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).
I enjoyed this, as I do all her books.
A teenage girl and her boyfriend were kidnapped, shot and left for dead on Christmas Eve. Fourteen years later, evidence appears that may be able to solve the case. However, someone is trying to stop the investigation.
I never tire of Buchanan and Britt Montero. Buchanan injects humor into a genre that often takes itself too seriously. Start with early Montero so you grow to understand her character.
The Britt Montero books are always good!
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
This book is apparently smack in the middle of a long ongoing series but the references to the earlier books didn't throw me too much although I think I would've found a deeper connection to many of the characters if I had read the earlier books first. Still, this was an attention grabbing murder mystery about a journalist following a cold case. The characterization was done very well and I genuinely cared for many of these people but when the big bad guy of the novel is finally revealed in the end it was a huge disappointment and simply unbelievable to me that the police hadn't figured it out long before. This is a dark book with a lot of pain suffered by most of the characters and adding to that is the fact that it takes place right after the 911 attacks. Don't read this if you need some cheering up!
Typical Buchanan Florida mystery
A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of reporter Britt Montero forever. When you start to turn over the rocks of an unsolved case sometimes something ugly slithers out..... A sizzling work of suspense set in South Florida.
I read one of Edna Buchanan's other books called The Cold Case Squad. In reading a review I found the characters in the book had been introduced in this book, so I obtained it from Paperbackswap, not knowing it was part of a long running series.
I really liked this book. A burglar is killed while trying to rob a convenience store in Miami. His body leads to the reopening of a case of kidnapping, rape and homicide from 17 years earlier. The rape victim Sunny Hartley has become a reclusive and eccentric artist. The publicity surrounding the case leads to some unwelcome attention to both Sunny and Britt Montero, the journalist covering the story. With a surprising revelation regarding the kidnapping and a shocking ending this was a very enjoyable read, and has me looking to go back to the start of the series.
Fourteen years ago, two teenagers on a Christmas Eve first date were abducted, and only one lived through the ordeal. The lone surviving victim, Sunny Hartley, became a wealthy sculptor, but the reclusive "ice maiden" will not talk about what happened that terrible night. Now a chance encounter in the Miami morgue between reporter Britt Montero and a petty thief, bizarrely electrocuted during the commission of a crime, has placed the still unsolved kidnapping/murder on the front burner of Sgt. Craig Burch's Cold Case Squad. But Britt and Burch are about to discover that the price of justice can be too dear to pay; that when you start turning over rocks, sometimes something truly ugly slithers out.