Monday, August 24, 2015

CFBA - Cold as Ice by M.K. Gilroy

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Mark won’t claim he has done it all in the world of publishing, but he has packed boxes, edited manuscripts, made sales calls, created marketing plans, directed design and illustration, started companies, consulted, agented the works of others, and written advertising and catalog copy. He’s authored, compiled, and ghost written books that have landed on an array of bestsellers lists and sold millions of copies. His first ghost writing project, The Wal-Mart Way, was done for Don Soderquist, Sam Walton’s longtime right-hand man.

In early 2012 he put on a new hat as a fiction author. His debut novel, Cuts Like a Knife, was released in April 2012 and was met with rave reviews from USA Today, Fresh Fiction, Publishers Weekly, and other leading national reviewers. His second novel, Every Breath You Take, second in the Kristen Conner Mystery Series, released in Fall 2012 to similar acclaim. Kristen Conner returns in Cold As Ice, which releases in Fall 2014.

Gilroy has extensive writing credits. He scripted and served as creative consultant for a two-hour training video that was honored with the Award of Excellence by the International Television Association. He has compiled and written close to fifty books and penned hundreds articles and curriculum pieces for a variety of periodicals and publishers.

Gilroy and his wife Amy reside in Brentwood, Tennessee. Their six children are Lindsey, Merrick, Ashley, Caroline, Bo, and Zachary—the youngest has now headed off for college, so he and Amy are officially empty nesters.


Detective Kristen Conner is back on a new murder case. She’s still fighting with her sister—and no surprise, someone new wants to kill her!
He was a pillar in his Chicago neighborhood: popular school teacher, devoted father and husband, political activist on behalf of underprivileged children—and a master gardener who liked to plant flowers in his neighbor’s yards. What wasn’t to love about him? Who would want him dead?

When Detective Kristen Conner lands the case she knows from day one who the key suspect is. That’s simple. The person most likely to kill you is someone close that you know and love. But the wife? She was always at her husband’s side and just as passionate about his causes as he was. No way could this loving wife and mother of three be a killer. Right?
Mix in her on-again, off-again relationship with FBI Agent Austin Reynolds, a quick trip to New York City where Kristen helps her media-star sister for a new apartment—only to discover the body of a man who appears to have been executed by a professional killer on a run through Central Park—and Kristen Conner is once again swept into a world of danger, intrigue, and a confusing love life.

What she doesn’t know just might kill her.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Cold as Ice, go HERE.

My Thoughts:

It is rare that I come across a book that I don't particularly like. Unfortunately, M.K. Gilroy's book, Cold as Ice, is one of those books. While the plot line is a very suspenseful one, I had a hard time following who's head I was in.

Mr. Gilroy wrote Cold as Ice in alternating first person. In the first two chapters alone, I found myself in the head of four different people and I had a hard time trying to differentiate who's head I was in. I am not a fan of first person point of view but I don't mind reading books written that way providing it is the same person's point of view throughout. Cold as Ice, flip-flopped back and forth so much that I had to finally give up half way through and skimmed to the end so I would at least know the outcome.

I'm sure for some, this book will rank a five star rating and would highly recommend it to other readers. I can only say, if you enjoy a good suspenseful novel and don't mind reading multiple first person point of views, then Mr. Gilroy's book may just be for you. Because I skimmed part of the book and I don't like multiple first person point of view, I can't honestly rate this book as it wouldn't be fair to Mr. Gilroy or other readers.

I would like to thank Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Sydney Lane Press for my copy of Cold as Ice. I received my copy for free in order to give my honest review. 

Smiles & Blessings,

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