Friday, April 22, 2016

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: With A Vengeance

With A Vengeance (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Henery Press (May 3, 2016)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110173
Paramedic Zoe Chambers and the rest of rural Monongahela County’s EMS and fire personnel are used to wading into the middle of trouble to rescue the sick and the injured. But when someone with an ax to grind seeks retribution by staging accident scenes and gunning down the first responders, Zoe finds herself forced to not only treat her own brethren of the front lines, but also, in her role as deputy coroner, seek out whoever is killing her friends.
At the same time, Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams races to track down a gun, a mysterious all-terrain vehicle, and the sniper before Zoe goes back on duty, placing herself—and Pete—firmly in the gunman’s crosshairs. Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations, audio books for download, police procedurals series, amateur sleuth books.

Books in the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series:
Review:  Annette Dashofy's Zoe Chamber's Mystery Series is one of my favorites. I love it for so many reasons. One of them is that it is set in a fictional Pennsylvania county near Pittsburgh. The first time I read one of the books Monongahela County drove me crazy because I knew it didn't exist, now I just try to figure out where Annette has placed this county, considering I live in Washington County in a town on the Monongahela River that is only about 5 miles from the town of Monongahela. You can see my dilemma.

This book really put me on the edge of my seat, with a killer that is out to get first responders.

This story really gets close to home with Zoe and Peter, with so many of their friends falling victim to the killer.

It is the kind of book you don't put down, not even for a second, because you really feel like it is happening before you eyes. The plot almost feels like it was pulled from the news.

Annette brings you into the story. I felt nervous for the characters so many times and that really is proof of how well Annette writes.

What I loved the most was not being able to guess the killer and the reason for killing first responders. Trust me, this is one book you won't guess the whodunit until the very end.

This series is part cozy with a touch of thriller. Its got the small town feel of a cozy, but Zoe doesn't fall into the silly amateur sleuth area of most heroines of that genre. She's a smart cookie and she's really easy to like.

I've read all but the first book in this series, which is on my TBR pile, and I have to say this is one series that just gets better with each new installment.

Rating: 5 flowers

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Annette said...

Thank you so much for the fabulous review! I didn't realize you were from Washington County. So am I! To settle your dilemma, Monongahela County is a fictionalized version of Washington County with a little bit of Allegheny Police procedure poured into the mix. Hope that helps. :-)

diannekc said...

A paramedic is an interesting storyline. Would enjoy reading. Great reviews. Thanks for the giveaway.

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