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Publisher's Summary

A Most Anticipated Novel by PopSugar * CrimeReads * Goodreads

A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times best-selling author of The Sun Down Motel.

In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect - a rich, eccentric 23-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases - a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea’s surprise, Beth says yes.

They meet regularly at Beth’s mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she’s not looking, and she could swear she’s seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn’t right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?

©2022 Simone St. James (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Lovers of true crime will get a kick out of this thriller that oozes atmosphere." —Silvia Moreno-Garcia, New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic and Velvet Was the Night

"Simone St. James knows how to haunt you. The Book of Cold Cases is St. James at the top of her game, expertly weaving the past and the present to reveal a chilling tapestry of real world mystery and supernatural suspense that will have you turning pages well past your bedtime and jumping at every little sound." —Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Drowning Kind 

"No one writes a ghost story like Simone St. James, whose uniquely spooky thrillers are as chilling as they are captivating, and The Book of Cold Cases is St. James at her best. Steeped in atmosphere and spine-tingling chills, this gripping mystery will haunt you from the very beginning." —Laura McHugh, award-winning author of What's Done in Darkness  

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I don’t understand all the positive reviews

Full disclosure: I couldn’t even finish this book.
So perhaps it is unfair to write a complete review.
What I can say, with absolute certainty is, I love the way that the book begins and I loved the premise or the set up.
It sounded like a book written just for me and I was sure to be enthralled.
For the first few chapters I enjoyed it.
I truly enjoyed the narration and things seemed to be moving alone nicely.
But the minute the other narrator begins, the supernatural aspects of this story seemed to be over the top, not even slightly subtle and so “in your face” and ridiculous that I couldn’t even finish listening to it.
I was expecting a beautifully written, creepy ghost story with true crime elements.
Unfortunately the supernatural elements were just not believable and even a little silly from the minute they start.
Thus, I couldn’t finish it.
This is third SSJ book that I’ve started with very high hopes only to be totally let down.
I won’t be making this mistake again.
I hate leaving negative reviews, I am certainly no writer, I am certainly not capable of doing what some of these exceedingly talented authors do so I always feel strange when my
comments are not positive.
Perhaps you will enjoy it.
I could not.
I did not…
Maybe in a few years I’ll actually try to read some of her stuff in the original hardcover or paperback format and maybe that will change my opinion.
But for now, just no…

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Disappointed

I'm a big Simone St. James fan (The Sun Down Motel and The Broken Girls were both 4.5 stars for me). But this story was predictable, repetitive, the main character was dull and so much was overexplained. The mystery is solved halfway through and then the story is dragged out until the end where it's just summarized for you by the main character. Not at all what I expect from this author. I do think I would've liked it better if I read the book vs listening to the over-acted and forceful narrator...but even still, it was just such a let down.

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Soooo Goood

Another one of her great books such an awesome read couldn’t put it down. So many twist and turns cat keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Love the relationship between the two primary characters.

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very disappointed

reviews suggested I'd like this book. I kept expecting it would get better. It didn't.......

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Not the Sun Down Motel

I love this Author, but nothing compares to her Sun Down Motel work. That book was amazing and so I expected more hauntings and scare the crap out of me type stuff. This was not it. Hopefully her next work will live up to my expectations, because when she writes something well, she writes it so well!

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Absolutely Awesome

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. So far, this is my favorite of all Ms. St. James' books but I look forward to many more to come.

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Too long and not one likable character

I usually love Simone St James, but this book did not do it for me. I was uninterested from the start and the terrible protagonist just made the book worse. Definitely skip this one:

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Pressley oh no

I dislike Brittany pressley’s voice and hate saying that but she makes this one tough to listen to. Otherwise, it was a fun and gripping spooky story and I enjoyed the other two narrators very much! Would recommend.

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The Narrator Ruins This One

The story was predictable—even the “twists.” It had the bones to be decent, but predictable plot, bad narration (the audiobook reader on this one is TERRIBLE), and an unsympathetic protagonist? It’s a no for me.

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Quick read

I read this book in 2 days. The narration is good and the story is captivating until you get to the end. The end was such a let down I struggled to give it 3 stars but the rest of the book is what earned the stars. It had the potential to be great but unfortunately this one was a miss.

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  • dawn
  • 04-29-22

So addictive

I could not stop listening to this book! I listened every chance I got! I would 100% recommend 👌

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  • 04-10-22

enjoyable

I do like this style of story and the narration was good. enjoyed this and enjoyed the sundown motel even more

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  • 04-01-22

another great read

This is the third Simone St. James book I've read. I have enjoyed all. Love the narration and realistic storyline with the usual scary twist.

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  • 03-31-22

Holy Schlitz!

If you don’t love this you’re mad as a box of frogs!
Simone....Thank you so much...
I’m sorry your Mom didn’t get a chance to read this...
But I’m sure she’s so very proud of you...
Jenn xx

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  • Grab This Book
  • 03-19-22

Terrific Murder Story with a Supernatural Edge

I hadn’t read this author before I listened to The Book of Cold Cases, now I am looking to see what other books are available!

I loved The Book of Cold Cases and became obsessed with the historic murder which true crime blogger, Shay, is investigating. The possible killer (Beth) is one of the most powerful and confident characters I have encountered in many books and she is wonderfully depicted in the audiobook.

The story takes in Shay in the present, Beth in the past and present and we see the murder investigation unfolding, a family at breaking point and a blogger in midst of a personal crisis too.

Shay has a huge story fall into her lap, a story people have wanted for forty years, but not everyone will be happy she is digging. Something in Beth’s house is restless and Shay will be an unwelcome visitor, to get too close to Beth can be dangerous. The way Shay’s interfering is not welcome was made very clear and was utterly chilling.

A great mix of murder story and ghostly going’s on - I need more stories like this

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  • Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
  • 04-03-22

Addictive and creepy

Another winner from Simone St James. This was a highly anticipated read for 2022 for me and it did not disappoint.

I listened to this on audio, narrated by Brittany Pressley , Kirsten Potter , Robert Petkoff and they all did an amazing job of keeping the suspense and the creep factor was high. I really liked the character of Shea, a true crime blogger who by chance meets serial killer, Beth Greer, the Lady Killer from the 1970's. She gets the chance to interview her and gets al whole lot more than she bargained for.

It was a story that had me hooked from the very beginning. I could not stop listening and I really needed to know how it was all going to end. And that house - creepy or what!! Such a great listen, highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-26-22

Not bad but not great either

Average. Makes some good points about thre treatment of women and crime and society in the 70s. Not particularly scary at all nor all that suspenseful. An easy listen basically.

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  • Alma Griffiths
  • 03-21-22

Another fantastic book.

I don’t believe Simone St James could write a bad book even if she tried very hard.
Another gripping and enthralling dance with the paranormal.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 03-16-22

Great story

Unfortunately the narration is confusing I couldn’t separate the characters voices. Pity because it’s a unique story. Simone St. James terrific writer.