Dead of Winter (Lily Dale Mystery #3)
Just as a murderer dumps his corpse into the lake across Valley View in Lily Dale, Bella Jordan happens to be at her window, not quite realizing what she's seeing. Unbeknownst to her, the killer spots her silhouette and prowls straight to her door. That is, until he's interrupted by a black cat. A superstitious gambler, he takes off, but Bella's seen too much, and he vows to return. Jiffy Arden, a neighborhood kid looking for the black cat and stumbling across the killer, begins to have premonitions of being kidnapped during the season's first snowstorm. Sure enough, when it strikes, he vanishes, never arriving home from the bus stop. While her son, Max, believes Jiffy has been kidnapped, Bella is convinced he's just wandered off as he typically does... until a body shows up in the lake. Now everyone is pulling out all the stops to find the missing child, identify the victim, and collar the killer. And fast, because he's coming for Bella next in Dead of Winter.

Dead of Winter (Lily Dale Mystery #3) Details

TitleDead of Winter (Lily Dale Mystery #3)
Author
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
ISBN-139781683313335
Rating
GenreMystery, Adult Fiction, Fiction

Dead of Winter (Lily Dale Mystery #3) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Bella Jordan just happened by her window in her home, Valley View in Lily Dale, when a murderer was dumping a corpse in the remote lake close by. The killer spotted Bella and thinking he had been seen he heads straight to her door when he comes across a young boy chasing a black cat through the neighborhood. Getting scared away that he would be discovered Bella escapes the danger she didn't know was lurking outside her home. Jiffy Arden, Bella's son's young friend, who had been searching for the Bella Jordan just happened by her window in her home, Valley View in Lily Dale, when a murderer was dumping a corpse in the remote lake close by. The killer spotted Bella and thinking he had been seen he heads straight to her door when he comes across a young boy chasing a black cat through the neighborhood. Getting scared away that he would be discovered Bella escapes the danger she didn't know was lurking outside her home. Jiffy Arden, Bella's son's young friend, who had been searching for the roaming cat and had run into the mysterious man begins to have premonitions that he is going to be kidnapped during the season's first snowstorm. When that snowstorm arrives Jiffy disappears just as his vision suggested never arriving home after school when dropped off at the bus stop. The adults at first think Jiffy has just wandered off as he tends to do but Bella's son Max is determined Jiffy's vision has come true. Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub is the third book in the Lily Dale Mystery series. This series seems to be a bit of a cozy mystery type of read that takes place in Lily Dale which seems to be inhabited by those that are psychics and mediums giving it a bit of a fantasy vibe to the books. I didn't realize that this one was part of a series when picking it up and to be honest felt a bit lost starting out as it jumps right in with characters that were probably introduced in earlier books so there was a lot of trying to figure out who was who and who had the ability to do what in the story which brought the enjoyment down a bit for me right from the start. Once getting into the book I did enjoy what the author was trying to do with giving a twist to the story but it did often become a bit weird to have so many characters with visions and channeling and doing various other things. The story would sometimes seem a bit jumbled with all that was going on but I did begin to enjoy the characters as it went on so it kept my interest. If I'd started this one from book one it's possible I would have been completely hooked but as it was this one became one that ended up just being and OK read to me when it was all over. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    Lily Dale is a small community, unique in that most of the residents are psychics and mediums who all have such quirky personalities.Bella Jordan happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time ... she hears a man's dying scream and then she sees his body floating in from the lake when he was dumped. The killer looks up and sees her in the window ... and he immediately thinks to silence her.But Jiffy happens to be in the way of the killer and begins to have visions of being kidnapped. And dur Lily Dale is a small community, unique in that most of the residents are psychics and mediums who all have such quirky personalities.Bella Jordan happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time ... she hears a man's dying scream and then she sees his body floating in from the lake when he was dumped. The killer looks up and sees her in the window ... and he immediately thinks to silence her.But Jiffy happens to be in the way of the killer and begins to have visions of being kidnapped. And during the first snowstorm of the season, Jiffy leaves school one day and disappears.With all the psychics available, one would think they could "see" what happened to the boy. But that doesn't happen. Everyone seems to be frantic with worry and do everything in their power to find the boy.As a part of the Lily Dale series, DEAD OF WINTER was somewhat disappointing. The premise was good, most of the characters were solid, but there were areas of repetitive conversation and a little boring. Max and Jiffy were wonderful ... how can you not like 2 very young boys with their energy and inquisitiveness. Add to them a couple of cats, maybe a dog and at least you walk away with a smile.This is certainly not the best of this series, but I have read some of the author's earlier books and enjoyed them immensely.Many thanks to the author / Crooked Lane Books / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: November 7, 2017 Genre: Mystery. Thriller. Suspense. Dead of Winter is another gratifying read by one of my favorite authors. Filled with quirky and likable characters, readers are going to want to be a part of this small town even though there is something shady going on... Like a murder and disappearance! With every step of the way being filled with more tension, readers are going to gobble this one up! It's a taught thriller with a fantastic story line.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to be granted an advanced copy of this novel, which is part of the Lily Dale Mystery series. When I requested the book, I wasn’t aware it was a series’ entry. But it stands alone well so that wasn’t a problem. Bella and her young son live in a community inhabited by a large number of psychics, but she’s not one of them. One day Bella hears a weird noise and the next day a corpse in a bag washes up on shore. Then a series of inexplicable happenings plague the neighborhood. A li I was lucky enough to be granted an advanced copy of this novel, which is part of the Lily Dale Mystery series. When I requested the book, I wasn’t aware it was a series’ entry. But it stands alone well so that wasn’t a problem. Bella and her young son live in a community inhabited by a large number of psychics, but she’s not one of them. One day Bella hears a weird noise and the next day a corpse in a bag washes up on shore. Then a series of inexplicable happenings plague the neighborhood. A little boy disappears, another body is found, and Bella hears things she can’t explain. The book reads fast and smooth. Those who prefer series will be drawn in enough to read more of these books. The tension is straight up taut. Bella as a narrator works well.
