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The Book of Cold Cases
The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel. In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspecta rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion. Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Casesa passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Sheas surprise, Beth says yes. They meet regularly at Beths mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when shes not looking, and she could swear shes seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isnt right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?
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paisleyjess
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If you read her last book, this is better. It has a dual lead interview and flashback structure much like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo but with spooky things that go bump in the night instead of Hollywood betrayal. I really enjoyed it and it isn't too scary.

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paisleyjess
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The new dog already understands there's no room in my lap when the book comes out. Good boy and good book

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OutsmartYourShelf
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This started off at 100 miles an hour: true crime blogger persuades possible serial killer into giving her an exclusive interview, which takes place at possible serial killer's house which seems to be haunted. I was hooked. If only that early promise had carried on throughout. It turns out, the haunting side of things is way more interesting than the serial killer mystery side, I wish there had been more of the ghostly visitations. 3.5🌟 (Cont...)

OutsmartYourShelf Beth is a fascinating character & I'm glad we got to hear some chapters from her side of the story. Shea is okay but pales into insignificance beside Beth. I really enjoyed some aspects but was a little disappointed with others, although bonus marks for the cat named Winston Purrchill (he is fine throughout the story by the way). Good but could have been better.

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Andrew65 I need to start this, well done 👏👏👏 7d
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TamTracy
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I love a good ghost story. Only if it‘s well done though. This author always seems to get it right. This is one more that impressed me and had a major creep factor throughout. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MyNamesParadise I loved this book sooooo much!!! I read it in a day! 1w
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LeahBergen
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Sunday night reading (and wine-ing). 🍷

vivastory What is the your preferred type of wine? 2w
Cathythoughts Looks perfect 👌🏻 2w
LeahBergen @vivastory This one is a Malbec. My preferred type always changes and there are not many wines that I DON‘T like. 😆 1w
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vivastory I understand. I 💙a good Malbec & definitely prefer red over white, but sometimes I want a Merlot and sometimes I want a Cabernet 🍷 1w
LeahBergen @vivastory I‘m the same. I drink dry whites or dry rosès when it‘s hot but prefer reds. 1w
vivastory Same! I might grab a bottle of a dry white to have with dinner tonight as there's only a few weeks of summer left 1w
britt_brooke Perfect! 1w
Centique I would just like to pipe in and say I have yet to meet a wine variety I don‘t like @vivastory @LeahBergen And just like tempting book covers there are some Very Pretty wine labels that seem to call to me…. 7d
Centique And I would love to take you two to Gisborne and introduce you to some really full bodied chardonnays @LeahBergen @vivastory Let me know when you can get here!! 7d
vivastory @Centique @leahbergen That would be the experience of a lifetime!! As a Tolkien fan I would of course have to make the trek to Matamata to visit Hobbiton 🙂 🍷 7d
Centique @vivastory that is an absolute must for our itinerary too! 😍 7d
LeahBergen @Centique @vivastory Count me in for all of it! Wouldn‘t it be glorious? 🥰 6d
IamIamIam I'm adding this to my Libby list!. I'm currently listening to 1d
LeahBergen @IamIamIam I was a little underwhelmed by this one. 🤔 I really enjoyed The Broken Girls (and several of her other books) but found this a bit disappointing. I hope you like it better than I did! 1d
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sprainedbrain
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Simone has figured out the perfect formula for writing mysterious/ghostly/slightly romantic books, and I love her for it.

I don‘t have much to add over what others have said about her latest. Well-done dual timelines, a slowly unfurling mystery, fantastic characters… what‘s not to love. Also really good on audio.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MyNamesParadise I loved this book so much! 2w
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LazyLibrary
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⭐️⭐️.5 This was not as enjoyable as the authors previous books. I found it slow and I found Shay to be lacking in character development. The paranormal edge just wasn‘t working for me. I found myself in a rush to finish and was left kinda meh… I am still a fan of the author, but this one just wasn‘t my cup of tea. #botm #bookofcoldcases

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BookwormAHN
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St. James is definitely one of my favorite authors and I really enjoyed her newest book. Shea, who is obsessed with true crime meets Beth who in the 70s was accused of being behind the Lady Killer Murders. Of course Shea has to find out the truth.
#SundayBuddyRead #BOTM

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DanaManiac
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4 ⭐️ for our latest SSJ read in #SundayBuddyRead

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DebinHawaii
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A good solid Simone St. James book that blends a cold case about a female serial killer with the paranormal. Although the ending was a bit abrupt & not all plot pieces seemed fleshed out, I was caught up in the story & engaged.

