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The brand-new mystery in the USA Today bestselling series finda Jessica Fletcher on the trail of a cold killer... Christine Allen's dream of competing in pairs figure skating competitions becomes a nightmare when a series of "accidents" ruins her practice sessions with her partner and coach. And when the body of one of the trio is found dead at the arena, Jessica is deteThe brand-new mystery in the USA Today bestselling series finda Jessica Fletcher on the trail of a cold killer... Christine Allen's dream of competing in pairs figure skating competitions becomes a nightmare when a series of "accidents" ruins her practice sessions with her partner and coach. And when the body of one of the trio is found dead at the arena, Jessica is determined to uncover the chilling motives behind the murder......

Title : Skating on Thin Ice
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ISBN : 9780451232342
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 275 Pages
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Skating on Thin Ice Reviews

  • Bee
    2019-03-12 16:54

    To say that was I was expecting this book to be horrifically bad would be an understatement. Novelisations of tv series are rarely successful, and this book was just oozing "quality trash" from its seams. However, I was still not prepared how truly, immensely, force-read-prisoners-in-Guantanamo-bay, bad this book is. First of all, you might as well skip the first 100 pages because the murder doesn't happen until page 109. That's a 100 pages of pure filler. Scenes like "let's eat the stew. No, the stew has gone off! Did you eat the stew? You might be sick! Better throw out that stew!" are a frequent recurrence on those first pages that many have compared to the seventh ring of hell. The dialogues are so unbelievably ungripping with gems like: "Sorry Jessica, can you repeat your non-plot driven, non-useful-for-anything-really question, because I'm getting my hair wetted in this hair salon that has no purpose to the plot or character development or anything really but it filled a page so the author has at least something to send to his editor tomorrow morning." It's like the filler has been written by someone's great grandma, who's highlight of her day is watching the bus go by every hour while she sits behind her geraniums. Then the plot itself is really lacking. The murder itself could be predicted easily in those first 100 pages (to be fair, I didn't have much else to do whilst reading those pages, as nothing else was happening). And the only reason why I wasn't expecting that person to be the victim, wasn't so much to do with the author's skill but more to do with the fact that there was a cluster fuck of characters and I was having a hard time tracking who was who in the first place, let alone keep track of who hates who and who was connected to who. Basically, the author, with his tremendous talent to bore someone to death, had me distracted by so much filler that I forgot that one of those people had to die. A mistake easily made when a CRIME book doesn't have a CRIME until you're 1/3 in. Then the ending. Mother Mary of everything that's wrong in this world. It's like the author knew that he couldn't pick the obvious suspects, because everyone would already think they had done the deed, and therefore kills any suspense. But it's like he had written down every single character on individual pieces of paper, put them in a sack, and picked out 1 at random. That's how contrived the ending is. (I'd like to think that he had written down Jessica Fletcher's name as well and that she was therefore in the running to become America's Next Top Murderer. Now THAT'S a book I would read!) The ending is just really really bad. The motivation is ridiculous, the suspect is completely unrelated and ridiculous, the "action scene" is just baffling and ridiculous, the confession is just, like, what?! Ridiculous! Bad. Bad bad bad bad. In conclusion, don't read this. Don't read it if you are in to cosy crime. Don't read this if you think you "want to have a laugh". Don't read this if you picked it up for 10 pence in a charity shop. Don't read this if your book group decided to do this book. Definitely leave your book group and break all contact with them if they decide to read this book. Possibly have the person who suggested this book committed to a mental hospital. Don't read this if you like Murder She Wrote the TV show. Or maybe do. If you like the tv show there is already clearly something wrong with your sanity. I was forced to read this by my friends. It was painful. I might never speak to them again. Seriously, don't read this. It's just really really boring. And bad.

  • Lindsey Gandhi
    2019-02-25 19:02

    This book was so much fun to read. I used to watch Murder She Wrote with my grandmother. It brought back old memories and I felt like a detective along side Jessica Fletcher trying to solve the murder!!!

  • Aurora
    2019-02-19 19:43

    Ice skating, Angela Lansbury, and mystery, oh yeah, I'm liking this already. XD Sure, I didn't quite figure out who did it (I was just being lazy in this case . . . ;P), but it was an enjoyable read. Now I'm off to read other Murder, She Wrote novels (I'm so happy I found these! I didn't know these existed until I came across them at the library)!

