The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James {Stephanie’s Review}


I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James in my Once Upon a Book Club adult box. This is the box that made me dive into the book subscription service with the theme of Unsolved Mysteries. I’ve been meaning to read Simone St. James but hadn’t had a chance to do so yet.

One of the first things that comes to mind as I sit to write this review is that I really enjoyed the way St. James tells a story. Not only were there dual perspectives but there was also dual timelines as well. In this way, the mystery was very slow burn. That might be a weird way to describe a mystery but it holds true.

As far as the mystery is concerned, there were some murders in the 1970s and a true crime blogger takes a risk and asks to interview the infamous acquitted suspect.

I enjoyed Shea and Beth and thought they played well off each other. Shea hasn’t quite recovered from parts of her past just like Beth. There were some interesting parallels between our two main characters.

I try really hard not to give away too many details of a mystery because a well written mystery uses all of the details. I will say that even during a sunny June evening I had no trouble whatsoever imagining myself in dark, gloomy, and rain drenched Claire Lake. I highly recommend The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James.

6 responses to “The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James {Stephanie’s Review}”

  1. I’m not a cold case person but I can be down for a solid mystery. St. James is an author I’ve had on my must-read-someday list as well. Great review!


    1. Thank you! I have a few of her other books and I’m excited to read them! Let me know if you want to buddy read one of her other books. Ya know, on a slow roll buddy read. Lol!


  2. I am so happy that this one worked out so well for you and that you had such excitement for it being part of the box. I do need to try some subscription boxes. This one sounds like a solid mystery with some unique elements of writing in it.


    1. Thank you! Subscription boxes can be hit or miss for sure. There’s a special edition Julia Quinn Bridgerton series that Once Upon a Book Club is doing. I missed the first one but am getting the hardcovers from it. The second box comes out this fall!!


  3. I enjoyed this one and have enjoyed a few books by this author.


    1. I have a few more of her’s to read and am pretty excited about them!


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