Mysteries of the Frozen Variety
Seems like you can find a mystery set almost anywhere it gets freezing cold. Here are some I came across:
The Wolf in Winter: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly
A Charlie Parker thriller (I know! I thought it would be the great sax player they called “Bird,” too) set in Prosperous, Maine.
Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
A Rizzoli & Isles novel that takes place in the deserted town of Kingdom Come during a Wyoming blizzard.
Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves
This book features homicide detective Lizzie Snow (!), who moves to Bearkill, Maine to try to find her missing niece.
Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck
If you thought Maine was cold & dark, try moving with Maija from Finland to Swedish Lapland in the early 18th century, where she attempts to solve a killing her neighbors attribute to wolves.
The Chocolate Snowman Murders: A Chocoholic Mystery by JoAnna Carl
Do you like cozy mysteries that center around food? Check out this one set in Warner’s Pier, Michigan, during Winterfest.
Alpine Winter by Mary Daheim
Another cozy mystery, one in a series starring Emma Lord, newspaper editor & publisher in Alpine, Washington.
Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith
What is it with all the wolves? Arkady Renko tracks clues in the polluted Zone of Exclusion around Chernobyl, in the Ukraine.
A Fine and Bitter Snow by Dana Stabenow
Private eye Kate Shugak investigates the death of an environmentalist who opposed oil drilling in a wildlife preserve near Niniltna, Alaska.
In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrews
I was wondering if there were any murder mysteries that were set in Antarctica. Lo & behold, I found this one.Valena Walker arrives at McMurdo Station to study glaciology, but finds that her professor has been accused of murder.
And, finally: Winter Study, by Nevada Barr
Park ranger Anna Pigeon goes to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan to participate in a study of – yep, you guessed it – wolves.
Vaughn Harrison works at Half Moon Bay Library, and has spent the summer in San Francisco.