Thin Ice (Alaska Wild Mysteries #1)
First in a new series set in Alaska from beloved author Paige Shelton, Thin Ice will chill your bones. Beth Rivers is on the run – she’s doing the only thing she could think of to keep herself safe. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, she had become the subject of a fanatic’s obsession. After being held in a van for three days by her kidnapper, Levi Brooks, Beth managed to escape, and until he is captured, she's got to get away. Cold and remote, Alaska seems tailor-made for her to hideout.Beth’s new home in Alaska is sparsely populated with people who all seem to be running or hiding from something, and though she accidentally booked a room at a halfway house, she feels safer than she’s felt since Levi took her. That is, until she’s told about a local death that’s a suspected murder. Could the death of Linda Rafferty have anything to do with her horror at the hands of Levi Brooks?As Beth navigates her way through the wilds of her new home, her memories of her time in the van are coming back, replaying the terror and the fear—and threatening to keep her from healing, from reclaiming her old life again. Can she get back to normal, will she ever truly feel safe, and can she help solve the local mystery, if only so she doesn’t have to think about her own?

Thin Ice (Alaska Wild Mysteries #1) Details

TitleThin Ice (Alaska Wild Mysteries #1)
Author
ReleaseDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250295217
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

Thin Ice (Alaska Wild Mysteries #1) Review

  • PamG
    January 1, 1970
    Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a well-written suspense novel. The story is set in Alaska and centers around Beth Rivers, a successful thriller writer. She was kidnapped by a fanatic fan, escaped from him, but sustained a brain injury and she cannot remember what he looks like. While the police are still looking for him, she decides to recover and hide in Alaska until he is captured. While there she gets involved in an investigation of the death of one of the small town’s inhabitants.This is a Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a well-written suspense novel. The story is set in Alaska and centers around Beth Rivers, a successful thriller writer. She was kidnapped by a fanatic fan, escaped from him, but sustained a brain injury and she cannot remember what he looks like. While the police are still looking for him, she decides to recover and hide in Alaska until he is captured. While there she gets involved in an investigation of the death of one of the small town’s inhabitants.This is a suspenseful and riveting story that hooked me with the first paragraph and kept me interested throughout. From the small town residents to the descriptions of Alaska to the various mysteries, I thoroughly enjoyed the story.Beth’s character was well-developed for a first novel in a series as well as those of several of the town’s residents. Secrets are numerous and add to the enjoyment of the book.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 other items were resolved. This is the first book in the Alaska Wild series and I look forward to reading the next one.Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Paige Shelton for a 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.
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a totally new direction for Ms. Shelton. I have enjoyed several of her cozy mystery series so I was intrigued to read this suspense story. I am so glad that I did because I was pulled into the story from the first page.Ms. Shelton's descriptive writing made me feel like I was with Beth Rivers throughout the story. Benedict, AK became so real to me as I read that I felt like I could find it on a map of Alaska. Beth's character is well developed in this book and Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a totally new direction for Ms. Shelton. I have enjoyed several of her cozy mystery series so I was intrigued to read this suspense story. I am so glad that I did because I was pulled into the story from the first page.Ms. Shelton's descriptive writing made me feel like I was with Beth Rivers throughout the story. Benedict, AK became so real to me as I read that I felt like I could find it on a map of Alaska. Beth's character is well developed in this book and several of the secondary characters are developing into "real" people for me. I love that many of the town's residents have their own secret reasons for moving to Benedict. In spite of the reason why Beth chose Benedict to hide in, she is becoming an integral part of the town. A quickly paced plot with suspense made this a book that I didn't want to put down. Although Beth's main reason for being in Alaska is not resolved, the secondary mystery is complete by the end of the book. I am definitely going to be watching for the next one in this series.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Minotaur Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
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  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this one! A little bit of mystery set in the wilds of Alaska made for a new twist on this type of book. I’m hoping for more in this series very soon!
  • Kristi
    January 1, 1970
    Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a strong start to a new series, Alaska Wild Mysteries and has every element I look for in a good mystery book. Beth Rivers is well-known author, Elizabeth Fairchild, who is now running for her life after a deranged fan kidnapped her and was never found. Levi Brooks held Beth captive for three days until she manages to fling herself from her captors moving van, causing a serious head injury. Levi is still at large and Beth decides to leave the hospital for the wilds Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a strong start to a new series, Alaska Wild Mysteries and has every element I look for in a good mystery book. Beth Rivers is well-known author, Elizabeth Fairchild, who is now running for her life after a deranged fan kidnapped her and was never found. Levi Brooks held Beth captive for three days until she manages to fling herself from her captors moving van, causing a serious head injury. Levi is still at large and Beth decides to leave the hospital for the wilds of Alaska, in hopes that he won’t be able to find her there. Arriving by tiny plane in Benedict, Alaska, Beth starts to have flashbacks and memories of her capture; the trauma and details that she couldn’t quite recall before her abduction are now starting to come back to her. She’s barely holding on by a string and she’s all alone in a strange and remote town, with nothing but a few changes of clothes and her beloved antique Olympia typewriter. Beth soon finds out that the Benedict House, the grand-ish hotel she thought she was staying at is, in fact, a half-way house for non-violent, yet felonious women. When a murder occurs just before her arrival, Beth loses her short-lived sense of safety, wondering if her troubles may have followed her to Benedict. I loved reading about the Alaskan setting of Thin Ice; from the town moose, Gladys, to the absolute remoteness and harshness of the area. The main characters had so much depth and personality; I look forward to seeing them again in her next book. Beth is a wonderful protagonist; she is smart, witty, and courageous, even though she doesn’t think so. The plot moves quickly, had some great twists but it does leave a bit of a cliff-hanger. I’m actually ok with this because this is a series I’m going to read until the end and I feel like the cliff-hanger is one of necessity. Until the next book in the series!A big thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books for allowing me to read and review this title.
