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Publication Order of DI Winter Meadows Mystery Books

The Silent Quarry (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Frozen Minds (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Suffer the Children (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Knot of Sparrows (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lies of Mine (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

The “DI Winter Meadows” series is a set of novels by Cheryl Rees-Price, a bestselling mystery author from a small former mining village in South Wales. She was born in Cardiff and when she was little, her parents moved to the small village where she would later get married and still lives to this day.
After she graduated from school, she got a job working as a paralegal for a criminal lawyer before she quit to go start a family. In the meantime, she went back to school and studied accounting, sociology, and philosophy and then found a part-time job as a bookkeeper.

While she is quite a successful author, she still works a day job as a company finance director in charge of accounting and project management. She loves to work on her novels anytime she is not at work.

Her other hobbies apart from writing include gardening and walking, which she has said free her mind to develop interesting characters and plots.

Cheryl Rees-Price was never huge on writing growing up. As a teenager, she had a crush on Joe Hardy as read “The Hardy Boys” over and over. However, it was from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Hobbit” which her teacher used to read to the class that she was motivated to become an author.

But it was not until she was in her thirties that she started to write stories for her daughters and local plays for church. It was from these baby steps that she had the courage to pen her first novel.

As for her inspiration, Rees-Price gets it from all manner of places. For “The Silent Quarry,” her debut novel she got the idea while taking a walk near her home. “Frozen Minds” her second novel was inspired when she conversed with a relative who was having it rough at the office.
As for her literary inspirations, she cites the likes of Harlan Coben, Sharon Bolton, Catrin Collier, and Linwood Barclay.

The “DI Winter Meadows” is a series of novels set in the small town of Brecon Beacons in Wales. The lead is Detective Inspector Winter Meadows who works alongside Detective Constable Edris to resolve several murder mysteries in the small town.

At the opening of the novel, a young girl disappears near the locale where another girl also went missing a few years past. In the earlier case, it had been a case of two girls going missing with one surviving the ordeal as the surviving girl had amnesia. The case had thus remained unsolved for years.

In the second novel of the series, DI Winter Meadows is investigating the bizarre death of the administrator of a care home catering to vulnerable adults. This is so far one of the hardest cases he had to work on in his career as it involves gaining the trust of residents very suspicious of law enforcement.
In the third novel of the series, a small child disappears from home. She is the child of a dysfunctional parent who does not remember what happened. DI Winter is called in to investigate and soon finds things are not as expected.

“The Silent Quarry” by Cheryl Rees-Price is the debut novel of the “DI Winter Meadows” series of novels. The novel is set in a quiet village in Wales which is left in shock following a brutal attack on two young girls Gwen Collier and Bethan Hopkins.

That was several decades ago in 1987 but the incident has never been forgotten. The killer had never been apprehended since Gwen who had survived the ordeal was suffering from amnesia.

Three decades later, Gwen goes missing and it is up to detective inspector Winter Meadows to find out what happened. The intuitive and charismatic detective has developed a reputation for solving even the toughest cases.

But in such a close-knit and small community, the past has a habit of rearing its head. There are also many people with secrets who are willing to do anything to ensure they do not get out.

Tensions are running high as accusations and old feelings are stirred. Even the detective inspector who is working on the case has a past. As he digs into the past, he learns about some truths he would have preferred to stay in the past.

In “Frozen Minds,” the second novel of the “DI Winter Meadows” series of novels, the detective is looking into the strange death of an administrator of a residential home.

It is a home that caters to patients with learning disabilities. The man’s body had been found stashed in a freezer and the police initially believe one or some of the residents may be the killer. But DI Winter will have to tread carefully given the vulnerable status of the residents.

As the detective digs into the case, he unearths several irregularities in the standards of care and finances of the home. What is even more telling is the account of the happenings that the residents give does not tally with the account provided by the staff.

It is bad enough that the manager is dead but another complication arises when a neighbor of the home is found killed in strange circumstances in her home. Could someone be trying to cover their tracks and what could have been the motive of the killer?

The detective needs to resolve the case before the culprit manages to destroy all the evidence.

“Frozen Minds,” the third novel of the “DI Winter Meadows Mystery” series, opens with Natalie Beynon facing her worst nightmare. She was partying at her house only to wake up to find Ella, her 18-month-old daughter missing. Could the child have wandered out through the open door or had someone taken him from her bed?

Detective Inspector Meadows is leading the search for Ella and since he could not find any evidence of a break-in, he believes someone from the party must be responsible.

Things get interesting when a toy rabbit belonging to the missing child is found near the woods behind the house. The detective mobilizes a huge search party hoping to find the child before dark.

But a shocking twist leads to another discovery further complicating things.

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