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Cold Books for a Hot Day

Last Updated: June 13, 2024

There Should Have Been Eight by Nalini Singh

Seven friends. One last weekend. A mansion half in ruins. No room for lies. Someone is going to confess. Because there should’ve been eight…

Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie

Eleven wintry whodunits from Agatha Christie, including stories featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Faking Christmas by Kerry Winfrey

Faking Christmas
by Kerry Winfrey

Laurel Grant works as the social media manager for Buckeye State of Mind, an Ohio tourism magazine and website. She is most definitely not an owner of a farm–specifically, the owner of her twin sister Holly’s farm just outside of Columbus–but she lets her boss think she is. Laurel only handles the social media for the farm. When Gilbert–recently dumped by his wife–invites himself over for the farm’s big holiday dinner, Laurel immediately goes into panic mode to figure out how she can trick Gilbert into thinking she’s basically the Martha Stewart of rural Ohio and keep her job in the process.

The Snow Hare by Paula Lechtarowicz

The Snow Hare
by Paula Lichtarowicz

Lena has lived a long, quiet life on her farm in Wales, alongside her husband and child. But as her end approaches, buried memories begin to return. Of her childhood in Poland, and her passion for science. Of the early days of her marriage, reluctant wife to an army officer. Of the birth of her daughter, whose arrival changed everything. Memories less welcome return, too. Her Polish village, transformed overnight by the Soviets, and the war that doomed her entire family to the frigid work camps of the Siberian tundra. And buried in that blinding snow, amongst the darkness of survival, the most haunting memory of all: that of an extraordinary new love.

The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

The Overnight Guest
by Heather Gudenkauf

True crime writer Wylie Lark, snowed in at an isolated farmhouse where she’s retreated to write her new book, finds a small child in the snow outside and, bringing him inside for warmth and safety, learns that the farmhouse isn’t as isolated as she thought.

Three Holidays and a Wedding by Uzma Jalaluddin and Marissa Stapley

Three Holidays and a Wedding
by Uzma Jalaluddin and Marissa Stapley

As strangers and seatmates Maryam Aziz and Anna Gibson fly to Toronto over the holidays–Maryam to her sister’s impromptu wedding, and Anna to meet her boyfriend’s wealthy family for the first time–neither expect that severe turbulence will scare them into confessing their deepest hopes and fears to one another. At least they’ll never see each other again. And the love of Maryam’s life, Saif, wasn’t sitting two rows behind them hearing it all. Oops.