07 November 2013

Teresa Mathews Reviews Carolina Reckoning by Lisa Carter


Reviewed by Teresa S. Mathews
4.5 Stars

In this gripping and suspenseful novel Lisa Carter takes us on a trail of murder and mayhem that hopefully will lead newly widowed Alison Monaghan to the person who murdered her cheating husband.

The day Alison found a picture of an unidentified woman holding tightly onto Frank, she really wasn't shocked; in fact relief might be exactly what she felt. Now she had absolute proof of his cheating ways and truth be known this wasn't the first time he had done this. Determined to confront him as soon as he hits the door, Alison plants herself on the couch to wait. The next morning when she awakens she is surprised to realize Frank never made it home. She is a little worried but she never thought that the knock on the front door would be two Raleigh cops telling her that Frank had been shot to death a small distance from home on a back road that is behind the Weathersby Historical Park.

Alison is almost relieved when Det. Sgt. Mike Barefoot tells her that Frank is dead, it seems her suppressive life under Frank is over. She is upset that someone would kill him, after all there was a time when they loved each other and they did have two wonderful children together. Knowing full well that the spouse is always the first suspect, she is very upfront with Ds. Barefoot, in fact almost to the point of incriminating herself, even though she had nothing to do with Frank’s murder. Thankfully Alison’s best friend Valerie Prescott arrives in time to stop her from saying too much.

There is something about Alison Monaghan that has connected with the soft spot in Mike Barefoot’s heart. She doesn't seem like the type that would kill her husband but he has learned a thing or two since he has been a cop; you can be wrong about people. So he decides to keep a watch on the beautiful widow, even going as far as attending the funeral. Who knows maybe the killer will slip-up, since they usually like to come to their victim’s funeral?

After the graveside service Alison wonders if any of these people that are extending their condolences to her, could be the killer. There are several that might just fit that bill. Could it be that one of the friendly people Frank served on the board of directors with at Weathersby Historical Park wanted him dead?

After months of struggling to pay the bills and getting nowhere, Alison is offered a job at Weatherby’s office. Will she finally find some answers to the questions she’s had all these months? Will she figure out who killed Frank or will the killer get to her first? Will Mike be there to save the woman who has stolen his heart?

This is Ms. Carter's debut book and let me tell you it is a very intriguing book. I love suspense books and this one is certainly a great one! It has a lot of twists and turns and I was guessing until the very end as to who the killer was. Thank you Lisa for a truly delightful story.

**Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.**


This book may be purchased at AmazonCBDDeep Shopping, Barnes and Nobel and other outlets.
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GIVEAWAY: OWG is giving away readers choice of either of Lisa's two 2013 releases, including Aloha Rose or Carolina Reckoning in choice of format. (Outside of USA ebook only.)

*Please remember to leave your email address for contact purposes!*

54 comments:

  1. You know you have read a wonderful review, TERESA, when you want to hop up and read the book RIGHT NOW! And I do, but can't. :( But I do have this book and yes, your review has made me want to dig in soon. Nicely done, T!

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  2. Thank you my dear bff! You know I love a good suspense or "who-dunnit" and this one was great! Lisa is another Author I will definitely be following in the future. :)

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  3. I could have sworn I already wrote a comment here--guess I was too sleepy & forget to hit Publish or something. ;-)
    Anyway, I also love suspense & this sounds like a REALLY good one! Now, my problem would be (if I won), trying to decide which of her books I would want! Hmm...I need so much more time and money, so I can read ALL this wonderful books!
    Vicki
    vmarney at hot mail

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    1. Hi VICKI sometimes ole blogger gives us a hard time, just glad you were able to comment now! I know what you mean about all the wonderful books we come across. This one is certainly a great one! I had a hard time putting it down once I started it! :)

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    2. I know exactly what you mean Vicki. So many books . . . so little time. :)

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  4. Love a great suspense novel. This sounds really good, and something that will keep me wanting to turn each page, one after another with no breaks in between!

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    1. SONJA you are exactly right! This one grabs you from the moment you open it! I know you will love it, Lisa certainly has a way with words!

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    2. Thanks, Teresa, and thanks Sonja for stopping by.

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  5. Wow, this looks really intriguing. Would love to read this. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    1. KATRINA so glad you dropped by, I would love for you to read it. Please stop back and leave us you email address so if you are the winner we can contact you. :)

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    2. Thanks for joining in, Katrina.

