid while staying in a former hotel, now a sort of minimal security women's rehab and only using burner phones. She has confided in the local law and an interes Beth, an author, is still hiding out in a remote area of Alaska from the man who kidnapped/traumatized/brain injured/stress disordered her in her hometown of St Louis. A fiction writer and journalist, she has assumed the local paper and uses its building as a writer's retreat and even uses a typewriter to work on a novel to keep off the grid while staying in a former hotel, now a sort of minimal security women's rehab and only using burner phones. She has confided in the local law and an interesting man who has more than enough secrets of his own. Enter two nonverbal young girls who are frightened and may know something about a body found earlier that day after a major mudslide. Add in some very interesting people who have left the mainstream to enjoy their semi solitude in the wilderness. And another body or two. Absolutely riveting! I loved it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this second book of the series Beth Rivers has decided that Benedict, Alaska has been the perfect place to hide out and plans to continue to do so. The man who kidnapped her and has her running hasn't yet been found and she doesn't feel safe going back to her old life. She is actually falling into a routine and enjoying the new life she is carving out for herself, with the upcoming cold weather though she'll have to see if she can endure it. When a mudslide occurs unveiling a section that has In this second book of the series Beth Rivers has decided that Benedict, Alaska has been the perfect place to hide out and plans to continue to do so. The man who kidnapped her and has her running hasn't yet been found and she doesn't feel safe going back to her old life. She is actually falling into a routine and enjoying the new life she is carving out for herself, with the upcoming cold weather though she'll have to see if she can endure it. When a mudslide occurs unveiling a section that has been hidden for years the town is turned upside down. Two young girls are found wondering around the paper, neither talk so figuring out who they are has become harder. The frozen body of a women is found in shed that the mudslide has uncovered. Figuring out who she is and how she ended up there is another mystery that needs to be solved. Beth starts getting a funny vibe from Randy the local mercantile owner and can't help but wonder if he has anything to do with all the mysteries popping up left and right. Beth can't help her curious nature and decides she needs to look into things, hoping to help figure out.just what is going on. Will she be able to put all the puzzle pieces together before she herself becomes a victim? Dive in and see if you can figure out just what is going on! This is such a wonderful news series that will immediately pull you in and won't let you go until the end. The characters are well developed and easy to relate to, the location is beautiful yet dangerous, and the plot is easy to get lost in. I look forward to the next book!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Cold Wind by Paige Shelton was an absolutely absorbing suspenseful read. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. Ms. Shelton's descriptive writing allowed me to feel as if I was experiencing the wild and remote Alaska setting of Benedict. Beth's character is rapidly developing and I could easily empathize with her mixed feelings as more of her memories come back from her traumatic experience before her move to Alaska. A mystery woman's body is found in a remote storage shack which lea Cold Wind by Paige Shelton was an absolutely absorbing suspenseful read. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. Ms. Shelton's descriptive writing allowed me to feel as if I was experiencing the wild and remote Alaska setting of Benedict. Beth's character is rapidly developing and I could easily empathize with her mixed feelings as more of her memories come back from her traumatic experience before her move to Alaska. A mystery woman's body is found in a remote storage shack which leads Grif, Donner and Beth on a quest to find answers for more than one mystery from the past. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Minotaur Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    COLD WIND, the second book in the Alaska Wild mysteries by Paige Shelton, is another edge-of-your-seat suspenseful read! The author’s descriptions of the remote Alaskan setting and harsh environment adds to the tension. She deftly spins a tale combining the unsolved attack by a stalker on the protagonist, Beth, back in her hometown in St. Louis, along with a murder in her new hideout town in the wilds of Alaska. Adding to the intrigue is the discovery of two young mute girls wandering alone in t COLD WIND, the second book in the Alaska Wild mysteries by Paige Shelton, is another edge-of-your-seat suspenseful read! The author’s descriptions of the remote Alaskan setting and harsh environment adds to the tension. She deftly spins a tale combining the unsolved attack by a stalker on the protagonist, Beth, back in her hometown in St. Louis, along with a murder in her new hideout town in the wilds of Alaska. Adding to the intrigue is the discovery of two young mute girls wandering