Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Trepidation About Book Reviews
One of the most difficult things about being an author is waiting to read the reviews. The first one I received for No Sanctuary was posted on a list with over 3000 mystery lovers. Unfortunately, the reviewer criticized it because in her opinion it was too mild--bedroom door shut, no graphic violence or murder scenes. In the end though, she said she liked it.
The second one I've posted here because it is positive and tells more about the book.
"A car accident or a murder? That is the question Officer Stacey Wilbur faces when she find a car smashed into a tree while working the night shift for the Rocky Bluffs Police Department. Stacey immediately phones Detective Doug Milligan who responds to the scene. It doesn’t take long to figure out that the victim had been shot in the head.
The victim is identified as Mallory Cookmeyer, wife of a prominent local minister. Rev. Paul Cookmeyer is shocked to hear of his wife’s death but can offer no suggestions as to who might want her dead. As Doug and Stacey and the other detectives work the case they find that there are a number of suspects including Paul Cookmeyer, his secretary, Ms Danfelt, the choir director, a minister of another church as well as that minister’s wife. When it is revealed that Mallory was pregnant, the case becomes even more complicated.
Stacey and Doug work together but are also romantically involved. Their relationship has not progressed rapidly since Stacey has a young son to rush home too and since they both work different shifts, their hours make dating difficult.
No Sanctuary is a good mystery with a bit of a surprise ending. Peeks into the lives of some of the other officers in the department make for interesting reading. Stacey leaves the investigation for a brief stint as an undercover officer, which adds another dimension to the story.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID, Best Sellers World
I've sent out lots of review copies so I'm still in a state of trepidation and will be for awhile.