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  6. Oh what a great review. The books sounds like a can't put it down and have to keep reading. I will have to look for the book. I live in NC n love history. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. LeANN thanks, glad you liked it. Lisa has done a great job with this, it has just the right amount of suspense. I love the mountains of North Carolina, my family spend the weekend at Black Mountain two weeks ago. Nothing Better! I would love for you to win this but I need you to come back and leave your email address so we can contact you if you are the winner. :)

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    2. LeeAnn, I love calling NC home, too. Lots of history.

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    3. My email is angel4god(at)charter(dot)net

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  7. Congrats so much on being a published writer Your book sounds great
    Please have a terrific,wonderful,blessed day
    God bless you
    Chris Granville
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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    1. CHRIS thanks for coming by and congratulating Lisa. This is an outstanding book! So glad I was given the chance to read it!

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    2. Thanks for joining in the discussion, Chris.

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  8. You did a great job, T., it sounds like a great read. Love the cover - very suspenseful! I will surely try to read Lisa's books next year when I have more time. Hugs to my mom! :)

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    1. Thanks my pretty girl! I do need to find a spot to read this one, it will be well worth it! {{BIG HUGS}} back to you!

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Marian.

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  9. Great review, Teresa! Book sounds intriguing. Thank you for the chance of entering this giveaway and please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi BARBARA good to see you!! I'll be glad to enter you, I know you will love this book! Good Luck!

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    2. Have a great weekend, Barbara. Thanks for joining in.

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  10. I've seen this book reviewed but wasn't sure I wanted to read it before I read Teresa's review. Now I definitely want to! Thanks for this great review and the chance to win a copy of Carolina Reckoning.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Thanks PAM, so glad my review tipped the scales for you. It really is a wonderful book! Good Luck in the drawing!

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  11. This does sound very exciting.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. MARY it sure is an exciting book! Hope you get to read it! :)

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    2. Thanks for coming by and joining the discussion, Mary.

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  12. Carolina Reckoning sounds like an exciting story.
    I'm not sure which book I would choose, should I be the winner. Both seem interesting.
    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. CINDI you can think it over until the drawing on Sunday and tell us when we contact you if you are the lucky winner! :)

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  13. A fantastic review TERESA - I want to read this book ASAP after reading that!! I enjoy suspense as long as it has some romance in it, I know, I know, I'm a bit of a romance junkie lol, and this book sounds like it's got both! :)

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    1. NOELA yes this book has both, suspense and romance! I know you will like it, I had a hard time putting it down.

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    2. As the Barnes and Noble manager told me recently, "I'm in love with Mike Barefoot." I laughed and said, "Aren't we all?"
      It's all about the romance, Noela. :)

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  14. What a wonderful review, Teresa! This sounds like such a great suspense; one that will keep you up late turning the pages! Congratulations, Lisa, on your releases! Wishing you much success with these books!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. BRITNEY thanks, I'm so glad the review caught your attention. I did spend a night or two not wanting to put it down it was so enthralling. Lisa is a great writer! :)

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    2. Thanks so much, Britney, for your encouraging words. :)

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  15. Sounds like a great book, one that will be hard to put down.

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    1. KAREN yes it is a great book, hope you get to read it so you can find out how good it is! :)

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    2. KAREN I just realized your email is missing, please come back and leave it so we'll have it if you are the lucky winner!

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  16. Hello to you OWG gals and also to Lisa. Very good review Teresa. And Lisa, this book sounds so good I really need to win it so I can read the rest of the story. Thanks all for a chance to win it. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hello MAIXE it's so good to "see" you on here, I agree you need to read the rest of this story.As for you winning a copy maybe this will be your lucky week for a win! :)

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  17. I'm not familiar with this author or book, but it looks interesting.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. SUSANLULU this is Lisa's debut book so she is a new face around here but let me say she is a very talented writer! Hope you'll get a chance to read one of her new books!

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  18. This sounds like a great suspense story! thank you for the review.
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi JACKIE! This book by Lisa is a great suspense, it's a wonderful read!

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  19. I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win!!
    pj4824(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You are very welcome PAULA!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. What a great review, Teresa! Nothing like a good suspense, I am intrigued! I can't wait to get my hands on this one. Thank you for an opportunity to be a winner.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  21. Theresa or Lisa my email is angel4god(at)charter(dot)net. Sorry thought I included it.

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