The Ice Maiden - Britt Montero, Bk 8 Author:Edna Buchanan A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of reporter Britt Montero forever. The encounter is at Miami's morgue, where the unidentified stranger lies dead. His unusual old scars capture her curiosity-the dead man clearly had a tale to tell. This thief, who was accidentally electrocuted, may be the key that unlocks the long-sought secre... more »ts of a sensational cold murder mystery unsolved for more than fourteen years.
Sunny and Ricky, teenagers on a Christmas Eve first date, were abducted, a shocking crime that was never solved despite a gigantic manhunt, a huge reward, and an outraged community. Frustrated police called the lack of leads eerie. Unnatural. Against all the laws of homicide and human nature. Now Britt wants the story, and she isn't the only one seeking answers.
Sunny survived, the lone witness to that terrible night so long ago. But the reclusive Ice Maiden, now an artist and sculptor estranged from her wealthy family, is not talking and the killer's trail vanished long ago, like footprints in melting snow.
Cold Case Squad Sargeant Craig Burch wants the killer. But as the Miami News reporter and the veteran homicide cop investigate the old outrage, they learn that sometimes the cost of justice is too high.
When you start to turn over rocks, something ugly sometimes slithers out. Monstrous evil from the past emerges to overtake a whole new generation of innocent victims as deadly passions are reawakened and mortal fears resurface.
For Burch, whose elite unit breathes new life into cold murder cases, the investigation strikes too close to home, reigniting his own private obsessions. And Britt, in the wake of national tragedy, is haunted, both awake and asleep, by the persistent ghost of a doomed, lost girl, perhaps a warning of a new tragedy to come. Britt meets the Ice Maiden, nearly freezes to death, and then the trail heats up as the sins of the fathers begin to strike down the innocent. A stone-cold killer out of her past is stalking the Ice Maiden again. Nothing is what it seems. And the inferno is yet to come....
Edna Buchanan, a born storyteller, combines her trademark wit, grit, and tension in The Ice Maiden, a narrative alive with Miami's blistering heat and high-octane atmosphere.« less
This one is tense and twisted and -- my guess -- probably the last Britt Montero mystery, as she works with the characters who will lead a new series of books revolving around Miami's Cold Case Squad. "Ice Maiden" has a twist I really didn't see coming -- and it's not the ending (which some Edna Buchanan fans might not be ready for).
Entertaining mystery. It might have been rated 4 stars if the writer had just stuck to the mystery.
The two subplots were totally unnecessary and out of place. I just skipped ahead over most of those parts. Seriously. Totally unnecessary. The unnecessary romance subplot was particularly difficult to bear because the character didn't seem like she went in for male company... in that way. How can you not have chemistry between two characters when you're writing them BOTH?
I loved the supporting character of Lottie, especially her 'take' on the Queen Mum and Lassie