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The Dead of Winter (Cora Oglesby #1)

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  291 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Cora and her husband hunt things - things that shouldn't exist. When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious deaths, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible, but if Cora is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, she must first confront her own tragic past as well as her present.

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feb 19, 2013 Susan added it
I need to try this not only because it sounds interesting. But because there is a fully clothed woman on the cover. I thought that was against the rules of paranormal covers these days.
Anzu The Great Destroyer
I tried. I really tried. I cannot get into the story. There’s just too much useless talk, and too few monster hunting. I’m what, 30-40% in, and it’s not getting any better. I can’t get myself to care about any of the characters. The story seems useless. I’m bored. I need more action.

And Cora, the MC, is just getting on my nerves. I give up. Many thanks to the publishers for giving me the opportunity of reading this book though. You guys rock.
Mike (the Paladin)
What can I say???? Great book. This is a western, really. It makes no pretense at being anything else...well, I mean besides a fantasy. This is about "monster hunters" in the American west. And I like it. It does what it does rather well.

So, why 4 stars not 5? Well I have a couple of gripes. They are not huge gripes, some won't be bugged at all...some of you will disagree on at least one point. No biggie, nothing huge and definitely nothing that takes away from the book.

So...on to the novel. We...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
This book was "ok", and that's about it.

In the Old West, Cora and her husband Ben are bounty hunters of supernatural critters. Ben annoyed me for most of the book, though, because he didn't really do much of anything. There's a reason for this you find out later, but it didn't really change how I felt about the earlier parts.

And Cora - well, Cora's a nasty drunk and a generally disagreeable person. I mean, I liked flawed protagonists and all, but Cora was just kind of annoying, and it was hard t...more
I didn’t know much about this book apart from the tag on the front of the book ‘True Grit meets True Blood’. This was enough to get my attention and I felt like a western paranormal urban fantasy novel might be a fun read. Cora and her husband Ben are hunters, but for things that should not exist in the world. When the Marshall of Leadville, Colorado calls her in to help with a series of mysterious deaths, Cora feels she may have finally met her match.

I’m not sure how to classify the novel; is i...more
Sep 24, 2012 Elspeth rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
The person who wrote the blurb on the back of this book should either be fired or given a raise. Do the people that write them actually read the book, or are they given a synopsis that they reword into something polished enough to go on the back of the finished item, but I digress.

I have to say that the writing for this story was quite well done, that the bones of the story was interesting. I enjoyed that part of it, it's just too bad that the characters ruined it.

I really couldn't find it in m...more
Ranting Dragon

The Dead of Winter is the début novel by American author Lee Collins, and billed as "True Grit meets True Blood," it's a paranormal western action mystery (I know right!?). It pits the investigating gunfighters Cora and her husband Ben Oglesby against vampires and other supernatural enemies in the silver mining town of Leadville, Colorado.

Certainly a novel concept
It seems so tempting these days to slap the suffix "-punk" onto every genre that already exist...more
Dec 02, 2013 Katy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you're interested and can look past the problems I've outlined, go for it
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Book Info: Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: folks who think they might enjoy it
Trigger Warnings: Plot holes. Discrepancies. Annoyances.

My Thoughts: I’ve seen a number of negative reviews for this book, but it sounded like something I might like, so I figured I’d check it out and see what I thought, rather than relying on what other people think to decide whether or not it was a worthwhile book. Of course, I ran the risk of wasting my time reading a really horrible b...more

Full review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: Lee Collins’ debut was one that I almost missed out on. I had gotten hold of an e-copy earlier however due to work and my TBR pile, kept on passing it over. But I kept seeing praise about it on twitter and with me being in a recent book slump of sorts, I decided to take a look at it. It began a bit slowly but I’m glad I took a chance on it as I think I’ve discovered another debut that might make the year-end lists.

The book begins in 1883 i...more
Bane of Kings
“How do you make vampires more original? You put them in the Western genre. Collins has created a stunning debut here that is sure to entertain.” ~The Founding Fields

So, The Dead of Winter. What a heck of an enjoyable read, and Angry Robot continue to impress me with another stellar debut. The storyline is unique and engaging, and it moves along at a brisk pace. This is the first novel in the Cora Oglesby series and it did not disappoint - I loved every second of it.

