Vera Stanhope is back solving another murder mystery and yes, for you perceptive readers, the title is from Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Book 9 in the series has Vera and her team trying to find the murderer of a young mother and a retired teacher. Taking place just before Christmas, the cold, bitter winter of Northumberland play a part in the challenges of solving the murder. As usual, Cleeves writes an excellent police procedural and the character of Vera in her frumpy clothes remains strong although in this book she is feeling her age. I hope that is not a sign that the series is coming to an end.

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