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  • Nancy McFarlane
    January 1, 1970
    A famous crime novelist is kidnapped, and tortured by a stalker. She manages to escape after 3 days but suffered a severe brain injury and is left with only a few flashback memories of her captivity, no memory of what he looks like and only what she thinks is his name. She decides the only way to survive is to disappear until he is found. Luckily she writes under a pseudonym and very few people know her real name so she changes her appearance and using her real name of Beth Rivers she chooses A famous crime novelist is kidnapped, and tortured by a stalker. She manages to escape after 3 days but suffered a severe brain injury and is left with only a few flashback memories of her captivity, no memory of what he looks like and only what she thinks is his name. She decides the only way to survive is to disappear until he is found. Luckily she writes under a pseudonym and very few people know her real name so she changes her appearance and using her real name of Beth Rivers she chooses what she thinks will be the perfect place to hide. Benedict, Alaska is a very small town of only 500 on an island reachable only by Ferry or plane so Beth should be safe there. However, she is totally unprepared for the harsh wildness of Alaska or the fact that Benedict is the home to lots of other quirky characters most of who are also there to hide from something or someone. The description of the surroundings and life in the wilds of Alaska as well as a town full of characters that are not all who they claim to be will keep the reader just as much on edge as Beth is. One death gets solved but the ending leaves lots and lots to be explored in future books, and I can’t wait.
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  • LORI CASWELL
    January 1, 1970
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsBeth Rivers is a successful thriller author using the pseudonym of Elizabeth Fairchild. She has many fans but one fanatic took things way too far. Kidnapped and held in a van for 3 days, she manages to escape as the van was going down the road. Recovering in the hospital from her injuries her captor is still on the loose and she knows she is not safe. With a little help, she unexpectedly leaves the hospital to go to an undisclosed location.Beth soon touches down in Benedict, Dollycas’s ThoughtsBeth Rivers is a successful thriller author using the pseudonym of Elizabeth Fairchild. She has many fans but one fanatic took things way too far. Kidnapped and held in a van for 3 days, she manages to escape as the van was going down the road. Recovering in the hospital from her injuries her captor is still on the loose and she knows she is not safe. With a little help, she unexpectedly leaves the hospital to go to an undisclosed location.Beth soon touches down in Benedict, Alaska with only her typewriter and a backpack full of paper and clothes. She has booked a room at the Benedict House, not knowing it is a halfway house for women who committed non-violent crimes. With lodging options at a minimum, she sets that aside because she feels safe, or at least safer than she felt before. That is until she learns a woman was killed shortly before she arrived. Could the death be connected to her? Had she been found already?The police chief was contacted by the detective overseeing Beth’s case and he has vowed to keep her safe. She has come up with a cover story to explain her injuries and reasons for her travel for the rest of the town. She continues to have memories of those three days making it hard to move on but after learning more about her the police chief consents to let her help with his current case and even finds her a job to pass her time. She may never get back to normal but for the moment she is safe.____Paige Shelton gives readers a cozy-ish protagonist but she turns up the suspense as she deals with her kidnapper on the loose and her escape to Alaska. Beth’s injuries were serious, her head is scarred and she has a brain injury. She finds herself enmeshed in Benedict, getting used to the weather, getting to know the people and finding a killer. She is also striving to remember anything that would bring her kidnapper to justice. The severe headaches, mini seizures, and flashbacks really resonated with me. I also identified with her funky haircut. After my accident in 2001, I dealt with the same, thankfully no kidnapper was involved.All the characters within this story have layers and I believe we have just started to peel them away. Benedict seems to be a place where everyone has come to escape from something and we really don’t find out too much about any of them except for the deceased and people directly connected to her. That means the author has plenty of material for this series going forward.I really enjoyed the way Ms. Shelton described her settings. From the airplane and the images out the windows, the airport, the town, Benedict house, the forests, everywhere Beth traveled was brought to life and easily imagined. Readers are taken to the wilds of Alaska and yes, there is wildlife too.The plot weaves Beth’s trauma together with the death in Alaska but only one is wrapped up by the final page. I really enjoyed the author’s approach to the entire story. The pace was quick and there were several happenings that could have turned the situations in different directions. You could feel that Beth was on edge the entire time.I read this book incredibly fast and I want more! I was a little disappointed that both mysteries were not completed because I hate waiting for the other shoe to drop and I imagine and hope there are going to be many more suspenseful moments ahead before that other mystery will be wrapped up. I can’t wait!!This book will be released on December 3rd and I highly recommend you pre-order your copy. I am very excited for this series to continue.
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  • K.A. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    THIN ICE by Paige Shelton, the first book in the new Alaska Wild Mystery series, grabs the reader from the very first sentence and continues with suspense that had me on the edge of my seat for the entire read. The multi-plots kept the action going and I didn’t want to put it down until I read the very last page. Even then, I wanted the story to continue. As each of the characters are introduced, especially protagonist Beth Rivers, aka novelist Elizabeth Fairchild, the reader is treated to THIN ICE by Paige Shelton, the first book in the new Alaska Wild Mystery series, grabs the reader from the very first sentence and continues with suspense that had me on the edge of my seat for the entire read. The multi-plots kept the action going and I didn’t want to put it down until I read the very last page. Even then, I wanted the story to continue. As each of the characters are introduced, especially protagonist Beth Rivers, aka novelist Elizabeth Fairchild, the reader is treated to layers of reveal. This amps the suspense up as we slowly find out what each multi-faceted person is hiding. Ms. Shelton does an outstanding job developing the characters and having them adapt as the situation calls for. Beth, recovering from a severe head injury sustained while she escaped from a horrific kidnapping, has blocks of memory missing. Her captor has disappeared, and in fear of her life, Beth flees to Middle of Nowhere, Alaska, using her research as a thriller writer to escape her tormentor while remaining incognito.The author captures the setting of the Alaska wilderness in an effective way. The reader feels the remoteness and can envision the brutality of nature, along with the stunning beauty. The wildlife is plentiful and often fierce, and Beth must learn to adapt to her new surroundings in order to survive. In addition to the suspenseful