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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Now I'm giving away a copy of Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz by Claudia Mair Burney

To enter your name into the contest to win this book merely post a comment. Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you if you win!



Product Description:
Amanda Bell Brown is a woman on the edge. Between ignoring an insistent biological clock and nursing a broken heart, she's met her quota of problems. But life takes a turn for the better when former boyfriend, Lieutenant Jazz Brown shows up unannounced at her door. Jazz wants to reconnect and make their relationship work. There's just one tiny, potential problem; he's accused of murdering his ex-wife.

My Review:

I thought there was no way the ragamuffin diva, Claudia Mair Burney, could top her first story, Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man. But she did it with Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz. Totally amazing. The storyline was complex and well-thought-out. She had me really going there. The sugar glider just took the cake. I loved every scene and chapter. The usual tension between hero and heroine was present, but this time it culminated.

The author is a master at the "think of the worst thing that could happen, and make it happen" concept. Man, she had my head turning so often I got whiplash! I have to say, though, that more than once I wanted to slap Bell for messing with Jazz's head. Then again, I totally understood her "issues" that prevented her from accepting love from anyone, and her doubting something that seemed too good to be true. I was with Bell all the way and felt her confusion as well.

Being a social worker and having done counseling with many hurting people for years, I have to say that the author had the criminal psychology portion of the story perfected. The insight into Kate's messed-up past was flawless. Either the author did a lot of research, or she is really gifted with wisdom and insight into human character and dysfunction. Every scene was highly believable and amazing. Tension building all the way, but with interjected humor so hilarious that I laughed out loud more than once! Great way to keep the story moving along. Also, the sensual humor totally captivated me. Not to overuse the term, but that was also hilarious, and very honest, IMHO.

The biggest thrill in this story came when I figured out who killed Kate, and I WAS SO RIGHT! The author left just enough clues to point in the direction of the killer, but did so very slowly, and with absolute perfection. Also, the niggling perception that Jazz might have done it was tremendously applied. Wowsa! So does that make me smart, or the author a genuis at making me feel smart. :) You figure that one out.

Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz is masterful writing and highly entertaining. This probably ranks as my favorite sistah lit title thusfar. If you read it, I'm sure you'll agree that this is some serious entertainment with a powerful message. The takeaway value of this story is what made me love it so much. Plus, the mystery was compelling and complex. Man, the details involved in the plot were plentiful and so well-done it had me reeling. But I loved every minute of it. Oh, and the forensics were perfect. Excellent crime writing. Bravo! Get this one.

31 comments:

lollipops said...

Michelle, I would LOVE to win this book. Please enter me in the drawing.

Laurie

vernetlh at yahoo dot com

Janna said...

Oh, Oh, Oh - pick me!!!

She is one of my new favorite authors but I haven't been able to get on a blog tour for her yet!

Janna
ryanx6 at msn dot com

Lucie said...

Michelle, Girl, you gave a great review!! I totally want to read this book now after reading your review! This is so fun being able to read about a book from fellow Christian ladies! Thank you so much for this offer.

Blessings,
Lucie

Lucie In CA at aol dot com

bookwurm70 said...

I really enjoyed the first one and would love to get this one. Please enter me

Gail

bookwurm70 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Jewelz said...

Wow! That sounds like a great book! I loved the review!
Please enter me.
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southeastcountrywife said...

hey, please enter me. she's a new author to me.

Grateful Gramma said...

I'm intrigued! Please enter my name to win the book. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

sounds like a good book! Percy

Brittanie said...

Sounds great. Enter me please.
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Smilingsal said...

This one sounds like my kinda read; please count me in!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Sounds like an exiting story!

eileenastels [@] rogers [dot] com

luv2read said...

Enter me in the contest. It sounds good. spowell01(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Ty said...

I loved Murder, Mayhem and a Fine Man. I also would love to win this book! :)

Blessings,

Ty

Patricia W. said...

Gotta get in on this one because after months and months of hearing about Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man, I finally got a chance to read it. Like warm syrup over hot buttermilk pancakes. Umm-umm good!

Jenn said...

It sounds very excitiing!

preciousm21 at hotmail dot com

Stacey said...

This book looks amazing. Please toss my name in for the drawing. Thanks.

stacey_dale[at]yahoo[dot]com

windycindy said...

Now, I would enjoy reading the book and see if I could solve the killer of Kate mystery! I love a head turning book. Please enter me in this suspenseful sounding read. I appreciate it.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Charlotte Schofield said...

I'd like to win this book, it looks good!

aidenadara(at)yahoo(dot)com

Donna Moore said...

With a review like that how can you not want to enter. runninmama[at]sbcglobal]dot]net

Carolynn W. said...

I've never read any of her books, this one sounds great, please enter me, thanks!

Kat Bryan said...

I love a good mystery. Enter me please.

Lela said...

Would love a chance to win this book!! It looks really great!! Thanks!

Lela Fox

bubbysgammaw@peoplepc.com

Chelleandyg said...

okay so now I have to read two more books - I'm interested in both of these crime novels!!

Thanks

chelleandyg at cox dot netm

ChristyJan said...

I would love to win this book. A good mystery with a catchy title ~ sounds great!
hawkes(at)citlink.net

Tara said...

I like the sound of this book! Please enter me.

taradawnrobertson at hotmail dot com

Rel said...

A book I don't have - LOL!!! You know where to find me :)

ariane said...

the book seems really interesting! hope i'll win! please count me in! thanks a lot! yanyan_140[at]yahoo[dot]com

Cherie J said...

Would love to win this one. It sounds like a great story.

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Abi said...

Oh, sign me up. Thanks.

Karazay said...

Please enter my name into this drawing. This sounds like a really good weekend, bubble bath read!

Thanks,

nerakdunbar[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Michelle said...

And the winner is... Charlotte!

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