Title: Double Black
Author: Wendy Clinch
Release Date: January 5, 2010
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Stacey Curtis is a ski bum living at a Vermont resort, skiing by day and waitressing by night. Up until recently, Stacey had been living in Boston with her fiancé, but when she caught him with another woman, she knew that things had to change. She enjoys her life, squatting in an empty condo building for which she was lucky enough to find the keys. But when she walks into a condo one night and finds a dead body on the bed, Stacey knows that, once again, her life is going to change.
Double Black is an entertaining cozy mystery with a great setting. Even those who don’t enjoy skiing or have never been will appreciate the environment. When she’s on the slopes, Stacey’s mind is clear from all distractions, focusing on the utter peace and beauty she feels. The town has a cozy environment; Stacey knows all the locals, but the tourists serve to keep things interesting.
Stacey herself is an appealing character that I enjoyed getting to know. She has baggage, but doesn’t let that get in the way of a friendly personality. Additionally, while she doesn’t really take it upon herself to become an amateur sleuth, her position as a waitress makes her fit into the role naturally. She hears a lot while tending bar and has many opportunities to observe the people around her and ask questions. She’s skilled and resourceful, and she makes a great protagonist for this series.
Double Black also had an entertaining mystery. The murderer wasn’t too difficult to figure out once all the players were introduced, but Clinch still manages to keep things interesting by throwing in kinks here and there. All in all, it was a great start to a series, and I hope to read the second book Fade to White soon.