- File Size: 1416 KB
- Print Length: 312 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1514100959
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: River Heights (June 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00XLYR1KE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Random Acts of Deceit: A Holly Anna Paladin Mystery (Holly Anna Paladin Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The writing is spot on. The dialogue hustles the action along while deepening the story with the prose showing the internal struggles and thoughts of Holly. All of Christy Barritt’s books, besides the Love Inspired Suspense books, are written in the first person point of view, so I develop quite a relationship with each character as the series progress. The dialogue and prose make me feel like I’m listening to a close friend who is spilling their deepest, darkest secrets.
One problem I did have was that all of Barritt’s first-person characters are starting to sound like the same person. Yes, they have different personalities and are solving different crimes, but for some reason, in this book, Holly didn’t sound any different than Gabby St. Clair from her Squeaky Clean Mysteries. Not that this affecting my enjoyment of the book. I really liked the mystery.
The pace of the novel is just right for a cozy mystery. There is incident after incident, all threatening Holly and giving her no choice but no comply with the Shadow Man, as Holly nicknamed the man who is ruining her life.
I really enjoy returning to familiar characters like Holly and Chase. That is what is so great about Barritt’s writing, besides her ability to create a new page-turning mystery with every book, I really like following the same characters around and watch their lives change and grow. In Random Acts of Deceit, Holly has moved in with her mother and has a good relationship with Chase. Holly is strong, loves her family, and is willing to follow her heart, even when others tell her not to. On the other hand, Chase, her boyfriend, is a good detective who wears his heart on his sleeve for Holly. He isn’t afraid to get to the bottom of a case or his relationship with Holly. I think Barritt’s greatest character strength is creating heroes I truly enjoy.
The conflict stems from threats from Shadow Man and how he affects Holly’s life. He sneaks into her mother’s house on a number of different occasions, demanding Holly to do things that cause her to struggle internally. To be relevant for today, Barritt includes the riots that have happened in the news to occur in the small town where Holly lives and works. While the external conflict affects her outwardly, the romantic tension the Shadow Man makes her create between her and Chase rips her apart. Holly really likes Chase, but in order to save everyone in her family, including Chase, she must do what the Shadow Man requested.
This is an original and unpredictable cozy mystery that I couldn’t wait to turn the pages to find out who the bad guy was. There is no questionable content, so anyone could read Barritt’s books. Fans of Barritt’s other books will really enjoy returning to familiar characters in a familiar setting. I couldn’t figure out who the bad guy was. She threw me for a loop.
Always thrilling, Christy Barritt does it again with Random Acts of Deceit. The mystery is thrown in with incident after incident for Holly’s life. I enjoy returning to recognizable characters in a well-known setting. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series or any book that Christy Barritt writes.
Holly Anna Paladin cares deeply for her family and friends and her boyfriend, Chase. When she is faced with an ultimatum break up with him or he dies she doesn't know what to do. When she realizes that "shadow man" means business she tries to do what she can to protect the people she loves.
The action comes at a great pace. She also provides sub-plots and misdirection. It takes both the protagonist and the reader time to figure out who is creating the havoc. There are some extremely subtle clues throughout the story I really wasn't sure who was behind this until the closing chapters.
This is the second book in the series and I do recommend reading book one, Random Acts of Murder: A Holly Anna Paladin Mystery, Book 1 (Holly Anna Paladin Mysteries) before reading this one. If you read book two without reading book one you would probably enjoy it but having the history of Holly helps you appreciate her even more.
No disclaimer on this book, I bought it and read it because I enjoy the author and the series.
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