Jeanne Matthews

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Narrated By: Kate Reading

Duration: 8 hours and 29 minutes

What to expect

No fortress can protect against human corruption, not even the Svalbard GlobalSeed Vault.

Hewn out of a frozen mountain six hundred miles from the North Pole, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault was designed to safeguard the earth's precious collection of diverse plant seeds from rising sea levels, hurtling asteroids, nuclear holocaust, and every other conceivable disaster. But no fortress, however remote or carefully constructed, can protect against human corruption and those who have made it their business to gain control of the world's food supply.

When Dinah Pelerin left sunny Hawaii on an undercover fact-finding mission to the seed vault in Longyearbyen, Norway, she had no idea that she would get a crash course in the politics of genetic engineering, that she would become embroiled in the marital troubles of an American presidential candidate and his enigmatic, Norwegian-born wife, or that a dead body would tumble out of the hotel sauna into her arms.

In late December, the polar night wraps around the little town of Longyearbyen like a lead blanket, impenetrable and endless. The temperature rarely climbs above zero, and bodies don't decompose in the permafrost. The dead have to be shipped south for burial, and soon there are two murder victims headed there. Who has killed them, and why? With three US senators, a powerful corporate CEO, and a Norwegian government minister as her fellow suspects, Dinah is under no illusions about her role. She had better untangle the knot of motives and pretenses fast or suspicion will come crashing down like an avalanche and bury her so deep that she'll never see daylight again.


Crime and mystery fiction, Crime and mystery: women sleuths, Thriller / suspense fiction, Thriller / suspense fiction, Crime and mystery fiction

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“Matthews’ engaging third Dinah Pelerin mystery takes the anthropologist–cum–amateur sleuth to the frozen Norwegian tundra...If the bleak arctic winter isn’t enough to chill Dinah to the bone, a couple of murders and an attempt on her life put the icing on that cake. Just the right amount of character development and plot twists will please cozy fans.”

Publishers Weekly

“This entertaining mystery, boasting a timely theme and colorful characters, will be perfect for those who like to do their extreme traveling in the pages of a crime novel.”


“Matthews’s doggedly determined anthropologist doesn’t disappoint in her third issues-related appearance…She tackles a harsh Nordic climate with vigor, setting up an exciting New Year’s Eve climax.” 

Library Journal

“Norwegian noir with an American twist.”

Candace Dempsey, author of Murder in Italy

“The storyline occurs in an intriguing location while focused on the fascinating controversy of genetically engineered food and the debate over placing these seeds inside the Doomsday Vault. The whodunit is nicely handled, but it is the agribusiness corporations with Congressional support trying to gain control of the seed bank that makes for a strong entry.”