Thursday, August 27, 2015

Not By Sight

Title:  Not By Sight
Author:  Kate Breslin
Pages:  384
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Bethany
My rating is 5+ stars out of 5.
Not by Sight is an exceptional piece of historical writing set during WWI in England with characters that are mesmerizing.  We are introduced to a young woman whose brother is in France fighting.  She despises those who are still at home enjoying life and wealth; her name is Grace Mabry.  Grace’s father owns a tea shop in London, but her mother has died.  Grace believes the only way to get others in the fight is to shame them by giving them a white feather.  Now, if you’re not aware of what the white feather stands for, it stands for cowardice.  This I learned by watching a 1939 movie called, The Four Feathers, which was remade in 2002.
Grace attends a masquerade ball with her maid.  She is uninvited, but she will do what she believes will get the war over sooner and her brother home faster.  The man she sees and slips the feather to is a man named Jack and what occurs after that moment will keep people turning pages until the very end of the novel!  I couldn’t put the book aside for long as the storyline captivated my attention and heart as well as an intense desire to see how the character interactions would play out.
Kate Breslin also wrote For Such a Time, which is another work of historical fiction that reaches out from the pages and captures the heart of anyone who reads the tale.  Inside Not By Sight is a tale of mystery, intrigue, courage, love, and more during a time when life was dangerous and sometimes short.  There is a group known as WFC (Women’s Forage Corps) where women come together to perform various tasks to send aid to those overseas or those living at home.  Grace is a part of a group sent by her father after her actions at the masquerade ball.  It was really intriguing to read how these various women worked together and how their group is singled out and investigated because a spy is believed to be in their midst.
Not By Sight is a rich and rewarding masterpiece that I can highly recommend!  Don’t forget to read her first novel, For Such a Time, which is also captivating.  I highly anticipate whatever may come next from the pen of Kate Breslin!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cold as Ice (A Kristen Conner Mystery #3)


Title:  Cold As Ice (A Kristen Conner Mystery #3)
Author:  M.K. Gilroy
Pages:  400
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Sydney Lane Press
Kristen Conner is visiting her sister in New York City when she decides to take a very early morning job in Central Park in below freezing temperatures before her flight leaves for her return trip to Chicago.  Unfortunately, she stumbles upon a crime scene as the criminal is leaving it.  What follows is an eruption of violence by the Russian mafia in New York City with Kristen right in the middle of things.  She returns to Chicago, but with a protective detail surrounding her.  She is ordered to see the department’s counselor before she will be returned to active duty.  Also upon her return she learns of the murder of one of her neighbors in the old neighborhood where she grew up.  Her mom provides a clue to help the investigation, but seems nervous so Kristen moves in with her temporarily.
Kristen’s love life is also in upheaval as her FBI semi-boyfriend keeps telling her they need to talk, but then is so busy with his job he never has time to tell her what they need to talk about.  This keeps Kristen thinking, but only negative thoughts.  She has these thoughts on the back burner while trying to solve the murder of her neighbor, avoid being a target for the Russian mafia as well as trying to keep a serial killer behind bars from the story in book one, Cuts Like a Knife.  No worries, right?
Wow!  This book kept me glued to my seat as I was drawn in with action, suspense, mystery, fear, faith and a little bit of romance in this crime-fighting novel.  The last fight scene in the story is just great!  Kristen Conner continues to be a Christian in her life as well as her job as a Chicago police detective.  She is tough as nails when it comes to a physical challenge.  She keeps most people at a distance, but begins to see where that path isn’t always in her best interest.  She is learning to allow herself to be vulnerable emotionally, at least a little bit.  One thing to mention though is that there were several typos in the book; it didn’t detract from the content of the story, but was definitely noticeable.  I am anxiously awaiting the fourth book in the series that will be released in the spring of 2016 to see what trouble Kristen has gotten herself into this time and how she gets out of it!
My rating is 5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Cold as Ice
Sydney Lane Press
by
M.K. Gilroy


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mark won’t claim he has done it all in the world of publishing, but he has packed boxes, edited manuscripts, made sales calls, created marketing plans, directed design and illustration, started companies, consulted, agented the works of others, and written advertising and catalog copy. He’s authored, compiled, and ghost written books that have landed on an array of bestsellers lists and sold millions of copies. His first ghost writing project, The Wal-Mart Way, was done for Don Soderquist, Sam Walton’s longtime right-hand man.

