Thursday, March 5, 2015

Straight Reading from the Library - A View to a Nerd by Chris Redding

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Chris will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a copy of Chris' short story, Alchemy and Old Spice, to a randomly drawn host. Additionally, Goddess Fish Productions will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.


Waking up next to a dead guy can ruin your whole day. When a wise-cracking interior decorator wants to put her past behind her, the dead body of the mayor’s son makes her realize that won’t happen too easily. A conservative former computer geek for the FBI is holding on too tightly to his past. His wife died under suspicious circumstances and he believes the decorator has the information to solve the case. Unfortunately for him, she isn’t speaking until a series of events convinces her she needs protection especially when her biggest secret threatens to destroy both of their lives. This was originally published as A View to a Kilt.


This is a fun mystery and I absolutely love the characters, Gus and Miriam. The secondary characters are well-written as well, and I would love to see more of them all.  It's non-stop action and characters that draw you in until the last riveting word -- romantic suspense in the best sense of the word.

The story is told in multiple points of view-- including the bad guy.  Occasionally it got a little confusing, but not enough that it took away from my enjoyment of the book.

 I could so see this as a movie (Hollywood, are you listening? Don't forget the name of Chris Redding.) This is the first time I've read this author, even though she's visited here before, but it certainly won't be the last.
4 stars.

“I just got a call from the Commissioner. He talked to the Mayor. If you weren’t finished, you would be now.”

The detective grumbled, but obeyed the order, turning off the recorder.

The Lieutenant shook his head as he ushered Miriam out of interrogation and down the hall to his office. “I’m sorry, Mim. He’s a little overzealous. He’s new at this.”

“I’m sure he’s just doing his job, and considering what the situation looks like, I understand his position. By the way, someone hit me on the head.”

Bob stopped to examine her. “Guess the killer wanted you out for the count. I’ll get someone to take you to the hospital to get checked out.” He paused. They both stopped to face each other in the drab gray hallway. No pictures adorned the walls. He shuffled his feet then looked at her.

“May I ask what your relationship with Joe Waltney was?”

She stared up at him. His eyes found a spot on the wall behind her to look at then the floor. “I’ve given you no reason to believe you have the right to be jealous. Haven’t I made things clear? I’m only interested in friendship.”

They stared at each other for a moment before he nodded his head as if in agreement.


Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two sons, one dog and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing, she works for a local winery. Her books are filled with romance, suspense and thrills.

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  1. Enjoyed reading that great review.

  2. I liked the review, sounds like a good read.

  3. Congrats on the great review! Excerpt has my curiosity about who Bob is and his relationship with Miriam.

  4. Great excerpt sounds really good. Entering under the name of Virginia