Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sunday Salon: A Mysterious And Magical Read

french_press 3It’s hard to believe it’s time once again for Sunday Salon where we gather to share our thoughts on the books we’ve enjoyed during the past week.

Find a comfortable chair, refill your cup with your favorite beverage, get relaxed and I’ll share my thoughts on a book I enjoyed recently. This is one of those books that can be filed under so many categories with the main one being mystery. There’s suspense, murder, action, paranormal activities, lovable animals, catch-yourself-smiling humor, a small town atmosphere and touches of romance.

BLOODSTONE by Barbra Annino

51wVmyzFPLLWhat’s a girl to do?

Stacy Justice has wanted a sister since she was 6 years old. But is the teenage girl who showed up on her doorstep really the sister she never knew about? And, where is their mother?

Years earlier and shortly after the death of her father, Stacy’s mother left her with her grandmother, Birdie. No one seemed to know where Stacy’s mom went. Since then Birdie and her two sisters, Lolly and Finoa, have been teaching Stacy the traditions of the Old Ways. Each of the Geraghty women has their own magical gift. Lolly’s gift is thought-reading, Fiona’s is matchmaking, Birdie’s is healing, and Stacy thinks hers is communicating with the departed.

In the midst of trying to get Birdie’s help with her new found sister, the Geraghty Bed and Breakfast is the scene of a murder. It appears a guest participating in a weekend murder mystery game has really been killed or maybe not since he walked away from the morgue.

Stacy’s got her hands full trying to uncover what is real and what isn't. Stacy is a character you can’t help but like. While she appears fearless on the outside, inside she has weaknesses like we all do. Stacy’s unsure of her ‘talent’ while the others in her family have no difficulty. I enjoy Stacy’s spunk and loyalty to family and friends, as well as her dedication to her Great Dane, Thor.

The story will grab you on the first page and hold your attention until the end. You won’t want to put it down telling yourself just one more paragraph, just one more page, just one more chapter.

BLOODSTONE is the second installment in the Stacy Justice Mystery series. This book picks up the story right where OPAL FIRE ends so I would recommend reading the books in order. This is a fast-pace story filled with suspense and intrigue with the right amount of humor and touches of romance. At the end of the story several recipes are included, along with some very interesting historical facts that were included in the plot.

Author Barbra Annino has a great way of bringing everything together at the end. However, she also mischievously leaves a nugget of information to let you know the story will continue and that the next adventure will be just as mysterious and exciting as the last.

Author Barbra Annino’s website is

Bloodstone by Barbra Annino, A Stacy Justice Mystery, Amazon Digital Services, @ 2011, ASIN: B005T0XKWC, Kindle Edition, 657 KB

FTC Full Disclosure - This ebook was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
So what do you think? Does this sound like a book that would spark your interest? Does it sound like a book that could be labeled under many categories? I hope everyone has a safe and happy Sunday and thanks so much for stopping by.


  1. Mason - Thanks for the review! I think a B & B is such a terrific idea for a murder scene! Thanks for sharing this.

  2. It does have a lot of interesting features however, it's not my usual genre. Thanks for this wonderful review and have a great weekend.

  3. It does sound like a great book! What is the name of the first in the series as I hate to read out of order?

  4. A new author and series to me. Looks good!

  5. After walking on a sunny -10C (12F)
    it's good to read your sunday salon Mason.
    This book definitely sparks my interest. I like books relating family's interactions and if, in addition there is suspense, it's better. Thanks.

  6. Margot, a B & B does have so many possibilities when it comes to a murder scene and for suspects.

    Clarissa, thanks for the kind words and hope you've had a wonderful weekend too.

    Renee, the first book in the series is OPAL FIRE. Both are fun books filled with mystery and suspense.

    Harvee, it is a good series and a lovable protagonist with a lot of interesting supporting characters.

    Danielle, I felt a chill run through my body just reading about your walk. Oh, my. There is a lot of family interaction in this series and all the family members are intriguing especially Lolly.


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