Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Giveaway! Carrie Stuart Parks’ Undercover Artist Starter Set {And Book Review}

Plunge into forensic artist Gwen Marcey's world, full of cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects. Add Carrie Stuart Parks' new Gwen Marcey novel, When Death Draws Near, to the top of your must-read list. Gwen accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before she can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?

Join Carrie in celebrating the release of When Death Draws Near by entering to win an Undercover Artist Starter Set.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 22. The winner will be announced August 23 on the Litfuse blog.

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Personal Review of When Death Draws Near:

Of all the genre's available to read, murder mysteries have always been my favorite...and because of that, I can sometimes find myself disappointed when I finish a book by an author that is new to me. I can honestly say that When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks is absolutely fantastic. It's the third Gwen Marcey Novel, but I didn't remotely feel I had missed out on any storylines as the plot & character development within this novel are so well done. I plan to read the first two novels because I throughly enjoyed When Death Draws Near and protagonist Gwen Marcey.

If you are looking for a murder mystery novel that holds the thrill and suspense of author Patricia Cromwell's Kay Scarpetta series, but want a novel that doesn't contain strong language or sex, When Death Draws Near will meet all your expectations. Protagonist Gwen Marcey is a forensic artist who finds herself taking a temporary job in a small Kentucky town. It becomes clear immediately to both Gwen and the reader that things aren't quite what they seem. The novel begins at a quick pace as Gwen views a dead body and then meets the town's most recent rape victim within moments of each other. Throw in a sheriff who doesn't seem to want Gwen around (despite being the one who asked her to come), a phone call telling Gwen her cancer has returned, and what appears to be an attempt on her life, and the reader quickly gets a sense of the strong, smart & tenacious forensic artist that is Gwen Marcey. Want more suspense? Deadly snakes and a secretive serpent-handling church are key elements of the novel, too.

I don't want to say anything else about the storylines or additional characters, as I myself dislike when people spoil a book for me because they shared too much. But it is an excellent novel, full of twists and turns and many interesting characters, and highly recommend it.

*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.*

About the book: 

When Death Draws Near (Thomas Nelson, August 2016)

Death has always been part of Gwen Marcey's job. But when faced with her own mortality, everything takes on a different hue.

Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs and homes when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky. The Eastern Kentucky town, located deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, has been plagued by a serial rapist and a series of unexplained deaths. Before Gwen can develop a composite drawing, the latest witness vanishes, just like all the previous victims.

Turning her attention to sketching the face of an unidentified body, she discovers a link between his death and a Pentecostal serpent-handling church. Serpent-handling is illegal in Kentucky, and the churches have gone underground to avoid the authorities and continue to worship as they believe. Gwen is offered a handsome reward to infiltrate the renegade members, a reward she desperately needs as it seems her breast cancer has returned.

Joined by her digitally-obsessed, Generation Z daughter, Gwen goes undercover to a nineteenth century revival, planning to draw the faces of the snake handlers so they can be identified and arrested. Instead she uncovers a murderous plot and a festering evil.

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About the author:

Carrie Stuart Parks
 is a Christy finalist as well as a Carol award-winning author. She has won numerous awards for her fine art as well. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.

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