Monday, February 3, 2014

A Burning Truth by Joyce Proell

Title:  A Burning Truth
Series:  A Cady Delafield Mystery
Author:  Joyce Proell
Published:  Feb 2014
Format:  ARC ebook
Genre:  Historical romantic suspense
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★


In 1881, the air in Chicago is rife with worker discontent, yet business titan Doyle Flanagan is hopeful for the future. He looks forward to a lifetime of peaceful bliss with Cady Delafield and leaving the wretched past behind. But his life is once again thrown into disarray when his office is vandalized and the night watchman murdered. Clues lead to a powerful organized labor movement. Targeted in the press as anti-labor and with a big rally staged next door to his offices, Doyle must uncover the culprits before his wedding plans and his livelihood go up in smoke.

Plagued by memories of four brutal deaths, school director Cady Delafield is determined to drive the recent tragedies from her mind and enjoy being courted. Although his commanding personality threatens to overshadow her, Doyle Flanagan is the most dynamic man she’s ever met. When another tragedy unfolds placing him at the center, she takes action—action that could shatter her future.

My Review:

Proell jumps right into the action with this one, leaving you a little lost for the first few chapters if you haven’t read the previous novel. The author mixes dark and light, mystery and romance, to create a charmingly suspenseful tale. That said, it was also a somewhat superficial tale at times. However, the further in you get the more in-depth it becomes.

Proell uses an approachable and welcoming writing style that invites you to get to know the characters. These characters are all quite unique. If you haven’t read previous books in the series there are a lot of names thrown at you that mean very little. There is also quite a bit of character background that is missing.

As a whole this was a unique and intriguing novel. I would highly recommend reading Proell’s other works first to get the full impact of the story.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for hosting, Jonel. I'm excited to share A Burning Truth with you.