The Dead of Winter by Rennie Airth
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This is another entry in the John Madden series. I found it way too slow-going for 95% of the book, with too much talking and not much action. It's also a weird premise: the "hero" investigator is a long-retired and revered detective who is still friends with the current crop of detectives. He's brought into the investigation as a courteous gesture since one of the victims worked on his farm. But for most of the book, Madden is back on his farm asking productive questions. And as in previous Madden novels, there's a dicey denouement with the villain. I liked the previous books better.
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