"Cora Ogelsby and her husband...more
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Vicki

The Dead of Winter is a Supernatural Western. Some will have the same confused insta-reaction to this hybrid genre as they did when Joss Whedon announced production on Firefly, the Sci-Fi Western. ‘How will that work?’ they said. And unfortunately, they never really gave it a chance. Now is the chance to right those wrongs! Any past indiscretions, where you have overlooked awesome because it might have been a little bit too far outside of your comfort zone, ca...more
Beth Cato
I received this free Advanced Release Copy through NetGalley. The book is out November 1st.

The Dead of Winter bears the pitch line, "True Grit meets True Blood." That's quite apt. Cora and her husband hunt "spooks"--that is, the undead and other nasty critters that crawl out of hell. There aren't too many willing to take on that job in the late 19th-century pioneer west.

The book's pace and feel is like that of an urban fantasy, but against a very cold, very dark Colorado winter backdrop. The mi...more
Matthew Baker
Wow...I just finished THE DEAD OF WINTER, the debut novel from author Lee Collins, and I have to say that I’m impressed. Very impressed. For a first time author, Collins displays a nice diversity of writing skills, including a unique voice, a solid story, and damaged characters that are both likable and strong. Not to mention an original storyline that throws plenty of punches throughout its course.

Don’t confuse this book’s title with DEAD OF WINTER, the excellent Brian Moreland novel I reviewe...more
Another brilliant debut from Angry Robot's amazing 2012 schedule. If you love supernatural stories then you're in for a treat with this one.

The Dead of Winter stars Cora Oglesby and her husband Ben who specialises in hunting things that even the most hardened hunters are afraid of. Think of them as a Western version of Supernatural's Sam and Dean Winchester if you will. Like Dean, Cora has a quick to anger temper and prefers action to words, whereas Ben is a more laid-back, thoughtful fellow. De...more
You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:

Shadowhawk reviews another Angry Robot 2012 debut title, this one about the Wild West and Vampires and other supernaturals.

“Stunning, mind-blowing, amazing, fan-frikkin-tastic. None of those word can convey just how much I liked The Dead of Winter. I can’t even tell, although I know better, that this novel is a debut and not an author’s best at the peak of his career.” ~The Founding Fields

I’ve asked...more
Oct 30, 2012 Dragana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of western novels with a dash of horror
Cora and her husband Ben are bounty hunters on paranormal creatures. In this book we follow them while they are solving a couple of cases in a small western town. If you are not a lover of western novels, better skip this book because this book has all the elements: sheriffs, deputies, saloon, whores, miners, trains, etc.

One of the things I liked when I read the summary for this book was that main characters will be a married couple. That was a refreshing change from solo hunters/assassins. I wa...more
Book Review & Giveaway: We’re participating in the Fangs, Fur & Fey Giveaway Hop, and our giveaway is fangs related. Cue the evil book reviewer’s laugh. Thanks to the publisher, we’re reviewing and giving away an advance readers copy (ARC) of The Dead of Winter by Lee Collins. The book cover says it all: “True Grit meets True Blood.” Yep, this novel is alternate history – a Western with strong elements of paranormal fantasy and some horror thrown in for bump-in-the-night thrills. Read th...more
Westerns and I have usually been rather reluctant companions; they're not really my cup of tea, but Wiebe loves them, so I'll have to sit through either Once Upon a Time in the West or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly once a year. As a consequence I've always been rather hesitant to pick up weird westerns, thinking I wouldn't enjoy them. But in my bid to broaden my reading and as the blurb and synopsis of the book sounded rather interesting, I took a chance on The Dead of Winter. It turns out west...more
I knew I needed to read The Dead of Winter as soon as I saw it. A supernatural western? I am all over that! Especially when it is described as "True Grit meets True Blood," because True Grit (with John Wayne) is one of my all time favorites. Would I say that's an accurate description of this book? Hmm.... not exactly, but I still enjoyed it.

Unexplainable deaths are occurring in a small but rowdy Colorado town, and Marshal Mart Duggan doesn't know what to make of it. When Cora Oglesby and her hus...more
This book is a Western. I don’t know why it is only categorized as a Dark Fantasy. I liked that our heroine is kick ass and crazy. Who would’t be after spending ten years hunting and killing evil creatures of the night. She’s also an alcoholic, but again I understood, especially as more of her story was revealed. The problem is the story was boring. While there was action, so much of the story was just character’s standing around talking, and not about anything interesting. None of the character...more
David Monroe
Think Holmes on the Range mixed with Harry Dresden and Anita Blake. Unlike most Occult Detective literature, the protagonist -- Cora Oglesby, has no powers. She doesn't commune with the Fay, she isn't half-something-or-other or an enchanted creature. Cora is just a deeply, deeply psychologically disturbed, but highly capapable, 100% human.

