Once a major reporter, Catherine Winslow has retreated to the Upper Valley of Vermont to write a household hints column. While out walking, Catherine discovers the body of a woman near her house. Winslow recognizes her as the latest victim of a serial killer, a woman reported missing weeks before during a blizzard. When her neighbor is pulled into the investigation, Catherine begins to discover some unexpected connections to the serial murders. One is that the murders might be based on a rare unfinished Wilkie Collins novel that is missing from her personal library. The other is her much younger lover from her failed affair has unexpectedly resurfaced. Elegant, haunting and profoundly gripping, Cloudland (Minotaur, $24.99) by Joseph Olshan is an ingenious psychological trap baited with murder, deception and the intricacies of desire.