mystery surrounding Beth’s kidnapping, she finds herself embroiled in the middle of an investigation surrounding a suspicious death. Although it’s been deemed a suicide, not one of the townspeople believe it. With her past experience working with her grandfather, who had been a small-town police chief, Beth pieces together the puzzle of the death. With a heart pounding reveal that solves the murder mystery, the story comes to an end and leaves me waiting impatiently for the next book in this series!I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Dawn Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I have been on a real mystery kick lately and when I saw this one was available on NetGalley and was my one of my favorite cozy authors, I just knew I had to give it a chance. And boy, was I NOT disappointed. Grittier than her cozies [with a much stronger story-line and much more "adult" language], this was a very good read from page 1. Beth is an intriguing protagonist and you are invested in both her AND her story from the second you meet you. And the beauty and ruggedness of Alaska just adds I have been on a real mystery kick lately and when I saw this one was available on NetGalley and was my one of my favorite cozy authors, I just knew I had to give it a chance. And boy, was I NOT disappointed. Grittier than her cozies [with a much stronger story-line and much more "adult" language], this was a very good read from page 1. Beth is an intriguing protagonist and you are invested in both her AND her story from the second you meet you. And the beauty and ruggedness of Alaska just adds to the fantasticness [why yes, I DID just make up that word] of this book. I just finished it and I already want a second one - it was just that good. If you like really good, somewhat gritty, mysteries, and language doesn't bother you, then this is the book for you!! Well done Ms. Shelton. Well. Done. Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books/St. Martin Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    A thriller writer escaping to the wilds of Alaska to recover from a horrific event...Why yes that sounds exactly like a book I would like to read. Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for letting me step in to Beth Rivers/ Elizabeth Fairchild world and experience this first adventure of the series...Thin Ice is told from the viewpoint of Beth. As the book opens up we are introduced to the town of Benjamin, Alaska and its current resident, while slowly learning about what has driven her to A thriller writer escaping to the wilds of Alaska to recover from a horrific event...Why yes that sounds exactly like a book I would like to read. Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for letting me step in to Beth Rivers/ Elizabeth Fairchild world and experience this first adventure of the series...Thin Ice is told from the viewpoint of Beth. As the book opens up we are introduced to the town of Benjamin, Alaska and its current resident, while slowly learning about what has driven her to this remote part of the country. The beauty, for me, of this book was not only the mystery that Beth is trying to hide away from but also the one she stumbles into...Speaking of Beth, I really came to like her and am already looking forward to what she will venture into next. I also found the people of a Benjamin an interesting group and hope they continue to be featured in future books (particularly Gril and Viola). But the very best part of this book was the setting. Alaska absolutely fascinates me and I loved reading about life their, even when it is supposed to be the "warm" season! ..Interesting mysteries, well developed characters, and a beautiful setting made this a great start to the first book of a new series!
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    After being kidnapped and held captive for three days before escaping, Beth Rivers seeks a place to get as far away from her assailant as possible. Benedict Alaska seems like the perfect place. However, Beth hadn't expected to find out about a murder (or was it suicide?) upon arrival. Using the skills she'd acquired helping her grandfather, she works with local authorities to help solve the mystery, taking the reader right along with her. This was entertaining and fun. I cannot wait for the next After being kidnapped and held captive for three days before escaping, Beth Rivers seeks a place to get as far away from her assailant as possible. Benedict Alaska seems like the perfect place. However, Beth hadn't expected to find out about a murder (or was it suicide?) upon arrival. Using the skills she'd acquired helping her grandfather, she works with local authorities to help solve the mystery, taking the reader right along with her. This was entertaining and fun. I cannot wait for the next one.
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary copy of THIN ICE by Paige Shelton. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books for the chance to read and provide an honest review.In THIN ICE, Beth Rivers has come to Alaska to keep herself safe, having just been through a traumatic event that she doesn’t entirely remember. She only knows that she was taken by a man named Levi Brooks and held in a van for three days before she manages to escape. She is physically scarred from necessary brain surgery I received a complimentary copy of THIN ICE by Paige Shelton. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books for the chance to read and provide an honest review.In THIN ICE, Beth Rivers has come to Alaska to keep herself safe, having just been through a traumatic event that she doesn’t entirely remember. She only knows that she was taken by a man named Levi Brooks and held in a van for three days before she manages to escape. She is physically scarred from necessary brain surgery and emotionally scarred as well. Not knowing what exactly happened or what the man even looked like, Beth has made a plan to hide her identity and go somewhere isolated and remote.Beth’s new home is both exactly what she wanted and at the same time not what she expected. The town is sparsely populated even moreso than she expected and she didn’t realize that her new housing accommodations aren’t exactly the hotel she expected, but she’s eager to make a place for herself in this small community. Unfortunately things aren’t as peaceful as she expected and just as she’s arriving there has been a death that is either a suicide or a murder.I picked this book up over a weekend, really wanting a fun mystery that would keep my attention and this wound up being the perfect pick! There are two mysteries at play, the one in which Beth is still trying to piece back together the trauma she went through. Beth gets sporadic updates on the investigation happening back home and her own traumatized brain also begins to piece together more of the pieces through flashbacks, not all of which make a lot of sense initially.The second mystery is one that Beth is able to watch with a bit more objectivity. Beth has had some experience working with law enforcement and has some expertise that can be of assistance to the local police chief. Along with the cast of characters, often quirky and a bit mysterious themselves, Beth is able to find a place for herself. The author did an excellent job of building both mysteries and keeping me equally interested in both. This was my first read from Paige Shelton, but I will definitely look to read more.THIN ICE is the first book in a new series. The story winds up one mystery while leaving some open questions as to the second so I will definitely be looking out to the next in the Alaska Wild Mysteries series to see where the story goes next!I really enjoyed this read and it is going to be a perfect mystery for a cold December evening! Keep an eye out for this one when it publishes on December 3, 2019!
