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Just as a murderer dumps his corpse into the lake across Valley View in Lily Dale, Bella Jordan happens to be at her window, not quite realizing what she's seeing. Unbeknownst to her, the killer spots her silhouette and prowls straight to her door. That is, until he's interrupted by a black cat. A superstitious gambler, he takes off, but Bella's seen too much, and he vows to return.Jiffy Arden, a neighborhood kid looking for the black cat and stumbling across the killer, begins to have premonitions of being kidnapped during the season's first snowstorm. Sure enough, when it strikes, he vanishes, never arriving home from the bus stop. While her son, Max, believes Jiffy has been kidnapped, Bella is convinced he's just wandered off as he typically does ... until a body shows up in the lake.Now everyone is pulling out all the stops to find the missing child, identify the victim, and collar the killer. And fast, because he's coming for Bella next in Dead of Winter.



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Wendy Corsi Staub

New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than ninety novels, best known for the single title psychological suspense novels she writes under her own name. Those books and the women's fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham have also appeared on the USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Bookscan bestseller lists.Wendy's current releases, LITTLE GIRL LOST, DEAD SILENCE, and THE BUTCHER'S DAUGHTER comprise her fifth suspense trilogy for HarperCollins/William Morrow. She is writing a standalone psychological suspense to be published by William Morrow mid 2021. The first three titles in her Lily Dale traditional mystery series are NINE LIVES; SOMETHING BURIED, SOMETHING BLUE, and DEAD OF WINTER, with two more coming from Severn House in 2021-22.Her novel HELLO, IT'S ME was a recent Hallmark television movie starring Kellie Martin. Her short story "Cat Got Your Tongue" appeared in R.L. Stine's MWA middle grade anthology SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN (HarperCollins) . Her short story "The Elephant in the Room" appears in Nasty Woman Press's inaugural anthology SHATTERING GLASS.A three-time finalist for the Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award, she's won an RWA Rita Award, an RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense, the 2007 RWA-NYC Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement, and five WLA Washington Irving Prizes for Fiction.She previously published a dozen adult suspense novels with Kensington Books and the critically-acclaimed young adult paranormal series "Lily Dale" (Walker/Bloomsbury) . Earlier in her career, she published a broad range of genres under her own name and pseudonyms, and was a co-author/ghostwriter for several celebrities.Raised in western NY's snow belt, Wendy graduated from SUNY Fredonia and launched a publishing career in New York City. She was Associate Editor at Silhouette Books before selling her first novel in 1992. Married with two young adult sons, she lives in the NYC suburbs. An active supporter of Planned Parenthood and the American Cancer Society, she was a featured speaker at Northern Westchester's Relay for Life and a National Spokesperson for the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation. She has fostered for various animal rescue organizations and has three beloved rescue cats.



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