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Book Review – Touring for Death

Touring for Death – Action in Arizona

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: D.V. Berkom
Format: Kindle

After leaving Hawaii, Kate Jones decides to stop running from her past and heads to Arizona working as a tour guide taking customers into the beautiful and dangerous mountain mesas.  Returning from one such journey with a family of four, the brakes in her jeep give out hurtling them downhill with little control.  Through a bit of luck, Kate and her passengers barely survive the ordeal.  As the days pass, Kate learns of a number of recent deaths which all share a common thread.  They were all a part of recent tours that she had led.  Is it her drug lord ex-boyfriend hunting her down once more, or is something else happening to Kate and will she figure it out before it is too late?

D.V. Berkom’s “Touring for Death” is the latest in the Kate Jones series of books.  Similar to the preceding book – “Death Rites” – Berkom has added plot complexity to her patented action packed writing style.  This is a bit more of a murder mystery than the other books and there are just enough hints provided along the way that the reader has the opportunity to figure out who done. But it won’t be easy, at least it wasn’t for me.

If you’ve liked early books by Berkom, you are sure to enjoy this one even more.  This is one of the longer books by Berkom and has good pace balance throughout.  As with all her books, this is another great value for the money.  And although reading previous Kate Jones books will give context to “Touring for Death” this is really a stand alone chapter in the ongoing saga and readers new to Berkom can easily start with this novel and not miss a beat.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.

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Book Review – Death Rites

Death Rites – Hawaiian Bad Spirits

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: D.V. Berkom
Format: Kindle

After narrowly escaping death in Alaska, Kate Jones finds herself again on the run.  Unfortunately, bad spirits have a tendency to find her wherever she goes and soon, death follows her once more.  But something is different, and those who are after her are out for something much different than money or revenge and Kate suddenly finds her world and all she knows turned upside down.

In this installment of the series, Berkom introduces a bit of a twist in the Kate Jones series.  I’m reluctant to give away too much of the plot line but lets say I think that this deviation from the Jones formula was a nice surprise which added mystery elements to her patented action movie style writing.  I do feel sorry for poor Kate who is definitely a magnet for bad luck. I don’t think her life will ever slow down!

Fans of the series will enjoy this chapter of the story.  Next up is Touring for Death. Well have to see what trouble Kate gets herself this time!  Always a great bargain on Kindle, download a sample and I’m sure you’ll get pulled in to the Kate Jones adventures!

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review

Book Review – Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter – Bad Spirits in the Alaskan Wilderness

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: D.V. Berkom
Format: Kindle

Hiking alone in the wintery Alaskan wilderness, Kate Jones witnesses an execution style murder.  It is then she realizes that the life she had escaped five years earlier had caught up to her.  Running out and stealing money from her south-of-the-border drug-lord boyfriend had turned into a life sentence of constant moving and looking over her back.  How he had found her she didn’t know, but what she did know is that to stay alive she would once more have to stay one step ahead of her fate.  But can she save those around her as well as herself?

D.V Berkom’s Dead of Winter is the first book in the second series of books that pick up where the Bad Spirits series left off.  Berkom’s writing is crisp and fast paced.  Her descriptions are so refined and precise I could almost fell the chill and tension Kate experienced each step of the way.  Action packed with a heart pounding rate, this brief novel is like a episode of 24 and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.

I enjoyed this series even more than the first as Berkom has added to the action by introducing some depth through a romantic interest.  The pacing is balanced well with no hint of the dues ex machina elements that were occasionally found in the first series of books.  The Kindle price is an unbelievable value.  You won’t be disappointed if you check out this series.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.