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Beth Rivers has run to a small town in Alaska after escaping from the stalker who kidnapped her. Her escape caused an injury which required brain surgery and has left her with amnesia, killer headaches, and flashbacks which bring back all the terror of her kidnapping. The kidnapper wasn't found and she fears that he will find her again. She finds herself resident in a halfway house for non-violent offenders sent in from Juneau. She also finds that there was a suspicious death just before she Beth Rivers has run to a small town in Alaska after escaping from the stalker who kidnapped her. Her escape caused an injury which required brain surgery and has left her with amnesia, killer headaches, and flashbacks which bring back all the terror of her kidnapping. The kidnapper wasn't found and she fears that he will find her again. She finds herself resident in a halfway house for non-violent offenders sent in from Juneau. She also finds that there was a suspicious death just before she arrived.It is a town where everyone has secrets and many are fleeing from their pasts. Beth's secret is the she is a best-selling author of thrillers who got her start working for her grandfather who was Chief of Police in the small town where she grew up. Her father disappeared when she was seven and her mother had been obsessively looking for him until Beth's kidnapping which added finding her kidnapper to her obsession. She was left to her grandfather to raise while her mother searched for her missing father. Beth begins to get to know the various residents of the town as she tries to find out if the suspicious death was suicide or murder. The town is filled with interesting characters from the pot-smoking librarian to park ranger with secrets to the police chief who reminds her of her grandfather. I liked the descriptions of Alaska and the wildlife that was all around. I liked that Beth was resilient and struggling to get over a very traumatic experience. The one thing that I didn't like about the story was it ending which left Beth's story unresolved even though the crime Beth learns about on her arrival is solved. The ending which leads to her next case makes a real "cliffhanger" ending.
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  • Dan Curnutt
    January 1, 1970
    Beth Rivers is an author and she is highly successful. So successful that she has acquired a Stalker. She also was kidnapped by said stalker and injured to the point of needing surgery on her head because of a sub-dermal hematoma. The stalker has not been caught, so Beth Rivers is running away. She has come to Benedict, Alaska to get away from society and from crowds. She is hopeful that Levi Brooks, her stalker, won't be able to find her in the village of Benedict near Glacier Bay. Its Beth Rivers is an author and she is highly successful. So successful that she has acquired a Stalker. She also was kidnapped by said stalker and injured to the point of needing surgery on her head because of a sub-dermal hematoma. The stalker has not been caught, so Beth Rivers is running away. She has come to Benedict, Alaska to get away from society and from crowds. She is hopeful that Levi Brooks, her stalker, won't be able to find her in the village of Benedict near Glacier Bay. Its population of 500 people and its non technical lifestyle (little cell phone reception or internet) should serve to allow Beth to hide.The story works around the issue of Beth learning what it is like to live in a small town and one that is in the unforgiving Alaskan Wilderness. If she isn't eaten by a grizzly bear she might just freeze to death if stuck in a winter storm without proper apparel.The story is very captivating. The situations are stimulating and somewhat frightening at times. The true nature of people comes out and our author describes them perfectly. Beth is plunged into a mystery as well as the rest of the town while she tries to hide her identity and hide from her stalker.Being the first book of a series is always interesting. Will the book capture your attention enough that you will want to buy future books in the series? Will the characters be intriguing enough to hold your attention through multiple books? Is there enough tension, both romantic, relationally and circumstantially to keep you coming back for more?The answer to those questions is "YES." You will fall in love with Beth Rivers and the cast of characters of the town of Benedict, Alaska, to keep you returning for more and more of the adventure. I have started following Paige Shelton so that I can be alerted to when the next book comes out on the market.Enjoy!
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been excited to get my hands on Paige Shelton’s upcoming new mystery/suspense, Thin Ice, coming out this December. The main character Beth, a mystery author herself, is on the run from a dangerous stalker who kidnapped and attacked her. I’ve been waiting for her to write outside her normal cozy genre (which are great btw) because I know she will appeal to mainstream readers. I‘m also partial to books with settings in Alaska. The cast of characters are promising in this new series. Gril the I’ve been excited to get my hands on Paige Shelton’s upcoming new mystery/suspense, Thin Ice, coming out this December. The main character Beth, a mystery author herself, is on the run from a dangerous stalker who kidnapped and attacked her. I’ve been waiting for her to write outside her normal cozy genre (which are great btw) because I know she will appeal to mainstream readers. I‘m also partial to books with settings in Alaska. The cast of characters are promising in this new series. Gril the police chief, and Viola, the tough as nails woman who owns the place where Beth is staying. A death in this small Alaskan town pulls them all together to determine if it was suicide or murder. Beth struggles to remember all that happened while she was kidnapped due to her brain injury. The ending was just right to keep you guessing for the next installment.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    I book is much better than I thought it would be. A woman goes to Alaska to hide from her stalker/kidnapper and in the process of settling into her new home she gets involved in a murder case, while trying to help the police find her kidnapper. There's a lot of psychological stuff going on with her trying to remember the time with her kidnapper, trying to not get her mother too involved the search for him, getting to know the people in the new town, taking over the newspaper and of course I book is much better than I thought it would be. A woman goes to Alaska to hide from her stalker/kidnapper and in the process of settling into her new home she gets involved in a murder case, while trying to help the police find her kidnapper. There's a lot of psychological stuff going on with her trying to remember the time with her kidnapper, trying to not get her mother too involved the search for him, getting to know the people in the new town, taking over the newspaper and of course helping to solve the recent murder. I really enjoyed it. #Thin Ice #NetGalley
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  • Lisa Shafer
    January 1, 1970
    6/27/19 Review of Thin Ice by Paige Shelton 4.5 starsLikely because I’ve been a long-time fan of Shelton’s, I was lucky enough to score an ARC of this thriller/mystery which will not be released to the public until December, 2019. I received my copy at about 4:00 PM on June 26, 2019, read it in large chunks, and finished it at about 10:15 AM the next day. I intended to give it five stars, but it does have a few Chekovian issues, which would likely have been non-issues if the book had declared 6/27/19 Review of Thin Ice by Paige Shelton 4.5 starsLikely because I’ve been a long-time fan of Shelton’s, I was lucky enough to score an ARC of this thriller/mystery which will not be released to the public until December, 2019. I received my copy at about 4:00 PM on June 26, 2019, read it in large chunks, and finished it at about 10:15 AM the next day. I intended to give it five stars, but it does have a few Chekovian issues, which would likely have been non-issues if the book had declared itself to be the first in a series when I assumed it was a stand-alone. I assume this will be made clear when the book is published.I am a voracious reader of mysteries: cozies, historical, true-crime, and thriller. Thin Ice is a mix of these genres (except historical), something of a cozy on steroids.The protagonist, Beth Rivers, is very much a cozy protagonist. She is a thirty-something intelligent, capable woman starting a new life in a small town and finding that skills from her previous jobs (thriller author and police