Monday, October 23, 2023

Snow Place For Murder - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Snow Place for Murder (Mountain Lodge Mystery #3) by Diane Kelly

Rating:  Really Liked It (4 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  International resort developer Nigel Goodwin has traveled all the way from London, England to Misty Murphy’s little corner of North Carolina and bought out the Mountaintop Lodge for the week prior to Christmas. Their intention? To pitch an exclusive new resort concept to wealthy American investors.

But locals are at odds over the idea, and when a group comes to the lodge to express their worries to Mr. Goodwin and the potential investors, a blizzard hits Beech Mountain. Like the weather outside, things quickly get frosty, and Misty has to call local police to intervene. Handyman Rocky Crowder plows the lodge’s drive and, in an attempt to regain a jovial holiday atmosphere, smooths the snow pile into a makeshift sledding hill for the guests to enjoy.

Misty’s boys have finished their exams and are “home” from college for the winter break, planning to spend most of their time snowboarding at the ski resort. While taking a few runs down Rocky’s sledding hill, they discover a funny-looking, nose-shaped rock. Only it’s not a rock. It’s the frozen nose of Nigel Goodwin, who’s found dead and buried under the mound of snow.

Who put the developer on ice and why?

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:   I've enjoyed the previous books in this series!

My Impression:   In this book the lodge is in the middle of a massive snow storm and Misty finds herself snowed in with a potential murderer.  I really like the world that the author has created around Misty, Rocky, Patti, the lodge and of course Misty's cat, Yeti.  I really enjoyed the short little chapters from Yeti's point of view.  I also really liked that Misty's sons, JJ and Mitch, were in most of the book as well as Rocky's daughter Pebble.  All three have been mentioned quite a bit and it was nice to be able to get to know them a bit.

This is one of those mysteries where any one of the possible suspects could have had motive to kill the victim.  The victim wasn't very likable and so many people had reasons to want to take him out both personal and professional and since almost all the suspects are relatively unknown to Misty she has her investigative work cut out for her and I enjoyed going along for the ride.  I really wasn't sure of the who and the why until Misty figured it out.  

I really enjoy the lodge setting for this series.  We have a change up of suspects and characters and a range of issues.  I really like seeing the day to day behind the scenes of the lodge and life up in the mountains of North Carolina.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I've really enjoyed all of this author's books that I've read.  

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy cozy mysteries this is a fun series and while all series are best read in order you could easily jump in here even if you haven't read the first two books in the series.  

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


  1. I look at the book cover and think, too early for snow! Glad you liked the book.

  2. I'm not sure I have read this author but it would be fun for me with the setting in NC.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  3. I love that whole snowed-in trope! But finding a body when you're out snowboarding would be pretty tramatic.

  4. Yet another cozy series I have been wanting to try. I am glad to hear you liked this!

  5. Oh dear, another really great sounding cozy mystery series, so much of what you mention is what I love in a cozy mystery.