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  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: McKay Lewis Publishers (March 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GT1LBU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,893 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jo Robertson, a former high school English teacher, lives in northern California, near the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills. She enjoys reading, scrap booking, and discussing the latest in books, movies, and television shows. Any "spare" time she has is spent enjoying her seven children and grandchildren.

When her Advanced Placement English students challenged her to quit talking about writing and "just do it," she wrote her first completed manuscript, "The Watcher," which won Romance Writers of American's Golden Heart Award for romantic suspense in 2006. The second book in the loosely-connected trilogy is "The Avenger," which won the 2007 Daphne du Maurier Overall Award for Excellence. "The Traitor" is the third book in the series.

Jo's books are romantic thrillers, which means they straddle the line between mainstream thriller-suspense and romance. She feels that a strong relationship in a book makes the danger more intense. Readers have commented that they especially enjoy her complex, three-dimensional villains.

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Shan's a fan on March 13, 2012
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I have loved Jo Robertson's previous books because she really gets to the heart of the thriller genre, which is what I am drawn to. I wasn't sure how I would feel about historical romance, even if it DID have a mystery intertwined. But because I was already a fan of Robertson's books I thought I would try out this genre for the first time. This book really surprised me. I am always impressed by Robertson's talent for dialogue and she does NOT disappoint in this novel at all. It is even more impressive that she can capture the language of this particular era so authentically. There is wonderful chemistry between the two main characters. I LOVE the heroine, Emma. She is sassy and tenacious, yet a bit naive and vulnerable which makes her very relatable. And Malichi is just plain hot! I love the balance between the mystery unfolding with Alma (accused of murder) and the romance between Emma and Malichi. And the twist at the end was awesome! This is another great novel by Jo Robertson.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Adams on March 26, 2012
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I already love Jo Robertson's books, including the Watcher, The Traitor and the Avenger, but THIS is even better. This story is gripping and reminds me strongly of To Kill A Mockingbird. Wonderful characterization and dialogue, pacing is fast and the read is fab. Two Thumbs UP!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Jill on May 11, 2012
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I picked this up when it was offered free on my Kindle and I'm really glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, and the sub-plot (although both were neck-in-neck on importance), and the characters were well written and engaging. I liked how the author danced between the strength potential of women and the natural softness of femininity. It was a nice balance, and rather refreshing. I was truly sad when it ended because I wanted to follow Malachi and Emma further on their journey into a deeper relationship. I won't hesitate to pick up another novel by Robertson.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 2, 2012
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I have to admit I had great difficulty putting down Jo Robertson's "Frail Blood". So much so, I found myself at 4 AM trying desperately to stay awake so I could finish the darn book, to no avail. I LOVED this book! Set in northern California in the early 20th Century, this fast moving, never dull thriller kept me guessing until the very last chapter. The beautiful, strong willed heroine, Emma Knight, is a woman ahead of her time. While those around her cling to the stifling and restrictive customs of the Victorian era, Emma is a champion of the growing women's rights and women's suffrage movements, in spite of very loud objections from her parents and gossip and criticism from those around her. Armed with a degree from Wellesley, and with the assistance of her uncle and partner, Stephen Knight, she is publisher of the local newspaper and its only reporter. In this capacity, while covering a sensational murder trial, she meets the handsome and provocative defense attorney, Malachi Rivers. Of course they detest one another on sight. And - of course - this strong dislike quickly evolves into mutual attraction and then a passionate, rather complicated relationship. And - of course - they work together to solve what evolves into a very complicated murder. What impressed me most about this book is that it was so true to its time. The language, customs and the interaction between the different classes seemed so genuine, and class was of utmost importance in this era. I sincerely hope the author is planning a sequel!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Elizabeth Williams on December 15, 2012
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Frail Blood is loosely based on the murder trial of a young woman in Southern California, although the author states the characters and locales are solely products of her imagination.

Alma, a servant in the Machado household, is seduced by the youngest son, Joseph. A simple girl, Alma believes Joe loves her and will marry her after they become intimately involved. After she discovers Joe has discarded her for another woman, Alma is determined to make sure what Joseph did to her doesn't happen to another.

She straps on a pistol and confronts Joseph at the Machado house on an evening when she knows the family is out. She's not even sure why she brought the pistol, other than to maybe ensure Joseph listens to what she has to say.

As it turns out, she doesn't say anything but, rather, fires a single shot at Joseph. The last sight she sees is Joseph clutching his shoulder and falling. Overcome with fright and horror, she flees into the woods where she is later captured.

Malachi Rivers is Alma's defense attorney. A man with notorious past swirling around his relationship with his ex-wife and his abusive father, he resides in Placer Hills in the hopes of leading a quiet anonymous life.

Prosecution Attorney Charles Fulton, together with his band of protégés, is full of confidence his case against Alma is solid and she will hang for her crime.

Rivers and Fulton share a mutual dislike and actively antagonize each other at every opportunity.

Emma Knight is the new owner of the town's newspaper in partnership with her uncle. Emma scores a coup when Alma tells her she shot Joseph. Emma prints a damning article outlining Alma's confession. An article that makes Malachi's defence all the more difficult.
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