secretary) drop her neatly into a new job/role (writer/editor of tiny local paper, although she never actually writes anything in this novel) waiting for her and help her to solve a murder in this new place. She makes friends with the local cop, also very much like a cozy. However, the fact that she’s changed her identity because she’s hiding from a stalker/kidnapper from whom she narrowly escaped makes this a bit more like a thriller. As her escape caused an injury which led to brain surgery, she has a nasty scar and ugly hair, and she doesn’t care much about her appearance. This makes a refreshing change from the usual cozy protagonist who is beautiful and has a myriad of men after her. There’s no romance in Thin Ice, which makes it less cozy. Beth’s also lacking the female bestie(s) usually found in a cozy.The pacing of the book is much more like a thriller than a cozy. Many scenes, from the beginning small plane entry into town, to the mysterious phone message, to the river rescue, are quite tense and less contrived than the usual sneak-into-the-house-to-search scenes found in cozies. Beth’s seizures, headaches, and flashbacks seem quite real and contribute to the plot-building in a good way.The cast of side characters is also more nuanced than in the average cozy. All the folks who live in Benedict, Alaska are in the “gray” area; their personalities are far less like stock characters than are the usual group in a cozy. Take Viola and Benny, for example. These are tough sisters who ran from foster care at a young age and made lives for themselves in Benedict. Viola manages a halfway house and Benny’s a barkeep. However, Benny, although she speaks of herself as female, either enjoys cross-dressing or else identifies as non-binary. All this is a bit Twelfth Night, except that it’s not Viola who dresses as a man when she reaches the “foreign shore.” I don’t know if this is intentional or not on Shelton’s part, but it’s nice layering.However, there is no real thriller tension of Beth’s having to run from Levi Brooks, her kidnapper. In Thin Ice, he is a mysterious possible threat, but not in the sense of most thrillers. (I must be vague here in order to avoid spoilers.) Beth’s biggest conflicts are internal; they are real and add to the book, but they make this more cozy and less thriller.My only complaints about Thin Ice come from the fact that I thought it was a stand alone, when I now see that it must be part of a series. Shelton attempts to do what Alan Bradley does in the Flavia DeLuce series: to have a large mystery (finding Levi Brooks in Thin Ice and the past of Harriet in the Flavia series) stretching over the series while there is a murder to solve (who killed Linda in Thin Ice) in each individual book. **** MILD SPOILER **** In Thin Ice, I expected from the pacing and from the huge clues to Levi’s identity on page 184 and after that all would be revealed at the end, but instead we only solve the murder. I felt a bit cheated by that. I would have been fine with the teaser of a new mystery at the end if I had felt a sense of resolution for both mysteries, but I did not get that. *** END SPOILER**Also, there is a real Chekov’s gun problem when a Native man, a bit of a mystic, warns Beth not to go out into the Bay, and..... nothing comes of it. I assume it will show up in a sequel, but I did find it rather annoying.Thus, overall Thin Ice earns 4.5 stars from me. It’s not really a thriller, but it is a ramped-up cozy, in a good way. The characters seem real, the pacing is excellent, the setting seems very real to someone who’s never been to Alaska (I bet Alaska residents could pick things apart, but I can’t.), and the plot is good, even if the resolution is incomplete. I would definitely recommend this book to mystery readers.
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  • Bernadette
    January 1, 1970
    I’m so very happy to have received an advanced readers edition of this new series. Paige Shelton takes us into the wilds of Alaska to a remote town with a mystery that reads like a suspense novel at times. I literally could not put it down. About six paragraphs in I was hooked to the plot that was unfolding and intrigued about Beth and why she needed to hide in such a remote corner away from everyone with only one bag and a typewriter in hand...and a wicked scar on her head. The characters in I’m so very happy to have received an advanced readers edition of this new series. Paige Shelton takes us into the wilds of Alaska to a remote town with a mystery that reads like a suspense novel at times. I literally could not put it down. About six paragraphs in I was hooked to the plot that was unfolding and intrigued about Beth and why she needed to hide in such a remote corner away from everyone with only one bag and a typewriter in hand...and a wicked scar on her head. The characters in the book were the kinds of people that had layers built up that you knew would take time and patience to get through before you’d get to really know them, yet we’re engrossing enough so that you kept digging! The story never had any dull moments and I found myself often turning the pages with a heighten sense of “oh my gosh what is going to happen next?” My only complaint is the long wait I now have for book two in the series. Great job Paige!
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  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    4 / 5 starsI’m a simple woman: I see a book that takes place in Alaska, I add it to my to-read stack. I initially requested this from NetGalley because the cover was GORGEOUS and it’s a mystery set in Alaska, one of my favorite settings. I looked at other works by the author, Paige Shelton, and saw she had also written several cozy mysteries. I wasn’t sure if this was going to be a cozy mystery or a thriller, but I can say it felt like a cozy turned up a notch and with added suspense.Beth Rivers 4 / 5 starsI’m a simple woman: I see a book that takes place in Alaska, I add it to my to-read stack. I initially requested this from NetGalley because the cover was GORGEOUS and it’s a mystery set in Alaska, one of my favorite settings. I looked at other works by the author, Paige Shelton, and saw she had also written several cozy mysteries. I wasn’t sure if this was going to be a cozy mystery or a thriller, but I can say it felt like a cozy turned up a notch and with added suspense.Beth Rivers is a famous author, with millions of thrillers sold under her pen name, Elizabeth Fairchild. After she is kidnapped and held captive for 3 days by a crazy and obsessed fan, Beth finds a place to hide in Benedict, Alaska. The small, remote town seems perfect for a place to hide from her at large kidnapper, but when a local death is suspected to be a murder, Beth can’t help but wonder if the events are related.This book was a joy to read, and I found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it. It’s a well-written mystery with an air of suspense, and the ending left me both satisfied and jonesing for the next book. Seriously, what a cliffhanger! I can’t wait to go back to Benedict. I loved the characters, especially Beth and Viola. Beth is a great protagonist: she’s smart, emotionally strong, and I found myself rooting for her every step of the way. She was not without her flaws (sometimes I wanted to shake her and be like “do NOT do that, you fool!), and was a realistic, down to earth character. Viola was also a strong, intelligent character, and I am a sucker for confident and aggressive women. The plot and two mysteries - who Beth’s kidnapper actually was, and if the Benedict death was actually a murder - were told in tandem well. I love a good mystery where the reader is fed little bread crumbs to keep them guessing, and Shelton does a great job of giving us just enough to keep us wondering while also keeping the plot moving. One mystery was solved, but the other will have to be continued in the next book, and I personally can’t wait!My only complaint was that there were a lot of side characters that didn’t really play a role. Several characters were fleshed out and had depth, but there were also a lot of Benedict residents who were mentioned a few times in passing. A few times someone would be mentioned once, then they wouldn’t come back up until much later in the book, leaving me wondering if I had missed something. I think in this case less is more, but it wasn’t a big enough problem to really detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.“Thin Ice” is a well-written mystery with a likable main character, a charming setting, and two good mysteries for the price of one. I think this would be an excellent cozy winter read by the fire. :) My huge thanks to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for my review copy!
