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Dark Night is the third book in the gripping, atmospheric Alaska Wild series by beloved cozy author Paige Shelton, in which Beth is met with an unexpected visitor: her mom... Winter is falling in the remote town of Benedict, Alaska, and with the cold comes an uninvited guest. The dreaded "census man," seemingly innocuous, is an unwelcome presence to those members of this se Dark Night is the third book in the gripping, atmospheric Alaska Wild series by beloved cozy author Paige Shelton, in which Beth is met with an unexpected visitor: her mom... Winter is falling in the remote town of Benedict, Alaska, and with the cold comes an uninvited guest. The dreaded "census man," seemingly innocuous, is an unwelcome presence to those members of this secretive community who would prefer to keep their business to themselves. Meanwhile, thriller writer Beth Rivers has received her own unexpected visitor: her mother. The last Beth heard, Mill Rivers had gone underground in the lower forty-eight, in search of Beth’s kidnapper, and Beth can't help but be a little alarmed at her appearance: If Mill was able to track down her daughter, who knows who else might be able to? Beth doesn't have time to ponder this for long, after a battered woman stumbles into the town bar one night, and her husband is found dead the next morning. Suspicions immediately turn to the census man, but when he, too, goes missing, everyone in Benedict—including the police chief—is suspected, and Beth and Mill must work to figure out what really happened. Meanwhile, in the lower forty-eigh


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Dark Night is the third book in the gripping, atmospheric Alaska Wild series by beloved cozy author Paige Shelton, in which Beth is met with an unexpected visitor: her mom... Winter is falling in the remote town of Benedict, Alaska, and with the cold comes an uninvited guest. The dreaded "census man," seemingly innocuous, is an unwelcome presence to those members of this se Dark Night is the third book in the gripping, atmospheric Alaska Wild series by beloved cozy author Paige Shelton, in which Beth is met with an unexpected visitor: her mom... Winter is falling in the remote town of Benedict, Alaska, and with the cold comes an uninvited guest. The dreaded "census man," seemingly innocuous, is an unwelcome presence to those members of this secretive community who would prefer to keep their business to themselves. Meanwhile, thriller writer Beth Rivers has received her own unexpected visitor: her mother. The last Beth heard, Mill Rivers had gone underground in the lower forty-eight, in search of Beth’s kidnapper, and Beth can't help but be a little alarmed at her appearance: If Mill was able to track down her daughter, who knows who else might be able to? Beth doesn't have time to ponder this for long, after a battered woman stumbles into the town bar one night, and her husband is found dead the next morning. Suspicions immediately turn to the census man, but when he, too, goes missing, everyone in Benedict—including the police chief—is suspected, and Beth and Mill must work to figure out what really happened. Meanwhile, in the lower forty-eigh

30 review for Dark Night

  1. 5 out of 5

    PamG

    Dark Night by Paige Shelton is a well-written mystery novel that combines traditional police detective work and amateur sleuthing. Secrets, murder, and a horrific experience that continues to haunt and traumatize the main character make for a suspenseful and riveting read. It’s the third book in the Alaska Wild series and is set in fictional Benedict, Alaska. Beth Rivers, a successful thriller writer known as Elizabeth Fairchild is still hiding and recovering in Alaska while the Missouri poli Dark Night by Paige Shelton is a well-written mystery novel that combines traditional police detective work and amateur sleuthing. Secrets, murder, and a horrific experience that continues to haunt and traumatize the main character make for a suspenseful and riveting read. It’s the third book in the Alaska Wild series and is set in fictional Benedict, Alaska. Beth Rivers, a successful thriller writer known as Elizabeth Fairchild is still hiding and recovering in Alaska while the Missouri police look for her stalker turned kidnapper. The only person that knows her secret is police chief Gril Samuels. Winter is starting, but the ferry to and from Juneau is still occasionally running. In comes a census taker, Doug Vitner. He’s not wanted as many in Benedict have secrets of their own or just prefer privacy. On top of that, Beth’s mother Mill shows up expectedly. If she could track down Beth, then could Beth’s stalker find her here? But that’s not all that is happening in this small community. Will Beth’s kidnapper finally be arrested? Will she stay in Alaska? Will Beth learn to fully trust more people in the Benedict community? These are only a few of the questions that must be answered. Beth’s character was well-developed. She continues to be a flawed protagonist who has shown some growth through making friends and learning to deal with her post traumatic stress disorder, but she still keeps secrets and finds it hard to trust people. Several of the secondary characters gained depth in book of this series as some secrets are revealed while others continue to add to the enjoyment of the book. There are a large number of characters in this story, but several of them were introduced in the earlier books so it felt like I was catching up with old friends. The author does a great job of portraying the hardships and lack of amenities as well as the friendships, pace of life, the wonders, and the dangers of living in and around small town Alaska. I could easily visualize the town, the people, the road conditions, the cold, the isolation and much more. This story hooked me immediately and kept me interested throughout. It’s suspenseful and there are twists and turns and surprises along the way in an intricate plot that kept me guessing. From the small town residents to the descriptions of Alaska to the various mysteries, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Several themes run through the tale including murder, disappearances, secrets, domestic abuse, dysfunctional families, and much more. Overall, it was an enjoyable mystery that was engaging, suspenseful, fast-paced and compulsively readable. The well-developed ideas with good pacing from scene to scene kept me turning the pages. If you enjoy well-written mysteries, then I recommend you check out this series. The books are best read in order, but there is enough background that this one could be read as a standalone. I’m looking forward to book four. St. Martin’s Press - Minotaur Books and Paige Shelton provided a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is set for December 7, 2021. This review was originally posted at Mystery and Suspense Magazine.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    3.5 stars rounded up for an entertaining mystery set in a small remote Alaskan town, accessible only by plane or ship. Beth Rivers has moved here to hide from Travis Walker, who kidnapped her in a previous book in this series. This is book 3 in the series and I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the previous books in the series. There is an interesting assortment of people in Benedict, many of whom have secrets like Beth. I was not sure who the killer was until the end. There are occasional 3.5 stars rounded up for an entertaining mystery set in a small remote Alaskan town, accessible only by plane or ship. Beth Rivers has moved here to hide from Travis Walker, who kidnapped her in a previous book in this series. This is book 3 in the series and I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the previous books in the series. There is an interesting assortment of people in Benedict, many of whom have secrets like Beth. I was not sure who the killer was until the end. There are occasional grammatical errors which are distracting. The plot moves along very well. I read it in 2 days. Thanks to St. Martin's Press for sending me this eARC through NetGalley. Pub. date Dec 7, 2021

