Monday, February 12, 2018

SNOW WAY OUT by Christine Husom

Publisher:    Berkley
Published:     January 6, 2015
ISBN:        978-0425270806
Genre:      Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


With her love of snow globes Cami has definitely found her niche in life with her Curio Finds shop.  With the growing interest in snow globes Cami agrees to hold a snow globe making class.  An eclectic group arrives for the class including one of the town’s police officers, several of Cami’s friends and some out of towners.  After the class ends and she is cleaning up her shop she comes across an intriguing snow globe—a man sitting on a park bench, apparently resting.

When she leaves to head home she opts to take a short cut through the park.  She soon realizes that may not have been the smartest thing she’s done recently when she stumbles on a man sitting on a park bench just like in the snow globe.  But this man is not resting…he’s dead.  The dead man turns out to be someone with a pretty awful reputation and as the suspects mount Cami stumbles on some intriguing connections to him.  Especially troubling to her is that her friends appear to be hiding something, something that could have to do with the murder.

I loved the idea of the snow globe mystery series and the concept of book 1, SNOW WAY OUT was really a good one.  The book started off pretty solidly but then the author seemed to have lost her footing.  There were hints of it having paranormal elements and I felt that would have worked really well.  Husom definitely has a talent for some other worldly aspects.  She tried to show diversity in characters but the Vietnamese orphan issue felt forced to me.  Some things just didn’t add up in the story. 

There is a how to make a snow globe at the end and it’s definitely inspired me to make one.  I just need to figure out what kind of scene I’d like to do.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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