Cold Books for a Hot Day

Last Updated: July 25, 2023

Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

Bear Town
by Fredrik Backman

A poignant, charming novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything

One by One by Ruth Ware

One By One
by Ruth Ware

When an off-site company retreat meant to promote mindfulness and collaboration goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

The Sanatorium
by Sarah Pearse

Once a sanatorium treating tuberculosis patients, Le Sommet, now a luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps, is plagued by troubling rumors. It’s also the last place detective Elin Warner wants to be. However, having received an invitation to celebrate her estranged brother’s recent engagement, she accepted. When Elin wakes the following morning, her brother’s fiancé has vanished.

The Secret of Snow by Viola Shipman

The Secret of Snow
by Viola Shipman

55-year-old Sonny Dunes, a SoCal meteorologist, loses her job to a virtual meteorologist (that will never age, gain weight, or renegotiate its contract). She goes back to her northern Michigan hometown to the only station that will give Sonny a chance.

Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

Winter Solstice
by Rosamund Pilcher

It is the strange rippling effects of a tragedy that will bring five characters together in a large, neglected estate house near the Scottish fishing town of Creagan. It is in this house, on the shortest day of the year, that the lives of five people will come together and be forever changed

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

In the Midst of Winter
by Isabel Allende

This novel begins with a minor traffic accident, which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story for two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives.

The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining
by Stephen King

Jack Torrance’s new job as the off-season caretaker at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a new start, as he’ll have plenty of time to reconnect with his family and work on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the hotel feels more remote… and more sinister.