Blood Money by Pepper Smith
It was exciting to win this book at Pepper Smith’s blog – Painting With Words. She writes suspense and teaches suspense writing at the Muse Online Conference. I’ve taken her class the last two years and appreciate her teaching style, which is very supportive. I expected reading her book to be like experiencing a long classroom demonstration. Very soon, I forgot scholarly pursuits, as I was transported into the world of Patty O’Donnell, her main character.
Mysteries are my favorite genre to read. Lucky for me Pepper has two more books in the series so I don’t have to miss the characters too much. Pepper excels at creating characters to care about, the kind you keep thinking about after you put the book down. Oh yes and I am happy to see a villain lives and I’m hoping to see him again in the rest of the series. He is the kind of villain you want to see again.
OPENING LINE – The thief had been hiding in our house for nearly a week before anyone realized he was there.
Doesn’t that conjure up a lot for you? Once the suspense builds and I care about the characters, I go and read the last line, the whole last page actually. I want to know who lives. My daughter gets on my case about this, saying it will ruin the book for me. It didn’t. I’ve done this since I was a child.
A good plot is my favorite thing. It was very enjoyable to read and try to figure the different angles and guess at the results. Another thing I look for, is to be able to figure out, at least a tad of the mystery. I figured out only the tiniest bit. It was enough to keep my ego happy. Pepper plays fair with the reader and the plot evolves in unexpected ways. When the suspense got to a certain level of intensity, I flipped ahead and read the last paragraphs of each chapter. This book delighted me with surprise twists, even though I read ahead. It is a testament to the intensity of the suspense.
Pepper’s second book is RIO STAR. The third book REEF RUNNER, comes out as an e-book in April. The covers have a picture of Patty O’Donnell on them — a brilliant way to help us start to know her.
This book delivered for someone like me.
Please let me know how you like it?
Disclaimer – My policy is to only review books that I like. I received a copy of this book in a giveaway from the author’s blog.
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