I adore Christmas - the carols, the sappy holiday movies, the over-the-top decorations always give me a thrill. But every now and then all the schmaltz gets to you (usually by your third trip to the mall and the fourth time your computer crashes in the middle of a huge internet order). So here's a book that still gives you a winter wonderland setting, but with the icy sting of murder.
This mystery starts off with a literal bang when there's a shooting in his office. A subplot covers the unusual treatment Alan Gregory offers a young patient who survived a ripped from the headlines plane crash. Alan has a complicated love life that adds to the dramatic tension assailing him from all sides as his partner is attacked, Alan barely survives a brush with death, his office is broken into, and about a dozen other moral, ethical and action-packed twists and turns, all leading to one heck of a climax. I highly encourage you to discover the grittier side of Colorado and try to unravel this mystery.