Summary

Freeze Before Burning offers a break from the typical murder cases involving guns or more traditional killing methods while still delivering an intriguing whodunit.

4-STAR REVIEW: FREEZE BEFORE BURNING by Nikki Stern

The Description

A Sam Tate Mystery: Book 3
Publication Date: December 8, 2021

True Crime Fans Iced by Cold-blooded Killer

What do a bartender, a priest, and a librarian have in common? They all work in New York City. They’re all true crime fans. And they’re all dead, courtesy of a predator with a chilling approach to murder. Talbot County, Maryland Lieutenant Sam Tate is in the Big Apple to find answers about her own tragic past when she is pulled onto the case of the Dry Ice Killer by an old friend with the NYPD. Drawn to a new colleague, she questions her long-time relationship with her FBI boyfriend. Meanwhile, she’s caught between the demands of an impatient bureaucracy and an especially sadistic sociopath. This may be Sam’s most dangerous case yet—if she survives.

The Review

Sam Tate may be on vacation back to her roots in New York City, but that doesn’t stop her from getting sucked into a whopper of a murder case. Dubbed the Dry Ice Killer, the serial killer is on a path of destruction.

Author Nikki Stern delivers the third installment in the Sam Tate Mystery Series with Freeze Before Burning. This pulse-pounding police procedural is packed with twists and turns as the investigation ensues. Meanwhile, a side storyline focuses on the root cause of Sam’s ongoing nightmares.

Although this was my first introduction to the series, I had no problem following the storyline and appreciating the complexity of the case. Watching Sam deal with a growing attraction to one of the investigators and balance it against her long-distance boyfriend provided a good relief from the suspense.

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About The Author

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Nikki Stern is the author of six books, two non-fiction and four fiction. The Wedding Crasher, a 2019 Kindle Book Award Winner, and Bird in Hand, a 2020 Shelf Unbound Notable Indie, are the first two books in the Sam Tate Mystery Series. Freeze Before Burning is the latest. Nikki shares author credit on a series of interactive murder mysteries published by Samuel French. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

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Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.

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4-STAR REVIEW: FREEZE BEFORE BURNING by Nikki SternFreeze Before Burning offers a break from the typical murder cases involving guns or more traditional killing methods while still delivering an intriguing whodunit.