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Cries from the Cold

(The first book in the Detective Calista Gates series)
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Detective Calista Gates’s career is almost dead. Until she gets one more chance on the wild Labrador coast, where evil washes ashore. A harrowing discovery on an icy beach—a crate with the remains of a young woman who disappeared three years earlier. The gruesome find sets the tiny, isolated town of Port Brendan on edge. A cryptic symbol burned into the crate gives RCMP Sergeant Calista Gates the first clue. The young investigator is desperate to prove she’s fully fit for service after an attack in Vancouver left her with a devastating brain injury.
She must hunt down the woman’s killer at all costs—and confront what is threatening her: the hostile climate, the insular community, the dangerous pack ice, and a cold-blooded assassin.
When a second murder shocks the village, Calista has a chilling suspicion. Her boss and some colleagues don’t believe her. Can she even trust her taciturn teammate? In the brutal Labrador winter, Calista has nowhere to turn. She has to fight for her job, for justice—and for her life.

Bernadette Calonego, a Swiss-Canadian author whose crime novels have been translated into English, has lived in Canada for over twenty years. She splits her time between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Newfoundland. Her stories are inspired by the wilderness and expeditions to the North.

"Bernadette Calonego writes an ingenious mystery thriller." Klaus Podak from the Munich newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

"Her mysteries are atmospheric and detailed with engaging and well developed characters and a great plot, not to mention those classic Scandinavian vibes in a Canadian setting." Alisa Chopra on Instagram

What German readers have published on about this book:

"Reads like an adventure story: pristine nature, descriptions of the cold, merciless tundra in Canada's Arctic. You can literally hear the ice cracking."

"A suspenseful and fast-paced story."

"The setting feels very vivid and realistic and like in a documentary."

"The case develops with ever new twists and unforeseeable events."

"A convincing plot with convincing protagonists."

"I hope to meet detective Calista Gates again in the next book."

Genre: Mystery

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