If you’ve followed along here for any length of time, you know I enjoy a good book; especially a murder mystery. Seasonally, I like to share books that I have read and ones that are on my list. So get cozy, sit back and check out my big book blizzard: 7 books to melt the winter chill!

If purchasing new isn’t in your budget, there are plenty of other options to chose from. I’ve listed several affordable options in my post 9 of the Best Books to Read This Fall. If you’re in need of some budget-friendly suggestions, I have you covered over there!

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None of This Is True | Lisa Jewell

In None of This is True, lives collide when Alix Summers, a popular true-crime podcaster, meets Josie Fair, a seemingly ordinary woman sharing her 45th birthday. Drawn together by their uncanny connection, Alix turns Josie’s life into a podcast subject, delving into her secrets and insecurities. Soon, the lines blur as Josie insinuates herself into Alix’s family, weaving a web of lies and manipulation. When Josie vanishes, leaving a trail of shocking revelations, Alix finds herself the victim of a twisted scheme orchestrated by her “birthday twin.”

This whirlwind of psychological suspense leaves you questioning who to trust and whether any of it is true, even the ground beneath your feet.

None of This is True by Lucy Foley

First Lie Wins | Ashley Elston

First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston is on my current list to read. It was just recently published and is a Reese Witherspoon selection. This novel is a crime thriller novel and is based on secrets and lies.

Evie Porter has everything a nice, a Southern girl could want. She has wonderful boyfriend, a house with a white picket fence and a garden, and a good group of friends. The only catch: Evie Porter doesn’t exist.

7 Books to Melt the Winter Chill - First Lie Wins  by Ashley Elston

The Mystery Guest | Nina Prose

I loved the first book in this series, The Maid by Nina Prose. Her second installment is just as good. Molly Gray is a quirky yet lovable character.

In The Mystery Guest, Nita Prose takes us back to the five-star Regency Grand Hotel and reunites us with the endearingly quirky Molly Gray, now promoted to Head Maid. Just as Molly finds her groove managing the immaculate chaos of the hotel, renowned mystery author J.D. Grimthorpe collapses dead in the Grand Tearoom, throwing the prestigious establishment into disarray.

7 Books to Melt the Winter Chill - The Mystery Guest - Nina Prose

The Fury | Alex Michaelides

In The Fury by Alex Michaelides, renowned former movie star Lana Farrar gathers her closest friends, on the idyllic Greek island of Aura, for an Easter getaway. Among them is Elliot Chase, a journalist and confidante to Lana, who narrates the story. But their sun-soaked escape takes a dark turn when a sudden storm cuts off the island from the outside world, and secrets simmering beneath the surface erupt into a shocking murder.

7 Books to Melt the Winter Chill - The Fury by Alex Michaelides a recent January 2024

Killers of the Flower Moon | David Grann

Have you seen this movie, yet? I have not and definitely want to read the book, before I do.

David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon takes us to the heart of Oklahoma in the 1920s, a land booming with oil wealth and simmering with tension. The Osage Nation, once powerful landowners, became targets for greed as oil gushed from their ancestral territory, making them some of the richest people in the world. But this newfound fortune came with a deadly price.

The book chronicles the brutal murders of dozens of Osage citizens, systematically wiped out by a network of corrupt officials and ruthless criminals. Grann masterfully weaves together the true story of the FBI’s investigation, led by the tenacious Tom White, with the tragic fate of the Osage people.

Killers of the Flowers Moon by David Grann is a true story and a motion picture.

The Frozen River | Ariel Lawhon

The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon is based on a true story. It is set in Maine, 1789: When the Kennebec River freezes, entombing a man in the ice, Martha Ballard is summoned to examine the body and determine cause of death. As a midwife and healer, she is privy to much of what goes on behind closed doors in Hallowell. Her diary is a record of every birth and death, crime and debacle that unfolds in the close-knit community. Months earlier, Martha documented the details of an alleged rape committed by two of the town’s most respected gentlemen—one of whom has now been found dead in the ice. But when a local physician undermines her conclusion, declaring the death to be an accident, Martha is forced to investigate the shocking murder on her own.

7 Books to Melt the Winter Chill - The Frozen Winter by Ariel Lawhon

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music | David Grohl

I realize this book will not be for everyone. However, if you love rock music, it may be for you. The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl is on my short list to read.

When my middle son was in the heights of fighting a brain tumor, the music of Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters was something that gave him peace and happiness. We even borrowed an overhead projector, traced and painted the Foo Fighters logo on his bedroom wall. I listened to all their music with him during those months, so this is a really personal choice for me.

The front man of the Foo Fighters, invites readers into his life through a collection of captivating personal anecdotes. Spanning from his childhood drumming dreams in Virginia to his meteoric rise in the music industry with bands like Scream, Nirvana, and ultimately, the Foo Fighters, the book showcases Grohl’s infectious passion for music and his genuine connection with people.

More than just a typical rock star memoir, “The Storyteller” offers a glimpse into Grohl’s soul.

7 Books to Melt the Winter Chill - The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by musician Dave Grohl

Coming Soon

My good friend Stacy from Bricks ‘n Blooms wrote a book! The Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden is a beautiful book! I received my copy last weekend. If you are looking for a way to beat the winter blues, this book is for you! Flower season is right around the corner and you can pre-order your copy now!

7 Books to Melt the Winter Chill

There you have my 7 book recommendations to melt that winter chill! So grab your blanket, dive into a world of words, and let the books chase away the winter blues, one chapter at a time.

Happy reading!

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  1. I had never heard of David Grohl or the Foo Fighters until I read the book. I loved it. Great coming of age story and Grohl is a great writer.

    Btw, I am a Marquette, Mi resident. Sorta neighbors!

  2. Thank you Kim for recommending “The Frozen River” by Ariel Lawson. I would have never read this book if not for your recommendation. My husband and I loved it.
    So sorry about the loss of the Lions. I was heartbroken, as I know y’all were too.
    I said a prayer for your family and Detroit, after the loss.

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