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  • Dsbook
    January 1, 1970
    I read the first Lily Dale series years ago and loved them. I was happy to see that she is continuing the series about this town. These books have described the town in such detail that it makes me want to visit there. I really like the characters and will be watching for the next book in this series
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Wendy Corsi Staub for as long as I can remember and a Dead of Winter did not disappoint.Dead of Winter is the third book in the adult Lily Dale Mystery series. I have not read the other two so at the beginning I was a little lost in trying to figure out who belonged to whom and who could do what but once I got that down pat the book took off. Bella, moved to Lily Dale with her son after her husband died. Lily Dale is a town centered around the world of mediums. Bella has a h I have been a fan of Wendy Corsi Staub for as long as I can remember and a Dead of Winter did not disappoint.Dead of Winter is the third book in the adult Lily Dale Mystery series. I have not read the other two so at the beginning I was a little lost in trying to figure out who belonged to whom and who could do what but once I got that down pat the book took off. Bella, moved to Lily Dale with her son after her husband died. Lily Dale is a town centered around the world of mediums. Bella has a hard time believing in the world of mediums. On a cold, dark night as she is looking out her window at the lake, she sees a mysterious light and a few minutes later hears what thinks is a human scream. The next morning she finds a body wrapped in a tarp washed upon the shore in her backyard. Is the body a local? Who killed this person? Should she worry that the killer is still lurking around? Can Bella solve the crime before tragedy affects her family once again?This was a toe-curling, gripping read. I am already looking for the first two books in the series.Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy in exchange for a review in my own words.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    I am new to the Lily Dale series, but I was fascinated by the characters and their interactions with each other and with Spirit. In this story, Bella unknowingly becomes witness to a murderer disposing of his victim's body in the lake. But the murder isn't the only thing happening in the town. Bella's son, Max, spends most of his time with his best friend, Jiffy, a child that Bella feels is largely left unsupervised by his mother, Misty, a professed psychic. And when the unimaginable happens and I am new to the Lily Dale series, but I was fascinated by the characters and their interactions with each other and with Spirit. In this story, Bella unknowingly becomes witness to a murderer disposing of his victim's body in the lake. But the murder isn't the only thing happening in the town. Bella's son, Max, spends most of his time with his best friend, Jiffy, a child that Bella feels is largely left unsupervised by his mother, Misty, a professed psychic. And when the unimaginable happens and Jiffy disappears, the police just assume that he has run away. But Misty is sure that he was kidnapped...at least that seems to be the message that Spirit has sent Misty. And Bella is starting to wonder if there is any connection with the murder, especially after another dead body turns up. There is a lot happening in this story, including possible ghostly messages to Bella...the biggest nonbeliever in the town. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book received through NetGalley.
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  • Jacque
    January 1, 1970
    Set in the village of Lily Dale, where most residents are mediums, a body is found in the lake and a little boy goes missing during a blizzard. Bella lives in the Valley View inn with her son Max, but doesn't really believe in the mediums. But then she starts hearing music and a cat meowing...when none is there. Max's best friend, Jiffy, is the child who disappears. He sees the Spirit and tells Max that he will be kidnapped during a snowstorm. Has Jiffy simply wandered off? Or has he been kidnap Set in the village of Lily Dale, where most residents are mediums, a body is found in the lake and a little boy goes missing during a blizzard. Bella lives in the Valley View inn with her son Max, but doesn't really believe in the mediums. But then she starts hearing music and a cat meowing...when none is there. Max's best friend, Jiffy, is the child who disappears. He sees the Spirit and tells Max that he will be kidnapped during a snowstorm. Has Jiffy simply wandered off? Or has he been kidnapped? Is his disappearance related to the murders? Bella is coming to terms with the death of her husband the last Christmas, and dealing with moving on. A good addition to the Lily Dale mysteries.