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  • Kristi
    January 1, 1970
    Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a strong start to a new series, Alaska Wild Mysteries and has every element I look for in a good mystery book. Beth Rivers is well-known author, Elizabeth Fairchild, who is now running for her life after a deranged fan kidnapped her and was never found. Levi Brooks held Beth captive for three days until she manages to fling herself from her captors moving van, causing a serious head injury. Levi is still at large and Beth decides to leave the hospital for the wilds Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a strong start to a new series, Alaska Wild Mysteries and has every element I look for in a good mystery book. Beth Rivers is well-known author, Elizabeth Fairchild, who is now running for her life after a deranged fan kidnapped her and was never found. Levi Brooks held Beth captive for three days until she manages to fling herself from her captors moving van, causing a serious head injury. Levi is still at large and Beth decides to leave the hospital for the wilds of Alaska, in hopes that he won’t be able to find her there. Arriving by tiny plane in Benedict, Alaska, Beth starts to have flashbacks and memories of her capture; the trauma and details that she couldn’t quite recall before her abduction are now starting to come back to her. She’s barely holding on by a string and she’s all alone in a strange and remote town, with nothing but a few changes of clothes and her beloved antique Olympia typewriter. Beth soon finds out that the Benedict House, the grand-ish hotel she thought she was staying at is, in fact, a half-way house for non-violent, yet felonious women. When a murder occurs just before her arrival, Beth loses her short-lived sense of safety, wondering if her troubles may have followed her to Benedict. I loved reading about the Alaskan setting of Thin Ice; from the town moose, Gladys, to the absolute remoteness and harshness of the area. The main characters had so much depth and personality; I look forward to seeing them again in her next book. Beth is a wonderful protagonist; she is smart, witty, and courageous, even though she doesn’t think so. The plot moves quickly, had some great twists but it does leave a bit of a cliff-hanger. I’m actually ok with this because this is a series I’m going to read until the end and I feel like the cliff-hanger is one of necessity. Until the next book in the series!A big thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books for allowing me to read and review this title.
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  • Nina
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars for this fast paced start book in the series. Beth Rivers is a world famous thriller writer who was kidnapped, held hostage and finally escaped from her tormentor. After she recovers from surgery she flees Missouri and heads for Benedict Alaska, a small town of 500 people where everyone there seems to be hiding from something. Soon as the plane lands and Beth starts to settle into her new life living in a halfway house for parolees and takes the place working for the small time local 3.5 stars for this fast paced start book in the series. Beth Rivers is a world famous thriller writer who was kidnapped, held hostage and finally escaped from her tormentor. After she recovers from surgery she flees Missouri and heads for Benedict Alaska, a small town of 500 people where everyone there seems to be hiding from something. Soon as the plane lands and Beth starts to settle into her new life living in a halfway house for parolees and takes the place working for the small time local newspaper a body of one the residents is found. Thought by the medical examiner to be a suicide the town folk believe it was murder. Beth’s grandfather was a police chief while she was growing up and with Gril the Benedict police chief knowing her true identity he unwilling in lists Beth with her investigation skills to help to uncover the truth. As Beth digs into the lives of George and Linda Rafferty secrets unfold and memories of her own tragedy and brought to the surface. The book was super quick to read, the characters were all well written and each had a quirkinesses about them. The suspense was just enough to keep you guessing until the end and leads up to keep you interested and what will happen in the books. The only thing I didn’t find too believable was the trust the towns folk had in Beth being they all knew she harbored her own secrets they all were very willing to open up to her and spill everything they knew or heard regarding the death of Linda Rafferty. Maybe that is how small towns run but I just found it “off”. It still didn’t take away from the story and it was very enjoyable and I will definitely continue the series.
