#BookReview “Aftermath” by Terri Blackstock

May 10 – June 4, 2021 Tour

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4/5 Stars!

Everyone needs a friend like Jamie Powell.

How many friends would come to your defense after not speaking for fifteen years? How many friends would represent you when you’re a suspect in a bombing that killed a third-party presidential candidate… and twenty-six other people, AND you’re found with a trunk full of explosives?

Jamie did all these things and more for childhood friend and first crush, Dustin Webb, in this slow-build Christian suspense.

Dustin’s life free-falls into chaos when an anonymous tip leads to his arrest moments after a bombing. Though hesitant at first, Dustin calls the one person who’s always believed in him, knowing he’s got some tough questions to face about his fifteen-year absence.

An intriguing plot that’s as much character analysis as it is suspense, Aftermath focuses on relationships.

A man of faith, Dustin’s relationship with God, gives him the courage to face the notoriety of being a suspected domestic terrorist while trying to support his best friend and business partner, Travis Grey, whose wife is losing her battle against leukemia. He’ll also have to explain to Jamie why the troubled young boy who lived next door never looked back after joining the military.

Jamie’s faith has fallen by the wayside since losing her husband to a drug overdose, but Dustin’s case along with meeting Travis’ wife, Crystal, leads her to reach out to God in prayer and reconnect.

Learning the truth behind the bombing brings Dustin relief and pain, but his relief is short-lived when the police don’t believe him and the bomber won’t confess. And, he doesn’t know that a young woman who survived the bombing but lost two good friends is stalking him, determined to get her own brand of justice.

Jamie and Dustin are likable characters in this well-written read where religion is not a weapon but a comfort.

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Synopsis:

 

This gripping new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock will leave you on the edge of your seat.

A devastating explosion.

Three best friends are at the venue just to hear their favorite band . . . but only one of them makes it out alive.

A trunk full of planted evidence.

When police stop Dustin with a warrant to search his trunk, he knows it’s just a mistake. He’s former military and owns a security firm. But he’s horrified when they find explosives, and he can’t fathom how they got there.

An attorney who will risk it all for a friend.

Criminal attorney Jamie Powell was Dustin’s best friend growing up. They haven’t spoken since he left for basic training, but she’s the first one he thinks of when he’s arrested. Jamie knows she’s putting her career on the line by defending an accused terrorist, but she’d never abandon him. Someone is framing Dustin to take the fall for shocking acts of violence . . . but why?

Praise for Aftermath:

“In Aftermath, Terri Blackstock plumbs the depth of human emotion in the face of devastating tragedy, grief, and loss. Yet, she still manages to give readers her trademark suspenseful story, sweet romance, and hope for the future. From gut wrenching scenes in a cancer patient’s hospital room to seeing the world through the eyes of a young woman with a debilitating mental health disorder, Blackstock pulls no punches about human frailties. Does the end justify the means? Romantic suspense lovers won’t want to miss Aftermath.”
—Kelly Irvin, bestselling author

“Justice may be blind but that doesn’t keep it from facing mortal danger. In Aftermath, expert storyteller Terri Blackstock ratchets up the suspense in a novel that delivers on every level. Conflicts rage and loyalties are tested to the ultimate limit. Set aside plenty of time when you pick up this book—you’ll not to want to take a break.”
—Robert Whitlow, bestselling author

Book Details:

Genre: Suspense

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: May 11th 2021

Number of Pages: 320

ISBN: 0310348587 (ISBN13: 9780310348580)

Series: Aftermath is a stand-alone novel

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#BookReview “Beyond The Headlines” by R.G. Belsky

~ May 1-31, 2021 Tour ~

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5/5 Stars!

Clare Carlson is back!

After attempting to interview Laurie Bateman, a world-famous supermodel and actress accused of killing her wealthy husband, the Channel 10 news director slips back on her investigative journalist hat.

It isn’t just another celebrity marriage that ended badly. Laurie was already planning to file for divorce and proclaims her innocence. When Clare does interview Laurie from her jail cell, she exposes the lies behind her marriage that link back more than fifty years to the Vietnam War.

Laurie’s story explodes and garners headlines and public sympathy. She becomes the poster girl for women’s rights, and though the case against her appears to be air-tight, Clare believes in her innocence and nose dives deep into Laurie’s case to vindicate the woman.