alone in the rugged landscape. The unfolding of their plight is expertly woven into the mysterious death of a woman who had disappeared several years earlier. This is a series that is best to start with book one since Beth’s memory of the attack is shattered and she slowly remembers fragments of the crime as the story progresses. As her memory gradually comes back and the clues unfold, the chilling plot made it virtually impossible to put the book down. Ms. Shelton has proven, once again, to be a masterful storyteller by writing another intriguing page turner! I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    When I got the first book in this series, I had no idea it wasn't a cozy [as I have read Ms. Shelton's other book series, that are in the Cozy Mystery genre] and was a little hesitant because I am just now getting into the regular mystery genre. And then I started the book and was sucked in and now I am officially hooked [which is just a way of saying that Ms. Shelton knows her way around her genres and knows what and how to write a REALLY good book]. I was so excited to see that the second one When I got the first book in this series, I had no idea it wasn't a cozy [as I have read Ms. Shelton's other book series, that are in the Cozy Mystery genre] and was a little hesitant because I am just now getting into the regular mystery genre. And then I started the book and was sucked in and now I am officially hooked [which is just a way of saying that Ms. Shelton knows her way around her genres and knows what and how to write a REALLY good book]. I was so excited to see that the second one was due and that I got it from NetGalley and I couldn't wait to dive in and immerse myself back in the world of Benedict, Alaska [a place that, for me, is great to read about and one I would never, ever go to]. And this book did not disappoint. I am not sure that I will sleep real well tonight after that last 15%. And that end? Boy-howdy. WHOOSH. I never saw ANY of this coming. NONE. OF. IT. Which is just absolutely glorious. I read a lot of cozies and other "mild" mysteries and so I have gotten good and figuring stuff out - when I cannot, well that book goes to the top of the list and stays there. Beth is a great main character and while her backstory is always there [it kind of has to be], it doesn't always interfere with the here and now [though sometimes it does, but it never feels like a plot device, it just feels like Beth trying to deal with the crap that life has dealt her] and you just keep rooting for her to get ahead and move forward. I love her interaction with Gril and Donner and Viola and Orin and how even though they don't know her well, and she has only been there a short time, they all trust each other [as much as one can, and needs to in the middle of freaking BFE] and as each day passes, she trusts them all a little bit more and that is a good thing. I hope. EEK. CANNOT. GO. THERE. The mystery was good, but there is no way to break this down without a crapload of spoilers, so I will just say that if you are looking for a good read, like grittier mysteries and are fascinated by the wilds of Alaska [I'd prefer to NOT be eaten by a bear, so I am not that into it except by book], then this is the book [and series] for you. I am NOT looking forward to the possible year wait for the next one!!! Thank you to NetGalley, Paige Shelton, and St. Martin Press/Minotaur Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wrenn

    Thin Ice is the first book in this mystery series set in Alaska. I suggest you begin with it first, it sets up this excellent series. Elizabeth Fairchild is the pen name of Beth Rivers, a highly successful mystery writer. She was stalked and kidnapped and her assailant still has not been caught, so she is hiding out in Alaska after her severe trauma. The tiny town of Benedict is really beginning to feel like home to Beth. She is writing again and becoming friends with the residents. After a mudslide Thin Ice is the first book in this mystery series set in Alaska. I suggest you begin with it first, it sets up this excellent series. Elizabeth Fairchild is the pen name of Beth Rivers, a highly successful mystery writer. She was stalked and kidnapped and her assailant still has not been caught, so she is hiding out in Alaska after her severe trauma. The tiny town of Benedict is really beginning to feel like home to Beth. She is writing again and becoming friends with the residents. After a mudslide, two mud covered young girls show up in town. They don't speak, so no one knows what happened to them. The slide also uncovered an area that leads to a previously unknown house and storage shed. A woman's frozen body is found in the shed. Beth helps the investigation, to find out who the victim is, and what happened to her. They must find the answers as the cold winter weather descends upon them. This was a suspenseful and intricately plotted mystery. The characters are delightfully eccentric. Beth has an impulsive personality, it is always interesting to see what she'll do next. I absolutely love the setting, how they must deal with the hardships of the remote area and harsh weather. And the ongoing mystery as to who attacked Beth and why is fascinating. Thank you St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books for the e-ARC via NetGalley.