A Winter Kill by Vicki DelanyA Winter Kill by Vicki Delany

A Winter Kill

byVicki Delany

Paperback | April 1, 2012

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Nicole Patterson is a young, green and very eager probationary constable with the Ontario Provincial Police. Although she spends much of her time breaking up bar fights, giving out traffic tickets and finding lost kids, she dreams of one day becoming a detective.

Late one bitterly cold winter night, she comes across the body of a young woman lying on the edge of a snow-covered field on the outskirts of town. The girl appears to have been strangled. Nicole recognizes the victim as a local high school student with a somewhat sullied reputation, the daughter of the town drunk. Though both under-qualified and unauthorized, Nicole feels compelled to throw herself into the murder investigation.

Was the murdered girl really as promiscuous as her classmates described or the victim of bullying? What was her relationship with the star of the football team? And what is the significance of the ring with the large blue stone found near her body?

Is Nicole Patterson herself heading for trouble by pretending to be a detective?
Title:A Winter KillFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.25 × 4.25 × 0.3 inPublished:April 1, 2012Publisher:Orca Book PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554699568

ISBN - 13:9781554699568


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Captivating Read Constable Nicole Patterson has only been with the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) for six months, but she know a dead body when she sees one. After finding the teenage girl's body, she can't let the case go. She knows that the detectives will follow up any leads, but she can't stop asking questions. Just like Nicole, I couldn't let this story go. I read it in one short sitting and was captived. This title is part of the grouping of books called "Rapid Reads" from Raven Books. They are aimed at readers with low skill or confidence, or for those who want a quick read. Within a few chapters, I felt as though I knew Nicole. I could understand her position within her small community and how she felt most comfortable approaching her lifelong neighbours and asking them about the teen. The story progressed quickly, but did not feel rushed or as though it was missing anything. Author Vicki Delany also has a number of full length novels available, stand alone and series. I'm looking forward to reading In the Shadow of the Glacier, the first book in the Smith and Winters series.
Date published: 2013-06-03

Read from the Book

I shifted my feet. Snow crunched beneath my boots. I dropped to a squat beside the body. It was a woman. Her long pink scark was wrapped tightly around her neck. Too tight to let air pass. I pulled off my gloves and held my fingers to the side of her neck. Cold and stiff.