Practical Sins for Cold Climates
When Val Cameron, a Senior Editor with a New York publishing company, is sent to the Canadian Northwoods to sign a reclusive bestselling author or risk losing her job, she is definitely out of her element. Val is certain she can convince Charles Cable, but first she has to find him.
Aided by a float plane pilot whose wife was killed two years ago in a case gone cold, Val’s...more
Even as a fellow New Yorker, I found Valjean “Val” Cameron, a Donna Karan-clad senior editor at a boutique publishing house, initially annoying, a woman whose c ...more
This book is the first in a new promising series. I liked ...more
Valjean Cameron, the leading lady of the book, is a senior editor at a New York City based publishing company. Due to her ‘complicated’ relationship with her boss, she is sent to a small settlement on a remote lake in Canada to sign a best-selling author. Being a city girl through a ...more
This was my first book written by this author and I really wanted to give it a try. The plot looked interesting and fresh, different from all the other cliches. I somehow managed to finish it for more than a week ( for cozy mysteries I usually need day or two) and here are my thoughts:
The main character here is Valjean (Val) Cameron who works as an editor at a successful publishing house in Manhattan. Her boss is a ...more
This is a very readable book, and if allowed I would have awarded three and a half stars, as I did enjoy it despite what I felt was an unconvincing plot.
Valjean Cameron is an editor at a successful publishing house in Manhattan; here boss is the rather strange Peter Holloway, who seems to have had a personality change, from conservative businessman to eccentric hippy.
The business has been in trouble due to having published a book about paedophilia ...more
"To know a clue when it slapped her silly would depend on a familiarity with these lives that she didn’t have."
Valjean Cam ...more
While trying to get a reclusive author to sign a publishing contract Val, stumbles upon a questionable death where all signs point to the author as being the perpetrator. Already hav ...more
I didn't like the romance aspects constantly impinging on the story. If Valjean Cameron wasn't thinking about participating in a romantic encounter.......she was thinking about having participated in a romantic encounter. I become very i ...more
Valjean, an editor from a prestigious small press publishing company, is sent by her boss, and sometimes lover, to the Canadian back woods. Her mission: to get the signature of a reclusive author on a publishing contract. A contact that will make or break her career. She finds herself stumbling into a murder mystery amid the ...more
A Simple assignment for Senior Editor Val Cameron,tracking down elusive Author Charles Cable to sign the contract for his new book "The Astroid Mandate"in Lake Wendaban Ontario,Canada...Val is a New Yorker,so not much can phase her.The Rollercoaster ride of actually finding Charles,is more then she bargained for.. Not a 2 day trip as planned..Curious Val,an excellent trait for an E ...more
Ms. Costas's characters were well developed. I felt like I knew them! I am glad to read that this is the beginning of a new series.
I received an ARC from NetGalley.
This book is interesting for many reasons. First, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The main character, Val, was annoying to me, and I often lately have difficulty with unlikable characters. By the way, I could imagine most people liking Val, so I do think that is me.
On the other ...more
In these watery environs you boat or canoe to your destination. Your destination may well be an island and your nearest neighbour is on the next island but one, and it takes 30 ...more
Peter Hathaway, sent her to northern Ontario to get an author to sign a contract. She wasn’t happy about the assignment but felt she had to go. A previous contract with an author with what turned out to be a major skeleton in the closet made it imperative to get this one done. The company really needed the money. And, after all, it would only be a quick fly in-fly out trip.
A New Yorker through and through, she ...more
Val Cameron has been sent out to Lake Wendaban, which is out in ...more
It's not really a cozy, although the main protagonist is not in law enforcement, and it's set in a rural area/small town. There is a bit more violence and sex than your typical cozy, although in no way is anything graphic. I think the main thing that pulls it from the cozy realm for m ...more
New York City is Val Cameron's environment so when she finds herself in the remote Canadian town of Lake Wedaban in Northern Ontario to get author Charlie Cable's signature on a contract for his new book, she's terrified but determined not to show it.
Figuring out a new language that includes poutine, LCBO, GO JAYS, on top of new places like the Honey Bee Restaurant and Bob's Bait Shop, Val finds herself curiou ...more
As the story opens, Val Cameron, a Senior Editor wi ...more