Friday, August 27, 2021

Choir Loft Murder by Karen Randau Blog Tour

About the Book

Book:  Choir Loft Murder

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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My Review

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

Karen Randau's fast-paced mystery, thriller, and suspense books, including the Frankie Shep Suspense Novella series, Rim Country Mysteries, and Deadly Reception (a stand-alone novella as one of seven of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries box set written by best-selling and award-winning authors). Her Rim Country Mystery novel, Deadly Payload, was a finalist in the Book Excellent Awards and the Beverly Hills Book Awards. She’s a lifelong writer, both for fun and as a professional in marketing communications. She holds a degree in journalism/public relations. A native of the southwestern U.S., Karen lives with her husband in Arizona.

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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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

5 comments:

Rita Wray said...

Thank you for the review.

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a good page-turner.

slehan said...

Looks like an interesting book.
Thanks for the contest. 

megana said...

Sounds like I need to add this to my tbr! Thanks for sharing!

Antoinette M said...

Sounds like a very good mystery!