"When that dude realized it was the history teacher,
I was like shocked, y'know? I was like, 'Dude!
It has to be that science geek's-whatshisname's-dad.'"
(Manuscript for Murder by Chautona Havig)
Hint: This isn't exactly the first line of the actual story but of a "two years ago." ;)
Before I get into the review and fun blog tour stuff, visit the other First Line Friday-ers and see what they have to share! (Please note that I may not fully endorse all of the books that these bloggers read or the content in these blogs.)
Bree - Bibliophile Reviews
Rachel - Bookworm Mama
Heather - Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
Beth - Faithfully Bookish
Katie - Fiction Aficionado
Andi - Radiant Light
Carrie - Reading is my Super Power
Robin - Robin's Nest
Sydney - Singing Librarian Books
Kathleen - Kathleen Denly
Jessica – A Baker’s Perspective
Trisha – Joy of Reading
Jeanette – CJane Read
Molly – Molly’s Caffeinated Reads
In honor of her Manuscript for Murder Celebration Tour, Chautona is giving away a mystery prize package worth over $100. Enter here: https://promosimple.com/ps/bc16
Would you like to know what’s in it? Find the first clue within the giveaway image below, then hop on over to Chautona’s website to begin the search for more clues and you might find a special giveaway just for clue hunters! Can you find all the clues before Augusta Septemus does?
The best phrase I can think to describe this book is "disturbingly interesting." I found the idea of Alexa's writing preceding murders, but at the same time, there was that disturbing/sick element of the motive for the murders (which, I suppose is the purpose of murder mysteries--they aren't supposed to be enticing).
Spiritual content... I didn't catch a strong hint of a spiritual line throughout the story. And a few references Alexa made of "Lord" seemed used in vain--like she wasn't praying, but uttering it flippantly. That could be me misreading it. There were mentions of God and praying, but like I said, it wasn't a strong thread at all.
Clean content... this almost makes the "squeaky clean" category. There were a few minced oaths used as well as a reference to a "youthful rebellion" stage of someone getting pregnant out of wedlock. Nothing too detailed, but it's enough to lead your mind there.
Romance content... was not super strong in this book. There was a hint of a romance triangle, the aforementioned reference to pregnancy of wedlock, and some interested, but the romance felt natural and not overriding the entire book.
If you like a hint of mystery balanced with strong character-driven plots, you'll enjoy this book.
*I received this book from the author and happily provided my honest review*
ABOUT THE BOOK
Alexa Hartfield. Author, local celebrity, fashion connoisseur. She chose Fairbury for its close proximity to Rockland, its small town atmosphere, and its low crime rate.
Then someone made her life a literary cliché. A mysterious accident with a light bulb sparked an interesting idea for her latest novel—and for Fairbury’s new serial killer. The first replication infuriated her. The second left an even worse taste in her mouth. The third blasted more than her self-confidence, and the fourth beat her down so far she’s considering giving up writing completely.
Who is killing Fairbury’s citizens, and furthermore, why and how are they using her novels to do it?
ABOUT THE AUTHORChautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert with her husbnd and five of her nine children. Through her novels, she hopes to encourage Christians in their walk with Jesus.