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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Blog Tour, Character Interview, Review, & Giveaway for Deadly Darkness by Kate Parker


Character Interview –  Olivia (Livvy) Denis Redmond

1)      Tell us a little bit about yourself--both something we learn from [the story]

2)      I’m very close to my cousin and her family – Abby, Sir John, and their sons

3)      and something that readers might not guess?

4)      While I have a reporter’s job at The Daily Premier working for Sir Henry Benton, I get loaned out to Sir Malcolm Freemantle, the British spymaster, when he needs me for counterespionage. I invited my newspaper boss, Sir Henry, to my wedding, but not Sir Malcolm. 

5)      How did you first meet your writer? I first met Kate in Deadly Scandal when I saw my first husband, Reggie Denis, lying murdered in the morgue. She was very understanding. And she wanted to see what I would do next.

6)      Want to dish about him/her? Kate is a good person. She’s brilliant, good natured, and funny. The sort of person I want to be when I get old. Oops, older.

7)      Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book? While I try to lead a normal life, I keep having adventures. Sir Henry, my boss at the newspaper, sent me to Nazi Germany to help his late wife’s family escape and that led to some scrapes. Then Britain’s spymaster, Sir Malcolm, discovered me when my father was suspected of murder. Since then, he’s put me to work finding German spies hiding in Britain.

8)      Who's your favorite character? Why? Adam, of course. That’s why I married him in Deadly Darkness. He’s strong, sexy, and kind. And nearly as stubborn and quick witted as I am. 

9)      Who's your least favorite character? Why? My father. He’s always belittling me. He wanted a son, so I can’t measure up no matter how hard I try.

10)  What's next for you? In Deadly Cypher, World War II starts, Adam is off with the army (He’s a Captain), and Sir Malcolm sends me to find a killer at Bletchley Park.

Deadly Darkness is the sixth in the Deadly Series. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Apple in ebook and paperback.

About Deadly Darkness

Historical Cozy Mystery 6th in Series 
Publisher: JDP Press (February 26, 2021) 310 Pages  
Digital ASIN: B08P58VKPY 

As Britain prepares for an imminent invasion, the murder of a celebrated Arctic explorer leads to the discovery of a web of Nazi spies on the south coast.

July, 1939. Newlywed Olivia Denis Redmond plans to spend a peaceful honeymoon in the country before war rips her soldier husband away. But when she finds a dead body in the midst of a blackout, Olivia is drawn into the investigation.

Since the police inspector isn’t interested in clues pointing to espionage and blackmail, Olivia must unlock secrets hidden for years in this idyllic village and face the wrath of an unseen enemy.

As danger stalks her, can Olivia expose a cunning killer before she becomes the next victim?

Deadly Darkness, the sixth book in the Deadly Series, is for fans of World War II era spy thrillers and classic cozy mysteries, of intrepid lady sleuths with spunk and smarts. No explicit cursing, sex, or violence.

Start exploring this journey or mystery and intrigue today as Britain and Germany draw dangerously close to war.

*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

We start with Olivia's wedding day which she has been waiting for. While the ceremony goes well afterward there are a few bumps getting scheduled where they wanted though they finally prevailed. The wedding night is where life gets in their way. Gearing up for WWII a mandatory blackout is scheduled for the same night and the new hubby is required to go on rounds checking for anyone not wanting to do it. Things start well but go downhill when a house shines like a beacon in the dark night and when they go check they stumble across a murdered man. This leads to an intriguing investigation that will keep you guessing as it all plays out. I especially like how realistic the characters feel as they deal with the effects of an upcoming war looming on the horizon as Parker captures how it felt along with the charm of England. Makes for quote the fun read for fans of historical cozies. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.

About Kate Parker

Kate Parker caught the reading bug early, and the writing bug soon followed. She’s always lived in a house surrounded by books and dust bunnies. After spending a dozen years in North Carolina, she moved to Colorado. The Rocky Mountains are beautiful, but she’d developed a love of wide rivers, warmer and wetter weather, and fast-growing greenery that sent her hurrying back to North Carolina.

Deadly Travel is the fifth book in the Deadly Series, and Kate’s plan is to follow it quickly with Deadly Darkness, both set in 1939 in the days leading up to war. There are at least three more of the Deadly Series coming that will bring the beginning of the war to Olivia’s doorstep. Kate reports that she is having fun creating new stories to entertain readers and chaos to challenge her characters.

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1 comment:

  1. I like the cover and that it is a series. Thanks for the chance. The blurb sounds good.