10 Best Winter Mystery Books: Suspense in the Snowy Mountains!
There's something uniquely captivating about a good mystery unfolding against the chilly backdrop of winter, isn't there? Imagine huddling under your favorite blanket, a comforting cup of hot chocolate in hand, as you're transported into snow-laden landscapes where mysteries as cold as the environment itself unravel at every turn. If that piques your interest, our list of the "10 Best Winter Mystery Books: Suspense in the Snowy Mountains!" will not disappoint.
Irresistible, ice-cold enigmas set against a panorama of pristine white mountains, remote snowbound villages, and frosty, solitary cabins. As you turn these pages, you will find yourself navigating through the fascinating world of chilling crimes, sleuthing under ski jackets, and a myriad of unexpected twists and turns that symbolize the wild, wintery winds. These exhilarating tales of suspense will keep your adrenaline rushing faster than a downhill skier, despite the freezing temperatures.
Get ready to be swept off your feet by cunning detectives, outsmarting the cold-blooded criminals in their icy, mystery-laden playgrounds. We're certain that these snow-capped stories will warm your spirit and heat up your winter nights. So, folks, bundle up. The cold mysteries await!
『One by One』
The instant #1 bestselling suspenseful thriller set on a snow-covered mountain, by the Agatha Christie of our time. Getting snowed in at a luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep you warm, and others to keep you company. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers...each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide. When the cofounder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech startup, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, it starts out as a corporate retreat like any other: PowerPoint presentations and strategy sessions broken up by mandatory bonding on the slopes. But as soon as one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, tensions simmer and loyalties are tested. The storm brewing inside the chalet is no match for the one outside, however, and a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper fails to return from the slopes after the avalanche hits. As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further...one by one.
|Publisher||Simon and Schuster|
|Release Date||May 03, 2022|
『Rock Paper Scissors』
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Feeney lives up to her reputation as the “queen of the twist”...This page-turner will keep you guessing.” —Real Simple Think you know the person you married? Think again... Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife. Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts--paper, cotton, pottery, tin--and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after. Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget. Rock Paper Scissors is the latest exciting domestic thriller from the queen of the killer twist, New York Times bestselling author Alice Feeney.
|Release Date||Sep 07, 2021|
『An Unwanted Guest』
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Another thrilling domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and Not a Happy Family “A gripping mystery perfect for fans of Agatha Christie.” –Good Housekeeping “Another nail-biter perfect for an all-nighter.” –Entertainment Weekly A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away It's winter in the Catskills and Mitchell's Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing--maybe even romantic--weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery. So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity--and all contact with the outside world--the guests settle in and try to make the best of it. Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead--it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic. Within the snowed-in paradise, something--or someone--is picking off the guests one by one. And there's nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm--and one another.
|Release Date||Aug 07, 2018|
REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK | An instant New York Times bestseller! A page-turning thriller from the author of The Retreat. “An eerie, atmospheric novel that had me completely on the edge of my seat.” —Reese Witherspoon “This spine-tingling, atmospheric thriller has it all… and twists you’ll never see coming.” —Richard Osman, New York Times bestselling author of The Thursday Murder Club You won't want to leave. . . until you can't. Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Long plagued by troubling rumors, the former abandoned sanatorium has since been renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel. An imposing, isolated getaway spot high up in the Swiss Alps is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But Elin's taken time off from her job as a detective, so when her estranged brother, Isaac, and his fiancée, Laure, invite her to celebrate their engagement at the hotel, Elin really has no reason not to accept. Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge--there's something about the hotel that makes her nervous. And when they wake the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her. With the storm closing off all access to the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic. Elin is under pressure to find Laure, but no one has realized yet that another woman has gone missing. And she's the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they are all in. . .
|Release Date||Jan 11, 2022|
『The Hunting Party』
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “My favorite kind of whodunit, kept me guessing all the way through, and reminiscent of Agatha Christie at her best -- with an extra dose of acid.” -- Alex Michaelides, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Silent Patient Everyone's invited...everyone's a suspect... During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves. The trip begins innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps, just as a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world. Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead. . . and another of them did it. Keep your friends close, the old adage says. But how close is too close? DON'T BE LEFT OUT. JOIN THE PARTY NOW.