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    As much as I enjoy the cozy mysteries author Paige Shelton has written, I prefer this new Alaska Wild series. Although these books still retain many aspects that cozy readers demand, they are edgier and have a distinctly different tone. There are a lot of components to the mystery in Cold Wind, and I really liked how they all fit together. Readers also learn more about the man who kidnapped Beth in Missouri, and wondering where he's at and what he's up to ratchets up the suspense. Beth is a char As much as I enjoy the cozy mysteries author Paige Shelton has written, I prefer this new Alaska Wild series. Although these books still retain many aspects that cozy readers demand, they are edgier and have a distinctly different tone. There are a lot of components to the mystery in Cold Wind, and I really liked how they all fit together. Readers also learn more about the man who kidnapped Beth in Missouri, and wondering where he's at and what he's up to ratchets up the suspense. Beth is a character who's easy to care about, to feel protective of. She's also got the background to be a first-rate sleuth: not only is she a bestselling thriller writer-- which means she has a tendency to see things differently than the rest of us-- she also worked for her grandfather who was the sheriff of their hometown. Beth sometimes does risky things, and when she's getting ready to do so readers may be rolling their eyes and mentally calling her an idiot, but Shelton lets us in on the character's thought processes. Beth does assess the risks, and she does think things through before she goes ahead. It's this letting readers in on what the character is thinking that makes her such a sympathetic character-- even more so than just knowing what prompted her running away to Alaska. Another thing to like about Shelton's Alaska Wild series is the setting itself. As Beth learns about the land and the people of Benedict, so do readers. A land that's tucked away from the rest of the world. Where cell phones don't work very well and landlines are a must (and sometimes extremely difficult to get to). Of people living off the grid and neighbors allowing them to do so without question. Of a place where people have a tendency to pick and choose the laws they obey. It's a different world up there, and Cold Wind lets readers take a good look at it as Beth becomes accustomed to her surroundings. Yes, Paige Shelton's Alaska Wild series is what I call "more-ish"-- I want more of Alaska, I want more of the people of Benedict, and I want more of Beth Rivers. Trouble is, now I have to wait for the next book. Woe is me! (Review copy courtesy of the publisher and Net Galley)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anne Slater

    Fortunately, having been so engaged by THIN ICE, the first in this series, I was equally impressed by Cold Wind, the second in the series. I read it yesterday and was sorry I didn;t have a couple more to jump right into. I will wait a little while (4 books en route from the library, for only one of which I am #222 out of 272 in line...) before requesting items from another one of her series (I'd been loathe to start them because I found their series titles way too cutesy, but now I'm hooked) Happy Fortunately, having been so engaged by THIN ICE, the first in this series, I was equally impressed by Cold Wind, the second in the series. I read it yesterday and was sorry I didn;t have a couple more to jump right into. I will wait a little while (4 books en route from the library, for only one of which I am #222 out of 272 in line...) before requesting items from another one of her series (I'd been loathe to start them because I found their series titles way too cutesy, but now I'm hooked) Happy New Year my GoodReads Friends! Anne just west of Philadelphia

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natasha | readwithnatasha

    I enjoyed this book! Going into it, I didn't realize it was the second in a series but I wasn't lost at all. There was so much detail from the first book, I wasn't lost at all. The only character that must've been explored more in the first book was her mom. I thought this book was very easy to read and grabbed my attention pretty quickly. It felt like there were 3 different storylines that weren't connected in the beginning so it was fun watching them come together. I enjoyed the setting in Ala I enjoyed this book! Going into it, I didn't realize it was the second in a series but I wasn't lost at all. There was so much detail from the first book, I wasn't lost at all. The only character that must've been explored more in the first book was her mom. I thought this book was very easy to read and grabbed my attention pretty quickly. It felt like there were 3 different storylines that weren't connected in the beginning so it was fun watching them come together. I enjoyed the setting in Alaska. Alaska doesn't seem that distance or far away from the rest of the US, but it's interesting how it actually is. It's so remote and it's possible for people to live off the grid out there. I liked Beth, the main character, but I also felt like she was a little flat as a character. While she is a writer, it was interesting to see how she didn't have too much personality and was more of a reporter, in my opinion. There were times she just gave information instead of reacting with any sort of emotion. I'd give this 3.5 stars out of 5. I enjoyed it and I'd recommend it to people who love mysteries.