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All the Blue-Eyed Angels (Book 1, The Erin Solomon Pentalogy) [Kindle Edition]

Jen Blood
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)

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"Thoroughly addictive... I loved everything about this book." - Kindle Book Review

Fans of JD Robb, Dennis Lehane, and Kathy Reichs will love this first novel in the critically acclaimed, bestselling Erin Solomon pentalogy -- an intricately woven mystery with compelling characters, nail-biting suspense, and a dash of romance. And don't miss the other spellbinding novels in the series, now available: SINS OF THE FATHER, SOUTHERN CROSS, and BEFORE THE AFTER! 


Jonestown. The Solar Temple. Heaven's Gate. In the summer of 1990, the Payson Church of Tomorrow joins the ranks of those infamous cult suicides when thirty-four members burn to death on a small island off the coast of Maine. At ten years old, Payson member Erin Solomon watches helplessly as the church and its congregation are reduced to ash and embers. 

More than twenty years later, Erin is an accomplished investigative journalist when she receives word that she has inherited Payson Isle... and all its ghosts. She returns to Maine to learn the truth behind the tragedy that has haunted her since childhood, aided by the rakish mentor who's stood by her side since she was a teenager, her trusty mutt Einstein, and a mysterious stranger with his own dark past. 

Soon, Erin is enmeshed in a decades-old conspiracy rooted in lust,  delusion, and betrayal, as she fights to unearth the secrets of the Payson Church of Tomorrow -- secrets someone will kill to keep buried.

"A mystery that pulls you in, straps you down and takes you on a ride worthy of a blockbuster movie!" -- HaveYouHeardMyBookReview.com

"If you like mysteries with a strong plot filled with dark secrets and murder, and a kick a** setting, along with a romantic-triangle involving two vastly different men, then you'll love this book." -- DV Berkom, Author of the Amazon-bestselling Kate Jones thrillers


"A powerful, emotionally complex story peopled with fully-realized characters and terrific, well-honed prose." -- Darcy Scott, Award-Winning Author of Hunter-Huntress and Matinicus

Visit jenblood.com for free Erin Solomon short stories, contests, giveaways, and the latest news on the series.


Editorial Reviews

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"Jen Blood has created my favorite narrator of the decade: the whip-smart, sassy, and delightfully stubborn Erin Solomon. The story she tells--with its hidden turns, dry humor, enthralling pace, persuasive complexity, and vivid setting--is absolutely unforgettable. Blood is one hell of a writer." -- Lewis Robinson, award-winning author of Water Dogs and Officer Friendly and Other Stories

"Creepy, tense, and thoroughly addictive... I loved everything about this book." -- Kindle Book Review

"The pacing is flawless, building steadily to a riveting climax. The characters are complex, likable and expertly drawn. If you enjoy contemporary mysteries, then you don't want to pass on this one." -- Tahlia Newland, Awesome Indies Book Reviews

"All the Blue-Eyed Angels is a stellar debut from a talented author. Jen Blood has crafted an action and suspense packed story with a conflicted and clever sleuth, a moody setting, multiple mysteries, a little romance, and plenty of twists." -- Susan Vaughan, award-winning author of Primal Obsession

From the Author

I love mysteries, and always have. It started with Scooby Doo, and carried on through to Trixie Belden (I always preferred her to Nancy Drew -- Trixie felt a little more accessible to me, more willing to dive in and get her hands dirty for the sake of the next clue), old hardback copies of The Power Boys and The Hardy Boys and even Hawaii 5-0... Once I hit puberty, I discovered -- and quickly devoured -- those old Gothic romantic mysteries: Victoria Holt and Daphne DuMaurier, Phyllis Whitney, Emily Bronte... I lived for creepy settings and sexual tension, damsels in distress and the brooding men who saved them.

It seemed only natural, then, that I would choose to study and pursue a career as a mystery writer. It took over a decade and countless incarnations before I came up with the final draft of All the Blue-eyed Angels, a hybrid of the best mysteries I've loved over the years -- mysteries where character is key, the wit is sharp, the settings dark and creepy, and sex and ghosts and all those things that go bump in the night lurk just below the surface.