  3. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts The days are getting darker and colder and winter comes to Benedict Alaska. The ferry and aircraft come and go less frequently so making the trek to Juneau is hit or miss depending on the weather. Some of the residents handle the darkness, cold, ice, and snow better than others. People who have lived in Benedict for years all have their own ways of coping and for most, it is just their daily lives. Residents were surprised when the “census man” arrived in town and he definitely Dollycas’s Thoughts The days are getting darker and colder and winter comes to Benedict Alaska. The ferry and aircraft come and go less frequently so making the trek to Juneau is hit or miss depending on the weather. Some of the residents handle the darkness, cold, ice, and snow better than others. People who have lived in Benedict for years all have their own ways of coping and for most, it is just their daily lives. Residents were surprised when the “census man” arrived in town and he definitely was not welcomed with open arms. He made a definite impression with his visit to Ned and Claudia Withers. After the man left their home Ned beat up his wife and by the next morning, Ned was dead. Also making the trip to Benedict is Mill Rivers. Her daughter Beth has been hiding in this faraway town since recovering from the injuries sustained when she was kidnapped while her captor is still at large. He was injured when her mother found and shot him but he got away again. She was charged for her actions but has gone on the run. So Beth is both shocked and scared that her mother tracked her down after all her efforts to stay safe. If her mother found her can her kidnapper be far behind? So with a murder to solve, a couple of fugitives in town, a census man wandering around, and the probability of a kidnapper stepping off the ferry and day now, Police Chief Gril has his hands full. Maybe Beth and her mom can assist him or will they die trying? Who knows when everyone in town and beyond are on a very long suspect list. Again, I was thrilled to receive an early copy of this book for review and I couldn’t wait to start reading. The first two books in this series, Thin Ice and Cold Wind really stuck with me and I have been really looking forward to this installment for some answers and another suspenseful adventure with Beth Rivers. Ms. Sheldon doesn’t disappoint. So much happens within these pages, it is the kind of book that has you opening it up and holding on tight until you reach the end. First, the setting of Benedict, Alaska is a character in itself. It is a living and breathing place. The weather is frigid, a blizzard can blow through quickly or take up residence and drop multiple inches of snow, or it can be a clear cold day where business can go on as usual. It can have secrets and reveal them at its will. The author describes the place so well I had shivers running up my spine and was tingling when its residents ventured out in the vastness of Alaska. Beth has survived a horrific experience that left her scarred physically and mentally. She is a powerful character but she still has demons she needs to remember and face before she can truly start to heal. She does have a heartwrenching breakthrough in this story. She also gets several answers thanks to her mother showing up in Benedict. Her mother is a hard woman due to the life she has lived and her need to track down Beth’s father and now her abductor. She is also a bit of a loose cannon as you never know what she is going to say or do. These two women are surrounded by a vast supporting cast. I am in awe of the way the author has created so many characters with so many layers and so much depth. And not everything about their lives has been revealed. The characters are well-developed but still have room to continue to evolve. Yes, there is a murder mystery to be solved in this book but there are a plethora of mysteries swirling within these pages. Secrets abound. Delving into people’s lives to find a murderer opens doors that lead to astounding revelations. Masterfully plotted this is a story that is impossible to put down. The Alaska Wild Series is a series that truly should be read in order. Readers need to follow Beth’s path. Her leaving Missouri on the run, her arrival in Benedict, and all the things she encountered in Thin Ice lead to the continuation of her adjustments to Alaska life, and all her experiences in Cold Wind, and that builds to what happens in Dark Night and hopefully future books. There is a large cast of characters and reading the series from the start will enable readers to meet them and follow their journeys. I have totally escaped into every book in this series. They have held me spellbound and kept me thoroughly entertained. I finish one and get immediately excited for the next installment. Dark Night like the book before it moved me to feel it deserves more than 5 stars. Dark Night has earned a place on my Best Reads of 2021 and receives my Paradise Rating.

  4. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Dark Night by Paige Shelton is the third book in her Alaska Wild series and was just as intriguing as the first two books. Ms. Shelton has written another intricate mystery with plenty of twists, red herrings and great new background material on Beth's family history. I really enjoyed meeting her mother, Mill, in this one. That woman is an excellent example of a "wild card" character. I never knew what Mill would say or do next throughout the book. The support characters are beginning to become Dark Night by Paige Shelton is the third book in her Alaska Wild series and was just as intriguing as the first two books. Ms. Shelton has written another intricate mystery with plenty of twists, red herrings and great new background material on Beth's family history. I really enjoyed meeting her mother, Mill, in this one. That woman is an excellent example of a "wild card" character. I never knew what Mill would say or do next throughout the book. The support characters are beginning to become more fleshed out now and I'm more and more curious about their stories and how they came to Benedict. I was totally wrapped up in the story and felt so much pride when Beth finally had a breakthrough in her memories of her abduction that I actually cheered for her. I don't think that you could read this book as a stand alone because there is too many revelations in the first two books that aren't woven into this story to make it clear to a reader about Beth and her dramatic history. I voluntarily reviewed a digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from Minotaur Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    BonnieM☂️