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    A year ago, I said I loved Paige Shelton’s first mystery set in Alaska featuring Beth Rivers, Thin Ice. I still love the remote setting for this series, Benedict, Alaska. The cast of characters is wonderful. But, Beth Rivers herself drove me nuts in this book. If you had been kidnapped, and held prisoner for three days before escaping, would you wander into empty houses in the woods without telling anyone where you were? I get it that amateur sleuths need to take chances and make discoveries, or A year ago, I said I loved Paige Shelton’s first mystery set in Alaska featuring Beth Rivers, Thin Ice. I still love the remote setting for this series, Benedict, Alaska. The cast of characters is wonderful. But, Beth Rivers herself drove me nuts in this book. If you had been kidnapped, and held prisoner for three days before escaping, would you wander into empty houses in the woods without telling anyone where you were? I get it that amateur sleuths need to take chances and make discoveries, or there wouldn’t be a mystery. But, Beth goes a little too far in this book, in my opinion. Five months earlier, Beth fled St. Louis to hide out, hoping her kidnapper would be found. He hasn’t yet, although a police detective in St. Louis is still looking, and Beth’s crazy mother, Mill, is looking for the kidnapper as well as Beth’s father, who disappeared when Beth was a child. Beth is hiding out, running the local newspaper, and living in Benedict House, a halfway house for female felons. She accidentally booked it when she was trying to find a place to live. Beth is working at the newspaper office one day when two girls, about 8 or 9, show up at the door. They’re muddy, and they can’t speak. She takes them back to Benedict House, and they’re cleaned up before she notifies Gril, the police chief. But, he has another situation on his hands as well. It seems a recent mudslide has shaken up the world around Benedict. Not only did two unidentified muddy girls show up, but a woman’s frozen corpse has been found. Beth is convinced the history of the town, a fire, missing women, the two children, and a couple bodies are all connected somehow, and the mudslide shook everything loose. It also shook loose some of her memories of her kidnapping, especially after Mill puts a name to the man. Now, after she hits her head, Beth sees the man’s face when she runs into strange men she doesn’t know. How long can the mystery of Beth’s kidnapper continue in the series? Not long, if she continues to take stupid steps by walking into buildings she presumes are empty. Maybe one man isn’t home, but when a shed falls on her, she knows she shouldn’t have been there in the first place. I’ll read the third in this series. I’ve loved Paige Shelton’s books and her writing for quite a while. But, Beth needs to heed the advice of the people who live there. She needs to stop following some wild hair idea, stop wandering off without telling anyone where she’s going. She might have survived Cold Wind, but that doesn’t mean readers will like her actions. I know I thought it was one more example of an amateur sleuth being Too Stupid to Live at times.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bea

    I requested this for review then requested book one from my library. I think, though, that it would work fine if you jumped in with this one. Book one wowed me; it was suspenseful, engrossing, and had intriguing characters. "Cold Wind" didn't wow me but I liked it, and I'm on board to read book three, if there is one. I hope there will be. The setting, an isolated small town in rural Alaska, was fascinating; the characters interesting, if sometimes overly quirky; and the writing engaging. Now, th I requested this for review then requested book one from my library. I think, though, that it would work fine if you jumped in with this one. Book one wowed me; it was suspenseful, engrossing, and had intriguing characters. "Cold Wind" didn't wow me but I liked it, and I'm on board to read book three, if there is one. I hope there will be. The setting, an isolated small town in rural Alaska, was fascinating; the characters interesting, if sometimes overly quirky; and the writing engaging. Now, the story did drag at times, and I just don't buy the motivations and behavior of some of the suspects and guilty parties. Honestly, while the mysteries were interesting, the solutions were weak and not entirely plausible. What did engage me was Beth's recovery journey and her mother's antics. It was engrossing getting into Beth's head and seeing and feeling her thoughts and emotions. She's trying to regain her memory, navigate this new environment she's living in, re-learn how to trust people, and get back her writing mojo. Beth is fascinating and full of flaws. So is her mother; she's on a hunt for Beth's kidnapper and nothing slows her down. Not even pesky things like laws. I fully expect her to be arrested at any time. She loves Beth fiercely though and will do anything to protect her daughter. Meanwhile, Beth helps with the local investigations, sometimes with the blessing of the police and sometimes not. The book was a mix of cozy mystery, police procedural, and suspense. Beth