Review: Silent Night by C J Kyle

October 21, 2014 Review 1

Review: Silent Night by C J Kyle

Christmas, Tennessee, is a town where no one locks their doors and the worst crime is a stolen bicycle. Until the night blood is found . . . but there's no body.

Police Chief Tucker Ambrose hopes it's just a prank, but his years as a cop in Chicago tell him different. Then a body is discovered in the middle of the woods, staged with a bible, a crucifix, and a rosary . . . and Tucker knows something dark and sinister has arrived in his town.

Miranda Harley knows exactly what's going on. In fact, she's been tracking this serial killer, hoping to gather enough evidence to convict him. Trouble is, no one will believe her, not even the sexy police chief whose heated gazes promise nights of sin. But when Miranda falls into the crosshairs of a psychopath, Tucker must put aside his doubts and race to stop the killer from striking again.

Title: Silent Night
Author: C. J. Kyle
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: October 28, 2014
Genres: Crime Drama, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 384
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: three-flames

I do love a good murder mystery and this one did not disappoint.  It kept me clued to my e-reader from beginning to end.  I couldn’t put it down or flip the pages fast enough!

Really, who expects to have murder happen in a town called Christmas, Tennessee?  Certainly not the good citizens of Christmas.  It actually sounded like a fun place to visit, although, I am not so sure I would want to visit during the Holiday season.  As can be expected, this town goes all out for the holiday – parades, carnival, street vendors and decorations galore. Very touristy.  I think I would be like the “townies” and go someplace else.   But then, I am not a fan of crowds.  But, I digress.  This is a murder mystery, not a commentary on the community.

But I really don’t want to get too into the murder part, cuz you know, spoilers.  But take my word for it, it is grizzly, bloody, and leaves no clues for the hapless law enforcement.  It doesn’t help that it is December and snowing all the time.  If there were clues, they could buried in the snow.

Police Chief, Tucker Ambrose, is a diligent guy.  He worked the case well for “a small town cop.”  I liked him.  He did his best, even calling in help when he needed a second set of eyes.  How many macho men do you know that will admit they might need help?  I thought that was so cool.

Then there is Miranda Harley.  She knows what is going on, or thinks she does, but well, as the blurb says, no one believes her.  Not even the sexy Police Chief making eyes at her.  *sigh* I had to respect and admire Miranda.  She had her beliefs and convictions and was going to do what it took to make someone believe her.  I am not sure I would have been as steadfast and dedicated as she was in the same situation.  I would like to believe I would, but . . . She had real guts and courage and stood up for what she believed, even when no one believed her.  Amazing!

I liked the presentation of the clues in this – what few there were.  I thought I had if figured out, then I didn’t, then holy cow!  Wow!  Really?  Those are the really good murder mysteries.




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C.J. Kyle lives in Florida, where the weather is as bipolar as her characters sometimes turn out to be. Besides partaking in all things Jeep-related, she is an avid reader of most genres, loves cooking, watching sports, and thrives on being a wife and mother. She also classifies herself as a geek and nerd, enjoying gaming while thinking about the next scene she has to write. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and more.


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