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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Frozen Harvest is a sleuth murder mystery written by Joseph Benedict. Winter in Minneapolis held few charms for private investigator Joel Vicks. It was mid-December, and the roller door that separated his unfashionably dreary warehouse offices from the grimy piles of snow outside did little to keep him warm or instill any holiday cheer. His business hadn’t been very impressive of late and his broken marriage and spreading waistline made him far too aware of his current age and physical shape. When the postman dropped his mail into the metal slot, Joel noticed one envelope that wasn’t the typical junk letter or bill. It was an old and somewhat discolored envelope, addressed in careful cursive handwriting, whose blobs made Joel think they were penned by an old-style fountain pen. The return address was the clincher, however, for Joel -- Seven Lakes, Minnesota. He knew that area well, having spent many summers there with his family. And although the writer of the letter was now suffering from advanced dementia and could offer no information, Joel still found himself gradually and steadily unwrapping the years separating him from that December when a young woman left the hotel where she was staying and walked out into a snowstorm, never to return.
Joseph Benedict’s paranormal Frozen Harvest is a fast-paced and thrilling look at an investigation into a cold case that had only one witness who still cared enough about the victim. This well-written and atmospheric story keeps the reader on their toes as they follow Joel Vicks’ investigation and try to keep the paranormal and the actual straight in their minds. The author switches from 1925 to the present day adroitly and gives the reader enough background each time to make the time switches easy and enjoyable. His characters are finely honed and authentic, especially that of private investigator Joel Vicks who, in my opinion, deserves more cases to mull over and solve. The plot is byzantine and twisty in a lovely fashion, and the book is grand fun to read. Frozen Harvest is most highly recommended.