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Winter Takes All

(Seattle Wilderness Mystery #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Crystal Rainey is aghast when she realizes her new year's resolutions haven't changed one whit from the previous year. Wanting to escape a future as dreary as a Pacific Northwest winter, she walks out on her dead-end office job, despite her tenuous savings account.
Stumbling across a job opening posted by a wilderness guide outfit, an intrigued Crystal bluffs her way into t
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published October 23rd 2019 by The Wild Rose Press
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N.N. Light
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing much better in the world for me than an incredibly well written cozy mystery that combines romance and sleuthing. This book was a pleasure to read.

I immediately loved Crystal and the relationship with Conner was superbly written. The mystery was a true homage to the classic pot boiler, and it will keep readers guessing.

Compelling at times, heart warming, funny, romantic, and intense. The detail of the outdoor scenes was written with great realism.

Indulging in this book is
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-i-spy
I really loved this book and everything about it! It was so refreshing that the main character and the guy she liked hit it off, and there was no friction or conflict between them like so many other cozies have written in. It was just the perfect balance of a little romance and a great cozy mystery in a super fun setting that I'll probably only ever be visiting via books. But it was easy to imagine the awesome chalet and the quiet snowy scenery.

Crystal was a great main character. She was young,
Marie (IfCatsCouldRead)
Great Winter Mystery

I loved reading about our local area. The main character Crystal is very relatable and admirable. The light romance was fun as well as the exciting danger Crystal encounters. I thought I had it all figured out at the beginning but I was wrong! Can't wait to read the sequel!
Stanley McShane
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Crystal Rainey cut out on her dead-end office job and answered an ad for a wilderness guide. Thank heaven Conner knows what he is doing and as head guide is quick to see a green-horn when he sees one, but hey, she has potential and she's adorable. On the first outing, however, this corporate retreat snowshoe hike to an alpine chalet might present more than one challenge. What about the owner's death? True, he was a creep of the first order. Still, his body is out there, frozen. And not an accide ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the cutest little murder mystery book EVER! The main character, Crystal, thinks she can solve a murder solely based on the fact that she has read many murder mystery books and can surely figure it out...HELLO?!? This is TOTALLY ME🤣 I could not put this book down! Crystal is loving her new career as a wilderness guide when on her first trip, one of her customers winds up dead. She can’t bare the thought of going back into the corporate world while waiting for the case to clear, so ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She spontaneously quit her awful job and got a new job she was totally inexperienced in, what could possibly go wrong?
While shopping for snowshoes she meets a yummy guy who offers to teach her the skill, then it turns out that they work for the same company of winter guides. On the very first trip, the guests don't get along, drink to excess, and one of them winds up dead. The cozy mystery is pretty well done, the budding romance is entertaining, and the humor is really giggle worthy!
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Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the first part of this book better than the rest, when it turned from a feel good change of life story to a murder mystery. The murder mystery part feels a bit awkward. I liked the main person and Connor, they are the more fully developed characters in the story while the rest are not as developed or pleasant. The ending as to who the murderer is was good, I didn't guess it. #WinterTakesAll #NetGalley ...more
JM Spade
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this cozy classic! I appreciated that the main characters didn't have all this distaste for each other like in some romance novels and instead, the mystery served as the catalyst to keep the reader hooked - which kept me guessing way more than a standard romance! I loved it! ...more
Mona williams
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
this was a first read of yours i read and i really liked it! she finds a new job. only to have a owner die. now she thinks something doesnt add up and he could have been murdered. read to find out what happens.
Jim Thomsen
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
On one level, WINTER TAKES ALL accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. It presents a heroine we can like and sympathize with, it offers an appealing window into Seattle and the Cascade Mountains , and it keeps the pages turning as Crystal Rainey struggles with her finances, her love life, her intrusive parents, her finances, and her inability to find employment that's passably enjoyable, sustainable and stable — not to mention the mystery of who murdered a prominent Seattle businessman duri ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stuck in her same ol, same ol life and finding un-fulfillment- Crystal changes her life in every way possible, only to get the brakes pumped on her new life which she has quickly fallen' in love with - due to a death on her very first outdoor adventure as a guide. Is the death an accident as assumed or more. Crazy meets crazy in the group she leads on this adventure and they only come out as more crazy the more Crystal spends time with them in the hopes of getting back to her dream job. Will she ...more
Angel White
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
In Winter Takes All we meet Crystal who, starting to realize how mundane her life is, makes drastic changes starting with quitting her clerical job. She then fudges her resume and becomes a trail tour guide. Her first expedition, snowshoeing clients up the mountain, is met with disaster and a questionable accident. Since this accident happened under the guide company's watch their insurance coverage has been yanked and all further tours cancelled. Desperate to regain her financial footing Crysta ...more
Jean Grant
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story. It was just what I needed...cozy mystery/suspense with a lighter tone. Crystal was an engaging protagonist and I look forward to reading future books in this new series. The writing was polished and the refreshing voice on point. the book was a smooth and easy read. I liked the main and secondary characters, too. The storyline was interesting ...and I am a sucker for anything that takes place in the wilderness. I am hoping as Crystal develops her outdoors legs, future books ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful new read

