Monday, August 24, 2015

Cold As Ice by M.K. Gilroy

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Cold as Ice
Sydney Lane Press
M.K. Gilroy


Mark won’t claim he has done it all in the world of publishing, but he has packed boxes, edited manuscripts, made sales calls, created marketing plans, directed design and illustration, started companies, consulted, agented the works of others, and written advertising and catalog copy. He’s authored, compiled, and ghost written books that have landed on an array of bestsellers lists and sold millions of copies. His first ghost writing project, The Wal-Mart Way, was done for Don Soderquist, Sam Walton’s longtime right-hand man.

In early 2012 he put on a new hat as a fiction author. His debut novel, Cuts Like a Knife, was released in April 2012 and was met with rave reviews from USA Today, Fresh Fiction, Publishers Weekly, and other leading national reviewers. His second novel, Every Breath You Take, second in the Kristen Conner Mystery Series, released in Fall 2012 to similar acclaim. Kristen Conner returns in Cold As Ice, which releases in Fall 2014.

Gilroy has extensive writing credits. He scripted and served as creative consultant for a two-hour training video that was honored with the Award of Excellence by the International Television Association. He has compiled and written close to fifty books and penned hundreds articles and curriculum pieces for a variety of periodicals and publishers.

Gilroy and his wife Amy reside in Brentwood, Tennessee. Their six children are Lindsey, Merrick, Ashley, Caroline, Bo, and Zachary—the youngest has now headed off for college, so he and Amy are officially empty nesters.


Detective Kristen Conner is back on a new murder case. She’s still fighting with her sister—and no surprise, someone new wants to kill her! He was a pillar in his Chicago neighborhood: popular school teacher, devoted father and husband, political activist on behalf of underprivileged children—and a master gardener who liked to plant flowers in his neighbor’s yards. What wasn’t to love about him? Who would want him dead?

When Detective Kristen Conner lands the case she knows from day one who the key suspect is. That’s simple. The person most likely to kill you is someone close that you know and love. But the wife? She was always at her husband’s side and just as passionate about his causes as he was. No way could this loving wife and mother of three be a killer. Right? Mix in her on-again, off-again relationship with FBI Agent Austin Reynolds, a quick trip to New York City where Kristen helps her media-star sister for a new apartment—only to discover the body of a man who appears to have been executed by a professional killer on a run through Central Park—and Kristen Conner is once again swept into a world of danger, intrigue, and a confusing love life.

What she doesn’t know just might kill her.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Cold as Ice, go HERE.

My review:
   This is the third in a series, and though I never read the first two I did not feel lost or confused. Reference was made to things that happened in other books, but it was pretty easy to pick up on what was going on, as most of the book was a whole new story.

  As far as suspense goes, this is a great book.  There were a couple of mysteries going on at the same time, and I was kept guessing to the identity of the murderer in the one case, and it had a lot of twists and turns.

  Kitsten Conner is the main character in the series, and I found myself liking her a lot with the other characters. The police work was well written and believable, and the end result was a great suspense novel.

  I did have some difficulty with the writing style. It was written in the first person point of view, and would go to the third person point of view for the other characters. That isn't uncommon, and works fine most of the time. However, this book would bounce back and forth between the first and third person pov for the secondary characters, and I found it confusing, added to it was two criminals who would be first person pov in italics, but I wasn't always sure which criminal it was since it didn't indicate. Other readers might not have the same confusion I did, and other than that and a couple of words that don't belong in a Christian book, it was a good read that I didn't want to put down.