January Thaw by Jess Lourey
(The Murder-By-Month Mysteries)

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January Thaw sees Mira emerging from the winter emotional cave where she’s been hibernating. In the end, she’s charging into danger again like none of last year happened. This is good to see. The residents of Battle Lake were worried about her and we get to see a restored heroine ready to face the next month’s challenge, whatever that may be.
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The Ice Man Succumbeth

Private-eye-in-training Mira James loves Minnesota’s crisp January days, as long as she can spend them in the arms of hunky Johnny Leeson. But when Mrs. Berns’s erratic Zamboni driving uncovers an icebound dead man, Mira’s cold-weather tranquility threatens to melt away.

With a frozen body in the lake and a freak January thaw descending on town, neither Johnny nor generous portions of high-octane comfort food are enough to ease Mira’s frazzled nerves. There’s big trouble brewing in Battle Lake. And if Mira can’t figure out who’s behind it, the next time she feels sub-zero temperatures, she may be sporting a toe tag in the town morgue.

Praise:

"Those looking for an engaging, multigenerational small-town mystery that tackles contemporary issues can’t miss with this entry."―Library Journal 

"Fans of smalltown mysteries will be charmed."―Publishers Weekly 

"Who can resist a mystery that includes a daredevil octogenarian sidekick; a flashy, plant-whispering mayor; some really bad villains; and a little girl ghost?"―Booklist 

 

About Jess Lourey

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Jess Lourey is the author of the Lefty-nominated Murder-by-Month mysteries set in Battle Lake, Minn. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Loft, and a founding faculty member of the Mystery Writers of Americarsquo;s MWA University. Lourey resides in St. Cloud, Minn., where she is a professor of writing and sociology. For more information, visit her online at JessLourey.com.Watch Jess on Showcase Minnesota (08/26/09).Watch Jess on Twin Cities Live (09/02/09).
 
Published January 8, 2014 by Midnight Ink. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
on Oct 02 2013

Lourey...has a feel for small-time life but not for when to stop introducing whackadoodle eccentrics who are not so much comic as annoying.

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Sep 29 2013

January Thaw sees Mira emerging from the winter emotional cave where she’s been hibernating. In the end, she’s charging into danger again like none of last year happened. This is good to see. The residents of Battle Lake were worried about her and we get to see a restored heroine ready to face the next month’s challenge, whatever that may be.

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