Friday, December 12, 2008

Review: The Devil Can Wait: A Sam Harper Crime Mystery by Marta Stephens

It is not even Thanksgiving yet in Chandler, Massachusetts but the holiday crime surge has already begun. For the third time the body of a teen aged boy has washed up on the shore. Each time the cause of death is different but the means of disposal is the same. With half of the police force out with the flu, manpower is short and so is time. Detective Sam Harper must find the killer, a seemingly impossible task in a case that is long on questions and short on clues.

Local reporter Jennifer Blake hasn't worked for her newspaper for long, and she is out to prove herself. She has been determined to break a story on the murders and has been doggedly trying to get Sam to give her an exclusive. He continues to refuse to talk to her but she doesn't want to take no for an answer.

When Jennifer is contacted by her former Anthropology professor, who she hasn't seen in years, she can't figure out what he could possibly want from her. Turns out he wants her to pick up an ancient ring from a local pawn shop for him. The ring is a cursed object, once owned thousands of years ago by a Pope who sold his soul to the Devil. She doesn't believe a word of it, but agrees to run the errand for him.

Her visit to the pawn shop plunges her deep into the heart of not only Sam's case in Chandler but into a sinister plot that reaches as far as South America and the Vatican in Rome. And it puts her squarely in the path of a killer.

I thought this was a great read. It is well written, smartly plotted and fast paced. I found it absorbing and had a hard time putting it down. It has believable, interesting characters and the mystery has plenty of twisting turns that kept me guessing, not to the very end but CLOSE to the end! If you like a good mystery, give Marta Stephens a try! This is the second entry in the Sam Harper series, the first one is Silenced Cry.

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Thank you to Dorothy Thompson from Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours for including me in Marta's Blog Tour!


The Devil Can Wait is published by BeWrite Books. ISBN 978-1-905202-86-7

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Anonymous said...

Fast paced ans smartly plotted - sounds great!

Cheryl said...

This is an excellent book! I reviewed it over at The Book Connection this week too.

I keep bugging Marta to finish the next one in the this series. LOL!


Ladytink_534 said...

Sounds like it has some paranormal elements to it? Never heard of this author before but I'm intrigued!

Marta Stephens said...

Hi everyone!

I'm so pleased that you enjoyed "The Devil Can Wait." Thanks for the great review and Bermuda, Cheryl, and Lady, I'm thrilled that you stopped for a visit.

I have a contest link on the home page of my website, that I may extend to give readers time to finish the book. January I will be annoncing another contest that does have to do with a bit of the supernatural!

Hope you'll check it out as well as the excerpts and other things posted on my website.

Kaye said...

Groan ... yet another wonderful sounding book to put on the tbr list. I could wallpaper the great wall of China with that list! Seriously, your review made me want to run out and get this book. It sounds most intriguing. I had never heard of this author before either. Thanks for the review.

kalea_kane said...

I love a book that keeps me guessing! Thank you so much for another great review!


Marta Stephens said...

LOL Kaye, I know what you mean. I have one of those lists too. I do hope you'll give this book a chance and if you do, I'd love to read YOUR comments. ;)

Kalea, thanks for stopping by!

The Tome Traveller said...

Thanks so much for checking back, Marta! It is so wonderful to hear from the author!

I, too, had to add the first Sam Harper mystery to my long wishlist. The third one will go on it when it comes out.

I'm so glad I got to participate in your tour, I so enjoyed the book!

tashiana said...

wow this seems like a very cool suspense novel
yet another serial killer detective story lol

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