"But nothing interests me more than having The Geezer Squad go into action. For those who haven't previously read their entry into this series, this is a group of retired professionals, from various agencies, who have formed a "book club." Yes, they meet to study true crime...which are actually cold or, in this case, recent crimes. They are amazing as they use their professional skills, expertise, and contacts, to move each case forward to completion... " 5-Star Review of WINTER FROST by Glenda Bixler, Book Reader's Heaven
"Winter Frost is the second installment in Lauren Carr's Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery Series. It features an engaging cast of characters and a gripping plot.
"Single father and retired FBI Agent Chris Matheson recently joined the Geezer Squad, a group of retired experts acting as a book club who help solve cold case files. This time around, they find themselves investigating a member of their own.
"Chris’ wife, Blair, passed away a few years ago while on assignment. He and his three daughters are trying to move on as best as they can when, a few years later, Chris sees his late wife at the train station. She yells out a cryptic message at him before disappearing again. Now begins the hunt for Blair and the truth about her alleged death.
"Chris is a likable character, a tough guy with a tender heart that goes very soft at times, especially with his daughters. The members of the Geezer Squad are hilarious; made up of a retired set of experts with a broad and impressive skill set, they form a club that no one wants to mess with. The cast of secondary characters adds to the story line with personality and spirit, leaving space for not a single dull moment. The air of mystery surrounding Murphy makes him particularly interesting.
"Filled with twists and turns, Winter Frost reads perfectly well as a stand-alone, although it is part of a series. The author creates tension and suspense throughout by keeping the reader guessing; she keeps readers engaged with well fleshed out characters and a dash of humor. Sterling, the retired German Shepherd police dog turned card shark, is a new favorite. As the story flows, the truth unfolds, layer by layer, leading to a satisfying conclusion.
"Winter Frost was an entertaining, at times humorous read with suspense, some surprises, and even cute animals in the mix." 4-Star Review of WINTER FROST by The iRead Review
It all started with a chance encounter in the city with Blair, his late wife.
Chris Matheson and the Geezer Squad, working under the guise of a book club, dig into the events surrounding his late wife’s supposed death halfway around the globe. A state department employee shoots himself in the back three times. A CIA operative goes missing. A woman is targeted by an international assassin three years after being declared dead in a terrorist attack overseas.
Nothing is as it seems.
In his most personal cold case, Chris fights to uncover why the state department told him that Blair, the mother of his children, had been killed when she was alive. What had she uncovered in Switzerland that has made her a target? Who terrified her so much that she had gone into hiding and why are they now after him?
I guess I'm a Lauren Carr super fan as I've read all 25 of her books! So I was really excited to crack open Winter Frost - the latest addition to her Chris Matheson series. As always, it was a wonderful read that I dove into eagerly and had trouble putting down.
Like the stories in her Mac Faraday, Twofer Murder, Lovers In Crime and Thorny Rose series, Carr imbues the Chris Matheson novels with strong storylines; murder; mayhem; mystery; great characters; strong, intelligent men: equally strong and intelligent women; a touch of humour; a good dash of danger; and best of all, several fabulous pets that each have their own unique personality.
Winter Frost starts with a totally unique plot twist that made me sit up and say what? - a random meeting on the street between Chris Matheson and his deceased wife who was buried several years ago. He bumps into her on the street, tries to follow as she flees, saves her life from a high end assassin, and then watches powerlessly as she jumps on a subway and disappears again.
What follows is a wild ride as we follow what happens to Chris after seeing his wife including assassins hot on his trail, the Geezer Squad (a real fav of mine) stepping in to help, learning the secret of where his wife has been the last 3 years, a threat to the safety of his mother and three daughters and an attempt to thwart and expose dangerous traitors. Touches of humour are added to lighten the mood here and there including the antics of Sterling - a super smart, card counting (yes he wins at cards), hat and sunglass wearing dog with attitude - and a super intelligent computer entity named Nigel. And I love that there are characters from her other series making appearances in this story.
Want to know how Chris' wife could be alive after being buried three years ago or who the Geezer Squad is or how they brought down the traitors? I'm not telling!
Exclusive! Here's a sneak peek of the first section of the opening chapter of Winter Frost!
Be warned! After reading this excerpt, you'll have to wait until January 28 to learn what happens to Chris Matheson and the rest of the Geezer Squad!