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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Book Partners In Crime Presents: Black Cat Blues by Jo-Ann Carson; #ReleaseBlitz, #Giveaway, & #Review

Black Cat Blues
by Jo-Ann Carson
Series: Vancouver Blues Suspense, #1
Genre: Mainstream Suspense, Strong Romantic Elements
Cover Designer: Steven Novak
Release Date: January 15, 2016
Rating:  4.5 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Book Partners in Crime Promotions and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

A nightmare waits in the alley…

Stabbed in an alley behind the Black Cat Blues bar, private investigator Jimmy Daniels clings to life just long enough to tell Maggy Malone a secret.

Maggy, a curvy, Blues singer with a sultry voice and a razor sharp mind is starting her life over after a lousy marriage. Reluctant at first to get involved with a murder, she tells no one the secret.

But when the murderer stalks her, she changes her mind.

Maggy teams up with Jimmy’s brother, Logan, a handsome suit with a tidy view of life. They figure out the killer is looking for gold buried on Gabriola Island by the notorious, cult-leader Brother XII.

As the murderer tracks down the gold, the body count rises. Will Maggy catch him? Or will she be his next victim?

And the lady sings the blues…

Black Cat Blues
An Award Winning  Suspense set in the Pacific Northwest.
Vancouver Blues Suspense Series, Book 1

When the going gets tough… the tough go sailing

“Silence filled the room for a minute, companionable silence; the kind married couples live in. Each lost in their own thoughts and yet together. Married… couples? Did she really just think that?  Her shoulders relaxed. Being with Hunter felt like sliding into a warm bath, but then he’d look at her and the water would boil.

“The wind’s good,” he said walking over to the window.

That was his way of saying it was time to go sailing. “Uh, Hunter, I don’t think so.”

“I’m guessing Peterson isn’t letting you look at Edgar’s things. He’ll want to go through them with a certified, Mountie, magnifying glass. You’re obviously not doing your day jobs today, so let’s go sailing.” He turned towards her and raised his hands like a lawyer about to rest his case. “It’s the best way, I know of, to clear your head. Get the big picture.”

“You’re crazy.” Three murders, creepy psychic feelings, and a bad guy on the loose. She couldn’t sail off and play on the ocean. Could she?

“Not so much,” he said. He gave her one of those killer looks that made her mind stop working.”

What I found interesting was that the author exposes a killer almost from the beginning.  Usually the mystery builds over the course of the story.  Knowing who the villain is throughout the story puts a new twist on things.  The reader is able to get inside the head of a murderer.  I actually like how the author handled this.

Music plays a strong role and the title will give you a hint as to what type of music you may want to check out.  If you want to go old school you could check out Billie Holiday, someone you might not think you could try Bonnie Raitt, or maybe you want someone newer you could try Samantha Fish.  Music can help us feel better and it can also tell others how we may be feeling.

Our author weaves her story around someone known as Brother XII.  He is someone who actually existed.  So if you are a person that likes to do a little research, and you’ve enjoyed this book, you may want to see what you can find out about him.  You may also find that you want to take a road trip and see what you can discover about him.

Some may wonder how you can like a book that reveals the evil of the piece at the beginning of a story but what will pull you in is how the author teases her readers.  Both Maggy and Logan have their individual stories that play out during the course of the story but every time they are in each other’s vicinity is when our author teases us and she continues right up until the last period.  That’s when you will realize that this ride isn’t over yet.  You will have to continue the ride by reading Ain’t Misbehavin’ which is coming out this Spring.

Jo-Ann Carson has lived most of her life on islands off the west coast of Canada, surrounded by snow covered mountains, lush rain forests and pristine beaches.

Growing up, she dreamed of traveling the world like James Bond, searching for relics like Indiana Jones, and finding true love, so it's no surprise that in her Mata Hari Series she combines elements of adventure, danger and steamy romance.

In her Vancouver Blues Series she slides into the realm of Urban Noir and explores the dark side of the city. These  books are mainstream suspense with strong romantic elements and are very-Vancouver.


  1. Thank you Lyn
    for the shout out about my release and the brilliantly written review.
    I am humbled by your words. They are like gold.
    Best Wishes
    Jo-Ann Carson


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