Review of Descent by Kristina Stanley: an Enjoyable Read with Lingering Local Color Panache


My review: 

I enjoyed the easy, natural pace of this book and the interesting plot developments. I was especially enchanted by the local color panache that the author brought to the novel. It is obvious that Kristina Stanley has rich experience in her book’s setting and successfully makes it a character in the novel, almost leaving the reader with the wistful desire to escape to a beautiful ski town and start anew. The thoughtful crescendoing of the story and well-crafted denouement also make this a mystery novel well worth the undertaking.


When Kalin Thompson is promoted to Director of Security at Stone Mountain Resort, she soon becomes entangled in the high-profile murder investigation of an up-and-coming Olympic-caliber skier. There are more suspects with motives than there are gates on the super-G course, and danger mounts with every turn.

Kalin’s boss orders her to investigate. Her boyfriend wants her to stay safe and let the cops do their job. Torn between loyalty to friends and professional duty, Kalin must look within her isolated community to unearth the killer’s identity.

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Yours in literature,