    This is the third in the Alaska Wild Series. It is just as exciting and suspenseful as the first and second books Thin Ice and Cold Wind.. It takes place in the town of Bennedict, an isolated town in Alaska. Beth Rivers is the main character throughout the books. The characters from the first story remain the same with an addition of others that add to the story. There are two stories in one with the ongoing story of Beth and the second is the killing of Ned Withers. The reader is taken on a jou This is the third in the Alaska Wild Series. It is just as exciting and suspenseful as the first and second books Thin Ice and Cold Wind.. It takes place in the town of Bennedict, an isolated town in Alaska. Beth Rivers is the main character throughout the books. The characters from the first story remain the same with an addition of others that add to the story. There are two stories in one with the ongoing story of Beth and the second is the killing of Ned Withers. The reader is taken on a journey of full adventure until the surprising end. I look forward to the next in this series to see what evolves for Beth and what new adventures happen in Bennedict. Thank you NetGalley, Minotaur Books and St. Martin's Publishing Group for this ARC.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    Dark Night is the third book in the Alaska Wild Series. I am reluctant to say that you can read this one as a stand alone. On one hand, there is a separate mystery that is solely contained within this storyline. However, there are spoilers for Beth's story that has spanned over the last three books and will into future books. In each book so far, we have learned more about Beth and who her abductor was as well as more about her father's disappearance. The self contained mystery in this one wasn' Dark Night is the third book in the Alaska Wild Series. I am reluctant to say that you can read this one as a stand alone. On one hand, there is a separate mystery that is solely contained within this storyline. However, there are spoilers for Beth's story that has spanned over the last three books and will into future books. In each book so far, we have learned more about Beth and who her abductor was as well as more about her father's disappearance. The self contained mystery in this one wasn't easy to figure out. There were a few twists that I didn't call. Beth, as well, really kind of stumbles on the truth rather than figuring it out for herself. But what I liked more was the information we learned about her father and her kidnapper. That story is getting more and more convoluted. I can't wait for the collusion to it. I really like Beth as a character. She is a mystery writer and uses her experience as an aid to her grandfather when he was a sheriff to her advantage in solving mysteries. She is very likable and pretty smart. I have been enjoying watching her growing friendships with the townspeople. I also liked getting to spend more time with Beth's mother Mill in this one. Her character easy to like. Even though she, at first, comes across as not very loving or caring toward her daughter. As you get to know her, you can see she really does love Beth and wants her safe. I highly recommend this one was well as the rest of the series. I look forward to the next one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bam cooks the books ;-)

    *4-4.5 stars This is the third book in Paige Shelton's Alaska Wild Mysteries featuring Beth Rivers, a best-selling author who has been hiding away in the small town of Benedict, Alaska after escaping a kidnaper. I would definitely recommend reading these books in order to get the gist of what's going on, what Beth has been through. In this installment, Beth's crazy mother Millicent has found her daughter in Benedict. Mill is wanted by the police in the lower 48 but Gril, the local police chief, l *4-4.5 stars This is the third book in Paige Shelton's Alaska Wild Mysteries featuring Beth Rivers, a best-selling author who has been hiding away in the small town of Benedict, Alaska after escaping a kidnaper. I would definitely recommend reading these books in order to get the gist of what's going on, what Beth has been through. In this installment, Beth's crazy mother Millicent has found her daughter in Benedict. Mill is wanted by the police in the lower 48 but Gril, the local police chief, looks the other way as long as she promises to be gone in two weeks. Gril already has enough trouble on his hands as the long dark nights of winter have settled in. He's trying to solve the murder of a man who had badly beaten his wife and been in a fight with an irritating census taker named Vitner. Now it seems Vitner has disappeared. Beth and her mom are determined to help solve these mysteries which seem to have curious ties to Beth's own case. Having read all three of these mysteries back to back, I appreciate the way Shelton has developed her characters, having them grow and change--especially Beth, of course. Shelton describes the wild Alaskan setting so well that one can fully understand the psychological problems that can set in with the long, dark winter nights. Special skills are needed to survive, along with help from friends and neighbors. Can't wait to see what happens next to Beth and this group of eccentric Alaskans. I received an arc of Shelton's latest mystery from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am always happy to be introduced to an author new to me. For that, I also thank my GR's friend Pam for the heads up about this series of mysteries. I always enjoy reading books set in Alaska.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    4.5 stars rounded up. This series just gets better and better! I absolutely loved meeting Beth’s mom Mill in this installment. Such a great setting, cast of misfit characters, and storyline. Loved it!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Olga

