Small town Pacific Northwest reporter Peter Fontaine wants to level up. A job offer in Austin seems to be the answer to his prayers, but there’s one catch: his boyfriend, Nick Olson, artist, recluse, and snow-loving outdoorsman.
When Peter agrees to go to the Freezing Man snow sculpture competition, he thinks he’s going to get a lesson in making love in a hollowed-out snowball in the woods. He thinks he’ll either find a way to convince Nick to come to the Lone Star State or be forced to say goodbye. But one frozen corpse derails Peter’s personal plans entirely…
Falling right after the great first book in the Bellingham Mystery series, I expected to be let down. After all, the second book in a series is rarely as good as the first. What Kimberling did instead, was knock it out of the park.
In Primal Red, the first book, we got to know the quirky characters in Bellingham that were friends of, or acquaintances with, Peter, our journalist/sleuth, and Nick, his boyfriend. In Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Kimberling took us to a mountain nearby where Nick and his friends do a snowman building competition on New Year’s Eve.
Once again, we were treated to fun, quirky characters. Peter and Nick staying in an igloo – oops, I mean quinzhee, basically a hollowed out snowball – was hilarious and I was thrilled to see the Peter, as we got to know him in the first book, was back with full aplomb.
I loved Peter’s ability to start writing journalistic articles for any reason in his head. And I hope that continues as it’s just as much a part of who he is as his dislike for the cold.
Oh… and the murder? Most unexpected. And even better? I wasn’t sure who the killer was until right before they revealed themself. Which for me, is awesome, because I can usually ferret those things out.
A full 5 stars.