I am excited to bring you my review of Winter Witness by Tina deBellegarde on tour with Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours!

About the Book:

When a beloved nun is murdered in a sleepy Catskill Mountain town, a grieving young widow finds herself at the center of the turmoil. Bianca St. Denis is searching for a job and seeking acceptance in her new home of Batavia-on-Hudson. Agatha Miller, the nun’s closest friend and the ailing local historian everyone loves to hate, shares her painful personal history and long-buried village secrets with Bianca. Armed with this knowledge, Bianca unravels the mysteries surrounding the death while dealing with the suspicions of her eccentric neighbors.

However, Bianca’s meddling complicates the sheriff’s investigation as well as his marriage. Can Sheriff Mike Riley escape his painful past in a town where murder and infighting over a new casino vie for his attention?

Danger stalks Bianca as she gets closer to the truth. Can the sheriff solve the mystery before the killer strikes again? Can the town heal its wounds once the truth has been uncovered?

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Winter Witness by Tina deBellegarde is a fantastic atmospheric debut novel. I LOVE mysteries and I am always looking for new authors in the genre. I am really glad I gave this author a try, I was not disappointed. The story is about the murder of an elderly nun in the Catskill Mountains. The format of the mystery is interesting in that instead of dropping clues, there is more context about the people in the small town and their secrets. I would say Bianca is the protagonist because the story is more about her settling into this small town and her fascination with the murder and how we come to learn about the killer and who it might be. I enjoyed the complex , well rounded characters and the story. I would have to say that this is more fiction with elements of a mystery. An enjoyable read. I look forward to more stories from this author.

About the Author:

Tina deBellegarde lives in Catskill, New York with her husband Denis and their cat Shelby. Winter Witness is the first book in the Batavia-on-Hudson Mystery Series. Tina also writes short stories and flash fiction. When she isn’t writing, she is helping Denis tend their beehives, harvest shiitake mushrooms, and cultivate their vegetable garden. She travels to Japan regularly to visit her son, Alessandro. Tina did her graduate studies in history. She is a former exporter, paralegal, teacher, and library clerk.


This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Tina deBellegarde. There will be 6 winners. Two (2) winners will each win one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card. Two (2) winners will each win one (1) physical copy of Winter Witness by Tina deBellegarde (U.S. addresses only) and two (2) winners will each win one (1) eBook of Winter Witness by Tina deBellegarde The giveaway begins on November 1, 2020 and runs through December 2, 2020. Void where prohibited.

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Until the next chapter,