Monday, January 12, 2015

Book Review & Giveaway: Snow Way Out by Christine Husom



Blurb: Curio shop manager Camryn Brooks thought she’d seen every kind of snow globe—until she saw one depicting a crime scene….

Ever since she was a child, Cami has loved the sparkling beauty of snow globes, and now, she sells them. In fact, they’re so popular, Cami and her friend—coffee shop owner Alice “Pinky” Nelson—are hosting a snow globe making class.

After the flurry of activity has ended and everyone has gone off with their own handmade snow globes, Cami spots a new globe left behind on a shelf, featuring an odd tableau—a man sleeping on a park bench.

On her way home, she drifts through the town park and is shaken to come upon the scene from the globe—a man sitting on a bench. But he isn’t sleeping—he has a knife in his back. When the police arrive, it’s clear they consider Cami a little flaky and possibly a suspect. After her friends also come under suspicion, Cami starts plowing through clues to find the cold-blooded backstabber—before someone else gets iced….


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Book reviews that are short and sweet...just like Truffles!

Is there anything more magical then the whimsical miniature world of a snow globe? I've always been enchanted by them, so the idea of a mystery series set in a gift shop that specializes in snow globes really excited me.

The central characters of Snow Way Out are a trio of friends: Camryn Brooks who runs Curio Finds alongside The Brew Ha-Ha coffee shop managed by childhood friend "Pinky" Nelson, and teacher Erin. The big news in Brooks Landing is the recent jail release of Jerrell Powers who robbed Erin two years prior. As Cami and Pinky prepare for the evening's snow globe making class, they realize that Jerrell's ex-wife and current girlfriend will both be in attendance. Following a somewhat contentious altercation between the women following the class, Cami discovers a snow globe in her shop that is not a part of her inventory depicting a man on a park bench. On her walk back home through the park she stumbles upon the exact same scene...only it's Jerrell Powers on the park bench and he is dead with a knife sticking out of his back. Back at Curio Finds the mysterious snow globe has vanished, and soon whispers between her dear friends has Cami suspecting the worse.

This was a wonderful debut to a promising new series. I was completely stumped as to the identity of the killer but had a sinking suspicion about one of my favorite secondary characters, and I was proven right. I look forward to spending more time with this great cast of characters. There's only one thing missing...Cami definitely needs a cat!

Giveaway: Do you have a favorite snow globe? Tell me about it by noon eastern on Friday, January 16th for your chance to win a copy of Snow Way Out. (US entries only, please.)

This is my favorite globe from my collection. A cat, of course :)


47 comments:

  1. I don't have any snow globes but I love your cat snow globe above! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Snow Way Out!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  2. No, I do not have snow globes, never have; they are so fun and many a beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

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  3. That is a beautiful snow globe and the book looks good too. My favorite belonged to my hubby's father and has a deer in it, we have it in a cabinet in the diningroom now ( away from our kitties).

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  4. My favorite snow glad has a schnauzer puppy playing with a shoe....
    afarage(at)earthlink.net

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  5. I have one that one of my children made me in school for Christmas .. A snow globe that predicted a murder? sounds like a great mystery! !
    dkstevensneAT outlook DoTCoM

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  6. My favorite one has children skating. It is a Christmas snow globe.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. My favorite snow globe is a Snow Babies snow glove. It has a cherub inside it with snow babies around the snow globe. It provides such a whimsical but loving feel when I look at it.

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  8. I used to collect those cheap tourist snowglobes with landmarks inside. I know they are kitchy but I loved everyone of them. Then in one of our multitudes of moves, the box they were in was lost. My favorite one was the Space needle in Seattle that I got in the 1960's when we visited there when I was a child.
    Sounds like a great mystery!

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  9. Your snow globe is a real treasure. I have one snow globe which I love. A miniature one of a snow scene in Montreal which is lovely. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. A snow globe that depicts a beach is my favorite. I enjoy this one since it was a gift. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. My favorite snow globe is one that has fish in it. My hubby got it for me after we got married with the last name Fish I needed lots of little fish. ourbutton@yahoo.com

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  12. I don't have a favorite. I did see the one pictured and almost bought it. I love snowglobes. sclickner@juno.com

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  13. Melissa, your snow globe is precious! My sister is a snow globe collector and has given me a few, so they're all precious to me.