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy Paige Shelton's Scottish Bookshop and Country Cooking School cozy mystery books. When I saw she had a new series starting, I jumped right on it. This new series is a bit more serious than the usual light-hearted cozy fare. Nothing graphic. But, there is a bit more meat to the characters and mystery plot. Loved it!Beth Rivers is an author...a well known one. After a kidnapping incident where she was traumatized, she relocates to Benedict, Alaska to recover and hide out. Her kidnapper is I enjoy Paige Shelton's Scottish Bookshop and Country Cooking School cozy mystery books. When I saw she had a new series starting, I jumped right on it. This new series is a bit more serious than the usual light-hearted cozy fare. Nothing graphic. But, there is a bit more meat to the characters and mystery plot. Loved it!Beth Rivers is an author...a well known one. After a kidnapping incident where she was traumatized, she relocates to Benedict, Alaska to recover and hide out. Her kidnapper is still free....and she wants as far away from her memories, and him, as possible. She wants to hide her identity as an author and get her life back. Just as she starts trying to settle into her new remote Alaskan home, a resident of Benedict is murdered. The crime brings back memories of the hours she spent locked in a van, victimized by her kidnapper. But she's determined to help solve the crime. I enjoyed this story! The characters have real personality. I liked the setting in a small rural Alaska town with its quirky citizens and its own culture. Beth is a strong and intelligent main character. The mystery moved along at a nice pace, with plenty of investigation and suspects. While the story started with quite a bit of background -- Beth's kidnapping, relocation, the town, etc -- the story didn't get bogged down in it. The mystery got started relatively quickly....with Beth's previous experience enhancing it, rather than taking away from it. All in all, an entertaining read. I'm definitely going to read more of this new series! **I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Book
    January 1, 1970
    Thin Ice opens with Beth Rivers flying into Benedict, Alaska (pop. 500) with a backpack and typewriter where she has rented a room in Benedict House. Recovering from a head injury and psychological trauma, Beth just wants to feel safe after being stalked and kidnapped in Missouri.Landing in Benedict she is surprised to learn that the Benedict House is really a halfway house for non-violent offenders that accepts regular guests when rooms are available. When Beth meets Police Chief Sam Grilson, Thin Ice opens with Beth Rivers flying into Benedict, Alaska (pop. 500) with a backpack and typewriter where she has rented a room in Benedict House. Recovering from a head injury and psychological trauma, Beth just wants to feel safe after being stalked and kidnapped in Missouri.Landing in Benedict she is surprised to learn that the Benedict House is really a halfway house for non-violent offenders that accepts regular guests when rooms are available. When Beth meets Police Chief Sam Grilson, she finds the detective investigating her case in St. Louis has reached out to inform him of her situation. While Beth escaped from her kidnapper, he is still free, unidentified and believes his object of affection to be Elizabeth Fairchild, bestselling author and a Beth’s pen name.So now Beth is in Alaska. Chief Grilson enlists her to take over the Benedict Petition, the local newspaper, in an effort to keep her occupied. On the day Beth arrived, a local woman was found dead and authorities don’t know whether it’s murder or suicide. Beth offers to help with the investigation, citing her experience helping her sheriff grandfather with cases back in Missouri.Paige Shelton skillfully integrates the slowly returning memories of Beth’s ordeal with her sleuthing efforts in Benedict. The result is a convincing account of how Beth works to get on with her life. The author paints a realistic scenario with effective characters, interesting twists and a healthy pace.
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    When Beth Rivers (aka best-selling thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild) is sufficiently recovered from injuries sustained while escaping a kidnapper, she knows she needs to disappear until he is captured by the police. Her elaborate plan lands her in Benedict, Alaska, a small town of 500 people. What she hadn’t known before her arrival there was the room she’d rented via the Internet was in a halfway house for women felons nor exactly how remote the town was. When a dead woman is found on the When Beth Rivers (aka best-selling thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild) is sufficiently recovered from injuries sustained while escaping a kidnapper, she knows she needs to disappear until he is captured by the police. Her elaborate plan lands her in Benedict, Alaska, a small town of 500 people. What she hadn’t known before her arrival there was the room she’d rented via the Internet was in a halfway house for women felons nor exactly how remote the town was. When a dead woman is found on the day she arrives in town, Beth has to wonder if her kidnapper is sending her a message that he is nearby. Since she hasn’t fully recovered her memory of the kidnapping, she has no idea what her kidnapper looks like nor what happened in the three days he held her.This is a very well-written story featuring a likable character and two complex mysteries, the murder of the townswoman and the kidnapping of the main character. Shelton takes her time developing both the storyline and the characters. Readers will find themselves picking up the book many times a day to read one more page or one more chapter. If you like well-written mysteries with a strong woman main character and an unique setting, this book needs to be at or near the top of your to-be-read list.The good news is this is the first book in the proposed series Alaska Wild Mysteries so we will be undoubtedly be seeing Beth and the other townspeople again soon.My thanks to Minotaur and Edelweiss for an eARC.
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  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    January 1, 1970
    Benedict, Alaska is a small community on the bay of a glacier. The town is about to have a new member. Beth Rivers is on the run from her famous alias as Beth Fairchild. Why? Because an obsessed fan of her best selling thriller novels took it way too far...he kidnapped her for three terrifying days. Beth was damaged by the kidnapping and subsequent brain surgery as she escaped her tormentor. Beth's only solution was to temporarily vanish. And, vanish she does. Beth doesn't let anyone know where Benedict, Alaska is a small community on the bay of a glacier. The town is about to have a new member. Beth Rivers is on the run from her famous alias as Beth Fairchild. Why? Because an obsessed fan of her best selling thriller novels took it way too far...he kidnapped her for three terrifying days. Beth was damaged by the kidnapping and subsequent brain surgery as she escaped her tormentor. Beth's only solution was to temporarily vanish. And, vanish she does. Beth doesn't let anyone know where she is headed, excepting the main detective on her case. Only equipped with her backpack and some clothes purchased from the hospital store, Beth heads out to where survival is not only in her head, but, also part of her new surroundings.You can feel the confusion, pain, and anxiety through the skillful story plot. The characters have incredible dimension. The dialog allows you to finding out who Beth Rivers truly is.I choose not to reveal more details as I truly want you to follow Beth's journey. It won't be easy and yet you find yourself, as a reader, urging Beth onwards. You won't be disappointed. Some mysteries will be solved and others will make you want to purchase the next book quickly.This is Ms. Shelton's first foray into serious mysteries and I say, 'Welcome.'
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  • Janna
    January 1, 1970
    Thin Ice is the first in a new series by Paige Shelton. It follows Beth Rivers - a best-selling writer of mysteries, who suddenly finds herself in the most chilling real life mystery of all. A man stalks her and kidnaps her, and after three days she is able to escape from him, although not without her scars and a fair share of amnesia. The book starts as she leaves town, looking for a quiet place where she can fly under the radar until her captor is found by the police and arrested. She finds Thin Ice is the first in a new series by Paige Shelton. It follows Beth Rivers - a best-selling writer of mysteries, who suddenly finds herself in the most chilling real life mystery of all. A man stalks her and kidnaps her, and after three days she is able to escape from him, although not without her scars and a fair share of amnesia. The book starts as she leaves town, looking for a quiet place where she can fly under the radar until her captor is found by the police and arrested. She finds herself in a remote, small Alaskan town. However, it's not all she was hoping for, as the town as mysteries of it's own - including a suspicious death on the day of Beth's arrival. I found this to be a really compelling story that I flew through! I loved the descriptions of Alaska and the residents of the town. Paige does a great job of developing her characters, giving them just enough backstory without being too much, and moving the story along. As Beth heals, snippets of her time in captivity and memories of her captor come back to her in flashes - just enough to keep you hooked and reveal something new, but still not enough to solve the puzzle!This is definitely meant to be read as a series, as the pivotal story line remains a mystery - so we will have to keep reading to find out what happens to Beth Rivers! I know I certainly can't wait to find out.Thank you to Minotaur Books for providing me with a gifted ARC in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.
