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  • Worth reading

    A sweet m/m romance in the cold and snowy Maplewood, a secluded village in Vermont, where everyone knows everyone and secrets have a short life. Declan is stuck in a rut and decides to travel to his family cabin in search of some inspiration for his new mystery book. He is also looking for some much-needed time of quiet, away from the big city. The beginning was a bit slow for me, but once the story started, I was into it. The cozy mystery kept me on the edge while I was waiting for the romance element to kick in. I found this book to be very atmospheric. I could almost feel how good the pancakes with maple syrup tasted or how cozy Declan's cabin must have felt. I would recommend it to anyone who was looking for an enjoyable Christmas-themed mystery with a spark of romance. Arc kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Nice and cozy

    I have a few mixed feelings about this book. It was an easy and cozy read, an ok mystery with a hint of romance. All ingredients for a good read but it was missing something. I think the reason why I did not enjoy it as much as I wanted is that the story dosn't quite know what it wants to be. A mystery or a romance? There are books that manage to work both paths but with In the Winter Woods both parts felt neglected. I never had a sense of tension or curiosity for the mystery, nor did I feel the romance. There isn't much development between the two main characters which is sad, because it might have been so good. And for the mystery there are either no clues to follow and things are just revealed out of thin air or the clues are too easy to look through so they have no chance to build up. It's not a bad book though and if you are looking for a quick and easy read this one might be right for you.

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  • The Meaning of Cozy Mystery

    In the Winter Woods by Isabelle Adler was quite a fun book to enjoy during this season. I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book tells the story of Declan Kensington, who used to be a bestseller author, but whose books are selling less and less and money is getting tight, so he decides to move temporarily to his late parents' cabin in the woods up on Lake Champlain, in Vermont - the only place he could afford. Once settled, he meets Maplewood's people, including the handsome Public Safety Commissioner, Curtis Monroe. On his first night, Declan receives a note with a threat for him to leave town, and a day later a dead body appears outside his neighbor's cabin. I usually don't read cozy mysteries, but maybe I should. This was so warm and loving (even with the dead bodies?), keeping me slightly on the edge of my seat. I LOVED getting to know Maplewood's citizens and I came to really like Declan and shipping his developing connection with Monroe. The plot twists, although some a bit predictable, had just the right timing and added A LOT to the history. I really really enjoyed reading this and I'll definitely keep an eye out for Isabelle Adler's work. I really loved her characters in this book and her writing!

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  • Don't Miss This Book!

    Thank you to Net Galley for the ARC copy of In the Winter Woods. I had not read a book by the author Isabelle Adler before and I really enjoyed In the Winter Woods. It is the story of Curtis, a successful writer of a mystery series, who is in a writer's slump. His editor hints that the mystery series may have run its course and he should try a new genre. He escapes Manhattan to live in his family's cabin in Vermont. His parents have passed and no one has been to the cabin in years. The cabin is near the small town of Maplewood. Curtis quickly learns that small town life is quite different than Manhattan and that people know more know about what he's doing than he is used to. A threatening note to Curtis to leave Maplewood along with a neighbor's brutal murder puts Curtis in the middle of his own mystery series. He befriends the local detective but they have to try to keep their friendship private as best they can. Curtis soon learns that there is more to the small town of Maplewood than he ever imagined. The story is set at Christmas time, but it is not a heavily-themed Christmas story. In the Winter Woods was a refreshing story with some nice twists and turns. I will definitely read more books by Isabelle Adler.

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