  •  Gigi Ann
    2019-03-15 16:44

    Olympic pairs figure skating hopeful Christine Allen has traveled to Cabot Cove to train at the town's newly refurbished ice arena under the tutelage of former gold medalist Brian Devlin. Partnered with up-and-coming Russian skater Alexei Olshansky, she finds herself caught between a hot-tempered perfectionist and a pretentious chauvinist.When a series of mysterious "accidents" occurs, it seems that someone wants the trio to take a fall. And when one of them turns up dead at the arena, Jessica Fletcher suspects something even more diabolical. Donning her old figure skates, she takes to the ice for her own investigation. But the closer Jessica gets to the truth, the closer she comes to being left out in the cold by a killer...I thoroughly enjoyed this book it was fast paced and kept my attention right to the surprise whodunit. I realize these cozy mysteries are not everyones cup of tea, but I enjoy a good cozy with my cup of tea. That being said I enjoyed this story enough to award it 5 'icy' stars. This book is part of my personal library.

  • Anna [Floanne]
    2019-03-03 23:51

    Cabot Cove dev'essere un posto decisamente pericoloso per viverci e la signora Fletcher deve portare una gran sfortuna, se ovunque va a curiosare ci scappa sempre il morto! Questa volta la scena del delitto è il palazzetto del ghiaccio del paese e lo sfortunato defunto è un giovane e sfrontato pattinatore russo emigrato negli USA per partecipare in coppia con la statunitense Christine Allen alle olimpiadi invernali nel pattinaggio artistico. A ostacolare la coppia si frappongono molti interessi e la signora Fletcher correrà non pochi rischi per arrivare al colpevole!Carino, leggero e poco impegnativo è un'ideale lettura da ombrellone, ma continuo a preferire di gran lunga la serie televisiva da cui è stato tratto il libro. Probabilmente questa puntata l'avevo anche già vista, come molte altre. Resta comunque molto fedele nella descrizione dei personaggi . Voto: 2★★ 1/2

  • Cheryl Landmark
    2019-03-08 21:52

    Another enjoyable mystery from my favourite lady detective. Jessica Fletcher once again ferreted out the truth behind a chilling murder that took place in the local ice arena with her usual tenacious, intelligent deductive powers. I was kept guessing about the murderer and his/her motive right up until the moment it was revealed.One of the reasons I love these cozy mysteries so much is the widely-diverse and interesting subjects and places that Jessica gets involved with. But, perhaps the ones I enjoy the most are the storylines that take place in Cabot Cove. It sounds like such an idyllic place to live, and I love Jessica's lifestyle, her friends and her fellow citizens, especially Seth Hazlitt, who is my second favourite character.

  • Bert
    2019-02-26 20:53

    No other novels quite encapsulate the notion of 'filler' like the Murder, She Wrote novels. They are like the polystyrene foam of murder mysteries. If you're after genital-numbingly bland, pointless detail, Donald Bain's your man. He's a magician, in one hand Seth's gone-off stew, in the other a remote-control for a zamboni. This particular gem features a murder so meh, you keep hoping more people will die. Throw in a huge cast of characters, sometimes with strikingly familiar names (Devlin and Shevlin) each with deeply uninteresting back stories ( fraud!) a bunch of stuff he found by googling What Is Ice Skating? and blam, you are bewitched by Bain's singular ability to piss you off so much it hurts. He has no shame. In one humiliating scene he even attempts to extricate himself from blame by breaking the fourth wall and having JF get "sleepy" while reading a book and insisting it is 'no fault of the author', dude, have some dignity..Can't wait to read more in the series!

  • Darcysmom
    2019-03-16 19:50

    Skating on Thin Ice takes place entirely in Cabot Cove, which means we get to visit lots of familiar places and people. Jessica is on the case when mischief occurs at the local skating rink. Her investigation turns serious when a young Russian pairs skater is found dead. Skating on Thin Ice was a strong story with just the right amount of Murder She Wrote nostalgia.

