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May 20, 2011, 3:47pm Top

The Chocolate Bear Burglary by JoAnna Carl had snow on the ground. It's the 2nd in the series though.

Edited: Jul 27, 2011, 12:08pm Top

Jul 28, 2011, 12:38pm Top

Steven White's books all take place in Colorado. It gets cold there.

Aug 31, 2011, 6:54pm Top

Beth Groundwater's mysteries are set in a cold climate--as are Diane Mott Davidson's.

Aug 31, 2011, 7:01pm Top

Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series; they're set on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Doesn't get too much colder than that.

Edited: Sep 1, 2011, 10:46am Top

There was a rather dreadful book by Dan Brown about something buried in the ice in the arctic or antarctic but it was so unmemorable that I can't remember any more about it. I don't think that I actually bothered to finish it.

Sep 2, 2011, 9:26am Top

Just finished one of the coldest books I have ever read - Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson. Excellent read.

Edited: Sep 2, 2011, 11:28pm Top

Starvation Lake by Brian Gruley. It takes place in Michigan and the plot revolves around a frozen lake, a snowmobile and ice hockey. This book was Edgar Award nominee for best first mystery. It was a great read. I believe there is a second book out in this series.

Sep 2, 2011, 10:54pm Top

Do you happen to know the name of the first book? I was born and raised in Michigan and it is extremely cold in the winters. Anyway it sounds like a wonderful book to read. I love Mysterys James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell are two of all my favorites..
thank you for sharing that, it sounds really good..

Sep 2, 2011, 11:27pm Top

The first book is the one I mentioned in my post, Starvation Lake. The second book in the series is The Hanging Tree. I'm hoping to read this soon.

Edited: Sep 3, 2011, 2:56pm Top

'Nathan Active' series by Stan Jones is set in a small town within the Arctic circle in Aalaska

White Sky, Black Ice

Snow Angels by James Thompson is also set in a small town within the Arctic circle, this time in Finland

Snow Angels

The ' Inspector Erlendur' by Arnaldur Indriðason is based in Iceland

'Jonathan Stride' series by Brian Freeman is set in a frequently snow covered Minnesota


The first in the 'Cork O'Connor' by William Kent Krueger series is also set in a snow covered Minnesota

Iron Lake

First in the 'Kate Burkholder' by Linda Castillo series is set in a snowbound Ohio

Sworn to Silence

The second in the 'Mad Dog and Englishman' series by J.M. Hayes is set in a Kansas snow storm/blizzard

Prairie Gothic

The second book in the 'Walt Flemming' series by Ridley Pearson is set in deep winter in Idaho

Killer View

Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg set in Denmark and Greenland

Siberian Light by Robin White set in... well kind of obvious really!!

Edited: Sep 3, 2011, 12:09pm Top

In my 'to read' pile and all featuring snowbound winter landscapes

Snow Blind by P. J. Tracey - 4th in the Monkeewrench series, set in Minnesota

Dead Cold by Louise Penny - the whole 'Chief Inspector Armand Gamache' series is set in a usually snowbound set in Canada

Other 'cold climate' series

Inupiat Eskimo Mysteries by Christopher Lane
Elements of a Kill

Sep 3, 2011, 10:24am Top

The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard:

Small Plains, Kansas, January 23, 1987: In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteen-year-old Rex Shellenberger scours his father' s pasture, looking for helpless newborn calves. Then he makes a shocking discovery: the naked, frozen body of a teenage girl, her skin as white as the snow around her. Even dead, she is the most beautiful girl he' s ever seen. It is a moment that will forever change his life and the lives of everyone around him. The mysterious dead girl- the " Virgin of Small Plains" - inspires local reverence. In the two decades following her death, strange miracles visit those who faithfully tend to her grave; some even believe that her spirit can cure deadly illnesses. Slowly, word of the legend spreads. But what really happened in that snow-covered field?

Edited: Sep 3, 2011, 12:20pm Top

I've just noticed there are two threads for this??

The original and more comprehensive one is here


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