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A Knife’s Edge

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Sam reviews Eliot Parker’s A Knife’s Edge

About the Book

A Knife’s Edge; Eliot Parker
Adult; Thriller; 277 Pages

Headline Books (October 12, 2018)

Six months after a drug cartel infiltrated Charleston, Ronan McCullough continues to fight the drug war that plagues the city. His investigations are halted when the body of a mutual acquaintance, Sarah Gilmore, is found in the trunk of a burning car. In an investigation that takes him deep into the professional and personal life of the victim, McCullough discovers secrets lurking in her past, and a tangled web of personal and professional conflicts, suspicion, and betrayal. Was Sarah killed for those reasons or something larger? As Ronan seeks answers, his life and the lives of those closest to him are used as pawns in a deadly game that has no ending.

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About the Author

Eliot Parker is the author of four novels, most recently “A Knife’s Edge”, which was an Honorable Mention in Thriller Writing at the London Book Festival, and is the sequel to the award-winning novel “Fragile Brilliance”. His novel “Code for Murder” was named a 2018 Finalist for Genre Fiction by American Book Fest. He is a recipient of the West Virginia Literary Merit Award and Fragile Brilliance was a finalist for the Southern Book Prize in Thriller Writing. He recently received with the Thriller Writing Award by the National Association of Book Editors (NABE) for his novels.

Eliot is the host of the podcast program “Now, Appalachia”, which profiles authors and publishers living and writing in the Appalachian region and is heard on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and Blog Talk Radio. A graduate of the Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University with his MFA in Creative Writing and Murray State University with his Doctorate in English, he teaches English at the University of Mississippi and lives in Oxford, Mississippi and Chesapeake, Ohio.

Sam’s Review

Dark, slow but steadily paced, and well written, A Knife’s Edge will place you on the edge of your seat as you discover twists and turns that reveal not all is as it seems, and you shouldn’t trust everybody. But, keep in mind I’m not saying you shouldn’t trust people. I’m just saying be careful with your trust.

Ronan McCullough, one of Charleston, West Virginia’s finest cops, has witnessed one of many events that trigger a chain of deaths and puts his nephew and boyfriend in danger. However, they aren’t helpless. And Ronan can’t do this alone. Not when he’s more at stake than the others.

A Knife’s Edge is enrapturing, brilliant, and surprising, as it keeps you in suspense, and fills you with the necessary feelings needed per scene. I love this book as it kept up an even pace, but didn’t resolve itself right away. It makes you question who to trust, who not to trust, and where Ronan’s loyalties should lie in general, as a good murder mystery should.

However, POV changes are often in this book, which tends to drive me crazy. But maybe that’s a “me” thing. Another issue I had with this was the opening scene. It didn’t really serve any purpose to the plot that I saw. Maybe I’m missing something, but I still don’t know how it affected anything in the storyline or setting, as it was never brought up again.

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Shadows of Hemlock

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Jenn and Sam weigh in on KM Pohlkamp’s Shadows of Hemlock

About the Book

Shadows of Hemlock; K.M. Pohlkamp
Adult; Crime Thriller; 360 Pages

Filles Vertes Publishing; None edition (November 19, 2019)

Regret is a bitter poison. In a desperate grasp for prestige, Aselin Gavrell betrayed her master to the execution block for the advantage of the onyx pendant now around her neck. Shelter from her master’s crimes comes with an unwanted allegiance and a list of innocents to murder. But the Guild of poison assassins will not be so easily pacified and charge Aselin to develop an antidote as retribution of her betrayal. Unprepared for the independence she craved, Aselin is forced to seek aid from a fickle contact who wants only one means of payment: a ruby ring with a mare’s head. To save herself from her master’s fate, Aselin must navigate a growing list of debtors eager to toss her aside and confront her guilt in this fast-paced tale of growth and redemption in Tudor England.

About the Author

K.M. Pohlkamp is a blessed wife to the love of her life, a proud mother of two, and a Mission Control flight controller. Originally from Wisconsin, she now resides in Houston, Texas.

Jenn’s Review

Strong, independent, female characters and anti-heroes return in K.M. Pohlkamp’s much-anticipated sequel to Apricots and Wolfsbane, Shadows of Hemlock.

Aselin Gavrell made a fateful decision, and one she may live to regret when she betrayed her mentor. Now, she sits indebted to the man who arranged the betrayal.

Worse, the Guild doesn’t recognize Aseline’s supposition of her former Master’s status.

And because Fate will challenge the willful, not only does Aselin have a list of targets that she won’t be paid for, she also has four short months to discover an antidote to her poison of choice – Hemlock.

As she works her way through her benefactor’s list and comes to realize how petty their slights really were, Aselin begins to question her choices and form a plan to avenge her mentor and redeem herself.

Sequels are notoriously difficult, and they are frequently seen as less than the first. I admit that I struggled with Aselin’s character (to be fair, her mentor challenged me, too, on Apricots), but the story kept me engaged, pulling me from page to page as Aselin’s arc accelerated and grew into her purpose.

This can be read as a stand-alone, but I wouldn’t recommend doing so. Aselin’s story begins in Apricots, and so many characters pull from that tale to this that much of the detail could be lost. Start with book 1, and be ready to dive into book 2. A solid 4 stars.

Sam’s Review

The lineage of women assassins continues with Aselin, apprentice to the late Lavia. Desperate to prove her worth to the world of poison masters and her patron, her pride guides her, mixed with the teachings of Lavinia and the guilt of her brother’s death. With the daunting tasks ahead of her, can she prove her worth, or will she be marked as both an outcast and a criminal?

Shadows of Hemlock is certainly as captivating and Apricots and Wolfsbane, and teaches you much about the assassin world the author has created. Poison on the right and one’s poison of choice shows just what kind of assassin you are. Captivating, descriptive, and overall pleasing to read, I strongly recommend to all historical fiction lovers, murder lovers, and to all people in general.

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Other books in the series:

Apricots & Wolfsbane (book 1)


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