I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Murder, Madness and Love by Yolanda Renee
Length: 12 hours and 30 minutes
Published by Curiosity Quills Press on August 19th 2013
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Piper Goodeve
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Sunlight blazes on an empty canvas.
Arctic winds gather snowflakes on a frosty window ledge as a statuesqueform appears. She moves past a table littered with papers. Headlines splash news of murder, but it’s the photo of another young woman with features mirroring her own that draws her attention.
A different headline peeks from underneath the Anchorage Times.
Wealthy Businessman Dies in Car Crash … BLACK WIDOW SUSPECTED!
Graphic images swirl through her head and a tear rolls down her cheek. She drifts toward an easel and a trembling hand dips a sable brush into a palette of paint.
The Westminster doorbell chimes. The brush slips and blood-red paint stains the floor.
Detective Steven Quaid waits. His Tlingit, Indian features carved from granite, mask his Irish passion …
Will he arrest her this time?
All fingers point to her guilt.
But, is she guilty of this cunning plot? Or, just a victim of circumstantial evidence?
The door opens …
Here is what I thought
Murder, Madness and Love was one strange twist after another. Just when you thought you had it figured out another twist comes.
Sarah was considered a black widow cause everyone thought she killed her husband, but then she gets wrapped in the twisted games of a serial killer who kills women on the 14th of every month and sends her a nasty little valentine.
She has some great friends who believe in her innocence and will do anything to protect her from the psycho. Detective Steven Quaid fell in love at first site but when he realized she was the black widow, he vowed to take her down, then changes his view as he was still falling for her and decided to investigate her husband’s death while trying to catch a serial killer. Protecting Sarah was his main goal, but it’s proving to be pretty hard.
So I liked this story but I didn’t love it, I never fully connected with Sarah although she is a tough character. I found the relationship between her and Steven to just be strange, the man hated because he thought she was a killer and determined to take her down then, he was head over heels in love with her, and she just forgives him for thinking she was a killer…it just doesn’t flow with me. Now maybe if it became a build up over a few books in the series, but I don’t think I could be so forgiving of someone who called me a killer. I also thought because of all the different twist that it seemed a bit long.
Though with it’s flaws it was still an interesting read and I did enjoy it. I am curious to see what will happen with the rest of the series.
Recommend if you like
Books with a lot of twist and turns, crime novels, murder and mayhem.
This was my first time with Piper Goodeve as a narrator and I really enjoyed her narration. She has an easy listening voice.