Dead of Winter: An Alexa Williams Novel


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$19.95  $18.55
Milford House Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.64 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author

Sherry Knowlton, award-winning author of the Alexa Williams suspense novels, Dead of Autumn, Dead of Summer, and Dead of Spring developed a lifelong passion for books as a child. She was that kid who would sneak a flashlight to bed at night so she could read beneath the covers. All the local librarians knew her by name. She spent much of her early career in state government, working primarily with social and human services programs, including services for abused children, rape crisis, domestic violence, and family planning. In the 1990s, she served as the Deputy Secretary for Medical Assistance in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The latter part of Sherry's career focused on the field of Medicaid managed care. Now retired from executive positions in the health insurance industry, Sherry runs her own health care consulting business. She is also "rewriting retirement" by turning her passion for writing into a new career. She draws on her professional background and global travel experiences as inspiration for her novels. She also uses her writing as a platform to shed light on social issues affecting our world today. ​Sherry and her husband, Mike, began their journey together in the days of peace and music when they traversed the country in a hippie van. Running out of money several months into the trip, Sherry waitressed the night shift at a cowboy hangout in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Mike washed dishes in a bakery. Undeterred, they embraced the travel experience and continue to explore far-flung places around the globe. Sherry lives in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania, where the Alexa Williams suspense series is set. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime and Pennwriters.


"With riveting suspense and vivid details, Dead of Winter by Sherry Knowlton brings the towns and forests of Southcentral Pennsylvania to vivid life as cultures and beliefs clash in a searing tale of murder, love, and communal fear. From flying drones to police investigations and legal wrangling, Dead of Winter will keep you guessing and glued raptly to your reading chair."
--Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author of The Assassins

"Sherry Knowlton brilliantly weaves contemporary issues into a riveting mystery that will stick with you long after the last page is turned. In Dead of Winter, the reader can sense a fuse has been lit and is burning closer to a rural Pennsylvania town that is on the brink after a series of deaths appear to lead back to the normally tranquil setting. While addressing xenophobia, racism, and America's complicated history, Dead of Winter is the novel we need and the story we want."
--J.J. Hensley, author of Bolt Action Remedy and Record Scratch

"Ms. Knowlton is a fine writer, who writes beautiful prose as good as that of much of our finest fiction . . . The book is an intriguing, suspenseful story which grabs the attention of the reader from the very first page ... Alexa Williams again proves a formidable heroine in this suspenseful tale of international corruption and hatred."
--Alma Bond, Midwest Book Review

"In Dead of Winter, Sherry Knowlton examines the explosive combination of ignorance and fear that results in hate and violence. Knowlton uses her familiarity with both smalltown South Central Pennsylvania and the wilds of Africa to good advantage in her fourth Alexa Williams novel. Her use of drone technology to set up the discovery of the crime in which Alexa will find herself caught up is clever. Knowlton skillfully weaves together two storylines. One involves the flight north of two Virginia slaves in the years leading up to the Civil War, with Pennsylvania representing the land of freedom and equality. One involves current-day racial tensions, where the same ground is the site of racially motivated intimidation tactics and terroristic threats. A thought-provoking novel dealing with issues that are as important now as they were at the time of the Underground Railroad.
--Matty Dalrymple, Author of the Lizzy Ballard Thrillers and the Ann Kinnear Suspense Novels and Shorts

"An easy read that hooked me right away and I couldn't wait to finish it. There were plenty of twists and turns, including a former-now current love interest, a relocated middle eastern family that naturally becomes implicated in the killings and Alex's adjustment to returning to Carlisle after a successful career in NYC. Plenty of opportunity for guessing and nice surprises at the end. . . . this was one of the two best books I've read this year. Very enjoyable if you like Crime/Murder/Thrillers and an author worth following."
--Reader Stan D., Goodreads