Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Murder at Cold Creek College

Murder at Cold Creek College
(Cold Creek #1)
Cozy Mystery
File Size: 632 KB
Print Length: 340 pages

Sheridan Hendley is a professor and psychologist, not a sleuth. When her colleague at Cold Creek College, Adam Millberg, is murdered, she is charged with helping the Detective assigned to the case. Immediately, her good friend becomes the prime suspect and Sheridan is motivated to help solve the case and prove Kim isn’t guilty. It also becomes apparent that Sheridan is attracted to the handsome Detective. As Sheridan tries to implement the crisis plan on campus and connect all the people in Adam’s life, she finds that many women have a motive for Adam’s murder. Slashed tires are the first indication that Sheridan’s involvement is obviously making someone nervous.

My Review:

This cozy was a good one. In fact, it was great!  Sometimes I find that the cozies I read are lacking in one area or another.  I enjoy them, but they are also easy to put down and pick up later.  Not this one. The biggest draw for me was that it was totally engaging from beginning to end.  Truly interesting to read, I found myself creating theories about characters right from the start. Each character was unique in personality and several could have committed the crime.  I was happy to find that I couldn't predict who the real murderer was until I got to the last few chapters of the book.  

I really liked the main character, Sheridan.  She was easy to relate to and I could easily see someone like her in the real world.  The fact that she was in her forties, divorced, and worked full-time makes her someone readers can connect with.  Her romance with McMann was slow to emerge in the story and didn't overtake the drama as it unfolded.  It was well portrayed. 

I also enjoyed learning about life at a small four year college and seeing the personal and professional turmoil that ensued when something big like this happened in such a small town.  There was a decent amount of action once the story began coming to a head. It kept me turning the pages and there was no way I was putting the book down once the suspense began!  I found that I was satisfied with the ending and was thrilled to find out that there was another book coming in the series.  I will definitely be picking it up very soon.  If you like cozies, this is one not to miss!

About This Author
Christa Nardi is and always has been an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery/crime authors over time, but mystery/crime along with romance are her preferred choices for leisure reading. Christa also has been a long time writer from poetry and short stories growing up to technical, research, and nonfiction in her professional life. With Murder at Cold Creek College, Christa is joining many other reader/writers in writing one genre she enjoys reading – the cozy mystery. Christa Nardi is a pen name for a real life professor/psychologist from the Northeast.


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  1. a definite 'must-read' for me!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

  2. Thanks so much for being part of the tour!!!

  3. I love Christa's photo! Reserved but playful.

    This book sounds right up my alley!