Shades of Winter
This is a well done work so far. I think what works best is the main character, Winter. Right from the beginning we get the idea he's kind of a creep. The author describes him well, not just his appearance but through his actions as well, how he smokes, for instance (perhaps more of this--describing through actions rather than physical appearance).. And what Winter says he'll miss about his murdered wife at end of first chapter is shocking, kind of a slap in the face (metaphorically).. Still,, he fascinates--I want to know more about him...did he do it?
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I'm not familiar with romantic lit, so can't comment on that. But in all this reminds me of a lot of the Scandinavian mysteries I read in the sort of matter-of-fact way the author presents things.. Good stuff.