Reviewed by Rel Mollet
Deadly Charm by
Claudia Mair Burney
"Claudia's writing continues to be a breath of sharp, fresh air in the world of Christian publishing."
Psychologist and sometimes sleuth, Amanda Bell Brown is back in her third mystery following on from Murder, Mayhem & A Fine Man and Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz.
When the toddler son of preacher Ezekiel Thunder is discovered dead, Bell believes there is more to the tale than the finding of an accidental drowning. Suspicious of Ezekiel's flamboyant and suave ways, and the flirtatious behaviour of his supposedly grieving young wife, Bell launches her own investigation into the little boy's last moments.
Seeking the assistance of her estranged husband, Jazz, and the man who signaled the end of her marriage, Rocky, Bell discovers that life is precious and making peace with God is sometimes a painful journey filled with unexpected surprises and hidden blessings.
Deadly Charm exhibits the unique characteristics of a Claudia Mair Burney book---bold, audacious characters, deep spiritual threads and heart wrenching honesty. If sweetness and light is your preferred reading experience, this book isn't for you. But if you want a solid story that doesn't shy away from the realities of dysfunctional relationships, alcohol abuse and selfish choices, then look no further.
Leavening the seriousness of the tale is Bell's sassy voice, her unconventional
friends and family, and the joy of a life changing surprise. Reading the
preceding books is highly recommended to fully appreciate Bell and Jazz's
tumultuous journey as well as the challenges and blessings God bestows
on them. Claudia's writing continues to be a breath of sharp, fresh air
in the world of Christian publishing.
Rel Mollet is a lawyer, wife and mother of three young daughters and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Reading has been her passion since childhood. She is a Book Club Co-ordinator and has her own website ~ relzreviewz ~ dedicated to reviews and author interviews with the sole aim to support authors writing from a Christian worldview. She believes Sir Francis Bacon's (1561 - 1626) creed, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body".