Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Blood Orange by Susan Wittig Albert

  Title: Blood Orange
  Author: Susan Wittig Albert
  Series: Book 24 China Bayles Mystery
  Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
   Format: Hardcover
  Source: Received for review from Publisher
  Star Rating: 5 out 5
  Reviewed by: Marlene

 When friend, Kelly Kaufman rents China's cottage behind Thyme and Season's she gets more then she bargains for. After Kelly is found driven off the road and the cottage is burglarized China is now drawn into a complicated web of fraud and murder. Once Kelly's laptop is found in the crash China, Reporter Jessica Nelson and Kelly's friend Lara set out to find the killer. However once she starts digging, China finds that Kelly had more then her fair share of adversaries in her life. Cheating husband, his mistress and hostile business partner, along side the person or people behind the fraud and murder investigation she started.

 While China is investigating this tragedy she is also confronted with deception in her personal life leading her to question her trust for McQuaid and the life they have built. Between Thyme and Season's, Caitie and the investigation she has more then enough on her plate. Yet when business partner and friend, Ruby draws on a vision she has that China needs to beware she still goes full steam ahead and straight into the killers clutches.

 I really got into this story, it was very informative of what kind of advantages can be taken of the elderly and the health care system and how the legal system could succeed and can fail. I felt that with this story I got a truer sense of who China is and how her mind works. With Bittersweet it seemed she took more of a back seat in the story and Mackenzie Chamber's character was put in the spotlight due to the nature of the story.

I do enjoy how both were written, it seems more truer to real life then some of the cozy mysteries where the amateur sleuth is always center stage. I loved the core characters, China, Ruby and Caitie. I love how animals were interjected into the story. Especially Khat and Winchester. I truly enjoyed the two books I have read from these series and decided to read it from the beginning.

 FTC Disclosure Thank you to the publisher and/or author or Net Galley for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book are honest and our own.

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 The giveaway closes at 12:00 am EST April 28th. Entries will not be counted after 12:00 am EST April 28th. The winner will be announced on the blog and Facebook Page and notified by email (don't forget to check your SPAM FOLDER)

36 comments:

  1. I have read several books in this series, but have gotten behind. This makes me want to check them out again and get caught up. Thanks for the chance to win. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  2. I love this series and look forward to reading this one

    debbiec1313@yahoo.com

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  3. I love this series for the same reasons. I did struggle with the one where Ruby was the main focus, however, and I'm not sure why. I decided I liked her only in relation to China. She was less interesting to me on her own. You've got me hooked, I was going to read this anyway, but now I'm anxious to find out what happens to China and McQuaid. Pick me, pick me! dz87507 at gmail dot com

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  4. Great post. Book sure looks like a wonderful read. So hoping I can get it sooner. Rather than later. Thanks for the chance to do so.
    Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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  5. I have heard a lot of great things about this series. Thanks for the chance.
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  6. I just started this series last week and it is great!
    grayengser@gmail.com

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  7. I have a few in this series and love it, but have not read any in a while. Thanks for a chance to win.

    Nancy B (hubby's name comes up sorry)
    nlb1050@yahoo.com

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  8. I found this series in a box of books I purchased from a mystery group I belong to. After reading this review I want to start this series sooner than I expected. Thanks for the chance to add to it.

    Suzanne
    smm3@bex.net

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  9. This is a new series for me and I'm intrigued! Congrats on book 24! Thanks for offering the contest, lilflynracer at msn.com

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  10. I adore this series! seascapelife at gmail dot com . Thank you.

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  11. One of my favorite series, can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    allenxpaa@msn.com

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  12. carlapenny12@yahoo.com, this would be a new to me

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  13. Blood Orange sounds great. I've not read any books by Susan Wittig Albert but am adding them to my Wish List.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net)

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  14. I've always enjoyed this series. Looking forward to reading Blood Orange.
    jademoss17@gmail.com

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  15. Blood Orange would be captivating and intriguing. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. This author has written such unique novels. Blood Orange interests me greatly. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. Would love to win this book. Sounds intriguing.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Carol Smith
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  18. Love the cover and I have to say a cover will get me to read a book. Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  19. Sounds great! Would love to give a copy a happy home! Thanks for the chance!
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  20. Sounds great! Would love to give a copy a happy home! Thanks for the chance!
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  21. I have not read any of Susan Wittig Albert's books yet, but have heard wonderful things about them, and enjoyed your review. I would love to win a copy of Blood Orange! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  22. Thanks for your review! I just finished reading Blood Orange and am glad to see China front and center again. For whatever reason, I felt Bittersweet focused too much on the backstory regarding wildlife farms and not enough on the characters, one of the main reasons why I love the series. It was good to see those characters front and center while touching on a relevant social issue.

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  23. A favorite series! Great characters, great themes - just plain great!
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  24. love this series....

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  25. Great review...I'm a fan of blood oranges for cooking and eating, too. I always thought it a great segway into a murder mystery. I'm in!
    kat8762@aol.com

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  26. Haven't read much in this series but your review made me put it on my TBR list. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  27. I haven't read any books in this series but I do have one that my mother gave me. I have read and own other books by the author, including her Robin Paige series. The title reminds me of Laura Childs' Blood Orange Brewing.

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  28. I have not read anything from Susan Wittig Albert, but this book looks like an amazing read. Definitely adding the series to my TBR list.
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  29. What a fun read! Thanks for sharing this giveaway with us. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  30. Would love this next title I have read them all.

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  31. Would love this next title I have read them all.

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  32. I haven't read any of her books. I would love to start with this one! I've heard that they are very good! Thank you!
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  33. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I would love to start with this one! Thank you! servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  34. I haven't read any books in this series yet, but really enjoyed Albert's "Beatrix Potter" series. I should give this series a try, too.

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  35. Added it to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!!!
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