A Killing Freeze by Lynn Hall

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(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

In a mountain town during its annual Winter Fest, two people die, apparently at the hands of a deranged murderer. Clarie, the main character, finds Mrs. Amling in the snow: "She lay facedown, arms upflung, looking grotesquely childlike in her blue coveralls. Against either side of her body, her dogs huddled, shivering and looking up at me." The elderly woman who wrote children's books and seemed to have no enemies has died from a blow from a blunt instrument to the back of her head. Suspects are hard to come by. Could the killer be Ray, a lazy handyman who had worked for Mrs. Amling, and who claimed she had been infatuated with him? Perhaps the killer is Richard Moline, an untalented artist who had hoped to illustrate...

(The entire section is 262 words.)