About the Book
Author: Karen Randau
Genre: Mystery Suspense
Release date: August 24, 2021
In book 3 of the Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas, a member of the church choir dies during rehearsal, and the apparent murder weapon—a blowgun—implicates the man Frankie loves. She’s shocked to discover Quint was a champion at the sport before he accepted the senior pastor role at the church. And he’s refusing to talk about his fate.
Her investigation reveals that Quint isn’t the only person with the skill to hit a woman’s carotid artery while she’s singing a high note, and Frankie is convinced someone is framing Quint. The closer she gets to proving it, the more she faces a stalker’s deadly wrath.
Can Frankie save herself and the man she loves from becoming the next victims?
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This novel is part of a series but reads well on its own. Randau's writing style is straightforward and easy to read. The characters were not developed well here as they had been active in prior novels, I think. I found Quint hard to like. He seemed to be a defeated man, with no faith in God clearing him of the accusations. I thought it strange for a pastor but it did give Frankie the opportunity to investigate the murder on her own.
I always appreciate learning something when I read fiction and in this novel it was about blowguns. While blowguns are outlawed in many states, I had no idea they are legal in Wyoming and Texas. They can be used in hunting and there are even competitions for experts.
This is a good novella for readers who like a quick and easy read without any complex plot turns or deep character considerations.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
More from Karen
Since Choir Loft Murder is the third book in the Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas series, I wanted to show how Frankie has grown through the series—from broken woman who is angry at God for allowing the deaths of family into a strong and happy woman who relies on God to help her through an unusually tough life.
She has shown her grit in all three novels in the series, and this one shows how she has grown through the adversity life has thrown at her.
In writing Choir Loft Murder, I wanted to show that ordinary people usually are stronger and more resilient than they know.
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