More murders occur, leading Clare to question everything, including Laurie’s innocence, and her own personal ethics.

I’m a big Clare Carlson fan. The super-smart Pulitzer Prize winner missed her calling. She should have been a cop. Not just because of her investigative skills, but because of her knack for seeing the bigger picture. She doesn’t focus on the crime, murder, or story at hand, but also the situations and people connected to it regardless of time-span.

But then again, maybe not as her reasoning can be influenced by her emotional past and lead her to make some mega-bad decisions. But Clare is super sharp and rebounds nicely, most of the time.  With her determination to follow the story, she can be annoying, judgmental, arrogant, and wrong. In a word… human. So, it’s easy to forgive her bad moments when she shines so brightly during the great ones.

It’s also easy to feel sorry for Clare. Some of her worst decisions revolve around her love life, including three failed marriages and her tendency to get involved with unavailable men. However, best friend, Janet, as well as new friend Nick, and the growing new relationship with her daughter, all have a positive effect and influence on her.

The author’s knowledge of the news industry and blending of popular culture, current events, and folks known because of their celebrity and/or notoriety, masterfully blurs the line between fiction and reality, and contributes to this suspense thriller being a one-sitting read.

The nice, twisty ending is delicious, and again has Clare one step ahead of law enforcement. Just when I thought it was over, it wasn’t… not by any means.

Beyond the Headlines is another winner in the Clare Carlson mystery series.

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Synopsis:

She was a mega-celebrity—he was a billionaire businessman—now he’s dead—she’s in jail

Laurie Bateman was living the American dream. Since her arrival as an infant in the U.S. after the fall of Saigon, the pretty Vietnamese girl had gone on to become a supermodel, a successful actress, and, finally, the wife of one of the country’s top corporate dealmakers. That dream has now turned into a nightmare when she is arrested for the murder of her wealthy husband.

New York City TV journalist Clare Carlson does an emotional jailhouse interview in which Bateman proclaims her innocence—and becomes a cause celebre for women’s rights groups around the country.

At first sympathetic, then increasingly suspicious of Laurie Bateman and her story, Clare delves into a baffling mystery which has roots extending back nearly fifty years to the height of the Vietnam War.

Soon, there are more murders, more victims, and more questions as Clare struggles against dire evil forces to break the biggest story of her life.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Published by: Oceanview Publishing

Publication Date: May 4th 2021

Number of Pages: 336

ISBN: 160809409X (ISBN13: 9781608094097)

Series: The Clare Carlson Mystery Series, 4 (This can be read as a stand alone mystery.)

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#BookReview “Prisoner” by Ross Greenwood

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5/5 Stars!

What a gritty, raw, and realistic read!

It’s obvious prison is no bed of roses for inmates, but Prisoner tells how prison staff can have just as many issues!

Guard Jim Dalton is a good man who tries to do the right things for the right reasons. However, with a job that’s mentally and physically exhausting, young children, and an unhappy wife, even good men are tempted.

But he’s not the only one—though I’m not sure how good some of the others are— as most of Jim’s coworkers have it just as bad, if not worse, but as none of them are really friends, I learned of their fates after the fact.

An excellent read on the dynamics of a marriage, coworkers, tenuous friendships, and being at odds with one’s own conscience.

But it’s day-to-day prison life and the consequences of one’s actions that make this a stellar read.

I wasn’t always happy with some of the characters—I’m looking at you, Billie—and had very little sympathy for others—whatever, Lavinia—but this was still a great read I do recommend!

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Behind bars, the rules are different…

Prison Officer Jim Dalton is used to walking the landings on the male side of HMP Peterborough. It’s a dangerous place, fuelled by testosterone-driven violence, but he’s done the job for a long time. He understands the unwritten rules, and he has the prisoners’ respect.

When a relative is sent to the jail, Dalton is transferred to the female side of the prison. His next shift is so easy, he can’t believe that the officers over there get paid the same wages. He sleeps well for the first time in years.

But when he is assigned to the young offenders’ wing, dealing with female prisoners no longer seems so simple.  As every day passes, and he gets to know the women better, he is slowly drawn in to new temptations, new traps and a new nightmare. One which could destroy everything.

