Thursday, August 9, 2012

"Strangers in the night. What were the chances." Lyrics


Do we have any idea of what can happen to a body of a loved one once it arrives at a crematorium?

In this multi layered story, the action is centered around Atlanta and in a little town named Big Knob, near the North Carolina line.

Keye Street is a Chinese American P.I. who has her PhD and is a recovering alcoholic. Her boyfriend, Det. Aaron Rauser is a homicide detective in Atlanta and as the story begins, he tells Keye of finding the body of a young boy who was murdered.

A side story is about an attorney in Atlanta hiring Keye about looking into a case where a person had their mother cremated but when the urn dropped by accident, there was something other than human ashes in the urn.

Keye and her assistant, Neil travel to a rural community that feels as though it was left back in time to a deep south area. When they speak to the person about his mother's ashes, the person explains that after dropping the ashes and seeing what looked like something else, he had  the ashes and it turned out to be chicken feed. The man wants to know what happened to his mother and complains that she didn't even like chickens.

Meanwhile, Keye's cousin, Miki,  has been threatened back in Atlanta and another person is killed with evidence that points to the same killer as the young boy. This time it is a senior citizen and his body is found in Miki's basement.

The author writes with a keen wit that enhances the story and we feel as though we are reading a literary work.  As we read of murders and missing bodies, it is the addition of the author's humor that makes the book different and a better read. As when  she wants to ask another man about the person he just had cremated. His response..."My mother in law was as mean as a water moccasin."

There is excellent suspense in the story as the killer continues killing and with each kill, seems one step closer and closer to Miki.

I was also impressed with the manner in which Keye and her boyfriend related to each other. Unlike many female P.I.s with male law enforcement boyfriends, here, Aaron treats Keye in an equal manner in searching the crime scene or attempting to arrive at a motive for seemingly inconceivable crimes.

Giveaway rules:
1. be a follower of this blog
2. use above link and see the amazon review. At the end of the review please indicate that it was helpful
3. leave email address and indicate steps 1 and 2 were complete.
4. U.S. and Canada
5. Giveaway ends Aug 25th.

Good luck


Ethan said...

Great giveaway! I actually read the first novel in this series and planned on reading this one too. Thanks for posting this.

druidgirl said...

This sounds like a great book. As always steps 1&2 done. Great review by the way.

Anonymous said...

Please enter my name in the contest.


Christine A. said...

Hi Mike!

This book sounds great, from your review. It tempts you in just the right places. Step 1&2 are done.

Hope you are having a great weekend. My little boy will be 3 on Monday. Party day tomorrow!

your1chef at aol dot com

Birdwoman said...

Okay. Steps one and two are done. Interesting review.

Marjorie/cenya2 said...

Now this sounds like my kind of a novel. I wold love to read it.
Steps done.
cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Karen said...

1and2are complete. As always, Michael, a great review. kkappleby at msn dot com, just to make sure no bots get my email address.



karenk said...

A great posting...i'm a follower :)
and i completed all the steps.

thanks for the chance to read this mystery...sounds great.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

rubynreba said...

I would really enjoy this book. I completed steps 1 & 2. Thanks!

Donna Safford said...

The book sounds exciting. I have completed steps one and two, and enjoyed your review. I live in the U.S. and my e-mail address is

Donna =)

Small Footprints said...

This looks very interesting! Thank you for both the review and the giveaway! I'm a GFC follower and I've marked your amazon review as helpful! Thanks, as always, for the opportunity!

Buffy Kennedy said...

Thanks for letting me know about the giveaway, sounds like a fun book!

Steps 1 & 2 are completed. :-)


CelticLady said...

Hi Mike!
I followed all the steps...thank you

Michael Draper said...

Best wishes to Ethan as the winner of "Stranger in the Room."

Thanks to everyone for participating and please check out my giveaway for "Going to the BAD" where there will be three winners!


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