did work as a police secretary and dispatcher many years ago and the Benedict police chief sometimes asks for her help but he also tells her when to back off. She doesn't always listen though. Her behavior was questionable at times; she shared info freely, broke into houses, grilled people, and didn't always think before acting. All of this did help with the various investigations but I have to wonder how well some of it will hold up in court when the cases get there. Yes, I know they are fictional but I can't help but wonder. Overall, "Cold Wind" was interesting, exciting, and engaging. While the plausibility was weak and the pacing occasionally erratic, Shelton kept me engaged and intrigues. I do hope there will be more in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    COLD WIND is a suspenseful tale of murder and mystery set in a harsh Alaskan backdrop. Author Shelton’s descriptive writing draws readers in from the first page. An array of quirky characters and three interwoven storylines come together to make an engrossing read. Protagonist Beth, still dealing with the demons of her past, is settling into her temporary home in Benedict, Alaska, hiding from her kidnapper. When the frozen body of a woman is found after a recent mudslide and two mute girls arriv COLD WIND is a suspenseful tale of murder and mystery set in a harsh Alaskan backdrop. Author Shelton’s descriptive writing draws readers in from the first page. An array of quirky characters and three interwoven storylines come together to make an engrossing read. Protagonist Beth, still dealing with the demons of her past, is settling into her temporary home in Benedict, Alaska, hiding from her kidnapper. When the frozen body of a woman is found after a recent mudslide and two mute girls arrive on Beth’s doorstep, Beth finds herself drawn into the investigation. She does some unsavory things and faces danger in the name of sleuthing, but her heart is always in the right place. The pace of the story is brisk with clues doled out sparingly to keep readers guessing. I really enjoyed COLD WIND and look forward to reading more of Beth and Benedict. I gratefully received an ARC of this title from Minotaur Books and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Cold Wind by Paige Shelton is the 2nd book in the Alaska Wild Mysteries series, and it was great. Beth Rivers escaped to a small town in Alaska to hide and recover from a recent attack, and until her attacker is caught. While working one night, Beth hears a knock on the door, than a strange sound. When she opens the door, two mud covered little girls are there, and neither one of them speaks. Next a women's frozen body is found frozen in a shed. Who are these girls and who is the women? I love t Cold Wind by Paige Shelton is the 2nd book in the Alaska Wild Mysteries series, and it was great. Beth Rivers escaped to a small town in Alaska to hide and recover from a recent attack, and until her attacker is caught. While working one night, Beth hears a knock on the door, than a strange sound. When she opens the door, two mud covered little girls are there, and neither one of them speaks. Next a women's frozen body is found frozen in a shed. Who are these girls and who is the women? I love this book, and am anxiously waiting the next book in the series. There are so many twists and turns that kept me reading until the end. If you are looking for an exciting and spooky book, I strongly recommend this book/series, you will not be disappointed. The first book Thin Ice is also excellent. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Motto

    Benedict is Alaska’s version of Cabot Cove, Maine and Beth Rivers is their Jessica Fletcher. If you can get behind this idea, then sit back and enjoy Paige Shelton’s second entry into her Alaska series, A Cold Wind. Beth Rivers, still on the run from her past, helps the local police in solving murders. Although she only has a modicum of police background, she does have good instincts and often thinks of the things the police might not. The book brings Alaska’s harshness to life and each characte Benedict is Alaska’s version of Cabot Cove, Maine and Beth Rivers is their Jessica Fletcher. If you can get behind this idea, then sit back and enjoy Paige Shelton’s second entry into her Alaska series, A Cold Wind. Beth Rivers, still on the run from her past, helps the local police in solving murders. Although she only has a modicum of police background, she does have good instincts and often thinks of the things the police might not. The book brings Alaska’s harshness to life and each character has his own interesting backstory which is being revealed slowly. Beth’s story is particularly interesting and the author let’s us know just enough to keep the suspense humming along. Fun read, likeable characters and great setting. I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    Paige Shelton book two in her Alaska Wild Mysteries series keeps readers going as Beth isn't ready to move forward. The author is able to keep readers up to date even if this is your first time reading her books. The story is easy read with a mystery that will keep readers wanting more from Paige Shelton. At times readers will wonder if they are reading a different story as the book has three different story lines going on but soon the readers is able to tie everything together bring the story to Paige Shelton book two in her Alaska Wild Mysteries series keeps readers going as Beth isn't ready to move forward. The author is able to keep readers up to date even if this is your first time reading her books. The story is easy read with a mystery that will keep readers wanting more from Paige Shelton. At times readers will wonder if they are reading a different story as the book has three different story lines going on but soon the readers is able to tie everything together bring the story to a amazing end. Thank you to Netgalley for the advance copy of Paige Shelton Cold Wind.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy

