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Dark Night

Dark Night

A Mystery

Alaska Wild (Volume 3)

Paige Shelton

Minotaur Books


The third book in the gripping, atmospheric Alaska Wild series, in which Benedict, Alaska is met with some unexpected visitors…and then disappearances.

Winter is falling in the remote town of Benedict, Alaska, and with the cold comes a mysterious guest. The dreaded "census man," seemingly innocuous, is an unwelcome presence to those members of this secretive community who would prefer to keep their business to themselves. Meanwhile, thriller writer Beth Rivers has received her own unexpected company: her mother. The last Beth heard, Mill Rivers had gone underground in the lower forty-eight, in search of Beth’s kidnapper, and Beth can't help but be a little alarmed at her appearance: If Mill was able to track down her daughter, who knows who else might be able to?

Beth doesn't have time to ponder this for long, after a battered woman stumbles into the town bar one night, and her husband is found dead the next morning. Suspicions immediately turn to the census man, but when he, too, goes missing, everyone in Benedict—including the police chief—is suspected, and Beth and Mill must work to uncover the truth.

Praise for Dark Night

Praise for Thin Ice:

"[A] riveting story with an unusual setting and cast of characters." —Library Journal (Starred, Pick of the Month)

"A page-turner with an unusual location." —Kirkus

"Readers are left wondering up to the last exciting page what the answers are, and will eagerly await the second in this new Alaska mysteries series from the author of the Scottish Bookshop mysteries." —Booklist

"[With] murder, mayhem and heroics...[and] an intriguing cast of characters." —Anchorage Daily News

"Riveting. Suspenseful and intriguing...Shelton's fans are sure to enjoy this compelling departure from her typical writing style." —Shelf Awareness


Paige Shelton

PAIGE SHELTON had a nomadic childhood as her father’s job as a football coach took the family to seven different towns before she was even twelve years old. After college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, she moved to Salt Lake City where she thought she’d only stay a few years, but she fell in love with the mountains and a great guy who became her husband. In 2015, her family moved to Arizona. In addition to the Alaska Wild series, she writes the Scottish Bookshop mystery series, beginning with The Cracked Spine. Her other series include the Farmers’ Market, Cooking School, and Dangerous Type mystery series.

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