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An unwanted guest
2018
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A remote lodge in upstate New York is the perfect winter wonderland getaway . . . until the bodies start piling up.

It's winter in the Catskills and the weather outside is frightful, but Mitchell's Inn is so delightful! The cozy lodge nestled deep in the woods is perfect for a relaxing--maybe even romantic--weekend away. The Inn boasts spacious old rooms with huge wood-burning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or just curling up with a book and someone you love.

So when the weather takes a turn for the worse and a blizzard cuts off the electricity--and all contact with the outside world--the guests settle in for the long haul. The power's down but they've got candles, blankets and firewood--a genuine rustic experience!

Soon, though, a body turns up--surely an accident. When a second body appears, they start to panic. Then they find a third body.

Within the snowed-in paradise, something--or someone--is picking off the guests one by one. They can't leave, and with no cell service, there's no prospect of getting the police in until the weather loosens its icy grip.

The weekend getaway has turned deadly. For some couples, it's their first time away. For others, it will be their last. And there's nothing they can do about it but huddle in and hope they can survive the storm.
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A snowy getaway in the Catskills sounds like just the ticket for a disparate group of travelers, including a single attorney, troubled friends planning a girls' weekend, two couples ready for some romance and another on the brink of a breakup, and a writer looking for some solitude. It all goes awry, however, when an ice storm traps the visitors in Mitchell's Inn, even after one of their numbers dies. Was she murdered? Is someone else next? Nobody knows, and as the electricity and heat shut off, and communication with the outside world becomes impossible, things turn increasingly sinister. This mystery is unusual in that the events leading up to the investigation take many more pages than the investigation itself. While the ending is abrupt, the drawing out of events preceding it is effective, with Lapena (The Couple Next Door , 2016) creating a goosebump-raising atmosphere as the darkness and malevolence stretch on. This compelling and realistic modern take on the country-house mystery will gain new fans for the author and is definitely one to hand to devotees of Agatha Christie (and her modern interpreter, Sophie Hannah).--Henrietta Verma Copyright 2018 Booklist
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