    I'm not convinced. these books are getting more and more ridiculous, and events are improbable. people are weird and the main character becomes annoying. the intrigue is not that intriguing, and the plot lacks substance. it's not a bad read, but so far the first book in the Alaska Wild series was the best. I'm not convinced. these books are getting more and more ridiculous, and events are improbable. people are weird and the main character becomes annoying. the intrigue is not that intriguing, and the plot lacks substance. it's not a bad read, but so far the first book in the Alaska Wild series was the best.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    I really like this series. It takes place in a small town in remote Alaska where the only access is by plane or ferry. This type of setting reminds me of my Mom watching Murder She Wrote and I always wondered why the town’s inhabitants didn’t move away when so many murders keep taking place there. But in all seriousness, part of what I like about the series is the location and how it plays such a large part in the book. Almost like it is another character. The author does a great job with the de I really like this series. It takes place in a small town in remote Alaska where the only access is by plane or ferry. This type of setting reminds me of my Mom watching Murder She Wrote and I always wondered why the town’s inhabitants didn’t move away when so many murders keep taking place there. But in all seriousness, part of what I like about the series is the location and how it plays such a large part in the book. Almost like it is another character. The author does a great job with the descriptions and weaving the story through it. There is an interesting group of characters that keep getting extra layers of depth as the series progresses. There is also a great backstory with the protagonist that keeps building in this installment by introducing her Mother. The plot moves along at a great pace and I didn’t want to put it down. And again in this book, I was kept guessing on the murderer until the very end. While you could read this book as a stand alone, I think you would better enjoy the series in order and since this is only book three, you could easily catch up.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    While I loved Thin Ice, the first book in Paige Shelton’s Alaska Wild series, I wasn’t as fond of the second one, Cold Wind. Beth Rivers, the protagonist, was one of those “Had I But Known” characters in the second book, and I hate characters who don’t consider their own safety. Beth still has a few of those moments in Dark Night, but she also has a logical reason to act that way. Her mother shows up in Benedict, Alaska, and if there’s anyone who will make a logical woman lose perspective, it’s While I loved Thin Ice, the first book in Paige Shelton’s Alaska Wild series, I wasn’t as fond of the second one, Cold Wind. Beth Rivers, the protagonist, was one of those “Had I But Known” characters in the second book, and I hate characters who don’t consider their own safety. Beth still has a few of those moments in Dark Night, but she also has a logical reason to act that way. Her mother shows up in Benedict, Alaska, and if there’s anyone who will make a logical woman lose perspective, it’s Mill Rivers. For those who haven’t read the series, Beth Rivers is a bestselling suspense author who lived in St. Louis, Missouri. She was kidnapped by a man named Travis Walker, and held captive in his van for three days where she was hurt and tortured before she escaped by throwing herself from the van. She fled to the small town of Benedict where she’s been hiding for about six months. She’s made a few friends, although Gril Samuels, the police chief, is the only one who knows who she really is. And, then Gril says her mother, Mill, has been spotted in Juneau. If Mill can find her, who else can track her down to Alaska? Beth has mixed feelings about Mill. She loves her mother, but when Beth’s father disappeared when Beth was seven, her mother went on a lifelong search to find him. She’s obsessed, and, since Beth’s kidnapping, her mother went so far as to find Travis Walker and try to shoot him. She’s a fugitive from the law who uses all of her computer skills to advance her own purpose. And, Beth suspects her mother might be in Alaska looking for more than her daughter. Mill does turn up in town, but her arrival coincides with the stabbing death of Ned, an abusive husband. Gril and other community members had been trying to protect his wife, Claudia, while Gril hoped to arrest Ned’s sister, Lucy, who is a thief. The whole situation is a bloody mess in a small, secretive community that is suspicious of newcomers such as a census man who shows up. Mill is accepted only because she’s Beth’s mother, but everyone should be suspicious of her. It’s winter in Benedict, Alaska, a time when people go stir crazy. It makes for dark nights, such as the night Ned was killed, and the time when the census man disappears, and so does Mill. Dark Night might be those long, dark nights of Alaska’s winter. It could also refer to “the dark night of the soul”, as Beth tries to cope with the aftereffects of her kidnapping, and, even the effects of her mother’s visit. She has emotional issues to deal with, and Mill’s arrival and ongoing search for Beth’s father only stirs up more confusing feelings. Mill may stir up trouble, but she does love her daughter, and she recognizes that Beth needs the support of the eccentric residents of Benedict. For those who have followed the series, Dark Night marks a turning point in Beth’s life. As I said before about the books in this series, it’s a thriller for those of us who are not fans of thrillers. While we wait with baited breath for the next tragedy, we know that Beth has an entire community of quirky individuals to support her.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daniele