  • Joanna
    2019-02-21 22:52

    Fun easy little read. You don’t need to have seen the show to enjoy it, I wouldn’t think, but there’s not a lot of character development because there is a show. Also, very cheesy. The show is campy, this takes it one step farther at times and had me rolling my eyes. But I did enjoy it

  • Aparna
    2019-02-18 20:49

    Stars: 3 / 5Recommendation: If you want an easy and quick read pick it up.Another book written by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain based on the Universal Television Series Murder, She Wrote is Skating on Thin Ice published in April 2011. Typical like any of the books written this one also keeps close to the spirit of the TV show. This time the story revolves around Cabot Cove, where the mystery writer Jessica Fletcher lives. The Ice Arena at Cabot Cove gets refurbished and the owner Eldridge Coddington has great plans for the arena. Not only it being modernized, he added a second rink to the arena to accommodate Hockey so he could being in a semi-pro team that he would like to call as Cabot Cove Lobsters. Apart from that he also was going to open a world-class figure skating school. He brings in Brian Devlin, a former gold medalist to head the school for elite athletes. The two members of the pairs team that Devlin was going to coach were 18-year old Christine Allen from San Francisco and 24-25 year old Alexei Olshansky from Russia. The second pairs team that Mark Rosner, the other coach, trained were Marisa Brown and Jeremy Hapgood. And then there was the ice staking arena itself open for public to have some good fun nights.All seems well with the arrangement until Alexei Olshansky turns up dead in the pit that collects the cleaned up snow and water by Zamboni. Who would have wanted to kill this young skater even though he was obnoxious and rude most times? Mrs. Fletcher couldn't wrap it around her head and digs deeper specially after she was one of the persons who had found Alexei. Would it be Irina Bednikova, former partner of Alexei who was in town to take him back? Her rumors that she was spreading about Marisa and Alexei - could they have triggered someone to put Alexei permanently to bed? What were the constant bickering going on between Mark and Brian? Was Eldridge up too deep in the efforts to fulfil his dream? What was the secret that Alexei knew about Brian? What about Jeremy Hapgood - have his affections towards Christine caused him to eliminate Alexei as the competitor both off and on ice?A semi-convoluted plot that would point us to all answers for questions in Jessica's mind and eventually to the actual murderer. Well written and an easy read although the suspense has been kept till the end in this one. Good closing.

  • Monica
    2019-03-15 18:34

    This was a real page turner! Although I've recently become interested in figure skating so that might account a bit for my interest.(view spoiler)[The murder was a rather disturbing one in how it was done, and frankly I'm surprised the murderer - who I never guessed! - got away with a manslaughter charge, it didn't seem accidental or even gross negligence to me!But once again, as a big fan of Russian figure skaters, I might have sympathised with the victim too much even if he was a jerk :OP) (hide spoiler)]There was a lot of possibilities for who committed the murder and why, which kept me guessing right to the end. The parts relating to figure skating were well written and Jessica was in top detective form.There were a few typos here and there, but nothing bad enough to detract from the story. I highly recommend this series!

  • Debbie Heaton
    2019-02-26 22:00

    In Fletcher and Bain’s mystery novel, Olympic pair skating winnable Chris Allen has relocated to Cabot Cove to train with former gold medalist Brian Devlin at the newly refurbished ice rink. Chris is partnered with an up-and-coming Russian skater Alexei Olshansky only to find herself caught between a hot temper and a chauvinist.Mysterious “accidents” begin to happen and it looks like the intent is to cause serious injury to the skaters. But when a skater turns up dead, Jessica Fletcher suspects there’s more here than meets the eye. Her plan—take to the ice while she investigates the situation. But the closer Jessica comes to the truth, the closer she comes in sight of a killer.A believable sleuth, a nostalgic location, and another great addition to the Murder, She Wrote series.

  • Pat
    2019-02-19 17:41

    Olympic pairs figure skating hopeful Christine Allen has traveled to Cabot Cove to train at the town's newly refurbished ice arena under the tutelage of former gold medalist Brian Devlin. Partnered with up-and-coming Russian skater Alexi Olshansky, she finds herself caught between a hot-tempered perfectionist and a pretentious chauvinist. When a series of mysterious "accidents" occurs, it seems that someone wants the trio to take a fall. When one of them turns up dead at the arena, Jessica suspects something even more diabolical. Donning her old figure skates, she takes to the ice for her own investigation. This is another good Murder She Wrote mystery. Love Jessica and all her Cabot Cove characters.

