An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena Publication Day 8-7-2018 @sharilapena @pameladormanbks

A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away!

It’s winter in the Catskills and Mitchell’s Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing–maybe even romantic–weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.

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 and try to make the best of it.

Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead–it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic.

Within the snowed-in paradise, something–or someone–is picking off the guests one by one. And there’s nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm. . . and one another.

This was a solid murder mystery. I loved the feel of the “classic” hotel-during-a-winter-storm feel. Shari Lapena also created a cast of characters that also complimented the “who-done-it” theme! Among the cast of characters was an unhappily married older couple, a young seemingly happily married couple, an engaged couple, a young single lawyer with a sketchy background, two old friends on a retreat, the hotel owner and his son, and a bitter old author trying to finish her book???

You’ll no doubt feel like you’re in the middle of a Clue Game and it’s your turn to guess the murderer! Was it the butler with a knife, the unhappy husband with a rope, or the writer with an agenda? Hmmmm… or none of the above?

Mystery surrounds the off-the-beaten trail hotel during a winter ice storm from the beginning! Suspicion is high and you will definitely feel like every character is guilty at some point in the story but the ending was unexpected and well written! It was great! We are big fans of Shari Lapena!

Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers  The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House and  An Unwanted Guest, which have all been both  New York Times and UK  Sunday Times bestsellers. Her books have been sold in 35 territories around the world.  She lives in Toronto.

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