Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Thin Ice by Bill Stackhouse (Lulu Press)

Ed McAvoy was a homicide captain in Detroit until he was forced into retirement when a drug dealer's bullet shattered his left leg.  He moved to the Catskills and became chief of police in the small village of Peekamoose Heights—a place where he didn't think there could be much crime in such a sleepy village.  He was wrong.
For the first time, the National Figure Skating pre-trials are being during the Peekamoose Heights Winter Carnival. Business owners and residents hope this will be an annual event, bringing in lots of tourists and their money; however, the friendly, fun atmosphere is shattered when food vendors get in a fight that escalates to vandalism, murder, and assault on three-time National Champion Dallas Conover. 

The plot has a lot of twists and turns including “The Mob” involvement.  The characters are interesting and the relationships well developed.  I have not read the previous five books in this series and while I was (and still am) curious about a character introduced in the being and who didn't reappear till the end, I did not have any trouble following the story.  The author was kind enough to send me the previous book, Candle Snuffer, which I plan to read very soon, but I think I may need the next book to be published to satisfy my curiosity about that character.

—Helen Jones

FTC Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author.

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