Sunday, December 9, 2018

Murder of Connivance by Linda Shenton Matchett

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About the Book

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Book: Murder of Convenience
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett
Genre: Historical Mystery
Release Date: October 15, 2018
May 1942: Geneva Alexander flees Philadelphia and joins the USO to escape the engagement her parents have arranged for her, only to wind up as the number one suspect in her betrothed’s murder investigation. Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, she must find the real killer before she loses her sight…or is convicted for a crime she didn’t commit.
Set in the early days of America’s entry into WWII and featuring cameo appearances from Hollywood stars, Murder of Convenience is tribute to individuals who served on the home front, especially those who did so in spite of personal difficulties, reminding us that service always comes as a result of sacrifice. Betrayal, blackmail, and a barrage of unanswered questions… Murder of Convenience is the first in Linda Shenton Matchett’s exciting new “Women of Courage” series.
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My Review:

This book gripped me as soon as we got to the Pastor's sermon. The message and Faith in this book starts off with a firm foundation. 

Geneva is a gifted soprano, something I connect with. She manages to join the USO, in spite of her eye condition. I have known someone with this particular condition and it's a horrible one. The typical outcome leaves the person blind, which is what Geneva is facing. Retinitis Pigmentosa wasn't discovered until the 1970s, but ignore that and use this as a chance to learn more. 

I liked Geneva and, to my surprise, I could feel the heart and depth of WWII research the author has woven into this book. I enjoyed learning new things about the OSO. This kind of education is so desperately needed for our younger generation. To have it wrapped up inside of a complexed mystery; Matchett you won me over with this one book. 

This book stands alone but is book one in a new series. A few things left me curious and I'm thinking they will be answered in the next book in the series. I fully intend to read it. Few books still encompass the proper Noir feeling while including Christ and mystery. 

P.S. I believe the cover is done the way it is, to emphasize a tiny glimpse into how Geneva's vision works. 

5 Stars 

About the Author

Linda Matchett Head ShotLinda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library

Guest Post from Linda

World War II is my favorite era about which to read and write. What I find most fascinating about the time period are the stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, especially women, who until this time, had been provided for and protected.
A woman was typically insulated from difficulties or frightening things, and her husband or father took care of just about everything. When the war took millions of men away, the women had to learn how to take care of themselves in addition to filling the job vacancies.
Yes, there were Rosie the Riveters: women who worked in the factories building weapons, ships, vehicles and all kinds of war material, but there were also Land Army girls, many of whom didn’t know how to drive, who learned to operate all kinds of farm equipment so they could bring in crops to feed our nation as well as our Allies. Others donned uniforms to serve in the WACS, WAVES, SPARS, WASPS, Marines, Army Nurse Corp, and Navy Nurse Corp. Millions boosted morale through the USO and Red Cross or served in myriad ways with Civil Defense. Some went overseas to cover the war as journalists. A few even signed on as spies.
The driving force with most of these women was the realization that their country needed them. They put their own needs and desires aside to help win a war they didn’t ask to be part of. And many did it while single-handedly running the household because their husband was somewhere across the globe – ordinary women doing extraordinary things.
My latest release, Murder of Convenience, explores themes of service and sacrifice intertwined with the question of how to respond when God says no. It is my hope that the novel honors the women who lived during WWII in some small way.

Blog Stops

All-of-a-kind Mom, December 1
Bigreadersite, December 1
Carpe Diem, December 3
Pause for Tales, December 5
Multifarious, December 7
Have A Wonderful DayDecember 8
Bibliophile Reviews, December 8
Blogging With CarolDecember 9
Texas Book-aholic, December 10
The Lit AddictDecember 12
Maureen’s Musings, December 13
Janices book reviews, December 14


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize of a World War II themed gift basket!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


kim hansen said...

Sounds like a good read.

Renee Collins said...

Sounds really good. Can’t wait to read!

Unknown said...

Thanks for being part of my blog tour, Carol. I'm glad you enjoyed Geneva's story, and it spoke to you.