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  14. I have two, one is a snow scene with the Winnie the Pooh characters, I bought it when my girls were young and I always loved the detail. The other is Cinderella's castle just because I have always been fascinated with it. I love the picture of yours it looks beautiful.
    momzillasteel@gmail.com

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  15. I love snow globes, my favorite ones are my Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ones. I have four snow globes with them.. I collect all things Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

    weluvdopey@sc.rr.com

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  16. My husband and I were married in Las Vegas. While we were there we bought a snow globe of Las Vegas, and it has all landmarks of Vegas. I treasure it even more since he passed away
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  17. Your snow globe is precious knowing your love for cat's it's perfect. I only remember as a kid having a cheap, plastic one with a Christmas scene. I have a love of Standard poodles and have one boy now. I have poodle ornaments and knick knacks but a snow globe with a Standard poodle(s) in it would be fun. :) I'll be going online to look . marybrandis@gmail.com

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  18. I have one favorite snow globe with a polar and a white x-mas tree which I keep away from frankie the too curious siamese would love to win this book looks like a great story thanks for the review

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  19. I've only ever had one snow globe. A friend gave it to me for Christmas years and years ago. I still have it and put it out every year for the holiday season.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  20. What a great premise for a book. I had a plastic, touristy looking snow globe as a kid that I loved. It had a winter scene in it and boy, did I like to make it snow! Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. My favorite snowglobe is one my mom had made for me a few Christmases ago. It had a photo of 2 of my dogs who have since crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I'd love to add this book to my TBR pile!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  22. I used to have a cute cat one but; it got broken. Love snow globes.Pretty book cover. Sounds like a great book.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I don't have any snow globes. But I do think they are beautiful.

    xzjh04@ Gmail.com

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  24. Melissa, your snow globe is stunning. Many thanks for your great review. I love your blog spot and wish everyone could win a copy of Snow Way Out.

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  25. I do not have a favorite snow globe, but I do think that they are beautiful

    Kimberlee
    girllostinabook@hotmail.com
    www.girllostinabook.com

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  26. Your snowglobe is pretty. Pop used to love and collect snowglobes until we found out how toxic they are to cats if they break. Cats die instantly if they lick that antifreeze inside.

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  27. I tried to make one. I wonder where that unfinished project is hiding. Bobbipad at gmail.com

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  28. Love the cat snowglobe. I still have a 101 Dalmatian snow globe I treasure.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  29. I only remember the small plastic snow globes when I was growing up....just a house in it with a pine tree. And I also have a small 101 Dalmatian snow globe. Kuzlin at aol.com

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  30. My favorite snow globe features an unicorn in it. It very pretty. :)

    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thank you

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  31. my favorite snow globe is a Christmas snowman snow globe...it runs on batteries and when the color wheel goes around on the inside bottom of it,the "snow" turns every color of the rainbow...I leave it out until Valentine's Day.

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  32. I have a carosel horse snow globe that's my favorite.

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  33. I loved snow globes as a child but don't have any as an adult. Thanks for the giveaway.

    dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  34. My favorite is my Statue of Liberty snow globe I got as a child...

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  35. My favorite snow globe belonged to my grandmother and had a church surrounded by trees.

    Thank you for the chance to win~your book sounds great!

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  36. I don't have many snow globes but I do have one that is a Christmas Tree that has small presents under it and is musical - it's my favorite of the snow globes - I have way more music boxes. Short and sweet book review - very nice! Thanks for the giveaway.
    maria63303 at gmail dot com

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  37. My favorite snow globe is a Christmas one! It was the last gift my daughter got from my Mom before she passed! My daughter has a pretty good size collection! I love your cat one! Thanks for the chance!

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  38. We had a snow globe, but I haven't seen it around for ages. It was a scene from Vienna. So beautiful.

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  39. I have loved snow globes since I had a little one with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer when I was very little. I do have a collection. I'm not sure about my favorite, but I am partial to a small Jim Shore snow globe with Mickey and Minnie dancing inside.

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  40. I have one with a Christmas scene that my sister gave us a few years ago. Always love to have it displayed during the season.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  41. I have a really beautiful nativity snow globe that someone gave me one Christmas. It's one of my favorites! christy41970 at gmail dot com

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  42. I have a beautiful Wizard of Oz snow globe that plays music. I love it, since that's my favorite movie. :) This cozy sounds SO good!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  43. I don't have a snow globe - so no favorite one :-( But I do love the cat one that you have!! Would love to win this book! Great idea for a new series! jeaniedannheim at ymail dot com

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  44. My favorite Snow Globe is of Santa skating in a Winter Wonderland.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  45. I purchased one from The neiman Marcus catalog about 12 years ago. Their Christmas catalog is so much fun to recieve if just for dreaming. I could afford the snow globe so purchased it for my daughter. It's of the NY skyline with a cab that runs around the city inside when wound. It was before 911 so the twin towers are in it as well as the Empire State Building.

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