It’s a pleasure to be participating in author Kristi Belcamino’s Partners in Crime Virtual Blog Tour for her recent release, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD, the first installment in the Gabriella Giovanni Mystery series.
As part of the tour, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on this intriguing story and Kristi is sharing an excerpt to tempt your reading taste buds even more. In addition, she is hosting a tour-wide Rafflecopter giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more details on that.
Here are some of the book details:
Published by: Witness
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Number of Pages: 100 (Goodreads)
ISBN: 13: 9780062338907
Series: Gabriella Giovanni Mysteries, 1
Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads
BLESSED ARE THE DEAD offers chilling, authentic glimpses into the mind of a psychopath while also mining the psyche of a likeable protagonist. The novel sets up a new series featuring Gabriella Giovanni, an Italian-American Bay Area crime reporter. BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, the second book in the series will be published in July.
Here’s a brief synopsis of BLESSED ARE THE DEAD:
To catch a killer, one reporter must risk it all …
San Francisco Bay Area newspaper reporter Gabriella Giovanni spends her days on the crime beat, flitting in and out of other people's nightmares, yet walking away unscathed. When a little girl disappears on the way to the school bus stop, her quest for justice and a front-page story leads her to a convicted kidnapper, Jack Dean Johnson, who reels her in with promises to reveal his exploits as a serial killer. But Gabriella's passion for her job quickly spirals into obsession when she begins to suspect the kidnapper may have ties to her own dark past: her sister's murder.
Risking her life, her job, and everything she holds dear, Gabriella embarks on a quest to find answers and stop a deranged murderer before he strikes again.
Here are what others are saying about this new release:
* “Kristi Belcamino uses her newsroom background to grand effect in this crackling, savvy debut. Insider know-how and deft detail make every page come alive — and those pages fly by as the story reaches out and grabs you by the heart. Blessed are the Dead is a great read, Gabriella Giovanni is a one-of-a-kind character, and Kristi Belcamino is a writer to watch.”—David Corbett, award-winning author of DO THEY KNOW I’M RUNNING?
* “A fast-paced and remarkably assured debut, featuring an immensely likeable protagonist and a reporter’s eye for detail. Belcamino puts her experience on the crime beat to good use, creating the kind of villain who’ll lurk in your nightmares long after the book ends. Double-check your locks before you crack this one open!”— Owen Laukkanen, author of THE PROFESSIONALS
Here are my thoughts.
BLESSED ARE THE DEAD by Kristi Belcamino
Reporter Gabriella Giovanni enjoys her job as a crime reporter even though secrets from her past haunt her daily and she has problems keeping a steady boyfriend.
The kidnapping of a young girl leads Gabriella to a story she knows she has to pursue at all cost. While trying to deal with an-up-and-coming reporter, as well as inner office politics, Gabriella gets closer to finding a killer. When the killer targets her family, there’s no stopping Gabriella.
Belcamino’s characters are realistic, well-developed and likable. Her vivid descriptions places the reader in the middle of the action.
This is a fast-pace story filled with twists and turns keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. The action gives the reader a roller coaster ride with little time to catch their breath. The story quickly draws you in, holds you spellbound and doesn’t let go until the very end. And even then, the story holds promise of more to come.
The author’s extensive background shines through with brilliant perception as she weaves this tantalizing tale of murder, mystery and intrigue. She blends it with humor, loyalty, and a touch of romance for a well-balanced read. She captures the drive of a journalist along with the energy and occasional undermining of a newsroom with great clarity.
This is a nail-biting thriller with a charming protagonist that readers will want to visit time and time again.
Blessed Are The Dead by Kristi Belcamino, A Gabriella Giovanni Mysteries Book #1, Witness, @2014, ISBN: 978-0062338914, Paperback, 304 Pages
FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me as part of the author's virtual blog tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kristi Belcamino is a writer, photographer, and artist who also bakes a tasty biscotti. In her former life, as an award-winning crime reporter at newspapers in California, she flew over Big Sur in an FA-18 jet with the Blue Angels, raced a Dodge Viper at Laguna Seca, watched autopsies, and conversed with serial killers. During her decade covering crime, Belcamino wrote and reported about many high-profile cases including the Laci Peterson murder and Chandra Levy disappearance. She has appeared on Inside Edition and local television shows.
She now writes fiction and works part-time as a reporter covering the police beat for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Her work has appeared in such prominent publications as Salon, the Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News, and Chicago Tribune.
For more on Kristi and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.
You can also connect with Kristi and learn more about her writing by dropping by the other blogs participating in her tour.
6/04 – Showcase @ Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories
6/09 – Review @ Deal Sharing Aunt
6/16 – Showcase @ Brooke Blogs
6/18 – Showcase @ My Devotional Thoughts
6/20 – Review @ Books and Needlepoint
6/22 – Interview @ Suspense Magazine Blog Talk Radio
6/24 – Interview @ Writers and Authors
6/27 – Interview and Showcase @ CMash Reads
6/28 – Showcase @ Hott Books
This is a Rafflecopter giveaway for 10 individual promo codes for a free download of the book for the entire tour. Winners must have access to Bluefire Reader and have an Adobe account to receive the free download.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and visiting. Do you enjoy the anticipation that follows after reading the first book of a new series? Or had you rather wait and have at least two books in the series to read at once?
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