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Snow Light by Danielle Zinn


When Detective Inspector Nathaniel Thomas encounters a man attacking a young woman in a local park, the DI is unable to save her. Out of guilt, Thomas quits his job at Homicide Headquarters and relocates to the tiny village of Crottendorf, where he regains control of himself and begins to enjoy life again.

However, a year later, all the guilt and shame of the park incident re-emerges when a local hermit, Ethan Wright, is murdered with an unusual weapon and left on display in the centre of the village.

For Thomas, the situation gets worse when Detective Sergeant Ann Collins, a colleague from his past, appears to help with the case. But things become complicated when the victim’s identity is put into question.

Who is the victim? And why was he murdered?

Whilst Thomas and Collins find themselves trying to solve the unusual case, they may have more in common than they could have ever imagined.  


D.I. Nathaniel Thomas is recovering from a tragic incident that happened a year ago where he could not save a young woman who was attacked. Settling in the small village of Crottendorf where his best friend resides, he is acting Constable where crime is nearly non-existent until a local hermit is found murdered and on display at the town square.  The suspects are many and with the help of the tactless and snarky D.S. Ann Collins they are given a daunting task of narrowing down who is responsible.  In the meantime, Nat is caring for his best friend’s cheeky eleven-year-old daughter, Sky, who is trouble with a capital T. 

I love the dynamics between Nat and Ann.  He is a bit stuffy and a stickler for discipline, and she is outspoken and unpredictable. They make an interesting team with his field experience and her technology skills and there seems to be something more going on between them that gradually reveals itself.  Nat is also a great cook and a gifted artist which gives him more depth. As for Sky, she is a sly one popping out of class to go skiing and such, but she truly loves Nat who is a good surrogate dad to her in her father’s absence. In addition, I love the descriptions of the cold, but beautiful scenery and information about the area. 

Overall, I enjoyed this engaging and well-written debut novel with diverse characters and a surprise ending.  If you like police procedurals with interesting characters and will keep you guessing, give this book a try.

Thank you to Ms. Zinn for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


Snow Light

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danielle-zinnDanielle holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business and Management from New College Durham/UK and has settled down in Leipzig/Germany, where she works as a Financial Controller at an IT Consultancy.

Born and raised in a small village in the Ore Mountains/Germany Danielle was introduced to the world of English literature and writing from an early age on through her mother – an English teacher.

Her passion for sports, especially skiing and fencing, stems from her father’s side. Danielle draws her inspiration for writing from long walks in the country with her partner as well as circumnavigating the globe and visiting friends scattered all over the world.

Mix everything together and you get “Snow Light”, a detective mystery combining a stunning wintry setting in the Ore Mountains with unique traditions, some sporty action and lots of suspense.

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