In early 2012 he put on a new hat as a fiction author. His debut novel, Cuts Like a Knife, was released in April 2012 and was met with rave reviews from USA Today, Fresh Fiction, Publishers Weekly, and other leading national reviewers. His second novel, Every Breath You Take, second in the Kristen Conner Mystery Series, released in Fall 2012 to similar acclaim. Kristen Conner returns in Cold As Ice, which releases in Fall 2014.

Gilroy has extensive writing credits. He scripted and served as creative consultant for a two-hour training video that was honored with the Award of Excellence by the International Television Association. He has compiled and written close to fifty books and penned hundreds articles and curriculum pieces for a variety of periodicals and publishers.

Gilroy and his wife Amy reside in Brentwood, Tennessee. Their six children are Lindsey, Merrick, Ashley, Caroline, Bo, and Zachary—the youngest has now headed off for college, so he and Amy are officially empty nesters.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Detective Kristen Conner is back on a new murder case. She’s still fighting with her sister—and no surprise, someone new wants to kill her! He was a pillar in his Chicago neighborhood: popular school teacher, devoted father and husband, political activist on behalf of underprivileged children—and a master gardener who liked to plant flowers in his neighbor’s yards. What wasn’t to love about him? Who would want him dead?

When Detective Kristen Conner lands the case she knows from day one who the key suspect is. That’s simple. The person most likely to kill you is someone close that you know and love. But the wife? She was always at her husband’s side and just as passionate about his causes as he was. No way could this loving wife and mother of three be a killer. Right? Mix in her on-again, off-again relationship with FBI Agent Austin Reynolds, a quick trip to New York City where Kristen helps her media-star sister for a new apartment—only to discover the body of a man who appears to have been executed by a professional killer on a run through Central Park—and Kristen Conner is once again swept into a world of danger, intrigue, and a confusing love life.

What she doesn’t know just might kill her.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Cold as Ice, go HERE.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Every Breath You Take (Kristen Conner Mystery #2)



Title:  Every Breath You Take (A Kristen Conner Mystery #2)
Author:  M. K. Gilroy
Pages:  365
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Worthy Publishing
In this second book of the Kristen Conner series, Kristen returns from a temporary leave of absence spent in an FBI training center.  She arrives in Chicago expecting a little love and recognition from her co-workers and boss for a job well done when she singlehandedly took down a serial killer.  She barely receives acknowledgement that she is back.  She is immediately plunged into another high profile murder case.  A billionaire’s eldest son is brutally murdered with a hammer to the head several times.  What soon comes to light is a high end prostitution service exclusively for the rich.  The madam in charge of the escort service is a suspect for the murder, but events unfold that change that.  As part of the investigation, Kristen infiltrates the escort service as one of the escorts.
As the investigation proceeds, Kristen’s personal life takes an upturn.  She is still coaching her niece’s soccer team, her older sister is about to have a baby any day, her younger sister may have a new job and an FBI agent she went out with a couple of times during her last case gets in contact with her and they begin to date when he is in Chicago as he currently lives in Washington, D.C.  Kristen keeps going over the case in her head and gets an idea.  When she goes to check it out, she stumbles upon something she never expected.
This is another great suspense/mystery book!  Kristen’s feisty personality, wit and grit are evident and I really liked that.  She is tough physically and can hold her own in hand-to-hand fights.  She lives her faith, loves her family and serves the public to the best of her ability.  My next book to read and review here will be the third in the series, Cold as Ice, which I can’t wait to dig into!  I sure hope there are many more Kristen Conner books from the pen of this talented author.  Don’t miss this series!
My rating is 5 stars out of 5.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”