Monday, March 23, 2009

Terri Blackstock

Dear Readers,

Terri Blackstock has long been a favorite author of mine. She is a good mystery writer and puts a lot into her characters. I did struggle with her last series, Restoration series, but the mysteries within the series were very enjoyable.

Double Minds is her new step into writing stand-alones. She, and these are her words not mine, "is to old to remember all about each character in the series..." So we are the ones reaping the benefits of this and she is now writing books like this one.

Parker James is a fantastic song writer with the "want" to be a singer. She does have the ability, but can't seem to get any of the music "houses" to want to sign her. The night she is giving a concert, her brother Gibson calls and tells her that there has been a murder at the company she works for. Gibson is a detective for the Nashville police dept. He isn't sure that Parker wasn't the target and when Parker learns more and more she is sure that it was her that was the target.

Parker isn't ready to find out about the dark underbelly of the christian music industry. She can't believe all the backstabbing, theft of music and songs, and general nastiness that goes on behind the scenes. She can't figure out if they are all suppose to be Christians, why are they acting that way. Even when her best friend Serene hits it big, she has a boat load of baggage and is fighting an eating disorder. Things are just suppose to be different than the rest of the world.

This book doesn't pull any punches on what does happen behind the scenes anywhere and everywhere. People are all the same, even if they are famous. None of us is perfect, we just like to think our favorite stars are. It does make for an interesting perspective on this story. It is not a storyline you hear much about, but combined with the good mystery that has plenty of murder and mayhem.

Happy Reading

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