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  • Sar Ah Horton
    January 1, 1970
    Being greeted into Benedict, Alaska by Gladys the moose was only the beginning to a fantastic new series! I’m thrilled I was able to read this one early, but boy is it hard to think about waiting for the second one...Paige Shelton has bypassed my expectations on this new mystery series. I love her cozy mysteries, particularly the Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series, but her execution into the realm outside of cozy, is flawless. Her characters, locations, and quotable dialogue are on point. I only Being greeted into Benedict, Alaska by Gladys the moose was only the beginning to a fantastic new series! I’m thrilled I was able to read this one early, but boy is it hard to think about waiting for the second one...Paige Shelton has bypassed my expectations on this new mystery series. I love her cozy mysteries, particularly the Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series, but her execution into the realm outside of cozy, is flawless. Her characters, locations, and quotable dialogue are on point. I only wish it hadn’t stopped at 275 pages.Beth Rivers is an extremely likable character and definitely not just a victim. She is a survivor who is intelligent beyond her years. The relationships from her past that are intertwined perfectly into her present, keep me wanting to dig more and more into her life. This book has only scratched the surface of who exactly is Beth Rivers and what else is in her past memories? Only time will tell, but the new friendships she’s acquired in Alaska are bound to keep things interesting!As the quirky Orin Capshaw says, “That’s what friendship and love are all about, right? Being grateful for it while you have it because it can disappear one heartbeat later.” (pg 141-142)
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  • Reen
    January 1, 1970
    Thin Ice is a very well written suspense novel. It is set in a very small town in Alaska called Benedict that can only be reached by ferry or plane. Beth Rivers is a very successful mystery writer, who was abducted by a fanatical stalker and suffered a traumatic brain injury during her escape. Beth's memories of the ordeal and her kidnapper are coming back in flashbacks, but she flees to Benedict without telling anyone in order to feel safe. When there is a murder in the small town, she wonders Thin Ice is a very well written suspense novel. It is set in a very small town in Alaska called Benedict that can only be reached by ferry or plane. Beth Rivers is a very successful mystery writer, who was abducted by a fanatical stalker and suffered a traumatic brain injury during her escape. Beth's memories of the ordeal and her kidnapper are coming back in flashbacks, but she flees to Benedict without telling anyone in order to feel safe. When there is a murder in the small town, she wonders if her stalker has found her and if the death is related. The author does a great job describing the town, its surrounding wilderness and the sometimes harsh weather conditions as well as providing a full set of characters in town who all seem to be running away from something. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and although the ending was not a cliff hanger per se, it did leave a lot left in Beth's story to be continued in future books. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bforist
    January 1, 1970
    Another wonderful read from mystery writer, Paige Shelton. In this departure from her previous "cozies," Ms. Shelton does what she always does so well. She creates intriguing characters, all with a lot under the surface, and tells a compelling story embedded in place. In this case, the story takes place near Glacier Bay National Park in a well-crafted Alaskan village and surrounding wild lands. The strong female protagonist is someone you want to know...and get to know as the book progresses. As Another wonderful read from mystery writer, Paige Shelton. In this departure from her previous "cozies," Ms. Shelton does what she always does so well. She creates intriguing characters, all with a lot under the surface, and tells a compelling story embedded in place. In this case, the story takes place near Glacier Bay National Park in a well-crafted Alaskan village and surrounding wild lands. The strong female protagonist is someone you want to know...and get to know as the book progresses. As I read the book, I found myself researching the part of Alaska it takes place in. It is represented with authenticity. The place is one of the very interesting characters in the book. Each of the human characters has a good bit of mystery to them that may explain their "escape" to the remote location in Alaska. Learning that Thin Ice is the first in a new series, I am already eager to learn more about the characters and their rich stories.
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  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    Beth Rivers is on the run and fighting back her fears that she will once again be found by the man who kidnapped her. She may never feel safe again but this author is doing all she can by changing her identity and escaping to a remote Alaskan community near Glacier Bay. Even though she is hiding her real identity and police background from most, this tiny but very savvy town needs her help to solve a murder. It seems that Beth is not the only person hiding things. Promising new series featuring Beth Rivers is on the run and fighting back her fears that she will once again be found by the man who kidnapped her. She may never feel safe again but this author is doing all she can by changing her identity and escaping to a remote Alaskan community near Glacier Bay. Even though she is hiding her real identity and police background from most, this tiny but very savvy town needs her help to solve a murder. It seems that Beth is not the only person hiding things. Promising new series featuring some gruff but loveable characters and a tough but vulnerable woman who wants to let go of the past but can't. This mystery will leave a chill in the air and have you looking over your shoulder. Perfect for fans of police procedural mysteries in remote areas and Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Jacque
    January 1, 1970
    Thin Ice is a great beginning to a new series! Beth Rivers is a successful author of bestselling suspense books. She is kidnapped by a stalker and held for three days before she escapes, suffering severe brain trauma in the process. Much of her memory of that time is gone, but is coming back in flashbacks. Terrified because her stalker is still out there, she moves to a very small, isolated town in Alaska under her real name (she writes under a pseudonym). A woman has been shot and killed Thin Ice is a great beginning to a new series! Beth Rivers is a successful author of bestselling suspense books. She is kidnapped by a stalker and held for three days before she escapes, suffering severe brain trauma in the process. Much of her memory of that time is gone, but is coming back in flashbacks. Terrified because her stalker is still out there, she moves to a very small, isolated town in Alaska under her real name (she writes under a pseudonym). A woman has been shot and killed shortly before her arrival, and Beth becomes involved in the mystery. Was it suicide or murder? It seems everyone in the town is hiding or running from something in their past. I was hooked on the story line immediately and had to keep reading to find out what happened next. The characters are rich and quirky, the setting is incredible, and I can’t wait to read more about all of them!
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