The co-owners and executives of Snoop, a social media music app, are attending a corporate retreat at a resort in the French Alps. Their administrative assistants and a former employee have also been invited. They arrive in the middle of a raging snowstorm and the resort isn’t easy to reach, its elevation so high and isolated they have to travel by funicular railway for the final stretch. On the surface, it all looks like the typical corporate offsite. But, there’s much more at stake as the two co-owners aren’t in agreement about the direction of the company. She wants to accept an extremely lucrative offer that’s on the table; he wants to take it public and they’re both lobbying hard to have the executives who own shares pick a side. Things take a turn when they’re trapped by a monster avalanche and one by one, people start dying.
I’m back in another story where the setting is in extreme winter weather but at least the venue is luxurious and beautiful this time. The Snoop folks are hosted by two representatives of the chalet and they’re just as much at risk as everyone else. It’s a motley assembly of personalities and I like how the Snoop app was used as an integral part of the mystery. I paid careful attention to the clues and deduced the culprit very early on, having an “aha” moment because I assembled a couple of details that were illuminating. It changed how I consumed the story, surprisingly making me even more attentive to confirm my hypotheses.
One of the author’s trademark elements is a locked room mystery. There’s something very Christie-ish about her stories, nicely meshing character and plot driven narratives. You have to pay attention to the small stuff that seems like extraneous information but are much more substantive. I love the style and this time I have to admit feeling a bit smug about having solved they mystery so early. It was still exciting and I enjoyed the contrast between the two characters who provided the narratives. Imogen Church is so skilled in her audio performance that I honestly thought there were multiple narrators. She’s just that good and she provided excellent character distinctions. I always knew who was talking. I very much enjoyed this story, even with its slower build and my early solve.
- Release Date: September 8, 2020
- Narrator: Imogen Church
- Audio Length: 13 hours, 8 minutes
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)