  • Elaine
    2019-02-18 23:02

    This installment of the Murder She Wrote series was much better than the last one. It kept me guessing as to who the killer was nearly until it was revealed in the story. I wish the ending had been written differently, however, and by that, I mean in a different style. When reading the book, the action unfolds as it is happening, which gives the reader a feeling of participation in the storyline. The last few pages, though, were written as a narration, summing up what happened to the characters. But the change in style was jarring and the same information could have been delivered in a dinner conversation among Mort, Jessica, and Seth, which I would have preferred as it would have kept the storytelling style cohesive.

  • Susan
    2019-03-14 21:03

    The renovation of Cabot Cove's skating rink sparks Jessica Fletcher's interest in ice skating. That means she's on hand to get acquainted with the man who's supposed to bring minor league hocket to town, the big-name coach who's come to teach at the rink, as well as the skaters who have come to form a couple for pairs skating.l There's also a skating father (like a stage mother, but worse), a friendly new waiter at the local diner, some local skaters, and the rink's miserly owner. When Jessica finds a body, the local sheriff encourages her to help with the investigation.

  • Chance Hansen
    2019-03-15 19:58

    Growing up watching the show, I think it is a good representation of all the characters. Being in the footsteps of Jessica Fletcher is something this book needed to do and it does it really well. I found that reading this book made me literally feel like I was watching an episode. It was able to keep the charm of Angela Lansbury and her friends while introducing the suspects personality's that really compliment those that we know.

  • Harry
    2019-03-02 00:01

    I read this as the first in the MSW books by Donald Bain. I enjoyed it thoroughly; there were interesting characters, a well laid out plot, and a climactic ending. Two major things stuck out as problems - the first was the number of characters. There were too many, to put it bluntly. And the second point is that the murder happened WAY too late. The story was begin to slow down by the time it (thankfully) happened. These are minor points, however, in an otherwise great book.

  • Kate
    2019-02-18 17:55

    Another excellent book in the series- this one revolves around an ice skating arena in Cabot Cove that has recently begun attracting promising young figure skaters. When one of the star skaters is found murdered Jessica helps Mort figure out who the killer is. Really good and I loved the scary ending!

  • Leona
    2019-03-07 20:37

    I usually love the Murder She Wrote series because it's so easy to visualize the characters because of the tv show. I didn't care for this book at all which involves a murder that takes place at the local skating rink. I may have been distracted this week, but I just didn't find the characters or the motive compelling enough.

  • Sandybear76
    2019-03-09 18:44

    Cabot Cove has a new ice rink and Olympic hopefuls are training in the facility. The most experienced pairs skaters are a Russian young man and a girl from California. The young Russian man is not well liked but it is still a shocking surprise for Jessica to find the skater dead in the rink's Zamboni garage.

  • Herb
    2019-03-09 17:50

    Well, Jessica does it again. In the midst of a Maine winter, Jessica once again solves a strange murder, this time in Cabot Cove's newly renovated ice rink. Naturally, I won't disclose the killer, but, as usual, it's well worth the read. Very entertaining.

  • Jaylen Baker
    2019-03-19 22:36

    I gave this book four stars out of five for good reason, I believed that the book was very bland compared to Jessica's other books. It seemed to be very clean cut and very few exciting moments. I love this series and the writer very much but this book was not her best.

  • Susan Pola Staples
    2019-03-05 20:45

    Jessica Fletcher

  • Mikenliza
    2019-03-08 00:46

    Can't help myself....I love murder, she wrote.

  • Masha
    2019-02-24 18:39

    Jessica and Seth's relationship is so sweet!

  • April
    2019-03-16 19:01

    I usually love the ones set in Cabot Cove but this one was just meh.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-15 18:58

    What another fantastic mystery.

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-14 23:48

    Love JB!

  • P Simard
    2019-03-16 00:03

    Great story! Loved it!

  • Lucy Lacefield
    2019-03-18 21:58

    I greatly enjoyed the tv show and am glad they kept Jessica's voice the same. I am looking forward to reading more books from this series!