“Hoodoo Money (The Stolen Nickel Series Book 1)” by Sharon Cupp Pennington

For #ThrowbackThursday I’m sharing some of my favorite past reads WITH review!

“Hoodoo Money (The Stolen Nickel Series Book 1)”

by Sharon Cupp Pennington

Genre: Suspense/Love & Romance

Release Date: September 21, 2013

Amazon KUAfter her almost-wedding to a bigamist, successful children’s author Braeden McKay has given up on love. She’s content to live vicariously through her imaginary heroine, Platypus Pearl, and a gaggle of adventurous, web-footed cohorts – until a working vacation in New Orleans shakes up her quiet, structured world. Had she known that souvenir nickel stolen from the grave of a hoodoo woman would catapult her into a nightmare of betrayal and murder, she would have insisted her friend put it back. Cursed nickel or unfortunate happenstance? Sanderson Montgomery isn’t one to discount the supernatural beliefs of others. This is the Big Easy, after all, Mecca to the spiritual and the superstitious. As a veteran detective, neither does he ignore cold, hard fact. And the fact is, someone or something is bent on harming Braeden McKay, and it’s up to him to protect her while keeping his heart out of the mix. Can love, the very thing Braeden wants no part of, be the one force greater than any adversary – even a hoodoo curse?


Felicia’s Review

July 31, 2014

5/5 Stars!

Wow! Hang on – what a ride!

Elements of the thriller, suspense, intrigue & romance can ALL be found in Sharon Cupp Pennington’s Hoodoo Money! You’ll find it hard to put down!

Horrific crimes from the past are linked to Braeden McKay – and she doesn’t even know it. An author of children’s books, Braeden is on a photo shoot in New Orleans with lifelong friend and model, Angeline St. Cyr, when troubles get up close and personal. On the whole, I didn’t like either woman. To ME, both seemed stuck in permanent denial and didn’t mind it at all. Past hurts from love and family had made them both obstinate, IMHO…and I do understand how that happens. Their characters were perfect for the story. But, if they were real people, we would not be friends! LOL!

On the other hand, NOLA Detective Sanderson Montgomery and former teacher, Charlie Cooper were quite likable. Even with the nightmare from his past always on his mind, Charlie is making every effort to be open to something new. Unfortunately, this will lead him to more pain and heartbreak…and a mini meltdown.

Bodies start dropping from the beginning. Secrets come to light. Hearts are opened…and rejected. But it isn’t until the danger gets up close and personal and stays there that the pieces…and the whole story start to come together. I know I was clueless…until Braeden saw the name on the poster – and then the light bulb popped on. However, I STILL wasn’t prepared for the aftermath/outcome.

I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review, but moments after completing it, I purchased book 2 – “Mangroves and Monsters” because I HAVE TO KNOW where this story is going. It’s just that good!


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