I've been thrilled with the response Angels and the other books in the Solomon series have gotten from readers, particularly when I hear how much they love the characters of Erin Solomon and her comrades in arms. With four novels now out and others on the way, I am grateful to the authors who came before me, and to the countless hours I spent reading dusty old mysteries in the back of our small-town library, living vicariously through damsels in distress and spunky heroines alike. Good books continue to be a magical form of escapism for me, and I hope that I provide the same kind of escape for my own readers.

Best,
Jen Blood

Product Details

  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Adian Press (November 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B2IG1A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
***Spoiler Alert***

This is the first time I have read one of Jen Blood's Novels and I already absolutely love her writing style.

Erin Solomon returns to her childhood home of Littlehope after inheriting Payson Island but of course not everybody are as they appear. She is there to solve the mystery of a fire but there is plenty of story packed in along the way.

I loved everything about this book. Mystery novel's are my favourite Genre, I have read a fair few and this certainly lived up to my expectations.

The book is thoroughly written, the characters are well developed and I was completely engaged throughout the book.

There are some creepy parts in the book too which made for tense reading but this is everything I look for in a book. There are also some elements of humour and a complicated love triangle too but the overall setting is dark and powerful.

The story has a lot of unexpected plot twists that will keep you turning the pages in astonishment.

I read this book in two sittings as I had to know how the story would unfold.

I loved the main character Erin Solomon and I particularly enjoyed the way the story was set in Erin's past and present.

I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who likes a good mystery with a slightly different style. Nothing predictable here!

My advice would there are some spine chilling moments so if you're easily scared don't read before bedtime! There are also some stomach churning parts so if you don't have a strong stomach beware!

The only thing is I can not wait for the next installment of the Erin Solomon series, I will definitely buying the second book.

A strong 4 stars from me.

Becky Sherriff (The Kindle Book Review)
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For those who like cliffhangers June 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While I don't mind a bit of an unresolved issue in a novel, I do appreciate a satisfying conclusion to the main plot or theme. I didn't get that with All the Blue-Eyed Angels. This book raises a lot of questions. Unfortunately, it doesn't answer them.

After reading through the entire book with its emphasis on who started the fire and why, it ended without answering those and with even raising more questions. As I was nearing the end of the book, I thought the author would have quite a job to wrap up the story in the final chapters. I realized when I got to the last page that the author's resolution was for the reader to purchase the next book.

I think if the author had labeled this as Part One, I would have skipped it since I prefer novels that can stand alone even if the main character is part of a series. Since there are so many books and so little time to enjoy them, I do appreciate having such facts up front.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous new Mystery writer! I'm hooked March 31, 2012
By DV
Format:Kindle Edition
All the Blue-Eyed Angels grabbed me from the first few lines and wouldn't let me go. It was fun to find such a well-written debut novel, and well-written it is. Filled with great characterization, pacing, and description- this book was a joy to read. If you like mysteries with a strong plot filled with dark secrets and murder, and a kick a** setting, along with a romantic-triangle involving two vastly different men, then you'll love this book.

Will definitely buy the sequel.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read February 25, 2012
By Liz
Format:Kindle Edition
A tightly woven, intricate novel that grabs you from the first word and doesn't let go - not even after the last sentence. The characters are vivid and easy to relate to, even in their extreme circumstances. Most importantly though, the story is crisp and gripping with touches of humor that will leave you entertained. The only drawback is having to wait for the next installment.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars underhanded July 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although this book was a good read I did not bargain for a continuing serial, free or not. The author has a duty to inform the reader that you need two books to solve the story. I will certainly keep Jen Bloods name in mind; never read this author's books again.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfair ending June 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I understand that if you are writing a series you usually need to have some continuity between books. But this book ended so abruptly with only one or 2 of the many questions answered I actually checked to make sure I was really at the end.

