Ice Blonde Novella By Elaine Viets

Jul 28, 2018 | 2018 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of Ice Blonde. We also have a link to purchase the book from Amazon.

Missouri’s Death Investigator Angela Richman has survived six strokes, brain surgery, and a coma, but even before the trauma, she has never fully understood the pretentious privilege of Chouteau County. That doesn’t mean that she isn’t compassionate towards her upper-crust neighbors, though, especially when Midge and Prentice LaRouche land on her doorstep one early winter morning pleading for help. Their sixteen-year-old daughter Juliet never returned from a friend’s party the night before, and considering Angela’s occupation, she rightfully fears the worst.mystery book cover

The only people more protective of their privacy than the one-percenters are teenagers, and Angela finds that Juliet’s friends are proving to be frustratingly vague and obstinate. That the investigating detective is from Chicago – definitely not “One of Us” – makes the search for Juliet even more difficult. Angela grew up amidst the elitist community, but her occupation sets her apart as a distinct outsider. As more clues seem to indicate that Juliet may be living up to Shakespearean name, Chouteau County will have to rely on Angela’s experience and determined questioning of the teens on both sides of the track to discover the truth.

While previous novels depicted Angela’s struggle to recover following her strokes, here the author focuses on the very topical division between the haves and the have-nots. As obsolete debutante balls and society’s “royalty” may seem, they still matter to those in power. The rifts caused by the financial disparity flows down through generations, ultimately leading to very preventable tragedies. As with all of the novels by Elaine Viets, this novella is sprinkled throughout with wry observations and sharp dialogue, all tied together by a plot that explores the hypocrisy of the very rich.

To enter to win an ebook copy of Ice Blonde, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “blonde,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 4, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. I love this series and am so sorry that Elaine Viets is writing from experience. Thank you so much for this chance at the giveaway. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

    • Delighted that you like my Angela Richman Death Investigator series, Paula. I’m busy writing book #4

  2. Ms Viets writes stories which draw the reader in and hang on until the end of that story. It is obvious this is another one of her very good books. Thanks for the introduction and opportunity.

  3. So nice to see this is out.

    Will definitely be reading it as I am a fan of all of Elaine’s series.

    karen94066 at aol dot com

  4. ICE BLONDE is set in subzero weather, Karen. It’s a good way to help you keep cool this summer.

  5. “Ice Blond” sounds like an interesting read. Looking forward to reading it.

  6. If you like forensic novels, you’ll enjoy it, Dianna.

  7. Would love to read this and review it for all the other readers out there. Thank you.

  8. We have a winner!


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