I really enjoyed this book and am annoyed with myself for not reading it sooner. I enjoyed how this book jumps right in and moves at a good pace. It keeps the reader interested and makes it hard to find a stopping point. The main character is interesting and relatable as I feel like we’ve all been in her shoes at some point in our lives. I could feel her struggles, nervousness and excitement. I enjoyed the mix of city and wilderness, never leaving us in one spot to get bored, i
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable cozy mystery with a great mix of mystery and romance. Crystal Rainey walks out on her office job and bluffs her way into a wilderness guide job where she meets the handsome Conner Oakes, a fellow guide. When a company owner in their tour group is murdered on the tour, Crystals first tour no less, she does some amateur sleuthing in an attempt to save her new life by uncovering the truth before it's too late. Will she be successful? Find out in Winter Takes All. Love the wilderness scene ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time in reading this author. Crystal wants some changes so she does some drastic moves to go about them. She gets her opening with a wilderness company as a guide doing what I call a fibble. There is also Connor whom is also a guide with romance on her mind I would say when she sees him. Being co workers though is a stumbling block but one that could be overcome if murder had not of found them. Now she is determined to solve this and save her present life so we are given quite ...more
Lori Leaf
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
My thoughts: I read cozies for pure entertainment and in my opinion a good cozy murder includes: 
Amateur sleuther
Great setting
Lovable Characters
G rated Romance

This book met all of those requirements and managed to do it set against the Cascade Mountains and Seattle, WA. I loved this change of pace from the normal bakery or other food related setting cozies so often have. So clever! While there were a few things I did not like (an inexperienced, non certified person being hired as a guide and the
Susan McCormick
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun and fast-paced mystery with an architectural firm full of suspects with reason enough to kill their unlikable leader, Winter Takes All introduces us to Crystal, a young woman with a dead end job and a yen for a more exciting career. She becomes a mountain guide and amateur sleuth and puts her life on the line to save the new life she has found. Erdahl has created a believable and enchanting world I look forward to returning to in the next Seattle Wilderness Mystery.
Jeannie Chambers
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. While I wished at times Crystal wasn’t so headstrong, knowing she was headed for trouble, that’s when I had to remind myself, ‘it’s only fiction, she’ll b.e OK.’
I also enjoyed the antics of her cat, Elf. I have an identical cat, and I’ve got the scratches to prove it. Her family is totally believable, and I adore her Dad.
Can’t wait to read more from Crystal (and Connor), she has a a way of sleuthing her way into your heart.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Can't Wait to Read the Next Book

I enjoy cozy mysteries with clever, courageous and determined heroines. It is light enough to relax me and descriptive enough to make me feel as if I were there. The well developed characters and the plot, with its twists and turns facilitated my sustained interest. I will read more from this skillful writer. I also appreciate that there was no profanity nor sensuality.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first M.L. Erdahl's book. This is the first book in A Seattle Wilderness Mystery Series, a cozy mystery. This is a great start to the Series. The characters are great, and the storyline is fun, intriguing and captivating. Amy Landon did a good job with the narration. I enjoyed it. I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. ...more
Lynn Ambers
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Winter Takes All" has all the good stuff a cozy mystery delivers. I enjoyed the journey. I love to read books that I can clearly envision the scenes. "Winter Takes All" gave me an internal movie I was happy to watch as I read. Fun wintry read. I read the book during the summer in Colorado. It helped me stay cool during the summer months. ...more
Michelle Blake
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read this book because I had received the 2nd book in this series as an ARC and wanted to know if it was worth reading. YES!!

What a cozy mystery and trying to follow the trail of whodunit was wonderful. I am looking forward to the next book!
Sandy EggO
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very true to life. Can't wait for the next one. ...more
Jennifer Vensel
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I met this author on Instagram and bought his book. Living in Denver, I could easily envision the story. It was a nice cool off during a hot summer. I enjoyed reading it. The ending is very vivid.
Emily Heebner
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Perfect Read or Listen While Sheltering in Place

Set in the Pacific Northwest winter wonderland, a thoroughly likeable heroine named Crystal finds her dream job as an outdoor guide. Quickly she embarks on a romantic caper to discover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of guests. Fun voices by the skillful narrator brought the audiobook to life, emphasizing the humor and character quirks. A fun, cozy mystery for all types of readers.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Winter Takes All by M.L. Erdahl is unique and refreshing. I loved the concept and the characters. 
Will Crystal find the killer or lose the future that she wants desperately?
Crystal is our main character and sleuth. She doesn't start as a sleuth, but when her new profession is threatened, Crystal must find out what happened to Philip. Crystal quit her t
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun cozy – even in a cold setting. My rating 4.5.

Crystal is already thinking about changing her life when her unpleasant supervisor scolds her for being five minutes late after walking through the rain. On a sudden impulse, Crystal decides to quit her dead-end clerical job. But she can’t be out of work long as she has bills to pay. She stumbles onto an advertisement for a wilderness guide. After bluffing her way to getting hired she needs to pick up snowshoes and learn how to use them.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
rystal Rainey quits her boring office job and takes a new job at an outdoor adventure company, Emerald City Outfitters. On her first trip out she meets her hunky co-worker, and has to cope with the dysfunctional employees of Calvert and Associates. When the head of Calvert and Associates, Philip Calvert is killed in a suspicious snow mobile accident, all tours with Emerald City Outfitters are suspended. To keep her job, Crystal begins to investigate the murder. This is a cute, readable little bo ...more
Abby Lloyd
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was immediately pulled into this book. The cozy atmosphere and the relatable protagonist had me hooked. We’ve all had a job we wish we could just quit on the spot. Crystal left her office job for a chance at an adventure as a wilderness guide. Despite her lack of experience she manages to land the job. When her first ever guide trip goes array, crystal sets out to make sure justice is served...and she might even find love in the process. This was such a fast an cozy read, I would recommend to ...more
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Award-winning ML Erdahl lives amidst the trees of the Pacific Northwest, where he pens humorous cozy mystery novels set in the wilderness he has spent his lifetime exploring. The only thing slowing him down is when his adorable rescue dogs, Skip and Daisy, demand to be petted and cuddled on his lap while he types. When he's not wandering the mountains, you can find him gardening, reading, or searc ...more

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