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  • natalie
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited when I received my copy of Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub from Goodreads that I immediately began to read it. First of all, always my thanks to Goodreads for allowing me to win this book.I actually love this author's books and looked forward to this new one, but I really didn't care for this book at all. I'm not fan of mediums and/or psychics and that could be part of the reason it didn't appeal to me. However, it also did not move along well; sort of stalled and kept repea I was so excited when I received my copy of Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub from Goodreads that I immediately began to read it. First of all, always my thanks to Goodreads for allowing me to win this book.I actually love this author's books and looked forward to this new one, but I really didn't care for this book at all. I'm not fan of mediums and/or psychics and that could be part of the reason it didn't appeal to me. However, it also did not move along well; sort of stalled and kept repeating things instead of moving the story along. However, the characters and murder and kidnapping of the young boy were a great storyline. I just didn't like the way it was presented.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    A fun mystery. Bella Jordan moves to an unusual town after the death of her husband. Being a single mom isn't easy and she is always busting her tail to make ends meet for her son and herself to survive. Her son Max becomes close friends with a boy named Jiffy. They are inseparable. BFF's! They get into a lot of mischief and Jiffy's colorful character takes all the residents of Lily Dale for quite a wild ride.I do have to ask, what happened to the 4 stolen rings? It was never brought up and I th A fun mystery. Bella Jordan moves to an unusual town after the death of her husband. Being a single mom isn't easy and she is always busting her tail to make ends meet for her son and herself to survive. Her son Max becomes close friends with a boy named Jiffy. They are inseparable. BFF's! They get into a lot of mischief and Jiffy's colorful character takes all the residents of Lily Dale for quite a wild ride.I do have to ask, what happened to the 4 stolen rings? It was never brought up and I thought that was unusual.....
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This is book 3 of a nice suspense series, A Lily Dale Mystery. It's not a cozy and has some violence set among a community of psychics and spiritualists. A young boy disappears and people are thinking the worst. Bella sees a strange light outside her window and a murderer see's her inside assuming she has witnessed his crime. Everyone thinks the two crimes are related and police are frantic searching for the missing boy who is a friend of Bella's son. Lots of suspense and a reuniting with lots o This is book 3 of a nice suspense series, A Lily Dale Mystery. It's not a cozy and has some violence set among a community of psychics and spiritualists. A young boy disappears and people are thinking the worst. Bella sees a strange light outside her window and a murderer see's her inside assuming she has witnessed his crime. Everyone thinks the two crimes are related and police are frantic searching for the missing boy who is a friend of Bella's son. Lots of suspense and a reuniting with lots of the Lily Dale characters.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Jiffy Arden is in the thick of things in Dead of Winter. A wandering six-year old who has spirit guides, he tells his best friend Max he is going to be kidnapped. Sure enough he disappears during a blizzard. Bella Jordan, not quite a non-believer, witnesses something odd and the next day she finds a body near the lake and that’s when Jiffy disappears. Jiffy’s mother Misty is a medium, but not a very good one and she is casual about caring for him. With a blizzard raging, a child missing and a po Jiffy Arden is in the thick of things in Dead of Winter. A wandering six-year old who has spirit guides, he tells his best friend Max he is going to be kidnapped. Sure enough he disappears during a blizzard. Bella Jordan, not quite a non-believer, witnesses something odd and the next day she finds a body near the lake and that’s when Jiffy disappears. Jiffy’s mother Misty is a medium, but not a very good one and she is casual about caring for him. With a blizzard raging, a child missing and a possible killer on the loose, no one is safe.
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  • Barbara Ann
    January 1, 1970
    I rate this book at 31/2 stars. It’s a simple read. All the paranormal stuff written in the book is done in such away that it makes the book not very believable. I was expecting a more serious mystery. The book was kind of all over the place for me. However, it makes for a quick cozy mystery and there are some funny scenes. Jiffy was very funny.Received an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    This was not my favorite book by Wendy Staub. Probably if I had read the other books in the series before I read this one, I would have enjoyed more. I loved Jiffy and Max. And I like Bella. Several of the residents are quite quirky. Actually the entire town may be. LOL. If you like Spirit, give it a try, it may be your favorite book.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I chose this one because it takes place in Lily Dale, the New York hamlet of spiritualists and mediums. What better place to set a mystery than in a community of spiritualists and mediums? Light reading, but kind of fun.
  • Illustrious Illusions
    January 1, 1970
    a fast paced story with good characters. sadly, nothing overall exciting for me but still an enjoyable read.
  • WHPL Reference
    January 1, 1970
    Find it at the West Hempstead Public Library http://encore.alisweb.org/iii/encore/...
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