Remote. Peaceful. Picturesque. That's how the Mumford Mountain Hotel bills itself in its brochure, and it lives up to its billing -- most of the time. But this year, the hotel is hosting a prestigious conference for the study of forensic science, and the organizers have extended CSI head Gil Grissom an invitation he can't refuse. Joined by fellow investigator Sara Sidle, Grissom leaves the department in the capable hands of Catherine Willows and heads east. But he and Sara soon find themselves in all too familiar territory -- and back in Las Vegas, Catherine, Warrick Brown, and Nick Stokes have uncovered trouble of their own.
A Disappointing Entry in the Series, September 1, 2003 Reviewer: Paul from Yuma, Arizona United States The third CSI novel seperates our five heroes by thousands of miles. While Grissom and Sara attend a conference in upstate New York, Nick, Warrick, and Catherine investigate a body that was found in the desert after being missing for over a year. All they have to go on is that she was kept frozen for most of the past year. Meanwhile, Sara and Grissom's conference is snowed out, but that doesn't prevent them from stumbling on a burning body in the forest. With help from a Canadian CSI that arrived early, they set out to find the murderer while battling a vicious snow storm at the same time. As is typical of CSI, the movie and books, there really is no major mystery as to who the killers are. The storyline evolves through following the clues, but when the killers are eventually discovered, there is no surprise that will knock you over. In addition, I found the Grissom/Sara storyline to be very dull. There wasn't much they could do in the snow, and the whole concept of standing guard over a dead body until the snow stops killed about 100 pages of this book. The Las Vegas story was more interesting, but not by much. When the ending came, it was sudden and not surprising. This is not a bad book, but it is probably my least favorite of the CSI series.