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After encountering a brief power outage at work, college student Sara Donovan might be allowing her imagination to run wild. The main vault in the Carlton Museum holds the Fire and Ice Exhibit, a collection of rare gems, including the Star of Midnight, a 175-carat diamond. Although all the stones are accounted for, Sara suspects the Star of Midnight was stolen and replaced with a fake.
While conducting her own investigation, what Sara uncovers is beyond even her wildest imagination: a coded message, papers with strange characters, and a mysterious set of numbers carved into an office wall. Despite dismissive historians and other experts, she is certain these clues point to a mysterious centuries-old legend.
Unfortunately, her colorful history of usually being right, but always being wrong, means she must solve the mystery to prove her theory.
What the critics say
Both young adult and adult readers will quickly be charmed by this standalone sequel to Against My Better Judgment, the first book in Polcari's award-winning A Mauzzy & Me Mystery Series.
Likable, stalwart, stubborn, idealistic, and quirky, Sara Donovan is an unforgettable character with the potential to solve many more mysteries with the delightful Mauzzy at her side.
Kate Robinson, U.S. Review of Books ↗
When museum intern Sara Donovan suspects a rare diamond on display has been stolen and replaced with a fake, her amateur investigative skills kick into gear. When others try to convince her that no such heist has occurred, she refuses to drop the notion, even under threat of losing her job.
B.T. Polcari’s ‘s cozy mystery, FIRE AND ICE, includes all the elements required to engage readers into solving the puzzle—a compelling hook, interesting characters, a well-structured plot, and a few red herrings.
Indie Reader ↗
2022 Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars
US Review of Books Recommended
2022 American Fiction Awards Finalist in Mystery/Suspense: Cozy Mysteries
2022 American Fiction Awards Finalist in Humor/Comedy/Satire
The Eric Hoffer Awards Category Finalist
What readers like you say
Ultimately, Fire & Ice is an excellent cozy mystery read with many code-cracking mysteries, suspense, and danger. It was so engaging that I could not stop reading and then later reflect on each inch of the clues.
I was taken out of my comfort zone of cozy mystery and thrown into the headspace of double meanings, misleading clues, and well-placed deflections. This book is full of twists and turns that will make one flip-flop between who is involved and who is the "mastermind."
It is one marvelous adventure anyone can have in problem-solving.
Don't just take my word for it. Read it and find out for yourself!
- Cheryl, Currant7 Recommends
Sara Donovan suspects that a rare gem that is stored in the museum vault isn’t authentic. Even with finding clues that point to a very old story, the historians at the museum don’t agree with her. Can Sara solve the clues and mystery to prove she’s right about the Star of Midnight being stolen?
This is the first book I have read by this author and in this series. It moves at a pretty good pace and has enough red herrings to keep me guessing along with Sarah. I love history so the way this was written drew me in and had me turning the pages way past my bed time. I look forward to more adventures with Sarah and Mauzzy in the future.
- Cindi A., NetGalley