Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Frozen Detective - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Frozen Detective (Piper and Porter Mystery #2) by Amanda Flower

Rating: Liked It (3 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  A wealthy doctor invites many of his associates to spend a week at a giant, luxurious ski villa. Darby Piper, a seasoned private eye, and Tate Porter, her new partner at the detective agency, are among the guests, going undercover as a romantic couple. They were hired by the doctor’s much-younger wife to investigate anonymous threats against her husband’s life. But before long, Darby and Tate are investigating a murder instead.

As they dig up buried grudges, Darby’s jealous ex-boyfriend on the police force thinks they’re wasting their time. Will Darby and Tate figure out who the killer is…or will it become another cold case?

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I've really been enjoying another series by this author and this looked fun.  

My Impression:  This was a cute read.  I love when the main character in a mystery is a private investigator and Darby was an interesting take on that.  While she is a competent investigator and has been in business for awhile she's been a bit thrown off her game by her new partnership with Tate Porter and then when her ex-boyfriend who also happens to be a police detective is pulled onto the scene when their case turns into a murder scene she's on even more unsure footing.  

The mystery was in interesting one.  I do love when there is no shortage of suspects and Dr. Madd had been going out of his way to make enemies.  From an ex-wife/business partner to a current wife who may or may not be on her way out and a heaping helping of unhappy colleagues there are a lot of people who aren't grieving the doctor's death and they're all stuck at a ski resort.  

While I did enjoy the read I never really connected with the characters.  While the book focuses on Darby and what she's doing I never feel like I got into her head and got to know her.  As well, the book leaned a bit to more telling less showing.  This was still a fun read and this is a series I'm looking forward to continuing with but those two issues kept it from being a standout for me.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Yes!  While this wasn't a standout I did enjoy it and I've really enjoyed other books by this author. 

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you're looking for a light read in a snowy setting this is a fun read.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I don't think I've read anything by Amanda Flower, although I have a couple of her other books on my TBR shelves. It's always a bit hard when you don't really connected with the characters, but it sounds like this one had other things going for it to keep you interested.

  2. I haven't read anything by Amanda Flower, but I've heard she is wonderful author. I'm glad you enjoyed this one!

  3. When you are willing to continue reading a series even if it didn't quite make it in some areas, that is still a good recommendation.