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Thursday, November 30, 2017

BOOK REVIEW + GUEST POST: Her Final Watch by Marguerite Ashton (Thriller)


Greetings Friends!

Today I have a review of Her Final Watch, the second book in the Detective Blanchette mystery series.  Marguerite Ashton has also graciously provided a guest post discussing how her time as an actress helped to hone her writing craft. 


RATING:


Genre:  Thriller
Publication Date:  August 2017


SYNOPSIS:


Detective Lily Blanchette will stop at nothing to solve a murder. Her current case involves the killing of an undercover cop working to bring down the mob for prostitution and drugs. But Lily's usual laser-like focus on the case has been disrupted. 

Two weeks earlier, she learned she was pregnant by her murderous husband whom she'd killed in self-defense. Unsure whether to keep her baby or place the child of this cruel man up for adoption, Lily keeps the pregnancy a secret from her colleagues. 

Under mounting pressure to solve the case, Lily arranges a sit-down with a local mob boss only to find out her suspect is also wanted by them. But before Lily can warn her team, she and her new partner, Jeremiah, are shot at, and another body is found. When she discovers Jeremiah has a connection with the underworld, she is pulled into a conflict that swirls around the boss's son who's hell-bent on revenge. 

To add to the complexity of the situation, Lily learns that her victim might still be alive if it wasn't for opportunistic Assistant District Attorney, Ibee Walters, who has a twisted vision of justice. As Lily gets closer to finding the killer, she unravels ugly secrets that point to Ibee and Jeremiah - placing Lily's life and her unborn child in danger. 

Pick up your copy on Amazon HERE.


BOOK EXCERPT:

Detective Ariel Weeks stabbed at the small block of ice until it split into several pieces across the counter. She tossed the jagged cubes into the glass and made her client a drink. 
In less than twenty-four hours, Ariel would no longer have to use the name Jasmine and keep men company to protect her cover. All she needed to do was make it through this last night and she’d be allowed to be who she was; a mom just doing her job. 
After gathering evidence and recording all the data she had, it would be hard to detach. Towards the end, she’d learned things she wished weren’t true, leaving her stomach in tattered knots. 
Back at home, there were two reasons Ariel would never take on another undercover assignment. 
Click. 
Ariel ground her teeth as the door to Cabin D opened and closed. She could feel Mikey Surace, the mob boss’s son, staring at the backless white dress she wore at his request. 
The man who smiled at the sight of blood was standing behind her, breathing heavily. 


REVIEW: 


This was such a fantastic read for fans of mob families and police procedurals. The story is filled with so much danger, intrigue, and a cast of characters so untrustworthy that there is no way to know who you can rely on. The author's writing is so vivid and perceptive that you feel as though you are either watching it happen on the big screen or right there along with the characters. 

Much of the action drew out the tension and kept the suspense ongoing, making this a fast-paced and thrilling read from start to finish. I also thoroughly enjoyed the family dynamics and strains plaguing the main characters, which added depth and emotional understanding to so much of their individual decision-making. 

Despite this being the second book in the series, I never felt that I was missing anything. In fact, the references and character development featured in this story to events that occurred previously piqued my curiosity enough that I plan on reading the first book in the near future. It would also be great to see the series continue on with additional cases.

This book is an absolute steal for your ebook library and highly recommended!



GUEST POST

How Acting Led Me to the Write Road

During my two-year attempt at acting, I had the pleasure of meeting actor Dan Lauria. He was a guest speaker at an actor’s workshop held by my agent at the time in Colorado. 
If you are not familiar with him, he was the dad on the family show The Wonder Years, and I loved him in it. A while back, I got to see him in a 1988 movie called David.  He played the role of a disturbed father which was a huge difference compared to his role as the grumpy and caring dad on the show. After the movie was over, I realized how frustrated I’d become watching him play this character. It had distorted my view of the guy I looked forward to seeing each week. 
Once I’d gotten over that the movie was based on a true story, I told myself that Dan Lauria was doing his job as an actor. He’d honed his craft. That was one of the moments that helped me decide that acting wasn’t for me. I wanted to be behind the camera and write. The similarities in each artist’s performance, whether it is on screen or paper, are meant to touch an audience. But to make any of it real, I had to do what Dan did—make my writing a priority. 
Fast forward to today. As I look back and reflect, it has been a long, long road. Going to conferences and treating my writing like a business on an author budget was tough. Except my desire to be a writer was stronger than my addiction to avocados. With all of the ups and downs, the easiest thing for me would have been to give quit. But that’s the one thing I refused to do. When my books weren’t selling, I kept writing. When the rejection letters poured in, I kept writing. When I reached the point of exhaustion, I took a nap and started a new chapter. 
I’ll never forget what my writing mentor told me. She said, “Keep your head low and just write. And that’s what I’m doing.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



When Marguerite Ashton was in her twenties, she took up acting but realized she preferred to work behind the camera, writing crime fiction. A few years later, she married an IT Geek and settled down with her role as wife, mom, and writer. Five kids later, she founded the Crime Writer’s Panel and began working with former law enforcement investigators to create; Criminal Lines Blog, an online library for crime writers who need help with their book research.

She’s a workaholic who hides in her writer’s attic, plotting out her next book and stalking Pinterest for the next avocado recipe. 

A member of Sisters in Crime, Marguerite grew up in Colorado, but is now happily living in Wisconsin and playing as much golf as possible.


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Many thanks to Pump Up Your Book and Marguerite Ashton. It was a pleasure providing a review!

And be sure to check out the blog tour for more opinions and author extras!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Jenn, for taking the time to read Her Final Watch and hosting me on your blog. Have a great weekend!

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