    Winter is settling in in Benedict, Alaska. The days are dark and frigid, the snow is piling up, and contact with the outside world is getting harder. Some residents of the small town are able to cope better than others so it is not much of a surprise when Claudia Withers comes into the local bar beaten and bruised. When her husband Ned is found dead the next morning, novelist Beth Rivers is worried that the police chief, who is the only person in town that knows about her past trauma, might have Winter is settling in in Benedict, Alaska. The days are dark and frigid, the snow is piling up, and contact with the outside world is getting harder. Some residents of the small town are able to cope better than others so it is not much of a surprise when Claudia Withers comes into the local bar beaten and bruised. When her husband Ned is found dead the next morning, novelist Beth Rivers is worried that the police chief, who is the only person in town that knows about her past trauma, might have had something to do with it. As if this was not enough to deal with, Beth’s mother Mill arrives in town on the run after shooting Beth’s kidnapper. Beth worries that if her mother can find her can her kidnapper find her, too. There are clues to weed through and secrets to uncover as Beth helps Chief Gril get to the bottom of things. Author Paige Shelton does an outstanding job depicting the hard life in small town Alaska in the dead of winter. The sense of place is solid – I felt the stress of the cold and the endless darkness and isolation. The characters are so well drawn yet continue to evolve as the series moves along. The pace of the writing is brisk, and there is a palpable urgency to continue reading. Protagonist Beth is flawed but makes considerable progress dealing with her past trauma within these pages. She shows tremendous growth by telling another resident the secrets of her past. Her mother Mill is quite the loose cannon; she is fascinating and a bit scary all at once. The supporting cast provides so much color, and I love getting to know their secrets and personalities better. Yes, there is a murder to solve, but there are so many other layers of the story that reading became a compulsion for me to find out all that Shelton had to reveal. This is a series that I think should be read in order to best get to know Beth and the other characters’ histories. Read them – you will not be disappointed! DARK NIGHT is one of my favorite reads of 2021. I received an ARC of this title from Minotaur Books through NetGalley and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I absolutely LOVE this series - it is in my top 5 of favorite series' right now and this one absolutely did NOT disappoint! I was so excited to be back in Alaska with Beth and co. and hoped that we would learn more about some of the strange things that have been happening since she has arrived there. Be careful what you wish for! This is not going to be a detailed review - I have found that this series is best read with little information going in. I never read the blurb for these because I need I absolutely LOVE this series - it is in my top 5 of favorite series' right now and this one absolutely did NOT disappoint! I was so excited to be back in Alaska with Beth and co. and hoped that we would learn more about some of the strange things that have been happening since she has arrived there. Be careful what you wish for! This is not going to be a detailed review - I have found that this series is best read with little information going in. I never read the blurb for these because I need to go in with no expectations and I believe that is how this series should be read. So you will just be getting the basics here and how the book made me feel. The book opens with Beth's mom Mill showing up [with a very weak story of how she found Beth] and a storm and a dead body. The fact that not one person is sad about the person who has died is very telling and that fact runs underneath the story throughout the whole book. Getting the truth is as nerve-racking as previous books and with each revelation, I wanted to scream in frustration with Beth as it just brought more questions than actual real answers, but I will admit it is all those challenges that keep you reading and thinking and trying to figure it out along with Beth - "what could this, and this, and this, actually mean? IS this person or this person actually my friend or are they working against me?" and on and on and the end [which was both good AND frustrating and nerve-wracking] was a good indicator that we will be getting another book [pretty please Ms. Shelton??] and I will be on pins and needles until that happens, because I am fully invested in this story and Beth now and you will be too if you start and continue on with this amazing series - if you love a good mystery, you will not be sorry. Thank you to NetGalley, Paige Shelton, and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Dark Night is the third book in the Alaska Wild series. The first chapter gives a good summary of important events and background information from the two prior books. It could stand alone, but to get the most enjoyment, it’s best to read the books in order. There are three elements to the plot in each of the books. There is a current murder that the main character, author Beth Rivers, often helps the police chief solve. In this book, the current case is an abusive husband that is murdered and B Dark Night is the third book in the Alaska Wild series. The first chapter gives a good summary of important events and background information from the two prior books. It could stand alone, but to get the most enjoyment, it’s best to read the books in order. There are three elements to the plot in each of the books. There is a current murder that the main character, author Beth Rivers, often helps the police chief solve. In this book, the current case is an abusive husband that is murdered and Beth and her mother, who has arrived in town unexpectedly, are determined to help solve the case. There is also the ongoing storyline of Beth moving to Benedict, Alaska and trying to live under the radar, to escape a violent stalker who had already abducted her once. Beth’s mom Mill arrives due to developments regarding Beth’s stalker, Mill is unconventional, and is a habitual liar who can’t be trusted. In spite of this, I still like her character because of her bravery and love for her daughter. Finally, there are portions of the story about Beth adjusting to the harsh environment of rural Alaska. The wintry conditions in Benedict are constantly a danger and in this case, the cold and snowy conditions lead to isolation of the residents of the town, sometimes creating mental health issues. All three elements come together to create a unique and enjoyable book. The first book in the series, Thin Ice, is still my favorite, but this is a solid installment in a very entertaining series. I received this ebook from NetGalley through the courtesy of Minotaur Books. An advance copy was provided to me at no cost, but my review is voluntary and unbiased.

  15. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    DARK NIGHT is the third book in the Alaska Wild mystery series by Paige Shelton. This series just keeps getting better and better and I found myself on the edge of my seat, unable to put the book down until I’d read the final page. Set in the remote town of Benedict, Alaska, the harsh realities of winter is settling in, making the town even more isolated. The protagonist, Beth Rivers, has been hiding out from her brutal kidnapper, hoping law enforcement will be able to capture him before he find DARK NIGHT is the third book in the Alaska Wild mystery series by Paige Shelton. This series just keeps getting better and better and I found myself on the edge of my seat, unable to put the book down until I’d read the final page. Set in the remote town of Benedict, Alaska, the harsh realities of winter is settling in, making the town even more isolated. The protagonist, Beth Rivers, has been hiding out from her brutal kidnapper, hoping law enforcement will be able to capture him before he finds her. In this newest installment, it’s Beth’s on-the-run from the law, mother, who finds her. I enjoyed meeting eccentric Mill Rivers as it gave the reader the opportunity to find out more about Beth’s backstory and personality. It also added an emotional depth to the book. While this book could be read as a standalone with it’s contained murder mystery, there is the thread of the kidnapping and Beth’s backstory that begins with book one and continues through book three and, hopefully, beyond. Ms. Shelton’s descriptive voice captivated me as the setting and people came alive. As the suspense built, I had to turn the pages faster and faster to find out what happened next. The author’s ability to weave a cohesive arc between all three books while interjecting a standalone mystery into each one exhibits great skill. I’ll be waiting on pins and needles, anxious to find out what happens to Beth next!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Dark Night is the third book in the Alaska Wild Mysteries .  I would read the series in order as both the mystery plot arc and the personal relationships grow throughout the series.  Each book has smaller mysteries in addition to, and sometimes tangled up in, the main series mysteries.  There is some small town quirkin This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Dark Night is the third book in the Alaska Wild Mysteries .  I would read the series in order as both the mystery plot arc and the personal relationships grow throughout the series.  Each book has smaller mysteries in addition to, and sometimes tangled up in, the main series mysteries.  There is some small town quirkiness and a few things seem ridiculous, but overall it's an interesting and enjoyable read. Beth has been trying to live below the radar in small town Alaska.  She doesn't want her stalker to find her.  She is remembering more over time.  She is also settling into the town and making friends.  But she feels badly being disingenuous with them as she gets to know them more.  There are many in this area who are hiding from one thing or another, or just want to be left alone.  It makes it difficult to know who to trust.  Slowly, Beth begins to trust a few others and tell them her real story. Now there's a murder in town, and her mom, also on the run, shows up in town.  Beth is glad to see her mom but also worried.  Her mom isn't completely honest with her about many things but she is her mom.  Beth and her mom work together until her mom takes off again.  Beth learns much more about her father and who he was, before he disappeared when she was 7. She perseveres to figure things out in a shocking conclusion. COYER # 29 Read a book that takes place during the Winter.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this next book of the series winter has reared its ugly head in Benedict and with it comes the census man. Its makes the people uncomfortable when he shows up because most people live in Benedict for privacy or they are hiding something. Beth is doing her best to avoid the man but ends up getting a huge surprise from a different direction. Her mother has shown up in town and Beth isn't sure why she has come and if she may have lead any one in her direction. Meanwhile a woman who has been beat In this next book of the series winter has reared its ugly head in Benedict and with it comes the census man. Its makes the people uncomfortable when he shows up because most people live in Benedict for privacy or they are hiding something. Beth is doing her best to avoid the man but ends up getting a huge surprise from a different direction. Her mother has shown up in town and Beth isn't sure why she has come and if she may have lead any one in her direction. Meanwhile a woman who has been beaten very badly makes her way into town. When the police go to arrest her husband they find him dead. The investigation takes them in several direction even towards the census man but he soon disappears. Did the census man do it or did something happen to him too? Follow along as Beth tries to help the local cops in finding a murderer and at the same time trying to make sure she herself is safe. This was a great read with some great twists and turns.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    I didn't realize it at the time that this was the third book in the author's Alaska Wild series, but it helps explain some things in the book once you know it's not the first in the series. Like, for example, (view spoiler)[ how Beth keeps repeating what Travis said to her, about the "Rivers never listening", and how that never comes back around and get resolved or explained really, she just repeats it and I kept thinking that in the end that would come to some sort of conclusion. (hide spoiler I didn't realize it at the time that this was the third book in the author's Alaska Wild series, but it helps explain some things in the book once you know it's not the first in the series. Like, for example, (view spoiler)[ how Beth keeps repeating what Travis said to her, about the "Rivers never listening", and how that never comes back around and get resolved or explained really, she just repeats it and I kept thinking that in the end that would come to some sort of conclusion. (hide spoiler)] Now knowing this is the third in the series and the first two books are to do with the same protagonist, this leads me to believe that perhaps this will be "resolved/concluded" in the next in the series. Other than that, I liked the book, it was really easy to read, kept me wanting to read more, but the story was a bit far fetched in some areas. Even so, I would readily pick up another Paige Shelton book in the future.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    4 1/2 stars While this is the third in the series and I did not read either of the first two, I was immediately drawn into the action. The author does a great job of telling an exciting story, just enough to get the reader involved and picking on the backstory as the book progresses. Beth Rivers is hiding out in Benedict, Alaska, away from the stalker who kidnapped and tortured for three days. A town full of runaways of with secrets. Fast- paced and exciting you'll will be kept guessing througho 4 1/2 stars While this is the third in the series and I did not read either of the first two, I was immediately drawn into the action. The author does a great job of telling an exciting story, just enough to get the reader involved and picking on the backstory as the book progresses. Beth Rivers is hiding out in Benedict, Alaska, away from the stalker who kidnapped and tortured for three days. A town full of runaways of with secrets. Fast- paced and exciting you'll will be kept guessing throughout. Even when you might guess the who, the how's and whys are illusive and motives are not what you might expect. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leith Devine

