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Nils Shapiro has been hired to find missing Linnea Engstrom, a teenager from the small northern hockey town of Warroad, Minnestota. Most of Warroad is in Minneapolis for the state high school hockey tournament, and Linnea never returned from last night's game. Linnea's friend Haley Housch is also missing - and soon found dead.

Shot through the arm with an arrow at the Haley Housch crime scene, Nils should be in the hospital recovering from his near fatal injury, but he knows that the clock is ticking. Linnea could be anywhere, and someone doesn't want her found. Is Linnea a victim, or is she playing a dangerous game? As bodies start piling up, the clues lead Nils and Ellegaard north to Warroad, a small, quiet town with many secrets to hide.

©2018 Matt Goldman (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Super smart procedural with a touch of sarcasm...

This is the second book in the Nils (Shap) Shapiro series. Although I enjoyed the first book more, I do think this is also an excellent book.
This book has two teenage girls go missing. One 17, the other 18. The police treat the two cases different because the 17 year old is considered a run away because of her age. Meanwhile the 18 year old is considered a missing person , again because of her age. Then the 18 year old is found dead in a cave. When Nils goes to see the girl in the cave he receives an arrow (designed for hunting large game) through his shoulder. Someone doesn't want him looking for the other girl.
This book takes place in Minnesota, in a town that lives for ice hockey. There are lots of town secrets and more hunters then can be counted. I like the quirkyness of the area and the author's use of sarcasm when describing some of the area traits (and characters). Just keep in mind how much trouble one teenager can cause.
MacLeod Andrews does a fantastic job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic despite mispronunciations

I live in Woodbury, MN so I really enjoy listening to a great story that includes familiar local landmarks. The characters are great and the plot holds up. I highly recommend Matt Goodman’s books.

Macleod Andrews does a great job bringing the story to life. As a native, it slightly irritated me that he didn’t pronounce Wayzata (why-zetta) and Warroad (War Road) correctly, but that is OK.

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Award Worthy

I can't stop recommending this book to friends and family! Just do it, read it or listen to it! Just do it!

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great addition to a budding series

Phenomenal story, even better than the first! Shape is a wonderfully written character. I sincerely hope this series continues and that McCloud continues reading it. McClouds tone is absolutely perfect for this series and matches the protagonist's wit and voice to a T.

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MacLeod Andrews is clearly not Minnesotan

MacLeod Andrews is an excellent narrator, but he cannot speak Minnesotan. This is extremely distracting, if you speak Minnesotan. If you don't, you'd probably would be none-the-wiser.

Mr Andrews seems to think Minnesotans speak with a Boston accent. But what's worse is that he miss-pronounces "Warroad", "Wayzata", and numerous other places. Every character in the books uses these names repeatedly. It's super distracting. Let me help you out Mr. Andrews. Warroad is pronounced "wore-road". It is not pronounced "wha? road?" And Wayzata is pronounced "Why-zetta" not "Way-zotta". And how the hell do you get "Yupper" from "yooper"? I can forgive the Pembina butchery... 'cause who cares about Pembina.

Perhaps next time you should visit Minnesota before trying to act Minnesotan.

By the way, the "Layfayette Reynolds"-like character voice is something impressive. Really.

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Excellent second in this series

First, let me vent. Who is in error when the narrator mispronounces the names of cities, etc. This is particularly annoying in Broken Ice, as the cities are mentioned frequently. Otherwise, I like MacLeod Andrews. There is something refreshing about Matt Goldman's writing style. Fabulous story, good mystery, and language that does not offend. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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2nd 5-star book in a 5-star series

The Greg Iles of Minnesota! Matt Goldman writes with an authenticity that only comes with first-hand knowledge - not only of place, but also of culture and personal experience. His well-crafted descriptions and deft turns of phrases left me smiling, even when his protagonist was in his frequent tight spots.

A real joy to read.

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Great story

I'm a big fan of Nils Shapiro, detective in the Twin Cities. I loved the first book and this second book was a compelling listen. Great characters and the setting adds a lot. Highly recommended to mystery lovers.

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Did it again, but better!

I loved Gone to Dust. Which is why I read Broken Ice. Macleod Andrews is THE BEST narrator I've ever listened to. I wish I could just hire him to read all the audio books I buy. I've searched for more books he's read just because I love him ..

Anyway, Broken Ice is great. Matt Goldman delivered another wonderful murder mystery. I like that the story has twists and turns, but they're not far fetched. Everything is tied so well together in the ending.

I personally think it's a master piece. I really hope there is more to come in Nils Shapiro's adventures being a PI! (please, please please write more!)

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Even better!

Matt Goldman's first book "Gone to Dust", featuring detective Nils Shapiro, was great! Strong characters and a great story line featuring plenty plot twists.
His newest book "Broken Ice" is even better than his first book. Shapiro is back (along with his wit). This time Shapiro covers more ground, encounters more characters and navigates through more plot twist and turns. All this, yet he still maintains his sense of humor. Well done!

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