Sunday, March 24, 2013

Book Review of Stranger in Town by Cheryl Bradshaw

Book Blurb:
He only needed her to look away for a few seconds...

Six-year-old Olivia Hathaway tiptoes down the center aisle of Maybelle's Market, stopping once to glance over her shoulder and make sure her mother isn't watching. But Mrs. Hathaway is too preoccupied to notice her daughter has slipped away. Moments later, a frantic Mrs. Hathaway runs up and down the aisles, desperately searching for her missing daughter. But little Olivia is already in the arms of a stranger. Will PI Sloane Monroe find Olivia before it's too late?

My review:
I picked this book up because it intrigued me. It is a story of an abducted child. I've been ruminating over a book idea I'm contemplating writing which is based on an actual disappearance of three children, that I would fictionalize, and so I wanted to see what direction another author might take with a story of an abducted child. Not with the intention of stealing or borrowing any of her ideas. Just out of curiosity as to where her story would go and how it would end. 

This is apparently the 4th book in a series, and I am happy to report that it stands alone well. I have not read any of the previous books in this series. After reading this one I feel like I do not NEED to read them to figure out what is going on here. I am intrigued enough by the main character, however, that I am interested to read them. 

Sloane Monroe is an intriguing lead character and I liked her. I want to know what makes her tick. This book flowed effortlessly and is well written as far as mysteries go. The only thing I can say about it that is even slightly negative is that it wrapped up really quickly in the end. I did thoroughly enjoy this book. How about you? Read any good mysteries lately?

About the author:
Born and raised in Southern California, Cheryl Bradshaw became interested in writing at a young age, but it was almost two decades before she put pen to paper. In 2009 Cheryl wrote her first novel, Black Diamond Death (Sloane Monroe Series, Book 1). Within six weeks of its release it was in the top #100 in two different mystery categories on the Kindle and has been a top ranked novel since April 2011 averaging 4.8 out of 5 stars from reviewers.

For information and updates about Cheryl Bradshaw, visit her at,, find her on Facebook on her Cheryl Bradshaw Author Page and follow her on Twitter @cherylbradshaw. 

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