Monday, September 5, 2011

In the Shadow of Evil



Informed by the real-life fallout of the U.S. economy plus devastation caused by multiple hurricanes along the southern coast, In the Shadow of Evil casts the modern day story of a building rebound scam exposed. It begins when the body of a property inspector is found among the ashes of a burnt out Homes of Hope house. Wrapped up in this mounting case of unethical practices, supply shortages, and murder, top Louisiana homicide detective Maddox Bishop is losing his heart to a charitable contractor, Layla Taylor, whose own sister is under suspicion. He's also about to discover a deep secret about his tragic past.

My Review:

In a word -- riveting. I LOVE romantic suspense and I've just found a new-to-me author! The suspense is solid, believable and cleverly plotted out. Caroll plants clues that eventually give the reader a slight edge over Maddox and Layla which totally revs up the angst! I was screaming "Nooooooooo!!!!!" just a few pages before the characters caught up with me. LOL. Of course they didn't listen and that led to a few more tense pages before I could breathe a whooshing sigh of relief...or could I? Carroll adds a surprising twist at the very end of the book which left me reeling.

In the Shadow of Evil is a great example of how a romance can be developed in a suspense novel. From the very beginning Maddox and Layla dance around each other -- both suspicious and reluctant to acknowledge that frisson of awareness that won't go away. The romantic development was as much of a suspense as the mystery! In fact, it enhanced it. Brilliantly written by Caroll.

In short, if you love romantic suspense, In the Shadow of Evil is definitely a book that belongs on your TBR pile -- preferably teetering on the top!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of In the Shadow of Evil, leave a comment below, including your email address. (Using AT and DOT to save you from your inbox being inundated with spam.) Or you can email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please put the book title in the subject line. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday September 11. Open internationally. Good luck!


  1. Robin had a great Love Inspired Suspense series set in the Louisiana Bayou. I haven't read any of her single titles. Sounds intriguing. Please throw my name into the draw.

  2. Thanks so much for the chance to win this. It looks amazing. I love suspenseful romances.


  3. Consider yourself name-tossed, Sandra! I didn't know Robin wrote for LIS. The things you learn on the internet!

    Good luck, Rebecca!

  4. thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

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  5. Your welcome, Karen. Good luck!

  6. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. It sounds great.


  7. This sounds like rather an intriguing read. This is a new to me author so on my wishlist this book goes.

  8. It is great, Jo. Good luck!

    Hey Shaz -- Robin Carroll was new to me as well and she is awesome!!!!

  9. I haven't read too many more modern christian fiction books, so I'd love the chance to go in the draw!! Thankyou!


  10. Please enter me in this giveaway Kav. Robin is a great mystery writer and I really like her series through the LI line. The suspense is great! Thanks!


  11. Here's your chance, Esther. Good luck!

    Charity, you're the second one who mentioned that Robin Carroll has written for the LI line. I'll definitely have to check that out.

  12. This is the first time I've heard of this author. Being from Louisiana, I love that this book take place in the South and that the detective is from Louisiana!

  13. Oh -- how fun to read a book set in your home state. You'll know if it has an authentic flavour! Good luck Anna!

  14. I also love romantic suspense, especially one there is plenty of suspense and this book sounds like it has that. I like not knowing and being on feeling on the edge, trying to guess every move!

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  15. Well, thank you for your kind words, Kav! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. I have to admit, I fell a little in love with Maddox so the story really stayed with me. :)

    Aww, thanks for remembering my bayou series, Sandra and Charity! Those were a lot of fun to write.

    Anna, I'm from Louisiana as well, so it's really hard NOT to set a story there. My husband said that there's bayou in my blood! :)

  16. Wow, this sounds gripping and just wonderful. I love romantic suspense that has lots of tension, add me please!
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  17. Hey Robin, thanks for stopping by. And yes, Maddox is kind of hard to shake after you 'meet' him, isn't he?

    Good luck Merry -- I'm compiling the draw right now.