    I liked this book a lot, it’s a well-done mystery novel and the 3rd book in the Alaska Wild series. I’d read the other books in the series first, there’s too much information you’d miss if you read this one alone. I think the series is improving over time. Beth Winters has moved to Benedict, Alaska to hide from a kidnapper. She’s actually a well known author who was kidnapped because of something her father did, then escaped. Her kidnapper disappeared at the same time. Not many in Benedict know I liked this book a lot, it’s a well-done mystery novel and the 3rd book in the Alaska Wild series. I’d read the other books in the series first, there’s too much information you’d miss if you read this one alone. I think the series is improving over time. Beth Winters has moved to Benedict, Alaska to hide from a kidnapper. She’s actually a well known author who was kidnapped because of something her father did, then escaped. Her kidnapper disappeared at the same time. Not many in Benedict know her real name or what happened to her, but many residents come to Benedict for their own personal reasons and now that Beth is a “local” they protect her privacy. Beth’s mother Mill has a warrant out for her arrest, she’s been searching for the kidnapper using more unorthodox methods. Mill tracks Beth to Benedict, and they are happy to see each other. However, Mill is suspicious of the only stranger in town, a census taker. After an abusive man is found murdered, suspicion falls on the stranger but why is he there at all? Does he have a connection to Beth’s kidnapping? I liked the character development Beth has experienced over the series, she’s become much stronger. There are lots of twists and turns and red herrings, and was a fun one to read. The descriptions of life in Alaska were fascinating, it’s a hard life during the winter. 5 stars. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Reynolds

    Fast paced, chock-a-block full. Don't blink, or your might miss something. For a quiet, little beyond the beyond spot on this great big earth, Benedict, Alaska has sooooo much going on. you can't turn the pages fast enough to keep up with all the goings on. And then .... poof ... it's over and we have to wait for the next book to see what will happen next to Beth. Love this series - but definitely recommend you read the earlier two books before reading this one. Fast paced, chock-a-block full. Don't blink, or your might miss something. For a quiet, little beyond the beyond spot on this great big earth, Benedict, Alaska has sooooo much going on. you can't turn the pages fast enough to keep up with all the goings on. And then .... poof ... it's over and we have to wait for the next book to see what will happen next to Beth. Love this series - but definitely recommend you read the earlier two books before reading this one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Adams

    I hope Mill, Beth’s mom, makes another appearance in the next book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    3.5, maybe 4 stars. Lots of twists and turns. Mill is highly unreliable and not likable. FRTC.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chris Conley

    Neat!! Some real progress for Beth and a very puzzling mystery to solve. These books have some great, evolving characters and a story thread that keeps me guessing!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I liked Dark Night, but after I immediately finished it I was torn between an OK or like rating. Since I'd read the two previous books and have been to Alaska twice (my brother also lived there for 30+ years and can attest to the long winter crazies), I was invested in the characters and town. I think I was gravitating to the OK rating because you really have to go with the flow of really improbable happenings. We already knew about one kind of improbable reoccurring character, but at least 3, if I liked Dark Night, but after I immediately finished it I was torn between an OK or like rating. Since I'd read the two previous books and have been to Alaska twice (my brother also lived there for 30+ years and can attest to the long winter crazies), I was invested in the characters and town. I think I was gravitating to the OK rating because you really have to go with the flow of really improbable happenings. We already knew about one kind of improbable reoccurring character, but at least 3, if not 4, new ones are added. Several things happen that made me go "Seriously?!?" So, if you're a fan of the two previous books and want to see what's new with Beth, I think you'll enjoy this one. Some readers might be like me and start questioning what's going on. I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Illustrious Illusions

