Book Review, Mystery/Suspense

Book Review – Anchored by Death

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About the Book

Book:  Anchored by Death

Author: Catherine Finger

Genre:  Christian Mystery/Thriller

Release Date: June, 2017

Anchored by DeathPolice Chief Jo Oliver needed a little time to herself. But when her escape to Wisconsin turns deadly, she teams up with FBI agent Nick Vitarello, hoping to catch the Bow Tie Killer. Their romantic past and complicated present leads them into uncharted territory as they match wits with a psychopath bent on destroying everything they hold dear.

 

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My Thoughts

After I began reading, I discovered this was the third book in a series. But, this is a new-to-me author, and the first book I’d read in this series. This made it a bit complex, to just jump right in the middle of this character’s life like this…maybe I would’ve felt like I understood more what was going on if I’d started at the beginning? In spite of this handicap, I still liked this story!

Jo is a fun, if somewhat complex, heroine. This story is all about her, and a lot of it is about her love life. She’s had a complicated past, her husband was murdered, now she’s got several men vying for her attention. But, in her heart, she knows she only loves one…

In addition to the romance, there is also much danger afoot. Jo and Nick (her FBI agent boyfriend) are hot on the trail of the ‘bowtie killer’. All the evidence points in one direction, and they know it must be one of two men, or maybe it could even be both of them.

They are desperate to stop the killer before more people die. The more energy they put forth in tracking this dangerous killer, the more unbelievably dangerous and twisted it all becomes.

Action, suspense, danger, intrigue, and of course, romance. All of these are combined in an action-packed novel that will have you flipping pages furiously to figure out whodunit.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 

About the Author

catherine fingerCatherine Finger loves to dream, write, and tell stories. Retired from a wonderful career in public education, she celebrates the ability to choose how to spend her time in a new way during the second half of life. So far, she chooses to write books, ride horses, serve others, and generally find her way into and out of trouble both on the road and at home.  She lives in the Midwest with a warm and wonderful combination of family and friends.

 

More from Catherine

Thank you for your interest in the Jo Oliver thriller series. Today we celebrate Anchored by Death—book three in the series. The basic plot for this book came as a result of an FBI workshop I attended on how profilers track killers. A particular method was presented that really stuck with me. As I thought it over, I had the idea to combine a map of Wisconsin with the tracking technique I had learned, and I actually built the crime scenes around the theory. I then created a killer who would do the sorts of things I had mapped out, and in that order. This was a satisfying challenge for Josie and I enjoyed my research jaunts throughout Wisconsin while writing the chase and takedown scenes.

 

When Josie’s off the clock and spending time with family and friends, you can catch our heroine in the kitchen. Ever since her infamous Flourless Chocolate Cake appeared in Anchored by Death, fans have requested the recipe. For the epicurean readers, here is the recipe she used when preparing this special treat:

Ingredients:

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

1 ½ sticks butter

¼ salt

6 eggs, room temp

1 ½ cups sugar (white granulated or brown will do)

Confectioner’s sugar and cocoa powder for dusting top and cake stand

How To:

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare springform or regular round pans with nonstick spray or butter and flour.

Melt chocolate, butter, and salt—microwave will work in a pinch—or add all to heatproof bowl and place over small saucepan of simmering water to melt without burning. Set aside to cool

Beat eggs and sugar until light and thickened, around 6-8 minutes. Fold in melted chocolate mixture until completely combined.

Pour batter into buttered and floured cake pan—springform or regular round—and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 90 minutes, until a toothpick comes out wet but relatively clean.

Allow cake to cool completely before removing from pan. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and cocoa—Jo used a stencil for a quick and pretty design.

 

Thanks again for celebrating Anchored by Death—and know that I appreciate you. Readers are a special breed. As a lover of the written word and an author, I invite you to enjoy the read.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Catherine is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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