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Dead for the winter
Thornton, Betsy.
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First edition.
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New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2004.
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260 pages ; 22 cm
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Who killed the artist's husband? The spinster therapist? Pentecostal Christian? Angry ex-cop? Beautifully written Dead for the Winter sparkles with vivid reality and sly humor.

Author Notes

Betsy Thornton lives in Bisbee, Arizona, where she works for the Cochise County Attorney's Victim Witness Program as a victim compensation advocate and a victim advocate. This is the fourth book in her series of the adventures of amateur sleuth Chloe Newcombe.

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Booklist Review

Cochise County victims' advocate Chloe Newcombe's boyfriend has taken off on a South American adventure. Before leaving, he gave her the name of a carpenter who can build the bookcase she needs. When Terry Barnett shows up to take measurements, Chloe finds herself attracted to him. They end up having dinner together before Chloe learns that he is married. Later she is assigned to a new case, the widow of a murder victim, who turns out to be the carpenter. As she learns more about the complex web of relationships in the carpenter's family, Chloe becomes determined to find the killer. In doing so, she puts her job in jeopardy and finds herself on the list of suspects. Thornton continues to paint evocative portraits of the stark Arizona desert and create fascinating, complex characters. Readers will enjoy the setting and the glimpse at the consequences of domestic violence that play an integral role in this story.\b --Barbara Bibel Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of Thornton's fourth intricate puzzle to feature Chloe Newcombe (after 2002's Ghost Towns), the Cochise County, Ariz., victim's advocate is assigned to assist artist Heather Stephens after Heather's husband, carpenter Terry Barnett, is found dead in his burning barn. The problem is, Chloe hired Terry to make a bookcase for her and in the process was attracted to him. During dinner across the border in Mexico, Terry told her he was married, and she refused to see him again. Chloe's concern for Heather, when it becomes clear that Terry was shot first, drives her to try to unravel some highly tangled relationships in search of the killer. Did his wife tire of his infidelities? Was there a dissatisfied client? What of his estranged brother in Ohio? Terry went back there for a time to care for his dying mother and contacted a childhood friend. Herself a victim's advocate, Thornton writes what she knows. She takes great care in describing this community whose members are bound together in spite of their need for independence. In showing more than one type of victim, the author doesn't shy away from the possibility of failure on Chloe's part. She keeps Chloe and the reader just a bit off kilter right up to the closing teaser about her heroine's future. Agent, Vicky Bijur. (Nov. 17) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When victim's advocate Chloe Newcomb (Ghost Town) meets her newest case assignment, the artist widow of a murder victim, she realizes that she knew the victim. As her fondness for the widow grows, she decides to find the killer herself. Apt Arizona surrounds and able prose mark this series addition. Thornton lives in Beebee, AZ. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.