Pictured with the final “gift” from my Once Upon a Book Club box (pg 337) a red scarf/shawl & little card with a Life Magazine cover of Beth wearing it, which is kind of cool. (The 2 other gifts are in earlier posts.)⬇️

DebinHawaii ..While the box & gifts made reading the book more fun, the real fun came from the discussions in the #SundayBuddyReads group so thanks to them and to @TheBookHippie for leading us. (edited) 1mo
5feet.of.fury That‘s really neat! 1mo
AmyG That‘s really cool. I enjoyed this one, too. 1mo
TheBookHippie Oh that is fun!!! I do love our discussions. 1mo
Rachel.Rencher I just ordered this in my BotM! 🥰 1mo
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Kimberlone
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I liked this one better than the other Simones I‘ve read. The serial killer/true crime/cold case elements that drove the plot were well executed, and Simone created some fantastic and complicated characters (Beth, especially), BUT the romance lacked development and overall I found the ghost/supernatural stuff to be kind of silly. Also Shea‘s trauma backstory felt superfluous and I wish there had been more explanation about her true crime blog!

Kimberlone Thanks again to @TheBookHippie for leading the #SundayBuddyRead…I can‘t believe how many of these Simone books I‘ve read along with you all now! 1mo
TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ I love reading her with all of us! It‘s such a good time! 1mo
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5feet.of.fury
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So excited to discuss this ending with #SundayBuddyRead

…it was definitely a ride.

Shea: who is consumed by guilt after surviving an attack as a child, taps into some of the rage &starts the blog Book of Cold Cases to find justice for others. Which leads to a meeting with Beth Greer, prime suspect for unsolved murders from the 70s, Beth invites her to her haunted house &things get weirder from there.

BookDragonNotWorm I just finished this! 🖤 1mo
5feet.of.fury @BookDragonNotWorm I really liked it! Ending seemed little rushed but it was very enjoyable 1mo
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BookDragonNotWorm
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Ghosts, guilt, and grit! Loved the dual timeline in this fast-paced book a female serial killer in the 70s and the paranormal.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love her books!! 1mo
BookDragonNotWorm @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I've only read 3 of them but I've loved them all! 1mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Shea blogs about true crime at night and otherwise insulates herself from the world with her own version of PTSD. But then a suspected former killer contacts here, leading her down a rabbit hole. I thought the first half was really strong, but the second half is a disappointment, with pacing issues and poor attention to detail. I love this author, but I think this is her weakest book.

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AmyG Agreed! 1mo
TheBookHippie 🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! This one is on my shelf but I still haven't gotten to it... like so many others!! 😂 1mo
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babyruth2510
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I was sucked in within moments and enjoyed the ride. This is my first St James but I will definitely read more. Wish the ending packed a little more punch but solid read.

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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Another great ghost story/mystery from a favorite author! I liked the main characters a lot and the discussions with #sundaybuddyread were a blast as usual! Thank you @TheBookHippie !!

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️🤯🤯🤯🤐🤐🤐😵‍💫 1mo
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mcctrish
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I‘m ready for Sunday 💙💙💙💙💙 Simone St. James does not disappoint ever! “Modern Gothic Triumph” 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

AmyG I really enjoyed this one! 1mo
mcctrish @AmyG the last section FLEW! So many things happening, wrapping up 😱😱😱 1mo
Sargar114 Modern Gothic is a great description! 1mo
mcctrish @Sargar114 I agree 1mo
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Sargar114
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Simone St James does ghost stories like no one else! I really enjoyed this one, but I wanted more of the Greer Mansion. That was easily the spookiest part and where this book really shined. I also loved the character of Beth Greer. If you like St James‘ work, this one has all her signatures and you‘ll be sure to enjoy it. Read for #sundaybuddyread and will leave the rest of my thoughts for that discussion 💙