The Snow Job is a small town cozy mystery set in Canada with interesting characters and a murder to solve. But is that the only mystery to uncover? You’ll have to read it to find out!

4-STAR REVIEW: THE SNOW JOB by Dianne Ascroft

The Description

Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries: Book 3
Publication Date: December 13, 2023

A Scottish shindig, a pretty pin, a cold corpse. When a well-liked and respected townsman is murdered on a snowy street in Fenwater, it’s up to Lois Stone to sift through a multitude of motives to find the killer.

Middle-aged widow Lois is beginning to feel part of the Fenwater community, and as winter sets in, she is getting ready for the town’s biggest Scottish event, the annual Burns Night supper. But when one of the committee members dies in suspicious circumstances, Lois has more to worry about than the fate of this year’s celebration. She tried unsuccessfully to revive the man and her friend Marge worked with him. So, they want to find his killer even though Lois promised her partner Bruce that she would stay out of police matters. But, what’s the harm in asking a few questions? Such as does someone want to safeguard their inheritance or give their business a boost? Will finding the motive for the murder lead them to the killer or maybe more?

And so begins a fortnight of slippery sidewalks, angst about ancestors, capable firemen and cunning firebugs, unreliable records, swirling Scottish music and swinging tartan kilts, calico cats and smouldering spooks set against the backdrop of snow glistening under streetlamps on serene streets, the comfort of ritual in a cold churchyard, the swish of skate blades in crisp night air and the tang of mouthwatering meatloaf in rural Canada in 1984.

The Century Cottage Mystery series is mainly set in rural Ontario, Canada during the early 1980s.

A tale for fans of Cindy Bell, Leighann Dobbs, Dianne Harman and Kathi Daley.

The Review

The Snow Job by Dianne Ashcroft is the third book in the Century Cottage Cozy Mystery series and the first one I read.

It took a while to get into this story, which is set in a small town in Canada, settled by Scots. There are a lot of senior citizens, amateur sleuths helping look for a murderer, Scottish lore, small businesses, and friendly neighbors. There’s also a goat who’s a ghost, several cats, and a dog, adding more layers to the story and some laughable moments.

Lois and Marge are close friends and seniors. Marge is always hellbent on getting answers, while Lois is more laid back and quiet. Her century cottage has the resident ghost and two knowing cats who seem to understand what’s happening around them. Several stories were stories related and woven together nicely. There were also numerous clues and details and all are important to figure out whodunnit. There are red herrings and aha moments. There are friendships and family who add a reality to the tale.

Of course, Marge and Lois meet with trouble while pursuing the murderer and I figured out whodunnit before they did. There’s a smattering of romance and friendships solidified. There are definitely more stories to tell, and I look forward to reading more in this series.

The Snow Job is a small town cozy mystery set in Canada with interesting characters and a murder to solve. But is that the only mystery to uncover? You’ll have to read it to find out!Buy Links

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About The Author

Dianne Ascroft writes the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries, set in rural Canada, and The Yankee Years historical sagas, set in WWII Northern Ireland. She has a passion for Ireland and Canada, past and present. An ex-pat Canadian, Dianne lives on a small farm with her husband and an assortment of strong-willed animals.

Her previous fiction works include An Unbidden Visitor (a tale inspired by Fermanagh’s famous Coonian ghost); Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves: A Collection of Short Stories (contemporary tales), and an historical novel, Hitler and Mars Bars, which explores Operation Shamrock, a little known Irish Red Cross humanitarian endeavor.


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JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for - and which is on hiatus. Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!



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The Snow Job is a small town cozy mystery set in Canada with interesting characters and a murder to solve. But is that the only mystery to uncover? You’ll have to read it to find out!4-STAR REVIEW: THE SNOW JOB by Dianne Ascroft