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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Killing Time by K. Dawn Byrd

Killing Time by K. Dawn Byrd
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (133 pages)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Clover

Mindy McLaurin, thinks it's the end of the world when she's incarcerated on trumped-up embezzlement charges. While in jail, she investigates the death of an inmate who allegedly died of an overdose. Mindy suspects foul play when her cellmate dies and she learns that both women had ingested the same drug. Mindy trusts no one, including Drew Stone, the handsome counselor she can’t stop thinking about. She faces many challenges, including constant interrogation by the Major and emotional abuse from the other inmates. Upon release, someone is stalking her and framing her for the murder. Can she prove to Counselor Stone that she’s innocent of all charges before she loses him forever?

From bookkeeper to inmate in one harrowing step. Accused of a crime she did not commit, Mindy McLaurin finds herself in jail. Alone and vulnerable, she must rely heavily on her faith while she waits to have her good name cleared. The jail is filled with an assortment of characters, most not to be trusted. Trying to stay safe and sane, Mindy is pulled into the mysterious deaths of two inmates, one with close ties to home. The jail insists the deaths are the result of suicides, but all signs point to a jailhouse cover up. As she digs for clues, Mindy finds herself on the growing list of suspects.

Enter Drew Stone, the kindly counselor who takes Mindy under his wing. Their attraction to each other is instantaneous and he seems like the man of her dreams, but can he be trusted? After all, fingers are being pointed in his direction as well. Once bailed out, she is intent on making her own legal troubles go away while facing escalating threats regarding the jailhouse deaths. She finds herself needing to rely more and more on Drew as her own life is in danger.

Mindy McLaurin is a lovely character, a woman I would love to have as a best friend. For a thirty-something, she is a bit naïve. I admire her unwavering dedication to her faith, even when it looks like she has been forsaken; she staunchly remains dedicated to her God.

Drew is a man with his own strengths and foibles. Together, they come across in this story as well rounded and believable. They are the heart and soul of this story. The mystery is written cleverly enough that it left me guessing to the end. I found though that there is enough plot in this book to cover double the amount of pages. If the plot had been more simplified and tightened, and the number of characters reduced, it would be a much more powerful read. There are also a few questionable coincidences that raised my eyebrows.

Still, if you’re looking for a sweet, inspirational read with an intriguing mystery and a romance element that you wouldn’t mind your teenage daughter or your Grandmother reading, this is your story!