Thursday, February 25, 2021

Deadly Darkness - A Review & Giveaway

Review


DEADLY DARKNESS by Kate Parker
The Sixth Deadly Mystery 
 
As England grows ever closer to war, newlywed Olivia Redmond finds herself searching the countryside for lights during a blackout drill instead of canoodling with her new husband. When she sees illumination coming from a local manor house she, her husband, and Sir John discover the murdered body of the patriarch of the house, a venerated explorer. Suspicions abound as more is discovered about the dead baronet, including his ties to Germany and the fact that no one in the family is upset by his demise. Dreams of a romantic honeymoon are dashed as Olivia gets further enmeshed in the investigation. Will she be able to sort through the treacherous machinations of a killer, or will she become the next victim?

It's July 1939 and everything is tinged by darkness, not only the night sky. Olivia and Adam's wedding is a joyous event, despite the baronet trying to prevent the use of the church and the behavior of Olivia's father. Yet the knowledge that at any moment Captain Adam Redmond will be sent off to war dampens that joy. In Sir Rupert we have a despicable victim. Reputably a great explorer, readers soon discover how vile he actually was. Suspects are many and investigation leads to several previous suspicious deaths making for a compelling multilayered mystery.

The historical details, such as blackout drills, add to the rising tension and intensity of the story as well as the inevitability of war. But with darkness there is also light, found here in the antics of the boys along with enough humor to alleviate the gloom. The characters bring the story to life and give it heart. It's wonderful seeing how the they grow and adapt as the series continues. I love Olivia, her strength, her determination, and her ability to give a good put down when necessary.

DEADLY DARKNESS takes the ominous threat of looming war and combines it with a complex mystery complete with spies, Arctic exploration, and Nazis to make an outstanding atmospheric novel.
 
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 Deadly Darkness: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series) by Kate Parker

About Deadly Darkness

Deadly Darkness: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series)
Historical Cozy Mystery 6th in Series
Publisher: JDP Press (February 26, 2021)
310 Pages

As Britain prepares for an imminent invasion, the murder of a celebrated Arctic explorer leads to the discovery of a web of Nazi spies on the south coast.

July, 1939. Newlywed Olivia Denis Redmond plans to spend a peaceful honeymoon in the country before war rips her soldier husband away. But when she finds a dead body in the midst of a blackout, Olivia is drawn into the investigation.

Since the police inspector isn’t interested in clues pointing to espionage and blackmail, Olivia must unlock secrets hidden for years in this idyllic village and face the wrath of an unseen enemy.

As danger stalks her, can Olivia expose a cunning killer before she becomes the next victim?

DEADLY DARKNESS, the sixth book in the Deadly Series, is for fans of World War II era spy thrillers and classic cozy mysteries, of intrepid lady sleuths with spunk and smarts. No explicit cursing, sex, or violence.

Start exploring this journey or mystery and intrigue today as Britain and Germany draw dangerously close to war.

About Kate Parker

Kate Parker caught the reading bug early, and the writing bug soon followed. She’s always lived in a house surrounded by books and dust bunnies. After spending a dozen years in North Carolina, she moved to Colorado. The Rocky Mountains are beautiful, but she’d developed a love of wide rivers, warmer and wetter weather, and fast-growing greenery that sent her hurrying back to North Carolina.

Deadly Travel is the fifth book in the Deadly Series, and Kate’s plan is to follow it quickly with Deadly Darkness, both set in 1939 in the days leading up to war. There are at least three more of the Deadly Series coming that will bring the beginning of the war to Olivia’s doorstep. Kate reports that she is having fun creating new stories to entertain readers and chaos to challenge her characters.

Author Links: 

Website - www.KateParkerbooks.com  

Facebook - www.Facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parker/  

Twitter - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kate-parker 

GoodReads - www.goodreads.com/author/show/7123001.Kate_Parker  

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19 comments:

  1. oh my this sounds like a page tuner. I cant imagine doing all of this instead of canoodling with my new husband. sounds linteresting
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  2. Kate- this sounds like such a good book to read and review on a few sites. I wish you luck with taking this on tour and hope you gain a lot of readers who review books! peggy clayton

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  3. This book sounds and looks a great read. Love the cover and excerpt. Love books like this. Bet this book is a page turner. Would love to read and review print format of books.
    Hope I Win.

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  4. Sounds like a great book.
    Marilyn

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  5. This sounds really good! thanks for sharing

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  6. Sounds like a great cozy mystery.

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  7. I also grew up in a house with LOTS of books and LOTS of dust bunnies. My sister and I actually named some of them that lived under our beds. LOL I sort of carried that with my tow kids. Dust bunnies and hair from a hair brush rolled into a ball like a spider. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  8. I always think that the author biography section in a book review is very interesting.

    Nancy
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  9. I really enjoy reading cozy historical fiction set in this time period! This book was very good! I've only read the one right before this, so I will have to go back to read more.

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  10. this sounds really interesting. I know a lot of before/during/after ww2 because my sons life was history breathing. He got his bachlors and masters in history, especially civil war, WW1 and WW2. He still is immersed in history. He reenacts. Civil war and WW2
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  11. I like to read mysteries that are based in interesting times in history.

    Nancy
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  12. Thank you for your wonderful review. This sounds like a great book. And I like the part of the boys bringing humor to the book. I like mysteries with a little humor to it. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  13. blackout drills, add to the rising tension and intensity makes me think a little of the pandemic we are all experiencing a little now. I have read a lot about WW2 and cant even imagine going through this. I mean if it were to happen, we would make the most of it and just do it.
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  14. this really sounds like a wonderful book. i like how it is complex and an atmospheric story. sounds intriguing.
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  15. This sounds like a book that I would really enjoy reading.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  16. this sounds like a page turner with Olivia having to hurry and solve the mystery before she is the next victim.

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  17. where did you get your inspiration from for this series? What type of research did you feel you needed to do to get things accurate?

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  18. Interesting that the police inspector isn’t interested in clues pointing to espionage and blackmail. She is totally on her own it sounds like. She will have to gather all of her wits and such to stay ahead of the threat. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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