Taking a break from his bestselling DI Barton series, Ross Greenwood returns with this shocking, page-turning, and utterly compelling glimpse behind the bars of a women’s prison. From a man who walked the landings himself…

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#BookReview “Hands of Women” by Stacy M. Wray

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5/5 Stars!

Most women would think Haddie Kellar leads a charmed life.

The educated fifty-year-old spends her days lost among her plants and herbs creating homeopathic remedies to help others. She and her loving husband, Sam, have been together since college, and he fully supports her endeavors, never questioning or second-guessing her.

But Haddie’s life isn’t perfect. She was unable to have children. Sam shared the pain of not having a family and it made them closer. He never resented her or walked away.

However, it was Haddie who walked away… from her university teaching position. She loved sharing her knowledge of biology and botany with her students, but when she was passed over for tenure, she’d had enough. If it weren’t bad enough Haddie was overlooked because she was female, the man who received tenure sabotaged her chances by using her gender against her.

Haddie knows she’s the latest casualty in the war on women. And it seems everywhere she looks, women are treated as second-class citizens, dominated, subjugated, violated, and abused by the patriarchy, misogyny, and arrogance of men.

It shouldn’t be this way, and someone needs to do something.

When Haddie stumbles upon an anonymous way to punish abusers and allow women to reclaim their dignity, she knows that someone will be her.

Her remedy takes off, and Haddie is elated at the justice Hands of Women claims. But what happens when Sam finds out, and an investigation threatens to unmask her and end her project?

Such a thought-provoking read!

I had no sympathy for these fictionalized men. They got what they deserved. But unfortunately, they have too many real-life counterparts who are never held accountable.

From fathers to husbands and bosses, nearly every woman (and girls) can tell of at least one time in their lives when they were victimized in some way by a man. Haddie Kellar carries the frustration and rage of every woman and it spurs her on.

Haddie ultimately wants one thing, across the board equality. She doesn’t understand why women can’t be appreciated and allowed to succeed on their merits and capabilities, instead of being judged for their gender.

None of us understand that, Haddie.

While she appreciates her supportive husband and wishes more men were like him, I felt Haddie also took Sam for granted. Perhaps not in a negligent way, but she knew he’d forgive her anything because of his love for her.

Well, almost anything. Maybe.

I was also concerned Haddie’s cure could outgrow her and be used for the wrong reasons, but I gave her the benefit of the doubt. She’s a sharp lady.

When her back’s to the wall, Haddie Kellar has a decision to make. Will she continue doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, or will she risk it all to better the lives of marginalized women?

Kudos to Stacy M. Wray for this well-written, timely read on a serious real-world issue and I recommend it to all women… and men.

Enjoy!

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Blurb

Haddie Kellar is passionate about three things: her marriage, her doctorate in botany, and women’s rights. It’s the injustices of the latter that sends her conscience plummeting into a dark lens of how to level the playing field, even if it goes against the grain of morality.

After creating a gel that alters the personality, Haddie feels invincible after women from all over take action against men who have wronged them. Her movement is working and everyone is noticing, even though her identity has been kept secret. So, when her loving, supportive husband discovers that she’s behind the shocking events revealed on the news, it rocks her world.

Haddie knows what she’s doing is unlawful, but she refuses to stop, knowing she’s improving women’s lives. But how far will she go? It’s not only her but all the ladies that she’s recruited for her cause.

When her identity is finally discovered, Haddie feels trapped, especially when they come knocking on her door. Will this be the end of her crusade?

Hands of women everywhere have been changing the offensive behaviors of men. So, how can it be so wrong when the outcome is so convincingly right?

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#BookReview “The Hashtag Killer (The Detective Jen Flowers Series Book 1)” by A. S. French

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5/5 Stars!

I was glued to this read from page one.

We meet the rather pathetic Evan Ripley. I thought he was on his way to a date. Then things got creepy when he sounded more like a stalker. Before the chapter ended, I pegged Evan as the killer. But it wasn’t long before I was like wait a minute! WHAT JUST HAPPENED? Suddenly The Hashtag Killer became a bumpy ride. A very bumpy ride.

Told in multiple points of view, each one aids in weaving a great plot together while getting to know the characters.

DI Jen Flowers is the perfect lead character… because she isn’t perfect. Her past is ugly, and her present isn’t rosy as she struggles to be a good cop and a good mother, and she’s failing at one of the two badly.

