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Books with a snowy setting update.

One of my favourite settings in books I read is that of a wintery, 'snowy' setting. There's nothing like sitting in a comfy chair beside the fire reading about snowstorms or what the world looks like for people the next morning and how they go about their business or even survive the coming weeks! (Think The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder.) When I saw this Waterstones post on Facebook about books with a snowy setting it reminded me that I had done my own post about snowy books a few years ago. But time flies and when I actually checked I found it was back in 2009! Definitely time for an update, so here goes...


Snow Blind - P.J. Tracy
The Virgin in the Ice – Ellis Peters
The Sittaford Mystery – Agatha Christie
The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers
After the Fine Weather – Michael Gilbert
The Tenderness of Wolves – Stef Penney
Dead Cold – Louise Penny
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg
Ghosts in the Snow – Tamara Siler Jones
Death and the Dancing Footman – Ngaio Marsh
A Christmas Journey - Anne Perry
Raven Black - Ann Cleeves
Death at Wentwater Court - Carola Dunn
Ice Cold - Tess Gerritsen
Mystery in White - J. Jefferson Farjeon
Sworn to Silence - Linda Castillo
The Cold Dish - Craig Johnson
In the Bleak Midwinter - Julia Spencer-Fleming
The Virgin of Small Plains - Nancy Pickard
The Wolf in Winter - John Connolly
Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue Henry
The Kate Shugak & Liam Campbell series by Dana Stabenow

General Fiction:

Ordinary Wolves – Seth Kantner
Dr. Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
Light on Snow – Anita Shreve
A Winter in the Hills – John Wain
The Adventures of Captain Hatteras – Jules Verne
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Sylvester - Georgette Heyer
Winter at Thrush Green - Miss Read
A Country Christmas - Miss Read
Once Upon a Christmas - Sara Morgan
The Abominable - Dan Simmons
Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
Winter People Jennifer McMahon
The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey


The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin
The Fifth Elephant – Terry Pratchett
The Forbidden Tower - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Helliconia Winter - Brian W. Aldiss
The Mountains of Majipoor - Robert Silverberg
The Terror - Dan Simmons
The Winter Haunting - Dan Simmons
The Wolf in Winter - John Connolly

Children's/Young Adult:

The Long Winter – Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Snowman - Raymond Briggs
North Child – Edith Pattou
Predator’s Gold – Philip Reeve
At the Back of the North Wind – George MacDonald
Northern Lights – Phillip Pullman
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Wintersmith – Terry Pratchett
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
The Call of the Wild – Jack London
The Dark is Rising – Susan Cooper
The Snow Queen – Hans Christian Anderson
Winter Holiday – Arthur Ransome
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken
The Rat-A-Tat Mystery - Enid Blyton
No Such Thing as Dragons - Philip Reeve
The Dead of Winter - Chris Priestley
Magyk - Angie Sage

Short Stories:

The Triumph of Night - Edith Wharton

I haven't actually added the Waterstones ones, will check them out properly soon and possibly add them. And there must be more for each category. 'Loads'more. So if anyone can think of any, do please leave a comment.

And just to liven this post up with an illustration or two, here're a couple of my favourite snowy book covers:



That's quite a few! I don't tend to read crime books, but several in the general fiction are favorites. Of course, A Christmas Carol, but also The Abominable, and The Terror. which is an all-time favorite. The Winter People, not so much of one. The Snow Queen is wonderful.
I really want to read The Abominable and The Terror this year. The only book by Dan Simmons I've read is Drood and given that I utterly adored it (fav book of the year I read it) I really need to read more. I think this is the year to do it.
Oh, no! I couldn't get into Drood to save my life. I gave it about 100 pages before finally giving up. I hope this doesn't mean that you won't like the ones I like. *g*

And in case you're still interested, his Summer of Night and A Winter Haunting are excellent!
I hope this doesn't mean that you won't like the ones I like. *g*

I don't really think that'll be the case. *G* I kind of *know* I'll love The Abominable because it's about mountain climbing and I love reading about that. The Terror is more of a horror story I think? I don't know so much about that so we'll see.

Drood *really* seems to divide opinion. People seem to love it or hate it and often there's no rhymme or reason to it. I adored it, quite frankly, all that Victorian wierdness with added Dickens and Wilkie Collins. And it's odd because before I started it I had myself down as, like you, probably managing 100 pages. Seems you never can tell.

I'll go and look into the other two books by him that you've recced.
Oh thanks for these, I'm particularly interested in the crime section. (I loved Miss.Smilla's Feeling for Snow.)
There are some good snowy reads in the crime section, though I haven't read them all. I have Miss Smilla on my tbr shelf so I'm hoping to get to that this year.
The most disappointing moment in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (book and film) is when everything begins to thaw. :D
Oh, I completely agree! LOL!
Oh fab list - I like snow-y books too! As you say, all warm curled up in a chair... *g* And I adore the cover to High Rising as well - in fact I remember being so struck by it that when I saw it in Waterstones for myself, I had to have it! And then of course I fell in love with the rest of her books (and that series of covers!), so all was very well indeed. *g*

I'm sure I remember reading lots of Alaska-set crime novels years ago, and probably at least some are still on my shelves... yes! Dana Stabenow, A Cold Day for Murder, for instance (The snow was layered in graceful white curves beneath the alder and spruce and cottonwood, all the trees except for the spruce bare and leafless...). And Murder on the Iditarod Trail, by Sue Henry. They're not amazing-amazing books, but I enjoyed them at the time, and they have snow. *g*

I love lists. :-) Yes, I think I'd have bought that copy of High Rising no matter what was inside. *ggg* I need to read more AT. I think my next book for her is Pomfret Towers which has a snowy cover but I won't know if it's really snowy until I've read it. *Mentally shifts it onto the 'read soon' pile*

I'm so stupid not to have remembered the Dana Stabenow books. Partly because I read the first one several years ago and partly because my son-in-law is currently hooked on tham and reading them all. The reason I didn't read any more years ago is because I bought the first one, then saw how many there were in the series, found out the library didn't have any and stopped right there before I had to remortgage the house to buy the rest. *Now* the library catalogue has loads so I can get back to them. Like you I didn't think that first one was amazing-amazing but it was not bad and I rather suspect they get better.
Oh, I can lend you some of the Dana Stabenow series if you like - I've got half a dozen-ish on my shelf. I thought I remembered that we'd talked about them before! I can't remember if they get better, but they obviously kept me reading - though I was between Alaska-sojourns at the time, and rather missing it, so I was a bit coloured by that!
Oooh, yes please! That would be brilliant. We could well have talked about them and it's slipped my mind, we get through a lot of subjects when you visit. *g*