Friday, 16 June 2017

Sweet After Death by Valentina Giambanco blog tour

Today I'm thrilled to be taking part in the Sweet After Death blog tour, the fourth book in the Alice Madison series.


In the dead of winter Homicide Detective Alice Madison is sent to the remote town of Ludlow, Washington, to investigate an unspeakable crime.

Together with her partner Detective Sergeant Kevin Brown and crime scene investigator Amy Sorensen, Madison must first understand the killer's motives...but the dark mountains that surround Ludlow know how to keep their secrets and that the human heart is wilder than any beasts.

As the killer strikes again Madison and her team are under siege. And as they become targets Madison realises that in the freezing woods around the pretty town a cunning evil has been waiting for her.


Sweet After Death is the fourth book in the Alice Madison series by Valentina Giambanco. It is a heart stopping crime novel that will have you hooked from the first page. A thoroughly enjoyable read which I highly recommend, I will definitely be going back to read the previous books in the series.

In the latest installment in the series, Madison and her colleagues, Detective Sergeant Kevin Brown and crime scene investigator Amy Sorensen are called to help out in an investigation into a crime which took place in the small town of Ludlow near the Canadian border. Ludlow is a seemingly peaceful town with little more than a few hundred residents. It is a close knit community where everyone knows everyone and everyone knows everything about what people get up to. When the local doctor is found dead in his car, the shocking discovery leaves the town reeling. How could such a thing happen here? Madison would like to think that this is just a one off, isolated incident but soon the town realises that the events which started with the doctor’s death is just the beginning.

I loved the setting of the small town in this book. Valentina creates a mysterious, creepy atmosphere and I could picture the mountains and the forests surrounding the town very clearly. I really engaged with Madison’s character in this book. We learn a lot about Madison in Sweet After Death, particularly about her childhood. I found all of the characters in this book really engaging, one character in particular, Samuel, Valentina made me care about him and I wanted to know what would become of him and his family.

I was intrigued to see how the team dynamics would play out once Madison and her team arrived in Ludlow. I’ve heard it said before that police forces typically like working on their own in an investigation and do not like having to go to outsiders to help. It made me wonder if there would be any animosity between Madison’s team and the police department at Ludlow.

Valentina has created an intriguing mystery in her latest book. The close knit town of Ludlow has to come to terms with what has happened in their supposedly safe neighbourhood. The one fact that is on everyone’s mind is that the killer could be one of them. Who do you know who to trust?

A terrific book, thank you to Alainna Georgiou at Quercus for providing me with a copy to read and for organising the blog tour. 

Publisher: Quercus 

Publication date: 15th June 2017

Print length: 496 pages


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