Her Frozen Cry (Detective Amanda Steele #5) by Carolyn Arnold
Published June 9th 2022 by Bookouture
About the Book: The moon shines through the open window, bathing the woman in pale light. Blood-red wine from a shattered glass soaks into the cream blanket beside her, and her dull eyes stare vacantly at the framed photograph in her hand.
When beautiful wife and mother Alicia Gordon is found dead in a remote woodland cabin, Detective Amanda Steele is shocked to discover that she knows the husband. Amanda hasn’t spoken to Tony since she lost the love of her own life seven years ago, and seeing tragedy tearing her old friend’s family apart brings back so many painful memories.
Alicia was alone when she died, but she was so young, and Amanda can’t help feeling suspicious. Then she discovers that Alicia’s sleep medication had been tampered with, slowly poisoning her over several days. Amanda wants to trust that the sorrow on Tony’s face is real, but the more she digs into his marriage, the more it seems that he had opportunity, and motive…
Interviewing one of Alicia’s old colleagues, Amanda is shaken to her core when the woman suddenly collapses in her arms, dying in seconds from a lethal dose of the same poison that killed Alicia. But what could link this woman to Tony?
With her partner blaming Amanda for not arresting Tony immediately, she needs to prove that he isn’t the killer, or accept that the second woman’s death could be on her hands. She’s running out of time and leads when she discovers threatening messages sent to both victims. It’s the final clue to unmasking the most twisted killer Amanda has ever come up against, and to stop them she’ll have to risk everything…
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I have made no bones about enjoying the Amanda Steele series by Carolyn Arnold, and this 5th book in the series was another great addition. Although the books can be read as a standalone, as each crime is solved in the book, there is character development and situations that occurred in previous books that are referred to. Detective Amanda Steele is a seasoned detective, who is partnered with Detective Trent Stenson. They are assigned a case of the mysterious death of Alicia Gordon, a beautiful and assured married mother, at a remote cabin. Alicia is the owner of New Belle cosmetics, a successful company that could be a motive for her death. Was it suicide, murder, or a natural death? When Amanda learns that Alicia’s husband of six months is an old friend she hasn’t seen in six or seven years, she’s shocked, but certain that she can separate the old friendship from her job and be impartial. When it looks like the culprit is within reach another murder occurs. Can they figure this one out before there are any more victims?
I really like Amanda’s character. She is realistic and relatable. She is juggling many things in her life, including family life. She has recently adopted a daughter (situation in a previous book) so has to worry about childcare as her job is not necessarily 9 to 5. She also has to make sure to spend time with Zoe as she is still dealing with the violent loss of her parents. I have enjoyed seeing her growth as the series progresses. We also get to see a bit more about Trent and his personality, he is no always Mr. Easygoing. There is some tension in their relationship as they fight some attraction to one another. This is a well written and plotted story that builds as the story progresses. There were several suspects to be vetted but I thought I knew who the murderer was, I was wrong. There were several red herrings that led me down the wrong pathway. Not only was I surprised to discover who the culprit was, but the motive as well. Overall, this was a fast-paced, thrilling story, that grabbed me from the first page and held on to the end. I read it over a couple of days, only putting it down when I had company. I am looking forward to seeing what is next for Amanda and Trent in the next book, “Last Seen Alive” coming later this year. I recommend this one to fans of police procedurals and crime thrillers. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has many published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from police procedurals, hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. She currently lives near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.