Silent Winter Solstice by Bonnie Oldre

A Beth and Evie Mystery Book 1

Winter Solstice, 1968. While most of the world is transfixed by the televised images of the first manned lunar orbit, Beth Williams rushes through the eerie quiet of her home-town city park trying to get to work on time. Suddenly, a body rolls down the hill and lands near her feet. She glimpses a shadowy figure at the top of the hill. But, before the police arrive, the body disappears and they dismiss the whole thing as a drunk who fell, was stunned, and then wandered off after regaining consciousness. However, Beth is certain that a murder was committed. She and her best friend, Evie Hanson, both mystery novel buffs, decide to investigate. The menace grows when Beth discovers she is being followed around town. Beth and Evie realize they must solve the case before it is too late.

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09NZC296H
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gatekeeper Press (December 20, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 20, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1346 KB

My Review

What do you do when it is 1968, before cell phones were invented and you find a dead body in the snow? You run to the library, where you work as a Library Assistant so you can call the police. Unfortunately, the time it took to report the death also provided the murderer with the time to hide the body. Or was the person alive and knocked out, woke up and walked off? Beth Williams was second-guessing herself when the police couldn’t find evidence of foul play.

I liked the fact this mystery was set in 1968 when life was simpler and life in small communities was laid back and residents trusted one another. The author captured the time period perfectly. The writing style was easy to read, and the plot kept me turning pages. It didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat like thrillers do but its style was perfect for a cozy read.  It was a tantalizing read for a relaxing afternoon.

About The Author

I always loved books. My library card was a prized childhood possession. In the summer, I spent hours at the library happily turning pages with fingers wrinkled from playing in the adjacent city swimming pool. Reading transported me to a new world. I was interested in everything. Some of my favorites included the Hardy Boys and Sherlock Holmes stories, and later, Agatha Christie’s novels.

I developed a life-long passion for writing when a poem I wrote was published in my high school’s anthology. After earning a degree in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, my first publishing job was copy-editing church bulletins in the morning and delivering them in the afternoon! I was also a volunteer writer and editor for our neighborhood newspaper and sold a couple of short stories. But that didn’t pay the bills, so I went to graduate school and became a librarian.

The desire to write never diminished and ultimately propelled me into taking writing classes at the Loft Literary Center and the University of Minnesota. A life-long resident of Minnesota, my husband and I have two grown sons and a tribe of grandchildren. We, and our pet cat, Chocolate, live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bonnie also writes historical fiction as B.K. Oldre.

https://bonnieoldre.com/

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