Review of Snow Way Out

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Camryn Brooks has left Washington in the midst of a scandal and has returned to her hometown to be with her family and friends.  She begins to manage her parent’s store, the Curio Finds, that specialize in snow globes.  The space of the shop is shared by Pinky, one of her best friend’s coffee shop, The Brew Ha-Ha.

The two decide to hold a snow globe making class to help increase business.  Everyone that attended the class made their own globe with material supplied by the instructor.  When the class is over, Cami finds a snow globe that she has never seen.  It shows a man sitting on a park bench appearing to be asleep.  When she is walking home from work after the class she decides to cut through the park because it is a faster route.  While walking through the park, she sees a man sitting on park bench and when she decides to make sure he is alright, she finds out there is a knife in his back.  The victim is someone who has a shady past and Cami knows that there are a number of people who would be happy to see him dead.  Including some of her best friends.  And when those best friends appear to be hiding something from her, she decides she will have to solve the mystery to make sure they had nothing to do with it.

The cast of characters include Cami, Pinky and their other best friend Erin.  There is also Mark, a good friend who is a policeman and an older gentleman named Archie, who is like a grandfather to the three girls.  And then there is Clint, the assistant chief of police, who Cami likes and dislikes at the same time.  The characters are well developed and realistic.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The writing is descriptive and I felt like I was right there in the small town setting.  Whether I was reading about the shops or the park I felt like I was watching the action all around me.

This is the first book in the series and I cannot wait to read further books as they are written.  I am sure that the characters will be further developed and I will be interested in seeing if anything develops between Cami and Clint.  I love the concept of the snow globes depicting future events and I cannot wait to see  what other stories the globes have to tell us.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy with a unique concept.

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