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Snifter of Death

by Chris Karlsen

on Tour November 1 - December 2, 2017


Snifter of Death by Chris Karlsen
The summer of 1889 was proving to be a strange one for Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner.
They had a sexual pervert loose. The man didn’t actually harm women but threatened them at knife point, fondling them, and ultimately stealing their stockings.
Far more serious were the murders of influential men, which appeared random other than they were all killed by arsenic poison. Never had he and his partner had cases with so little workable evidence.
Also, the rivalry between him and his detective nemesis at London’s other police department was intensifying. That nemesis was the boxing champion of their department and looking to challenge Rudyard, who never trained as a boxer.
Besides Rudyard’s pride being at stake, and the pride of his station, his nemesis also had in his possession a photograph of the woman Rudyard cares very much for. The new lady in Rudyard’s life had captured his heart and he’d fight the devil himself to save her reputation.

Book Details:

Genre: Historical Suspense
Published by: Books to Go Now
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Number of Pages: 376
ISBN: 9781545211090
Series: The Bloodstone #2 | This is a Stand Alone Novel
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My Review

This may be the second book in this series but I thought it read fine as a stand alone novel. Although, after finishing this book with enjoyment, I do want to go back and read book one. Bloodstone is an interesting character. He is humble, caring, has a good sense of humor, not imitated easily, and intelligent. I say this because he would not take accolades for his Victoria Crown medal (humble), and he was a gentleman towards his love interest, Honeysuckle (caring). When one of his fellow co-workers was dressed in disguise, he poked fun at him (sense of humor). Than when his nemesis threated him by wanting to expose Honeysuckle's past, he did not back down as easily (not imitated easily), and finally he was able to solve the cases he was presented with (intelligent).

Yet, I have to admit that the story of the vigilante killing men was more intriguing than the stocking wearing pervert. It seemed that the story was more focused towards the vigilante as well. Which I was on the side of the vigilante. Another thing that I liked about this book was the time period. The author drew me in with the time period and the storytelling.


Read an excerpt:

“What address do you show for the Cross family?” the Vicar asked. Her mind went completely blank. Finally, she blurted the only one that came to her, which was no doubt wrong. “Park Lane.”
The Vicar smirked. Not smiled. Smirked. That meant it had to be wrong.
“I suggest you start there. In the meantime, I will have my housekeeper escort you out. I don’t know what you’re playing at but I don’t care for mischief. You’ll do your soul a good turn to drop a coin in the poor box on your way to the street.” He rang a small bell on his desk and the housekeeper came. “See this lady out.”
Graciela stood on the top stair of the chapel cursing her luck when a man’s disturbingly familiar laugh interrupted her thoughts. She took a quick step to the left and flattened herself against one of the portico pillars. The horrible laugh rippled over from close by. It sounded like Detective Bloodstone’s from the morning she’d bailed out Addy. He’d said something that sent the shine boy scampering away and had all the detectives snickering, including Bloodstone.
Taking a deep breath, she peered around the edge of the pillar expecting to see the detective. His presence would’ve been the perfect end to this entire St. Jude’s Chapel mission-turned-catastrophe. To her great relief, it came from a carriage driver. She hadn’t noticed a group of them gathered at the corner waiting to be hired. Graciela, you had no reason to be frightened. You’d done nothing wrong. Stop being such a ninny.
She left the church and headed home. Zachary would be getting up from her nap soon. The whole way home she questioned her luck. A dozen people are murdered every day in London.
How hard can it be to kill someone?
Excerpt from Snifter of Death by Chris Karlsen. Copyright © 2017 by Chris Karlsen. Reproduced with permission from Chris Karlsen. All rights reserved.

Author Bio:

Chris Karlsen
I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.
My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.
I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write three different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters. The newest is The Bloodstone Series. Each series has a different setting and some cross time periods, which I find fun to write.
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and five wild and crazy rescue dogs.

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CMash said…
Your review has me convinced that I need to read this bool!
Chris Karlsen said…
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Chris Karlsen said…
First I want to thank Cheryl's Book Nook for the opportunity to showcase Snifter of Death. I also want to say how much I appreciate the great review and as you know they mean so much to us authors.

Det. Bloodstone is my favorite character to write and I very much enjoy filling his world with interesting support characters. I am sure the fact I am a retired detective myself plays into my favoritism toward him. Thank you for liking him as well.

Chris Karlsen

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