Social media and the Internet are the backdrop for the story… in all its good and bad. From overnight sensations and trends to mob mentality to stalkers and sexual predators, the killer depends on the lightning-fast sharing of information to further his gruesome crusade.

Tight suspense and a great ending prove Jen Flowers is up to the job of unmasking a killer, and that this read is not one to miss.

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DI Jen Flowers thought she’d seen it all after fifteen years on the force, but when a vigilante serial killer hits the city and uses social media to gather supporters, she must fight the public and her doubts to catch a murderer and save her daughter.

Suffering from blackouts and abandoned as a child by her father, Ruby Vasquez has been chasing that one scoop to make her an internet star. Living with an alcoholic mother who hates her, Ruby discovers a secret about the vigilante’s first victim, which puts her in the killer and DI Flowers’ sights.

Jen and Ruby have to overcome the secrets in their past while battling each other to discover the Hashtag Killer’s identity. Jen will have to choose between keeping her daughter safe or finding a killer, while Ruby will need to decide if becoming famous is more important than doing the right thing.

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#BookReview “Blood Loss” by Kerena Swan

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5/5 stars!

Blood Loss is a page-turner from the beginning, and the suspense never eases up.

Sarah is running, trying to get away from something. Her fear leaps off the page! She’s bruised, battered, and covered in blood, and someone is dead.

Jenna wants to run, but in a different way for a different reason. Having recently lost her father, Jenna has a mother who isn’t dealing well with the loss and a controlling sister. All she wants to do is travel the world and take care of animals, but her low-paying jobs and disapproving, unsupportive family keep her dreams out of reach.

DI Dave Paton is a capable investigator with aspirations of rising in rank. With a wife plagued by depression and a teenage son with Downs Syndrome, Paton’s familial obligations hinder him from focusing on his career. He’s not bitter, though he wishes his bosses would take notice and acknowledge the good work he does do.

Paton will get his wish though, as he sorts out a murder with an unidentified victim. Lives will collide as a murderer tries to hide and long-buried secrets come to light in this well-written read of suspense and mystery.

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SYNOPSIS

Sarah

With one eye on the rear view mirror and the other on the road ahead, Sarah is desperate to get as far away from the remote Scottish cabin as she can without attracting attention. But being inconspicuous isn’t easy with a black eye and clothes soaked in blood…

… and now the fuel tank is empty.

DI Paton

When a body is discovered in a remote cabin in Scotland, DI Paton feels a pang of guilt as he wonders if this is the career break he has been waiting for. But the victim is unidentifiable and the killer has left few clues.

Jenna

With the death of her father and her mother’s failing health, Jenna accepts her future plans must change but nothing can prepare her for the trauma yet to come.

Fleeing south to rebuild her life Sarah uncovers long-hidden family secrets. Determined to get back what she believes is rightfully hers, Sarah thinks her future looks brighter. But Paton is still pursuing her…

… and he’s getting closer.

Kerena Swan’s brilliant novel explores how honest mistakes and human frailty can have terrifying and long-reaching consequences. It’s a tale of family ties and loyalty, revenge and redemption that you won’t want to put down.

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#BookReview “Murder: It’s All in Your Head” by Cynthia Hilston

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4/5 Stars!

Emotionally and physically beaten and abused as a child, Helen Hawkins “blacks out” to avoid the horrors. What she at first believes to be daydreams, she realizes are the minds/bodies of other people.  Others who have easier lives where they’re loved and wanted.

Unlike her.

The death of the mother she loved, yet despised for not protecting her, and rejection from the only person she ever fell in love with leave Helen alone with her abuser… her minister father. She also has a new ability. She no longer suffers blackouts, but instead can possess the minds/bodies of others. Furious at never having the love and compassion so many take for granted, Helen will use her “gift” to “escape” and exact revenge on her father… and many others over the next one hundred years.

When two of her victims meet up in a mental hospital, they struggle to come to grips with who they are, especially when no one believes them, but their biggest obstacle is stopping Helen. Is it even possible?

Reminiscent of Denzel Washington’s Fallen, instead of possession by an ageless demon, this mind-bending thriller uses the endless abuses a young girl suffers to not only take her from her own mind (and body) but also make her the villain who wants others to suffer as she did. But could taking over the life of another teenage girl give Helen back her humanity or lead to her own personal hell… again?

