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  • A excellent murder mystery,

    Once again Nanci Rathbun has given us a real page turner, well written with exciting characters. The descriptions of the locations have placed you there in the story. Action packed and full of twists and turns, this story keeps you gripped to end. I received this story as an arc and wanted to give an honest review.

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  • Love this series

    I love this series! If I had to sum it up in just a few words I would say cozy mystery with edge. Angelina is a P.I , a divorcee. She is intelligent, clothes lover, daughter, grandmother. Family is the rock in this series, albeit her father is part of the FAMILY from days gone by. Her lawyer, when she needs one, also represents the FAMILY. She is in a relationship with a detective (Ted), a relationship that has been on hold for 2 years plus. Angelina takes Bram and Bobby with her to help carry and load the copper work she ordered. When they arrive they find artist dead and the twisted mystery takes off. Bobby, Bram and Spider take prominence in this plot - thank you Nanci ! There is a Russian back ground and more. My heart jumped when Angelina agreed to babysit Spiders children so Spider and Magdalena could go out. This is a fast paced, well done mystery written from Angelinas point of view, with G rated relationship behind closed doors. She is brass with heart. Tells you like it is and goes all out to help right the wrongs. In between the bread and butter PI work of course :) Thank you Nanci Rathbun, thank you Hidden Gems for the arc. Loved it! Waiting for the next. I freely volunteer my thoughts and opinions.

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  • A pleasure to read!

    Reviewed by Jon Michael Miller for Readers' Favorite Blood Kills, the fourth in a mystery series by Nanci Rathbun, is a complicated intrigue involving the Russian Mafia (Bratva), war crimes in Chechnya, the Milwaukee Mafia, wills, testaments, lots of money, lots of blood, and the miracle of DNA. It will keep you guessing and turning the pages all the way to its conclusion. But, tying it all together magnificently is an ongoing but hands-off love affair between the protagonist and narrator Angie Bonaparte, daughter of a once mob consiglieri and now an elite private investigator, and a gruff, frustrated detective, Ted Wukowski, whom she refers to only by his surname. It’s an Italian/Polish connection—she calls him “caro,” he calls her “kochana.” The two have been keeping legally separate because of past technical indiscretions during an investigation. In twelve days (the timespan of this novel), their separation mandate will expire, and through all the plot machinations, readers are titillated by their clandestine gestures of affection, and eagerly await the sure-to-be upcoming re-consummation. Blood Kills is an intelligently written mystery for intelligent readers. But for me, the greatest joy is in the characters Nanci Rathbun creates. Predominate is Angelina Bonaparte, height-challenged, a Seinfeld fan, food and wine connoisseur, crossword doer, immaculate dresser, former librarian, Audi owner, resident of a condo with a Lake Michigan view, and over-the-top-competent professional who narrates the tale in the first person. An intriguing choice, however, by our author is that she switches the point of view at crucial points to Artur, a Russian expatriate, whom from the beginning we know to be the villain of the piece, though no one else knows it. Not that we know, of course, all the details until the end. Angie is a masterful creation in author Rathbun’s “fictional universe.” An insightful, brilliant mind, though willing to cheat on the separation mandate with Wukowski—she’s attentive to the most appealing underwear ensemble each morning as she prepares for what secret interlude may occur with the man she loves. The author is kind to her readers, too, with short chapters, crisp and flawless prose, and even chapter quotations ranging from Aeschylus to Conan Doyle, from Einstein to Confucius—each quote setting up the chapter to come. In the simplest terms, Blood Kills is an all-round magnificent pleasure to read.

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