Monday, November 26, 2018

Book Review: Stratagem by Robin Carroll

What if Someone Was Controlling Your Life?

About the Book

Book: Stratagem
Author: Robin Caroll
Genre: Christian Suspense
Release Date: November, 2018

A High-Stakes Simulation Adventure Leaves Grayson Thibodeaux the Prime Suspect. . .for Murder

Deep in the gritty underbelly of New Orleans, psychologist Grayson Thibodeaux loses everything when his wife leaves him to climb her company’s corporate ladder. He buries himself in his job of creating mind-bending adventure games for businesses as team-building explorations. When his ex-wife’s company hires Grayson’s to create an elaborate game, he doesn’t see how things can get worse. Until she dies during the course of the game he created…making him the prime suspect for murder.

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My Review

What if Someone Was Controlling Your Life?

Stratagem by Robin Carroll is a phenomenal book that attempts to answer this question.  Readers who have read other books by this author will recognize New Orleans and the Darkwater Inn from her previous book.  I love a good mystery and this book delivers.  Years ago, I remember loving the young adult book called The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.  This book reminds me of that book in so many wonderful ways. It is full of manipulation and deceit, heartbreak and hope.  It is like a riddle to solve with pieces falling slowly into place.  Grayson and his partner have built a successful business out of escape room puzzles or games.  Suddenly, it seems that his own life is in a game that he does not control and he is in a race to prove his innocence and solve the crime before his own life is taken.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery or thriller.  It is a well written mystery and I think it would appeal to readers of many genres.  I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations.  These opinions are entirely my own.

About the Author

“I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better. Robin’s passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others and come alongside them on their faith journey—aspects Robin weaves into each of her twenty-five-plus published novels. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends quality time with her husband of nearly three decades, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home. Robin gives back to the writing community by serving as executive director/conference director for ACFW. Her books have been recognized in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.
You can find out more about Robin by visiting www.robincaroll.com.

Guest post from Robin

Behind the Scenes: Robin Caroll Shares Her Inspiration for Writing Stratagem Dear Reader, Thank you for journeying to New Orleans in a web of deceit and confusion with me. Sharing a place that has such connection for me was a pure joy. South Louisiana offers such a laid-back attitude that I often miss “home.” I hope you’ll enjoy sampling a taste of the flavor of Louisiana. Years ago I watched the movie The Game with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn and was enthralled. There’s just something grabbing about messing with a person’s mind and life by using their own feelings and instincts against them. When this story of Stratagem first began forming, I wanted to use all that intrigue to mess up the game master’s life. The end result is quite the ride! As the characters came alive to me, I found the theme of forgiveness and acceptance coming out in the story. Some of the emotions within this story are very personal to me, and I’m honored I was able to share them with you. It is my wish that you may be touched by Grayson’s faith journey as well. Until next time. . . -Robin

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Maureen’s Musings, November 28

Janices book reviews, November 29

Carpe Diem, November 29

Godly Book Reviews, November 30


To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of Stratagem!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d629/stratagem-celebration-tour-giveaway

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Book Review: The Edge of Peril by Christy Barritt

Phenomenal Thriller-- It'll Keep You Up Reading Late at Night!

The Edge of Peril by Christy Barritt is book 1 in the Fog Lake Mysteries series.  I have long been a fan of this author and her fun mysteries with interesting plots and realistic characters.  This book sets her apart on another level altogether as a writer of thrillers.  Meet Fog Lake-- a place with weather as chilling and mysterious as the events that lead to one death after another.  Harper is safe working as a reporter far from this place.  But when she hears of the murders taking place, she thinks she knows who it is and goes to Fog Lake only to face her deepest fears.  Don't start this book until you have time to read it all in one sitting, because trust me, you will want to do that.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery or thriller.  It will grab you quickly and will not let you go.  I cannot wait for the next book in this series!!  I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations and would have purchased it regardless.  These opinions are entirely my own.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Book Review: Wait for Me by Susan May Warren

Wait for Me by Susan May Warren is book 6 in the Montana Rescue series.  And boy did I wait for this one!!  No, I didn't wait forever because the book was delayed or anything like that.  No, I've just been waiting for the resolution of Pete's story for, well, what seemed like forever.  Sound melodramatic?  That's because Susan May Warren has the talent to create a cast of characters and place so real that it feels like they are real characters, friends in fact, that you can't wait to revisit and meet again.  This book is the last in the series, sadly, and I do hope that this team reunites in future books.  Well, Pete and Jess finally have their story and it is one full to the brim with danger, excitement, and suspense.  Will it all work out in the end?  And will the team come to the rescue once again?  You'll just have to read this book to find out!  It is an amazing read and I highly recommend it, along with all the other books in this series.  Now's the perfect time to pick up this series if you have not yet read it, since all six books have been released and you can read them all at once.  Hang on, it's  an amazing ride!  I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations.  These opinions are entirely my own.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Book Review: Kingdom Files: Who Was David? and Who Was Esther? by Matt Koceich

I loved reading the Kingdom Files: Who Was David? and Who Was Esther? by Matt Koceich.  These books are perfect children ages 8-12, but I think they would be enjoyed by younger children if read with an adult.  I love how these books bring the Biblical people to life in a fun, easy to read format.  these chapter books read as case files with clues along the way to help kids understand who these people really were.  Books like this are more important than ever.  Children truly need strong heroes to follow these days, and the people of the Bible are a great fit for this.  They were deeply flawed but greatly used by God.  I highly recommend this series for Christian families.  I received a copy of these two books from the publisher with no obligations.  These opinions are entirely my own.

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