In the years just after the Civil War, she became a bounty hunter--then, after a chance meeting with a priest dealing with a pesky nest of Vampires--she becam...more
3.5 Stars

Dead of Winter was an interesting read to say the least. It's a blend of several different genres: Western, Paranormal,Dark Fantasy,Historical … It's all in there. And it was done really well, actually.
When I first started I was wondering how Collins is going to blend in any thing Paranormal into the story… since it was so classic western actually.
And honestly to my surprise it actually worked.
I am not sure if it is because the world building is quite solid or because Collins didn't re...more
I received this free Advanced Reader's Copy through Goodreads Giveaways. I would say it's more "horror western" than "dark fantasy".

Apparently the author wrote this for National Novel Writing Month, and once I knew that it all made a bit more sense. Overall, I liked it. I think this author has potential and I may read other series by them.

The setting was good, I could almost imagine myself there. You could almost feel the cold described with this one. The atmosphere was just right. The first th...more
I think this is the author's debut novel. I picked up the sequel the day it came out.

This is sort of a supernatural western, set in the grim little mining town of Leadville. I could hear the main character's drawl from her first line of dialogue, but it wasn't overdone. Atmospheric, but not cliched. Cora has a lot of pathos and loss in her life. And she doesn't handle it all especially well- she drinks too much and takes foolish risks. Yet I never got annoyed with her, but felt interested in he...more
Chris Bauer
I continue to be impressed by the roster of authors in Angry Robot's stable. Of course, not all of them are writers whom I follow, but I always find a new writer to discover.

Lee Collins is such an author.

Collins' first book, "The Dead of Winter" is labeled on the cover as True Grit meets True Blood which might work well as a high concept elevator pitch, but it is much more than that. His characters are flesh and blood for the most part and well developed. The pace was brisk and kept me turning t...more
Tammy Sparks
Set in the old west of Colorado just after the end of the civil war, this gritty supernatural tale is high on my list of favorite books this year. Filled with colorful characters, authentic dialog and plenty of blood and mayhem, I was not expecting to love it as much as I did. There are so many successful elements that make up this book, but the best one has got to be the character of Cora, a truly unique protagonist whose rough edges might turn some readers off, but will more likely have you ch...more
Ben and Cora Oglesby. Professional monster-hunters in the old West. (Well, she's the one who handles the rough stuff; he's more of a quiet and bookish type.) They've come to Leadville, CO, up in the Rockies to see what's been eating the silver miners and, needless to say, to put a stop to it. Naturally, nothing ever goes as planned and terrible secrets will be revealed ...

A clever mash-up -- half Supernatural, half Deadwood -- and I look forward to future adventures.
This is a mix of a western with vampires and other ghouls. Cora and her husband Ben specialize in ridding towns of these unnatural monsters. When the marshall of Leadville, Colorado, encounters two mysterious deaths, he employs Cora to get to the bottom of it. This story had a nice flow to it and an engaging heroine. It's light reading in that sort of pulp genre and there's an interesting twist involved that really sets it apart from others of its ilk. I enjoyed this and might read the follow-up...more
Mark Redman
I have become quite a fan of urban fantasy in recent years, but never when it’s been mixed with a western setting. The only westerns I’ve ever come across are on TV or the cinema. I’ve never read any westerns – certainly not from the big names such as Max Brand or Zane Grey. So for me this book was something just a little bit different.

The main characters are husband and wife Cora and Ben Oglesby. Both are bounty hunters searching for supernatural creatures. The marshal of Leadville, Colorado,...more
Tim Elliott
A western horror story would normally get a 5 star rating , just because its western horror. Unfortunately this one was not a 5 star book . It had lots of good ideas but it ended up a confused mess by the end of the book.
The heroine of the book Cora Oglesby and her husband Ben are hunters of super natural critters in the old west .They are in the town of Leadville hunting a wendingo ( an evil cannabalistc spirit critter ) .Not that that matters cause they end up killing it so quickly that you n...more
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Having grown up in Colorado, Lee Collins is no stranger to mountains, pine trees, and unstable weather patterns. He remains, however, willfully ignorant of certain other Rocky Mountain delicacies. A job at his alma mater supports his writing, reading, and video game habits.

After receiving a degree in English, Lee remained in the dark with regard to all things publishing. This darkness continued un...more
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