The Coldest Case
by Tessa Wegert

News of a missing Instagram celebrity brings Senior Investigator Shana Merchant to a frozen island community of just eight people. When the visit turns deadly, her hunt for a killer collides with a cold case she’ll never forget . . .

Cary Caufield isn’t the first man to go missing on an island, but when he doesn’t return from ice fishing, his neighbors still fear the worst. Though Cary and his partner, Anna, run a profitable Instagram account about their year of living on a remote island, they don’t understand the dangers of the ice. The tight-knit community of long-time islanders will tell you Running Pine can be perilous — especially for city slickers who’ll do anything to get the perfect shot.

Newlywed Senior Investigator Shana Merchant takes her own safety into her hands to help, but it soon becomes clear that Cary’s disappearance is more complicated than she first thought. In a place where collaboration can save your life, the islanders are secretive, the newcomers aloof, and there’s evidence of an outsider hiding somewhere in the snow.

At the same time, aspects of the case remind Shana of a homicide she worked back in Manhattan, a murder that haunts her still. As she enters a new phase of her life, she’s compelled to revisit the cold case, plunging headlong into the darkest part of her own past. And when a wind storm traps her on the island with a killer, she’ll need to solve both crimes before she becomes the next victim.

The latest taut, thrilling small-town mystery featuring New York State senior investigator Shana Merchant, and set against the beautiful backdrop of the Thousand Islands, is perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Ruth Ware.


“An extremely well-written crime novel . . . fans of the series will not be disappointed”

Booklist on Devils at the Door

“Wegert expertly . . . keeps readers off-balance as the investigation unfolds”

Publishers Weekly on Devils at the Door

“A compelling, unique mystery with twists I never saw coming. I couldn't put it down”

Samantha Downing, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife on Devils at the Door

“Stellar . . . Devil's at the Door has all the hallmarks of this excellent series – spooky Thousand Islands atmosphere, rich characterization, and a compelling circle of suspects”

Sarah Stewart Taylor, author of the Maggie D'arcy mysteries on Devils at the Door

“An explosive small town mystery filled with delicious and deadly secrets”

Darby Kane, #1 international bestselling author of The Engagement Party on Devils at the Door

“A taut, atmospheric and compulsive thriller that had me gripped as every secret unravelled and the investigation reached its compelling conclusion”

Nadine Matheson, author of The Jigsaw Man on Devils at the Door

“The complex plot and subtle characterizations elevate this above similar fare. Wegert remains a writer to watch”

Publishers Weekly on The Kind to Kill

“[Wegert has] rightly earned the badge as one of the finest talents of the past three years. And The Kind to Kill is her best novel to date”

The Strand Magazine on The Kind to Kill

“Wegert does an admirable job of generating mounting suspense”

Kirkus Reviews on The Kind to Kill

“[A] standout crime thriller . . . Wegert nicely balances plot and characterization. Fans of Denise Mina’s Alex Morrow will be pleased”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Dead Wind

Tessa Wegert

Tessa Wegert is the author of the Shana Merchant series of mysteries. A former freelance journalist, Tessa has contributed to such publications as Forbes, The Huffington Post, Adweek, The Economist, and The Globe and Mail. Tessa grew up in Quebec and now lives with her husband and children in Connecticut, where she studies martial arts and is currently at work on her next novel.

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The Coldest Case by Tessa Wegert is available in the following formats

Hardback97814483142325th November 2024147 X 222mm256$31.99
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