Format: Paperback, Digital
Pages: 378 pages
Published: November 8, 2023
Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Suspense
When Detective Jo Fournier’s cousin goes missing with her sweet five-year-old Alexia, Jo heads straight to where they were last seen. Her heart stops when she finds their unlocked car—one door has been left open and Alexia’s beloved teddy is lying in the snow. Jo’s blood runs cold as she realizes her family have been kidnapped…
Even as she swears to bring them home, Jo makes a discovery that chills her to the bone: other young, single mothers have vanished with their little daughters just before Christmas.
As Jo’s team re-open the cold cases, they make a terrible discovery. Buried deep under the snow in the forest near Oakhurst are the bones of a mother and daughter who disappeared. The snowy grave contains a little angel, the kind you would hang on a Christmas tree.
With no sign of her cousin and little Alexia, Jo is sure that they are in the hands of a twisted serial killer and running out of time. Discovering suspicious activity in the security footage from the day her cousins were taken gives Jo the clue she’s been desperately searching for. Can Jo bring her family home safe, or has the killer lured her into a terrifying trap? (Credit: Bookouture)
Are you looking for a heartstopping thriller from beginning to end to read for the holidays? Then Angels In The Snow, the latest in the Detective Jo Fournier Series by M.M. Chouinard, definitely needs to be on your list. I never got to read the other books in this police procedural series. Don’t worry. You don’t need to read the previous seven books to understand the plot in book 8. However, like in any series, it is good to start at the beginning, and that is what I will do after encountering Angels In The Snow.
This gripping thriller will be perfect for any reader who is a big mystery fan but enjoys a story that not only includes a mystery where the readers are involved in the clues and trying to figure out the culprit themselves (I always love seeing that in books), but you also have a book where the characters are more personable and relatable. That is the case with Detective Jo Fournier when this kidnapping case hits a little bit close to home. Chouinard has done a great job in not only being a great storyteller. She’s created a collection of characters you can connect emotionally, but most importantly, she used that in creating Jo Fournier. Fournier is not in that class of female detectives that prove you can be determined and sound at your job but also be empathetic and genuine.
This is a definite must-read for mystery fans who are looking for a new series to embark on. Fans of cozies and police procedural mysteries will definitely enjoy this one.
Thank you Bookuture and NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Looking for other books to read after Angels In The Snow? The following readalikes are perfect matchups for your reading pleasure:
Perfect Readalikes for “Angels In The Snow”
Against The Currant by Olivia Matthews
Little Caribbean, Brooklyn, New York: Lyndsay Murray is opening Spice Isle Bakery with her family, and it’s everything she’s ever wanted. The West Indian bakery is her way to give back to the community she loves, stay connected to her Grenadian roots, and work side-by-side with her family. The only thing getting a rise out of Lyndsay is Claudio Fabrizi, a disgruntled fellow bakery owner who does not want any competition.On opening day, he comes into the bakery threatening to shut them down. Fed up, Lyndsay takes him to task in front of what seems to be the whole neighborhood. So when Claudio turns up dead a day later–murdered–Lyndsay is unfortunately the prime suspect. To get the scent of suspicion off her and her bakery, Lyndsay has to prove she’s innocent–under the watchful eyes of her overprotective brother, anxious parents, and meddlesome extended family–what could go wrong? (Credit: St. Martin’s Press)
The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson
A serial killer and his copycat are locked in a violent game of cat and mouse. Can DI Anjelica Henley stop them before it’s too late? (Credit: Hanover Square Press)
The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean
A woman being held captive is willing to risk everything to save herself, her unborn child, and her captor’s latest victim in this “intense, dark, and utterly chilling” (Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts) thriller in the tradition of Misery and Room. (Credit: Atria Books)
The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh
It’s the party to end all parties….but not everyone is here to celebrate.
On New Year’s Eve, Rhys Lloyd has a house full of guests. His vacation homes on Mirror Lake are a success, and he’s generously invited the village to drink champagne with their wealthy new neighbors.
But by midnight, Rhys will be floating dead in the freezing waters of the lake.
On New Year’s Day, Ffion Morgan has a village full of suspects. The tiny community is her home, so the suspects are her neighbors, friends and family–and Ffion has her own secrets to protect.
With a lie uncovered at every turn, soon the question isn’t who wanted Rhys dead…but who finally killed him.
In a village with this many secrets, murder is just the beginning. (Credit: Sourcebooks Landmark)
Blood Sisters by Vanessa Lillie
A visceral and compelling mystery about a Cherokee archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs who is summoned to rural Oklahoma to investigate the disappearance of two women…one of them her sister. (Credit: Berkley Books)
M.M. Chouinard’s first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millenium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity’s sake, she released them. She’s currently at work on her seventh novel.