Cassie/Randy/Jimmy are some of the well-written characters Helen interacts with who give this read its heart, along with a special mention for nurse Nora.

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Someone has been getting away with murder for over 100 years in the small town of Hurston, Ohio. But the wrong person has been convicted of those murders every time. In 2018, Cassie Meadows is on her way to school when a bright flash comes out of nowhere, and she wakes in millionaire Randy Davis’s body with blood on her hands…the blood of Randy’s wife, who lies in a pool of crimson in the bathtub with her throat slit. Meanwhile, an old man everyone calls Jimmy Williams raves that he’s the real Randy Davis as he lives out his days in a ward for the criminally insane. In 1914, young Helen Hawkins is unloved and repetitively abused by her father, who is also the town’s pastor. Her only escape is in her dreams, where she wakes in others’ bodies, living other lives, but when her dreams turn out to be reality, the tables are turned on her father. In a story where no one is who they seem, how can Cassie, the latest victim accused of a murder she didn’t commit, end the cycle?

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#BookReview “Hit Or Miss” by Jeff Markowitz

April 1-30, 2021 Tour

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4/5 Stars!

Amidst the controversy of the war in Vietnam, anti-war demonstrations, the growing fight for women’s rights, and a generational divide, a woman is murdered in her bed. Her death is believed to have happened in a burglary gone wrong and is on its way to becoming a closed case.

Things don’t seem so open and shut when Detective Stanley Miller finds out of the cause of death and the investigation heads in a new direction. Miller has his hands full not just with sorting the case without stepping on toes, but also the dead woman, Rosalie Bayard, was the mother of his son’s girlfriend, Emily.

He and his son, Ben, aren’t getting along right now and he believes Emily and her liberal ideals are partly to blame.

However, the Miller family issues pale in comparison to the Bayard’s when the investigation points to Emily’s father being involved in her mother’s death.

I figured out the details because actions speak louder than words, but it was also easy to see how a killer could go undetected.

Favorite character was Ben’s mom. While not high-profile in the story, when she got her fifteen minutes of fame, she was all, “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille,” and ran with it! HA!

Nice twisty read with well-developed characters in a time when society was trying to hold on to… or find its identity.

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Synopsis:

 

When you’re twenty-one years old, it can be hard, under the best of circumstances, to balance the expectations of your father and the desires of your girlfriend. For Ben Miller and his girlfriend Emily Bayard, circumstances are far from perfect.

Emily’s mother has been murdered. Ben’s father, a detective in Dutch Neck, catches the case. It’s not long before evidence suggests that Emily’s father may be responsible for the death of his wife.

Set against the backdrop of the cultural and political unrest associated with the war in Viet Nam, Emily and Ben find themselves attracted by the politics and lifestyle of the counter-culture.

As Detective Miller conducts the homicide investigation and Dr. Bayard attempts to keep an affair with his secretary secret, everyone else in the town of Dutch Neck that summer of 1970 has the same question.

Who is responsible for the death of Rosalie Bayard?

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery

Published by: WiDo Publishing

Publication Date: December 29, 2020

Number of Pages: 278

ISBN: 9781947966482

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#BookReview “The Hoax” by Paul Clayton

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4/5 Stars!

Played out in dual timelines, this tale of psychological suspense revolves around a friendship borne from trauma and tragedy.

Frankie Baxter is always running from her past of bad decisions and abuse. Her one saving grace is her determination to be a good mother to her three children. Though she goes to extreme lengths to care for her family, Frankie never thinks things through, which keeps her in low-paying jobs, barely scraping by. It’s also the reason she was ripe for the hoax.

Little Girl isn’t running, but she is hiding, trying to forget her past of a different kind of abuse and betrayal.

When a kind stranger brings Frankie’s missing son home, she believes she’s made a new friend and for the first time in her adult life, Frankie has someone to trust and depend on. But her trust is misplaced and will result in upending her life, and murder.

Told in two POVs—Frankie’s and Little Girl’s—the timelines are well-paced and balanced. It’s not difficult to see how the lives of two young girls were shaped or that they never outgrew those girls who solved problems with anger and violence.