|Release Date||Feb 12, 2019|
Four friends. One luxury getaway. The perfect murder. 'Pure adrenaline' ERIN KELLY 'I was gripped from start to finish' CASS GREEN French Alps, 1998 Two young men ski into a blizzard... but only one returns. 20 years later Four people connected to the missing man find themselves in that same resort. Each has a secret. Two may have blood on their hands. One is a killer-in-waiting. Someone knows what really happened that day. And somebody will pay. An exciting new debut for anyone who loves Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, and C.L. Taylor
|Release Date||Nov 05, 2020|
『The Girls in the Snow: A Completely Unputdownable Crime Thriller』
Madison walked through the fallen snow, looking left and right. It had been Kaylee's idea to use the trail through the forest; she said no one would follow them. But Madison lost sight of Kaylee for a moment and when she found her again she wasn't alone... In the remote forests of Stillwater, Minnesota, you can scream for days and no one will hear you. So when the bodies of two fifteen-year-old girls are discovered frozen in the snow, Special Agent Nikki Hunt is sure the killer is local: someone knew where to hide the girls and thought they would never be found. Though Nikki hasn't been home in twenty years, she knows she must take over the case. The Sheriff's department in Stillwater has already made a mistake by connecting the girls' murders to those of a famous serial killer, refusing to consider the idea that the killer could be someone from town. Then another girl's body is found, a red silk ribbon tied in her hair, and Nikki realizes that the killer has a connection to her own dark past, and the reason she left Stillwater. Nikki is not the only person in town who wants those secrets to stay hidden. Will she be able to face her demons before another child is taken? Gripping and spine-chilling, The Girls in the Snow will make you gasp, unable to put it down until the final heart-pounding twist. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner and Robert Dugoni. What readers are saying about The Girls in the Snow "This is the thriller that I didn't know I was waiting for and needed in my life until I picked it up. SO GOOD. I'm still reeling and trying to catch my breath from this highly suspenseful and emotionally charged story... I need more ASAP." Reading in Autumn, 5 stars "First time reading this author and I couldn't put it down. Suspense that will keep you hooked until the very last page. Even when I wasn't reading it, I couldn't stop thinking about it... I had to see what happened." Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars "A dagger sharp crime thriller. Highly recommended... I loved Nikki Hunt... Engaging. I never figured out what was going to happen next until I read it myself." NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars "This is the first book in a long time that I've given up all household responsibilities, all TV time for and all my study time for. [I] knew nothing was going to get done outside of my day job until I finished this book, which I did in 24 hours... Fast-paced and jam-packed from start to finish." Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars "Kept me guessing throughout... This one gets 5 stars, great series starter... a compelling mystery that had me wondering whodunit right up until the killer was revealed." Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars "This book was fantastic! Everything about it worked... I was hooked from page one and didn't put it down until I was done... I had no idea who the killer was until it was revealed. This is going to be a must read series!" Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
|Release Date||Oct 19, 2020|
『Cover Your Tracks』
Cover Your Tracks tells the gripping story of Margo Fletcher, eight-and-a-half months pregnant, who survives a horrible train crash and is the only one saved by former army ranger Nick Eliot. As the pair try to survive in the wilderness, Margo soon learns that Nick might be the greatest danger of all.
|Release Date||Oct 01, 2020|
『The Winter People』
The New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell returns with a simmering literary thriller about ghostly secrets, dark choices, and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters . . . sometimes too unbreakable. West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother's bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara's fate, she discovers that she's not the only person who's desperately looking for someone that they've lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.
|Release Date||Feb 11, 2014|
『These Silent Woods』
A father and daughter living in the remote Appalachian mountains must reckon with the ghosts of their past in Kimi Cunningham Grant's These Silent Woods, a mesmerizing novel of suspense. No electricity, no family, no connection to the outside world. For eight years, Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, have lived in isolation in a remote cabin in the northern Appalachian woods. And that's exactly the way Cooper wants it, because he's got a lot to hide. Finch has been raised on the books filling the cabin’s shelves and the beautiful but brutal code of life in the wilderness. But she’s starting to push back against the sheltered life Cooper has created for her—and he’s still haunted by the painful truth of what it took to get them there. The only people who know they exist are a mysterious local hermit named Scotland, and Cooper's old friend, Jake, who visits each winter to bring them food and supplies. But this year, Jake doesn't show up, setting off an irreversible chain of events that reveals just how precarious their situation really is. Suddenly, the boundaries of their safe haven have blurred—and when a stranger wanders into their woods, Finch’s growing obsession with her could put them all in danger. After a shocking disappearance threatens to upend the only life Finch has ever known, Cooper is forced to decide whether to keep hiding—or finally face the sins of his past. Vividly atmospheric and masterfully tense, These Silent Woods is a poignant story of survival, sacrifice, and how far a father will go when faced with losing it all.
|Author||Kimi Cunningham Grant|
|Release Date||Nov 16, 2021|
In conclusion, these icy tales are perfect for bundling up with on a chilly winter evening. Each one manages to set a thrilling pace that matches the heart-racing chill of winter waves. Their mysterious plotlines, wrapped in layers of frosty secrets, unravel as neatly and engagingly as knitted winter scarves. Whether it's the uncertainty of a shifting snowstorm or a plot twist like slippery black ice, these books make use of winter's unique aspects to ratchet up the tension. Even if you're safely tucked under a cozy blanket by a roaring fireplace, each page you turn stirs a chill down your spine as the mysteries in the frostbitten outdoors unveil. There's nothing like a good winter mystery to enjoy when the days grow short, and these selections are sure to keep you guessing until spring. Don't delay, fans of the mystery genre: there are countless icy enigmas waiting for you to unravel in these snowy sagas!
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