    I enjoyed book 1 of this series, and while I missed book 2, book 3 was another good one. I don't know if I could start with book 3 and still enjoy the story as much as a lot of background is in book 1. But if you miss book 2, you'll miss some nuances, but still enjoy book 3 :) Beth is still an awesome character in this well-written book. Things are very descriptive (maybe overly so at times) but the story is compelling as we learn more about Beth and the whole cast of characters. I enjoyed book 1 of this series, and while I missed book 2, book 3 was another good one. I don't know if I could start with book 3 and still enjoy the story as much as a lot of background is in book 1. But if you miss book 2, you'll miss some nuances, but still enjoy book 3 :) Beth is still an awesome character in this well-written book. Things are very descriptive (maybe overly so at times) but the story is compelling as we learn more about Beth and the whole cast of characters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    This is the third in Paige Shelton’s insanely enjoyable Alaska wild series, set in tiny Benedict and featuring Beth Rivers, who is hiding out. She’d been kidnapped and got away, though sustaining a concussion and other injuries as well as suffering from PTSD. She is wary when she arrives in Alaska but by book three has begun to relax into life in Benedict – more or less. She had left the lower 48 after her kidnapping, leaving the hospital against her doctor’s orders and in fear of the man who too This is the third in Paige Shelton’s insanely enjoyable Alaska wild series, set in tiny Benedict and featuring Beth Rivers, who is hiding out. She’d been kidnapped and got away, though sustaining a concussion and other injuries as well as suffering from PTSD. She is wary when she arrives in Alaska but by book three has begun to relax into life in Benedict – more or less. She had left the lower 48 after her kidnapping, leaving the hospital against her doctor’s orders and in fear of the man who took her, who so far in the series has not been captured (though I’m assuming that will eventually happen). She’s also a well known writer under a pen name, so she’s able to maintain cover by writing the tiny town paper while using the paper’s “office” - a tiny shack behind the library (good wifi and cell phone coverage, which happens few other places in town). She’s made a connection with the librarian, a stoner Willie Nelson type who nevertheless has some special ops skills as far as obtaining information goes. The other giant hanging lose thread in Beth’s life is her mother, Mill, who is on the run after shooting and injuring Beth’s alleged attacker. She has gone to ground though naturally she turns up when Beth least expects it. One of the strengths of this book is this fraught though loving relationship. Mill dragged Beth around for most of her childhood hunting for her father, who disappeared years ago without a trace. Mill is still hunting for him. Into this situation, of course, a crime must fall, and it’s a doozy. As the denizens of Benedict are gathered in the bar one night, a woman comes in, beaten and bloody. Everyone in town is pretty sure the person responsible is her husband, Ned, whom no one seems to like. The woman, Claudia, more or less confirms this and the doctor is called. Beth lives at a halfway house (basically by accident), under the strong watchful eye of Viola, who ends up serving as the de facto town jailer. She also takes in probationers and reforms them. Her sister, Benny, runs the bar, and Benny steps up to take care of the Claudia situation. Claudia ends up under her supervision as Beth and Viola head home, but of course the next morning Ned’s body is found in what passes for the town square. Shelton spins this into a locked room mystery as most of the suspects were under lock and key, or within sight of each other, at the time of the murder. The wild card is Ned’s sister, Lucy, on the run from the law herself and Viola is asked by the town lawman to keep her under lock and key until either a flight or a ferry to Juneau can take place, which, because of weather, is not happening. Shelton manages to combine the more quaint small town aspects of Benedict, which is a cozy trope, with the ferocity of the Alaskan winter and the different ways the residents of Benedict react to the long months of isolation, dark, and cold, which is more of a noir trope. Mill turns out to be mostly a help to the situation, earning at least a grudging respect from most of Beth’s friends, and granted a look-the-other-way from the town cop - as long as she doesn’t stay in town too long. Beth is happy to be reunited with her mother, but also frustrated, wary, and curious. Family is complicated, and the deft Shelton never lets the reader forget that fact. As the mystery unravels and Mill and Beth reach an epiphany of sorts, the clever Shelton leaves a dandy hanging thread for the reader on the last page, making it very difficult to wait for book four. This is a wonderful series, balancing relationships and a clever mystery with a well paced and told story. I’m a huge fan, I love the female centric universe as well as the complicated Beth.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Majorette

