Thursday, April 6, 2017

Deadly Inheritance by Clair M. Poulson {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}

Deadly Inheritance by Clair M. Poulson
Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications

Andi Buckner and her twin brother, Bolden, have had enough of the rough streets of Detroit. When they can no longer bear the drugs and abuse within their home, the twins make their escape: Bolden to the military, and Andy to wherever the wind takes her. With few belongings and no specific destination, Andi eventually finds herself across the table from a kind old man in a quaint café in Spring Hollow, Montana. Louis “Gramps” Granger, a retired cop, takes Andi under his wing. Andi soon finds a peace she’s never known as she roots herself in the small town, working at the café and living in a cabin on Gramp’s property. But her peace is short-lived. . . When an enemy from Gramp’s past murders the old man, Andi’s need to see justice served draws her into an investigation far beyond her own abilities. But hundreds of miles away, her twin brother senses her despair and heeds her silent plea for help. Andi is soon reunited with her brother as well as with Bolden’s friend, private investigator Mason Crowther. Together, the trio delves into a mystery and soon discovers that the murderer’s motive goes far deeper than any of them imagined. With the truth almost within reach, they find themselves directly in the path of a killer who will stop at nothing to finish what they’ve started. . . .


My Review: 3.5 Stars

Andi has no idea of the danger she's in when her old friend, Gramps, is murdered. In a race against time to discover the murderer, Andi, her twin brother, Bolden, and his friend, Mason, endure danger and suspense like you won't believe.

My feelings on this book are like a yo-yo. I found myself getting caught up in the drama and suspense one minute and then getting dragged down by the inconsistencies and clumsy relationships the next. And I'm not just talking about romantic relationships. The character interactions, at times, are gauche and there are some repetitions that I felt were unnecessary. There are two instances where the wrong names are used, so if you're picky about those kinds of technicalities, beware.

That aside, I thought I knew who did it and just how the book was going to end by the time I read a few, but boy, was I surprised! This isn't a boring, predictable storyline at all. The twists and turns had me doubting myself and second guessing my theories. A plethora of possible suspects emerge and the danger levels would've had me passed out cold from my nerves, had I been in Andi's shoes. For the most part, she's a competent heroine and I enjoyed the steady tension.

Content: very mild romance; moderate violence (murder, violence, attacks, etc--some blood, but not extremely gory); mild religion (the characters are LDS--Mormon--and some references are made to faith and believes).

*I received a copy through the publisher. A positive review was not required and all thoughts are my own.*


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About the Author:

Clair M. PoulsonClair M. Poulson was born and raised in Duchesne, Utah. His father was a rancher and farmer, his mother a librarian. Clair has always been an avid reader, having found his love for books as a very young boy.

He has served for forty years in the criminal justice system. Twenty years were spent in law enforcement, ending his police career with eight years as the Duchesne County Sheriff. For the past twenty years Clair has worked as a justice court judge for Duchesne County. Clair is also a veteran of the US Army where he was a military policeman. He has served on various boards and councils during his professional career, including the Justice Court Board of Judges, Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Utah Judicial Council, Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, an FBI advisory board and others.

In addition to his criminal justice work, Clair has farmed and ranched all of his life. He has raised many kinds of animals, but his greatest interest is horses.

Clair has served in many capacities in the LDS church, including fulltime missionary (California Mission) bishop, counselor to bishop, young men president, high councilor, stake mission president, scoutmaster, High Priest group leader, etc. He currently serves as a Sunday School teacher.

Clair is married to Ruth, and together, they have five children, all of whom are married: Alan (Vicena) Poulson, Kelly Ann (Wade) Hatch, Amanda (Ben) Semadeni, Wade (Brooke) Poulson, and Mary (Tyler) Hicken. Between them they have twenty-three children. Clair and Ruth met while both were students at Snow College and were married in the Manti temple.

Clair has always loved telling his children, and later his grandchildren, make-up stories. His vast experience in life and his love of literature has always contributed to both his telling stories to children and his writing of adventure and suspense novels.


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