I fail to understand, unless its purely for killing Janeway, why BD gets so much hate, when its still miles better than those prior novels.
My dislike of the book has nothing to do with killing Janeway, it's in how badly David wrote it. He seemed to almost be parodying his earlier penchant for humour. That line where Geordi wonders something like "hmmm. Doesn't the ship's computer sound a bit like Lwaxana Troi?" makes me literally cringe when I think about it. Peter David's nudge-winking of the audience reached an all-time low.
Of course, I have a broader dislike of the relaunch by over-doing the Borg (did they learn nothing from Voyager!?!). As such, "Death in Winter" is my favourite TNG post-Nemesis novel. It didn't have to rely on Trek's boogeymen killing half the galaxy to be entertaining.