Book Review: That’s a Shocking Idea…Let’s do it! by Suzanne Shearing

 A heartbroken middle aged mum sets out to kill her daughter’s murderer.

She stalks him, awaiting her opportunity, and gets caught up in a bank robbery and a series of mishaps and misadventures as she goes on the run with her partner in crime.

In their attempt to escape capture, they find themselves in foreign countries, and even on a cruise ship in a storm.

It’s a road trip, a chase, with two middle-aged people trying to evade capture, with often disastrous or hilarious consequences.

My Review

I’m sure many people think about killing someone who killed a loved one, but Verity was convinced that she must kill her son-in-law, Chester, to get justice not only for the murder of her daughter, Melody, but also for the loss of her precious grandson.

Until her daughter was killed, Verity was a typical housewife, but when she decided to kill Chester, she became a different person. Once Zak offered to help her, everything went downhill. They were not good for each other, and death seemed to follow them everywhere.

Verity and Zak, the main characters, are well-developed. They’re both flawed, of course (they did plan to murder someone), but they’re likeable despite some of their questionable actions. Zak even tends to be heroic when someone is in trouble.

I like the author’s writing style. It is to the point, and even when Verity is thinking about things, it doesn’t ramble, which often happens when first-person is used. I also like the author’s sense of humor, and there were several times I had to giggle.

I definitely recommend That’s a Shocking Idea…Let’s do it! if you like something a little different than the usual crime drama.

About the Author

Suzanne Shearing is a retired journalist, stage school owner and film maker.

Starting on her local paper, the Welwyn Hatfield Times, as a cub reporter, she progressed to evening and national publications, writing news and features, as well as a local column.

In 1995 she had a change of career, due to her love of the theatre and film. After attending drama school, she opened a stage school, which soon became the most successful part time stage school in Hertfordshire, with 300 young students and fourteen teachers of drama, dance and singing.

When she retired, Suzanne started writing scripts, and made two feature films, ‘No Smoke’ and ‘Archie’, which have been distributed throughout the world, and a short, ‘Nobody’s Child.’ ‘No Smoke’ was an official selection for the International Marbella Film Festival.

’It’s a shocking idea… let’s do it!’ is Suzanne’s second novel.  Her first novel was entitled “Two Old Ladies and a Secret Child,” which was the publisher’s best seller within days of publication, and was featured on the Jeremy Vine TV show.

Suzanne lives in rural Hertfordshire with her pups Rusty and Rocky, and with her son and his family nearby.

For more information about the author, visit the author’s official website: http://www.suzanneshearing.com.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Puzzle of Death by Donahue B. Silvis

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Puzzle Of Death: Detective Mystery Thriller by Donahue B. Silvis

Publisher:  D. B. Silvis (December 2, 2013)
Category: Mystery Thriller, Detective, Crime
Tour dates: May/July, 2018
ASIN:B00CCRJS7K
Available in ebook only, 339 pages

Private Detective Jake Wayde doesn’t know why he received a letter containing a piece of a puzzle. However, he soon realizes that he’s in the middle of a deadly search for ten million dollars in cash and a world changing chemical formula. It’s now kill or be killed. “People are dropping like flies,” says Wayde, “who the hell is killing them?”

It now becomes his task to stop the killing spree caused by the late, vengeful chemist, Dr. Fredrick Rhineman. The renowned chemist had instructed his secretary, that upon his death, to mail prewritten letters containing a pieces of a handmade puzzle, to the twelve people he hated and the ambassadors of China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia.  As the letters are received and opened, they instruct that when assembled, the puzzle pieces will reveal the whereabouts of a deadly world-changing chemical formula and ten million dollars in cash.

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Praise for Puzzle Of Death: Detective Mystery Thriller by Donahue B. Silvis

“There is occasional cursing and sexual situations plus extreme violence. If you are adverse to those don’t read it. If you choose to read it, don’t give it a low review rating for the reasons cautioned here. You were clearly warned.  Puzzle of Death has a large, interesting cast of support characters; there is a U.S. Senator an ambassador, FBI agents, Detroit mobsters, multiple torturers/killers, and Iranian secret agents.  I enjoyed the story and recommend it to readers who can stand the stench of violent death.  The plot is excellent, and sentence structure and character development are okay.”- Vigilant Reader

“Wow! What a fantastic book! I could not put it down. There were so many twists and turns. It was a very different and unique book!”-Musiclover, Amazon Review

“I f you don’t mind the blood and guts, the story line was different and definitely a page turner. 5 Stars”-Janet, Amazon Review

“The “who dunnit” in “Puzzle of Death” did keep you guessing. Clever outcome.”-Hummingbird, Amazon Review

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Guest Review by Laura B.

Upon his death, renowned chemist, Dr. Fredrick Rhineman, arranges for 12 letters to go out to the 12 people he hated most.  In each letter a handmade puzzle piece is included.  He promises that when all 12 people bring the puzzle pieces together, 10 million dollars and the whereabouts of a world-changing chemical will be discovered.

There are a lot of characters to keep straight in this book but don’t let that deter you.  They are well written and engaging.  The plot twists and turns keep the reader glued to the book.  I have read many mystery thrillers and detective novels but none this original.  It was so unexpected and appreciated! 

I must warn the reader that ‘Puzzle Of Death’ has a lot of extreme violence and is not for those with a weak stomach.  There is also sex and cursing so if any of that bothers you, don’t read it.  For everyone else that loves twisting detective novels, I highly recommend it. I give it 5 stars.

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About the Author

Puzzle Of Death: Detective Mystery Thriller by D. B. Silvis

Donahue B. Silvis is an alumnus of the renowned Pasadena Playhouse. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University majoring in film study and creative writing.

As a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), he has worked in movies as an actor and screenwriter. Donahue has written six novels, three screenplays and one illustrated children’s book. Now retired, he continues writing and promoting his novels and screenplays, while residing in Naples, Florida with his wife, Katie.

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