Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: Words to Die By by Jean Lamb-Carlin

Words to Die By
(Allison Taylor series Book 2)

by Jean Lamb-Carlin

Blurb (From Amazon)

Allison Taylor is having some trust issues, when a woman from Mark Ryan’s past turns up in Spring Hollow, and makes it very clear she’d like to revisit old times. And Elizabeth Meade is writing a murder mystery. But then people start dying just like the characters in her book, and it seems likely the killer is someone Lizzie knows. Mark Ryan would like Ally to leave the police work to him, but Ally, Lizzie, and new friend, Larry Jones, decide to investigate before someone else winds up with a knife in their chest.

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Author Bio: (From Amazon)

Born in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, Jeanne Lamb-Carlin has spent most of her life in Long Island, New York. When she isn't writing, she could be playing pc games or reading. She loves movies, and looks forward to AMC's Best Picture Showcase every year. She could easily spend hours vegetating on the couch, catching up on episodes of "The Walking Dead" and "The Americans".

Her first job was dispatcher for a small shipping company where she spent way too much time writing bad poetry. She then moved on to public relations and sales for the Empire State Building Observatory where she didn't have as much time to write, but met a lot of interesting people.

She likes to travel, hike, ride very scary roller coasters, bowl, (wish I could find Candlepin bowling in Long Island) drink Pumpkin Ale, (unfortunately just in the Fall), watch hockey, bake, make pierogi, and of course write.

She is the author of three novels in the Allison Taylor Series: THE LIES THAT BIND, WORDS TO DIE BY, and SWIMMING WITH SHARKS. Fourth book in series: SINS OF THE FATHERS coming soon.

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First off, because I work hard to promote family friendly books, I need to make it clear that this book did have quite a few swear words. While I was disappointed in the language, the rest of the book was very well written.

This is the first book of the series that I've read.

The book starts out Adrian Taylor as the main character, who is actually the main character of a manuscript which plays a huge roll in the plot of the rest of the story. The REAL main character is Allison, and she has not only personally had a difficult love life, but her mother was far from a good example of what a real relationship looks like. So when an attractive woman from her boy friend's, Mark's, past shows up and crowds her out, and then her best friend starts writing a rather terrible murder mystery, and then people in the community start dying just like in the manuscript it's not surprising she's a little at a loss as to how to handle things.
Colorful characters that instantly have you either loving them or hating them, and surprising plot twists make this book easy to stay up late reading. The back stories are interesting, and as intriguing as plot, and I really liked the injection of the manuscript sections in the book. All in all I would definitly recommend this book to my adult friends. 

I give it 4 stars!