    full thoughts: https://fictionmajorette.blogspot.com... Okay, full disclosure time: I didn't know this was the third book in a series when I requested it from NetGalley. I didn't realize my mistake until I was about halfway through so I did finish reading the book as is. I wanted to mention this right at the top so I acknowledge that some of my thoughts on the story might not be entirely accurate. First thing I want to mention is that even though this is the third book in the series, I think Shel full thoughts: https://fictionmajorette.blogspot.com... Okay, full disclosure time: I didn't know this was the third book in a series when I requested it from NetGalley. I didn't realize my mistake until I was about halfway through so I did finish reading the book as is. I wanted to mention this right at the top so I acknowledge that some of my thoughts on the story might not be entirely accurate. First thing I want to mention is that even though this is the third book in the series, I think Shelton does a great job of getting the reader up to speed. I initially thought that the beginning few chapters had a ton of info-dumping going on but now I realize that was the quick summary version of the previous books. I never got lost while I was reading, but I did find some things to be a little more summarized than I would have liked and I assume those parts were stuff that was addressed in more detail in the previous books. So I'd say this series is similar in a lot of the detective fiction series where the main plot line in each book is a standalone mystery but there's an overall plot thread through all the books as well. I really enjoyed the characters and the relationships explored throughout the book. Again, I think we're missing some of that initial character introductions from the previous books but I didn't have a hard time keeping the characters separate from one another. I think because I was missing this backstory, the characters weren't initially very developed but we got a lot of interaction between them and Beth so the characterization was brought out by the conversations and plot instead of the typical initial character description/interaction you get in a completely stand alone book. The mystery plot, I found to be a bit convoluted. It wasn't hard to follow, exactly, but there were so many times when it wasn't clear how certain things were connected or how certain characters were making certain connections. I think my main issue stemmed from the fact that the reader was supposed to be wondering if the murders in town had something to do with Beth's past and I think that mixing and integrating wasn't done as well as it should have been. I think it would have been better if the two mystery lines were running completely parallel instead because I found this attempt to build suspense just ended up muddying the waters and making the story less enjoyable. I really enjoyed the red herrings that Shelton developed throughout the story for both mystery plots. I also think she did a great job blending isolation thriller tropes with some psychological suspense. Overall, I liked this book and I really enjoyed the characters and setting. However, the mystery element fell a little flat for me. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC Expected publication date is December 7, 2021.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Dark Night by Paige Shelton is another episode in Beth Rivers' (pen name Elizabeth Fairchild) who had been kidnapped and tortured by her kidnapper and had now run to Benedict, Alaska to hide until her was caught. Only one person here knew her story, Gril, the sheriff, but several others had guessed who she really was. All in all, she felt safe and as if people had her back. Now Gril comes to her with the news that her mother has been spotted in Juneau and may be headed this way. Since it was win Dark Night by Paige Shelton is another episode in Beth Rivers' (pen name Elizabeth Fairchild) who had been kidnapped and tortured by her kidnapper and had now run to Benedict, Alaska to hide until her was caught. Only one person here knew her story, Gril, the sheriff, but several others had guessed who she really was. All in all, she felt safe and as if people had her back. Now Gril comes to her with the news that her mother has been spotted in Juneau and may be headed this way. Since it was winter, the weather had shut down most access to Benedict, but it looked like the ferry would be running today. She and Gril met it. Her mother was on it. She had missed her, although after a few days she was sure that would wear off. Then things started happening. Claudia ran into the bar, bleeding. Her husband had done it. It had happened before but she always let it go. She probably would this time, too. But, it turned out her sister-in-law was at their house. She was wanted by the law, so Gril went and picked her up. Then, the next morning, Ned, her husband was found stabbed in what amounted to the village square. She was in the clear. She's been with Benny all night at the bar. Lucy, the sister-in-law, had been locked in at Benedict House. A conundrum. One that would keep them busy for a while. The overlying story is Beth's escape from Travis, her kidnapper. She still suffered from PTSD. A secondary story is that he had been a friend of her father's way back then, when Dad and two other men a disappeared. She was always looking for her father. Her mother had been for years. Beth wasn't able to trust, but she was close to sharing her story with several of the people in Benedict that she counted as friends. She knew they'd have her back. Everyone was here in Benedict for a reason, some worse than hers. She's a good character and we've watched her reclaim much of herself in the three books in the series. Benedict is a very odd place, what with the weather and all, but she is adjusting, and growing to like it. Shelton has set the tone perfectly so that the reader is right there with Beth and with the residents of Benedict as we have gotten to know them. This story is a good one with several story lines at all times and plenty of misdirection, poor communication, and outright lies. It's full of surprises. I recommend it. I was invited to read a free e-ARC of Dark Night by Minotaur Books, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #minotaurbooks #paigeshelton #darknight

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leighton

    Thank you to Minotaur Books for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Dark Night by Paige Shelton is a nature-set thriller and the 3rd book in the Alaska Wild Mysteries. Although I hadn't read the first two books in this series, I decided to read this book anyway to see what my opinions would be as a new reader to the series. The story revolves around writer Beth Rivers, who lives in an idyllic and remote town in Alaska. Beth is recovering from a traumatic experience that occurred previously Thank you to Minotaur Books for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Dark Night by Paige Shelton is a nature-set thriller and the 3rd book in the Alaska Wild Mysteries. Although I hadn't read the first two books in this series, I decided to read this book anyway to see what my opinions would be as a new reader to the series. The story revolves around writer Beth Rivers, who lives in an idyllic and remote town in Alaska. Beth is recovering from a traumatic experience that occurred previously in the series. Suddenly, a dead body turns up, and someone else goes missing. Who is the murderer? Will Beth be able to figure it out? Here is an excerpt from Chapter 1 that may contain *spoilers* for the previous 2 books: "I extended my hand. "I'm Beth Rivers." With his free hand, we shook. "Elijah Wyatt. I'm not sure how we haven't met yet. You must not have needed a tow." "You're pretty popular around here. I haven't needed a tow yet, but maybe someday." "I've heard of your... your scar." He smiled sheepishly. "Wow, that was terribly inappropriate. I'm sorry." "Don't worry about it. It's hard to miss." My hair, now white from the trauma... had grown out some for the hospital bathroom haircut I'd given myself, but the scar would probably always be obvious. I didn't care what I looked like as long as it wasn't brown-haired novelist Elizabeth Fairchild." Overall, Dark Night is an interesting and compelling nature-based thriller that will appeal to fans of wild Alaska everywhere. After reading a ton of domestic thrillers recently, I was interested in reading a book that was set in a slightly-exotic location, where nature and the elements play as much of a role as the murderer. I did take off 1 star, because I struggled to maintain my interest in the plot as I kept reading. In addition, be aware that many events occur in the previous two books that are directly referenced and continued in this book. I would definitely recommend reading the previous two books first. If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of atmospheric thrillers, you can check out this book when it comes out in December!

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