Death Rang The Bell by Carol Pouliot (with a GIVEAWAY!)
ABOUT THE BOOK -
21st-century journalist Olivia Watson thinks traveling back in time to 1934 to attend a Halloween party with her friend Detective Steven Blackwell will be a lot of fun. And it is...until she witnesses the head of the Shipley Five-and-Dime empire murdered, and fears the killer saw her face.
The smart move is to return to the safety of the present, but Olivia possesses a secret and is about to defy the unwritten rules of time-travel. She convinces Steven to let her stay in his time and help unravel the motives behind the murder, even if it means risking her own life to save another.
When Steven delves into the investigation, he discovers how a bitter relationship, a chance encounter, and a fateful decision converged to set the stage for murder. In a maze full of unreliable clues and misdirection, dark secrets refuse to stay buried and forgotten ghosts won’t fade away. Steven is reminded that old sins cast long shadows.
Can Steven catch the killer before time runs out for Olivia?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Carol Pouliot holds a BA in French and Spanish and an MA in French. She has taught French, Spanish, German, and English. She owned and operated a translating agency for 20 years. Her work has been published in Victoria magazine.
Carol is the author of The Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mysteries, which includes Doorway to Murder (book 1), Threshold of Deceit (book 2), and Death Rang the Bell (book 3).
Carol is passionate about the world and other cultures. She has visited 5 continents thus far and always has her passport and suitcase at the ready.
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MY THOUGHTS -
Oh I loved this book! Even though I am not a huge "mystery" fan, I do read a lot of them. But I always love them for reasons other than the mystery. In this one it was the characters. I loved Olivia and Steven, and all the others as well! Another thing that connected me to this book was that it took place in Upstate NY, Syracuse! This is almost my neck of the woods. I grew up in Ithaca NY about an hour from Syracuse and I knew all the places the author was talking about. This made it so much fun.
I am however a big fan of time travel books! And this one was done so well. When Olivia went back to Steven's time, 1934, I kept picturing an old black and white movie. It really took me back there. It felt very real and authentic to me.
This story actually flipped back and forth between three time periods. There was the present time "now", there was present time 1934 (I call it present time because it was happening now - only in that time period), and there was the past, early 1900's. I loved each time period equally. And the author did an excellent job helping us keep it straight. I never once got confused.
Without giving it away - there is also the start of a sweet romance. This kind of writing gives me chillbumps. I would rather read about a gentle touch, holding hands, and a stolen sweet kiss. Give me that instead of sex in a book any day!
Now just because I am not a huge fan of Mysteries doesn't mean this wasn't a good one! It was a very nice mystery, expertly woven together. I loved all the gathering of the details and the way we got to know everyone involved. It was a nice gentle slope upwards... until the solving of the murder at the end.
I knew I was going to want to read the first two books... but now I REALLY want to read the first two books! Haha, The author does a wonderful job of catching us up so we don't feel like we missed anything but I am selfish and I want to read it all first hand for myself! I want to read about the first time Olivia met Steven, the first time she went back in time with him. I want to explore all that with them. So, both these books are on my wish list.
- Thank You!
Don't Miss Out on This Giveaway:
This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Carol Pouliot. There will be Four (4) winners for this tour. Two (2) winners will each receive a $15 Amazon.com gift card; Two (2) winners will each receive 1 print edition of Death Rang The Bell by Carol Pouliot (US Only). The giveaway begins on October 1 and ends November 2, 2021. Void where prohibited.
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