    This is the second book in the Alaska Wild Mystery Series. I'm just a sucker for any kind of crime fiction or mystery set in cold weather climates. Ms. Shelton does a great job with this book. It was one of those "I-read-until-2 am-to-finish-it books. Well worth your time! I thoroughly enjoyed it!!! This is the second book in the Alaska Wild Mystery Series. I'm just a sucker for any kind of crime fiction or mystery set in cold weather climates. Ms. Shelton does a great job with this book. It was one of those "I-read-until-2 am-to-finish-it books. Well worth your time! I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    I love the series so far. It is great escapism and holy crap balls do we need it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl B

    This is a good one. This series is getting better as we get to know the people in Benedict, Alaska. Beautiful cover art.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    This was my introduction to Paige Shelton’s books. Where have I been? The reason given for Beth Rivers being allowed to tag along for so much of the investigation is thin. I still give this five stars because it is crafted in a way that just keeps you reading. Perfectly fine to be read without reading Thin Ice first, but I do plan to go back and read it to find out what exactly happened in Beth’s past that brought her to Benedict, Alaska. Also, looking forward to the next one to see what happens This was my introduction to Paige Shelton’s books. Where have I been? The reason given for Beth Rivers being allowed to tag along for so much of the investigation is thin. I still give this five stars because it is crafted in a way that just keeps you reading. Perfectly fine to be read without reading Thin Ice first, but I do plan to go back and read it to find out what exactly happened in Beth’s past that brought her to Benedict, Alaska. Also, looking forward to the next one to see what happens next. *Thanks to Jenn McKinlay who purchased this book from The Poisoned Pen and chose me the winner of a Facebook live giveaway.*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    I received a complimentary copy of COLD WIND by Paige Shelton. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books for the chance to read and provide an honest review. COLD WIND is the second book in Paige Shelton’s Alaska Wilds Mysteries series and it picks up shortly after the first book, THIN ICE ends. Beth Rivers is settling into her new life in Benedict, Alaska having left her old life behind in the wake of having been kidnapped, injured and traumatized. She has taken on the task I received a complimentary copy of COLD WIND by Paige Shelton. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books for the chance to read and provide an honest review. COLD WIND is the second book in Paige Shelton’s Alaska Wilds Mysteries series and it picks up shortly after the first book, THIN ICE ends. Beth Rivers is settling into her new life in Benedict, Alaska having left her old life behind in the wake of having been kidnapped, injured and traumatized. She has taken on the task of reporting the news to the small local community. When a mudslide hits near the town, the landscape is changed and new mysteries are brought to light. Two young girls appear at Beth’s door out of the wilderness and more secrets are uncovered in the woods, including a dead and frozen body. Beth’s history of helping out the police and her own investigative instincts lead her to investigate. I really enjoyed THIN ICE last year, so was excited to get a copy of the newest series installment. Just as with the first book, I found this one easy to settle into and perfectly paired with hot cocoa on a cool night. While the author does a good job of reintroducing the characters and the setting, I would suggest starting with book one even though it isn’t necessary. The characters are an interesting mix, down to earth and quirky with plenty of potential suspects at hand. As with the first book there are multiple mysteries going on. The new stories introduced in this novel are wrapped up to a good conclusion and progress is made on the series’ overarching mystery of why Beth was kidnapped, though answers are clearly still to come in future books. I really enjoyed this read and it is going to be a perfect mystery for a cozy December evening! Keep an eye out for this one when it publishes on December 8, 2020!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hill

    Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on December 1st, 2020. Plot: 4/5 Characters: 3.5/5 Writing: 3/5 I enjoyed this book — the first Paige Shelton book for me (although it looks like she has written a ton of mysteries across multiple series). I’m a sucker for interesting settings, and I love reading stories that take place in the more remote parts of Alaska. The writing was decent, the Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on December 1st, 2020. Plot: 4/5 Characters: 3.5/5 Writing: 3/5 I enjoyed this book — the first Paige Shelton book for me (although it looks like she has written a ton of mysteries across multiple series). I’m a sucker for interesting settings, and I love reading stories that take place in the more remote parts of Alaska. The writing was decent, the characters interesting enough for me to care, and I found the plot intricate and not terribly predictable. I was particularly happy that the book didn’t have a lot of filler which is something I find in a lot of genre fiction — especially when the authors are on their umpteenth episode and appear to have run out of fresh ideas. This was fun, I read it quickly, and I was able to read it at night (not an edge-of-your-seat thriller which is absolutely fine with me!) This was number two in her Alaska series — I haven’t read number one and was able to figure everything out just fine (but may go back and read the first!)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book

    I really enjoy this series. Beth is such a unique character, damaged and hiding in Alaska she always manages to stumble onto murder. As a writer of twisted stories Beth was abducted and suffered a severe head trauma. Unable to cope she decides to go where she believes no one will find her. I love the off the grid feel of this Alaskan town, the characters in the town fascinate me and I love how the author portrays Beth. In this second book she is remembering more and more and I feel like we are g I really enjoy this series. Beth is such a unique character, damaged and hiding in Alaska she always manages to stumble onto murder. As a writer of twisted stories Beth was abducted and suffered a severe head trauma. Unable to cope she decides to go where she believes no one will find her. I love the off the grid feel of this Alaskan town, the characters in the town fascinate me and I love how the author portrays Beth. In this second book she is remembering more and more and I feel like we are going to get to her revelation soon. I love the build up and I can’t wait for the next book. This series is a new favorite of mine. All the while she is solving a current conundrum she’s dealing with new developments back home from her abduction. And her mother is a hoot and going off the rails. And who left the note...man I am so excited for the next book. I highly recommend this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Read All About It

    Alaska is like a whole other world to most of us and Beth Rivers it’s her sanctuary. She was attacked and came to Benedict, Alaska to hide from the man who kidnapped her. Drawn into a murder investigation she uses her deductive skills help solve the crime. This is a great mystery who done it that keeps you guessing until the very end. Lots of atmosphere and unique.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This is the second book in Paige Shelton’s series about thriller writer Elizabeth Fairchild, now in hiding in tiny Benedict, Alaska as Beth Rivers, after being kidnapped by a crazed fan. Elizabeth/Beth lives in a halfway house and appreciates the privacy she finds in the Alaskan wild, a place that truly seems to be its own country, existing without a real nod to the rules and regulations more common in the lower 48. Shelton, the author of four other cozier series than this one, is a real pro at This is the second book in Paige Shelton’s series about thriller writer Elizabeth Fairchild, now in hiding in tiny Benedict, Alaska as Beth Rivers, after being kidnapped by a crazed fan. Elizabeth/Beth lives in a halfway house and appreciates the privacy she finds in the Alaskan wild, a place that truly seems to be its own country, existing without a real nod to the rules and regulations more common in the lower 48. Shelton, the author of four other cozier series than this one, is a real pro at narrative, pacing, and character. These skills easily transfer to this series which is a bit darker in tone, and fits in more with work by writers like Ellen Hart, Jane Haddam and Julia Spencer-Fleming. Beth is the “editor” of the tiny local paper, working out of a shack where she is able to filch wi-fi from the local library. While she does put a paper together she also uses the office to continue writing her novels, though no one in town knows what she’s up to, though several, including the librarian, Orin, guess that there’s plenty she’s not telling. In Alaska, though, no one pries into another’s business – except, of course, Beth. Beth suffers from PTSD and bears a scar on her head from her kidnapping, a scar which gives her pain and keeps her in close contact with the local doctor. It doesn’t hurt for her to live in the local halfway house where she’s watched over a bit by its proprietor, the gruff and watchful Viola. As the book opens, Viola has taken on a new resident, a recovering addict named Ellen. When Ellen arrives, she’s in full withdrawal mode and is exceedingly hostile, to the point of being a little dangerous. The element which truly kicks off this fast paced story is a mudslide, a mudslide