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

Posted June 27th, 2022 by in *Review / 6 comments

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James {Stephanie’s Review}The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
Published by Berkley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Historical, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller/Suspense
Pages: 344
Format: Hardcover
Read in: June 2022
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect--a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases--a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea's surprise, Beth says yes.

They meet regularly at Beth's mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she's not looking, and she could swear she's seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn't right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house? - via GoodReads

4 Stars

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}”

    • Stephanie

      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!

  1. Lover of Romance

    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.

    • Stephanie

      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!!

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