Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Poison Town by Creston Mapes...and a GIVEAWAY!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Poison Town

(David C. Cook - February 1, 2014)


Creston Mapes


Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.


There's More Than One Kind of Poison in This Town

People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that's crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss.

The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon's long-time mechanic falls ill and he investigates. Soon Jack becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal.

The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable--he knows too much.

My thoughts:

How can you not be intrigued by a book titled "Poison Town"? I always love finding books with clever titles that don't just have a singular meaning - and this one was no exception! The synopsis above speaks of one of the meanings of the "poison", but the book is definitely worth the read just to find out what other "poison" lurks about!

Easily one of the best books I've read this year, I enjoyed the action and suspense, diverse and well-written characters, and there's even a light touch of romance - not enough to appall the gents but enough to satisfy most ladies. There are a lot of great scenes within the pages of the book - one of my favorites happens at Farley's Home Store - you'll know it when you read it.

This is book two of The Crittendon Files, but not having read book one, Fear Has a Name, I can say didn't feel lost as the book included enough back story to bring me up to par. I think this book could even be read as a stand alone.

I'd heard of Creston Mapes when his first books came out but hadn't had the pleasure (and I mean that sincerely) of reading them but plan to dig in to his backlist in the near future.

My sincere thanks to CFBA and David C Cook for generously providing a copy for review.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Poison Town, go HERE.

Would you like a chance to win a copy of this book?

I have the privilege of giving away one copy of Poison Town, thanks to David C Cook. If you'd like to win and you're a US resident, please leave a comment that INCLUDES YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION (you at yoohoo dot com) by midnight Tuesday (March 25th, 2014), and I will announce/contact the winner on March 26th, 2014.

Please feel free to share this with your Christian Suspense-loving friends, if you would!

1 comment:

Jenny said...

Adding this comment from an email I received:

"Sounds like a good one. Please enter me.


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