Though predictable in places, the ending of this read had me looking around, wondering what happened. Didn’t see that coming. This is one of those stories where I’d love to sit down and chat with the characters!

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 SYNOPSIS

Meet Frankie Baxter. She’s trying to make ends meet and keep the boat afloat for her three kids. She’s harassed, sometimes impatient. but she’s a fabulous mum. So, imagine her distress when Henry, her youngest child, goes missing …

Henry returns safety accompanied by a stranger, Cora, a fairy godmother who starts to change the Baxter family’s lives in the best of ways. So, why do things suddenly start going wrong? Is Cora fulfilling their dreams• or is she the start of a nightmare?

Funny, terrifying and a real page-turner, The Hoax puts a whole new slant on psychological thrillers.

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Author BioPaul Clayton

Best known to audiences for five series of the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 sitcom “Peep Show” and for two series of the BAFTA winning comedy “Him and Her” from BBC 3. He has enjoyed stints as regular characters in soaps “Hollyoaks”, “Coronation Street” “Doctors” is well known to viewers from a considerable volume of the television. Most recently appearances in series 2 of “The Crown”, “Black Earth Rising”, “Wolf Hall”, “The Split”, “Holby”, “ This Time with Alan Partridge” “Shakespeare and Hathaway” “Breeders”. He is currently well known and loved by thousands of sci fi fans for his role as “Mr Colchester – terminator in a cardigan”- the leader of the Torchwood team, in the Big Finish ‘Torchwood’ audio dramas.

He recently filmed “Danny Boy” for the BBC.

He is the author of “So You Want to Be a Corporate Actor?” and “The Working Actor” and is a regular columnist and feature writer for The Stage.

He is patron of the children’s literacy charity Grimm and Co (www.grimmandco.co.uk) based in Yorkshire for whom he has staged young authors live dramas and facilitated six independent films written by 9 – 11 year olds.

His first novel “The Punishment” met with great reviews when it was published in 2019.

“I LOVED this book. It’s funny, dark, sexy and sharp as a knife. A brilliant story with three intricately woven strands that keep you hooked all the way through. Definitely recommend!”

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#BookReview “Unwitting Accomplice” by Sid Meltzer

March 1-31, 2021 Tour

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4.5/5 Stars

A sharp, smart thriller, this read not only pulled me in but also made me feel I was part of the story.

When reporter Kim Barbieri receives an anonymous note, she’s not sure if she’s being pranked or if there is something to it.  Even after brainstorming over who would send such a note with work partner, Pete Delaney, Kim has no idea of the journey—or risks—she will take before she comes to face to face with a killer.

This read is told from two points of view, Kim’s and the crazy person’s. LOL!

Okay, I call him the crazy person because he declares himself sane, yet continues to question his sanity. He rejects all comparisons to psychopaths or sociopaths, considering himself normal.  I was amused he was more worried about upsetting his wife than taking a life.

Barbieri is a well-written, strong character who I wasn’t able to connect with. I didn’t always agree with her choices but gave her the benefit of the doubt. However, TO ME, she did not feel genuine, but more like a character portraying a character.

But my issue with Kim doesn’t take away from the story or dull the suspense. She had to deal with some nasty characters on BOTH sides of the law and make compromising decisions that had her second-guessing herself, and me wondering how I would have handled it.

With the quirky plot twists and open ending (NOT a cliffhanger), I’d read another Kim Barbieri Thriller.

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Synopsis:

 

How can a homicide be prevented when it’s still only in some stranger’s head?

Kim Barbieri, a tough, street-smart New York City crime reporter unfazed by male egos and mangled bodies, is sent an anonymous note with a sinister message:

I intend to commit a murder

She doesn’t know who the killer is.

She doesn’t know who his victim will be.

She doesn’t know where, when and how he will strike.

But there is one thing she does know: If she doesn’t learn to think like a killer, someone’s going to get away with murder.

Kudos for Unwitting Accomplice:

“The tension builds page after page, chapter after chapter, between the psycho driven to kill and the reporter determined to stop him—ending with a surprise twist I just didn’t see coming. And I’m a thriller writer!” ~ Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire and A Man at Arms

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller
Published by: Rogue Phoenix Press
Publication Date: December 7, 2020
Number of Pages: 313
ISBN: 978-1-62420-579-8
Series: A Kim Barbieri Thriller
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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