which uncovers some hidden secrets (including a body) and finds two girls, covered in mud and unable to speak, at Beth’s office door. She takes them to the authorities where they are cared for until their father is found. He takes them back home, but Beth has bonded with the two girls and can’t seem to let them go. Meanwhile, the mudslide has uncovered a frozen body in a shed near the home of the owner of “the mercantile,” Randy. Because Beth has been helpful on an investigation in the first book (Thin Ice) and because she has bonded with the two mysterious girls, she’s allowed along on some of the official investigation and makes some more discoveries on her own. The story, the setting, and the characters all unfold organically and naturally into one another as the mudslide reveals more and more secrets about some of the residents of Benedict. Shelton is an incredibly vivid and gifted story teller, and I was totally drawn into both Beth’s investigation and the mystery as well as her ongoing fear of her kidnapper (who has not been caught) and the personal and psychological ramifications that has for her. I was fascinated by the way people in Alaska accept many things, not least of all the weather, which is a factor in several white knuckle driving episodes in the book. It turned out to be Shelton’s version of letting her character venture-into-a-dark-house on her own, despite reasonable warnings not to do so. It was believable, though, and since most of us have had a less extreme version of this driving in a snowstorm experience, very relatable. This book is a real standout. Shelton’s storytelling skills are top notch and I was glued to my reading seat as I followed Beth’s story. There’s no doubt Beth is in for a long haul in Alaska, and I hope this series is in for a long haul as well.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review of the book. This series is really growing on me. In the first novel, I noted that the protagonist seemed to have too many convenient life experiences and characteristics to make her totally three-dimensional and I still feel that to a degree. But, also like I found in the first book, the secondary characters are really wonderful. The setting is intriguing and the cast of characters keeps you coming back for Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review of the book. This series is really growing on me. In the first novel, I noted that the protagonist seemed to have too many convenient life experiences and characteristics to make her totally three-dimensional and I still feel that to a degree. But, also like I found in the first book, the secondary characters are really wonderful. The setting is intriguing and the cast of characters keeps you coming back for more. One thing that has really piqued my interest in this series is that we explore not only the mysteries that lurk in Beth's past (both that of catching her attacker and finding out what happened to her father), but the other characters also have secrets in their pasts that the reader wants to learn about. (We're told early that many of the people who populate this small, Alaskan town have come here to hide.) Plus, of course, there is a mystery of sorts that needs to be resolved in each entry. In this book, the mystery that Beth investigates is solid. It's a little convoluted towards the end, but it still works. Because I won't be getting another entry in this series for at least a year, I'm going to include some notes here for my next reading: if you haven't read this book, I suggest you stop reading now. Okay, here's the run down. We have made a little progress on the search for Beth's attacker. Her mom has somehow found him--his name is Travis, we know now--and she shot him in the leg coming out a Piggly Wiggly (great detail). He gets away and she goes on the run. At the very end of the book, someone--unknown--has let themselves into Beth's writing shack and left her an address for this Travis dude. We also know from this novel that Travis knew Beth's dad through work; Beth's grandfather, the sheriff, told her dad to stay away from Travis, that Travis was involved in drugs. Travis met Beth when she was a little kid--he was a creeper even then. Somehow all this is connected. We get a couple new characters in this book. Ellen has come to stay at Benedict House. She's a recovering drug addict (pain pills led to her addiction). She seems like she'll be another regular. She's working on getting clean and is apparently a great baker (I see a bakery moving into Benedict in the future). We also meet Tex--he seems interesting. He's T'lingit and has adopted two little girls (their story is central to this novel's mystery). Love interest for Beth . Orin is still interesting. He gets stabbed in this one--and we find out he was also shot in the spine and stabbed in the past as well. What DID he do before coming to Benedict? Oh, and Gril lost his wife and we see a bit more about the struggles he's facing from this loss--though we still don't know the details of her death. All in all, I recommend this series. I'd suggest starting with the first because the character development is definitely one of the strengths of the series, but you could probably read this one as a standalone with no problems. I look forward to the continuation of the series!

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