Based on what I have read so far I am not sure I want to continue reading any further offerings in the series. I would hate to get through the next book and STILL not know what the heck was going on. I enjoyed the character Diggs, but I don't know if Erin was likeable enough for me to invest any more time in her story. I kind of liked her self centered mom more than her. At least Kat wasn't so needy. It was in interesting premise, the cult angle was great and could have been done more indepth. Overall the characters and lack of answers made it less than enjoyable though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I don't have a lot of time but I did want to respond to two reviews I read. The first review was on the back of the book which warned readers of this not being a book to start before bedtime; when I read that and took in the visual of the front of the book. I obeyed the warning. I was busy when I first purchased the book and thus didn't have much time during the day to begin it so it took me about a month to dive in. And, I confess, I was a bit sheepish about reading it as the truth of the matter was I was scarred of it (Chuckle). In response to this review of not reading it before bedtime having read it, I say "Hogwash", unless of course you need an eight hours night sleep because I did find myself the second time I picked it up spending the whole night up reading it!

I have to say that I didn't find the book to be creepy because even though the story line itself is a bit creepy, it was told from the main characters point of view who amidst all of the twisted and dark chaos that crashed upon the shores of her young self is a very jovial and intelligent human being. She has a sweet sense of humor and a tough mind.

In response to the other 3 star review here on Amazon regarding the ending and their dislike of it. I have to argue that would be just a style preference. One of my favorite parts of the book is the ending. I think it really demonstrates the intelligence of the plot.

For someone that reads mainly non-fiction I have to say this was quite an entertaining read and I can't wait to read the next book! I love that we were left dangling!

Peck Peck
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
This was a great book! So good that I ordered the next one in thus series. It is worth the read.
Published 6 days ago by Linda S. Rader
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Eyed Angel's
A really great read ! It kept me from beginning to end ! I don't often give reviews on books unless it really capture's me, but if you love a good story this is the one to get, has... Read more
Published 16 days ago by brenda54
4.0 out of 5 stars Begins slow but builds up speed like f freight train going down a...
This is the first of the Erin Solomon series. The author uses flash backs to develop the characters that take omterrupted reading time to really enjoy the story line. Read more
Published 17 days ago by RC Smallback
2.0 out of 5 stars but there was no good resolution or denoument
No real ending to this book, kind of bugged me. I get that its in a sequence, but there was no good resolution or denoument.
Published 21 days ago by Nancy Gneier
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept you wanting more making it hard to put down.
A book has to be exciting enough to keep me interested. This book did that. Now I'm looking forward to reading book two in the series.
Published 24 days ago by Muff Stamper
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Tough to follow at times due to using a first name and then later talking about the same character, she uses their last name. Otherwise, the book was good.
Published 1 month ago by Sodi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Can't Wait to Start the Next One
This book kept me interested from the first page to the last because of the characters, the humor, and the suspense. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helen Brena
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting start
A real page turner--great characters. This is the first in a trilogy, I think, so be warned that the story doesn't end here!
Published 1 month ago by Prairie House
5.0 out of 5 stars B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
We are proud to announce that "All The Blue-Eyed Angels" by Jen is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Published 3 months ago by G. Indiebrag
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue-Eyed Angels
This is just my kind of book -- secrets, secrets, and more secrets. But the book presents more mysteries than it solves. I guess that's why it's a series.
Published 3 months ago by jalgal66
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More About the Author

Jen Blood is a freelance journalist, professional editor, and author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mystery series. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Popular Fiction, and her writing influences range from Emily Bronte to Dennis Lehane, and any number of genres and authors in between. Her work has earned accolades and awards including the AIA Seal of Quality and the B.R.A.G. Medallion for ALL THE BLUE-EYED ANGELS and honorable mention for best in fiction from the New England Book Festival for her second novel, SINS OF THE FATHER. All four of her novels have reached the Amazon Bestseller list in Mystery, Suspense, and Women Sleuths. Born and raised among the smaller fishing villages of midcoast Maine, Jen's writing is rich with the details and tone of that isolated, occasionally harsh landscape. Today, after spending several years traveling the country, Jen is once again living in midcoast Maine, busily working on the next installment in the Erin Solomon series.

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