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2/20/12

Before She Dies by Mary Burton: Book Review & Giveaway

The past has come back to haunt high-profile defense attorney, Charlotte Wellington.  As a teenager, Charlotte and her sister, Mariah, worked as "Madame Divine" for the traveling carnival.  When Mariah is found murdered, Charlotte escapes the carnival and Mariah's newborn baby to find a life of her own, outside of being a carnie.  Grady, Charlotte and Mariah's uncle and owner of the carnival promises to find a real family for Mariah's baby.  Eighteen years later, Grady shows up at Charlotte's law office asking her to represent Sooner, the baby left behind, in a bogus theft charge.  Charlotte realizes Grady never did find a real home for Sooner....and then women's bodies begin to pile up in the Alexandria area....with the word "witch" tattooed on their forehead. Throw in the hunky detective and his truly psychic Russian grandmother, and the mixture becomes one enjoying thrill of a ride (no pun intended!)

When I pick up a Mary Burton book, I know I am in for a real treat.  Her idea of romantic suspense is more suspense, engaging plot and creating strong women. I love that her heroine overcomes great obstacles to make a life for herself.  The characters in her books are all flawed in a very real way so that it is easy for the reader to connect and empathize.  And oh the bad guys are all so very bad!  Ms. Burton has outdone herself with the evil-doer in Before She Dies - this sick puppy is truly demented!


The world Mary Burton has created in Before She Dies takes us from the drama of the courtroom to the dusty field where the carnival thrives.  It is easy to smell the popcorn, feel the cake of dust and hear the shouts and laughter of those on the rides.  Some of the truly great things I appreciate about reading a Mary Burton novel is the quirkiness of some of the characters, like the Russian grandmother who has the “sight,” the defense attorney who grew up with nothing and scrambled to make something of herself, the endearing Detective who takes care of his elderly grandmother….and in the end everything cycles around and all of the underlying stories are brought to a close.  It is apparent that Mary Burton does thorough research and writes from a wealth of knowledge and experience.  A truly enjoyable ride! 


Sites of Interest: Author's Site | Buy the Book
Publisher: Kensington Books | Published: February 1, 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense | 416 pages | ISBN: 978-14201-10210 

About the Author:
Mary’s commitment to realism has led to eye-opening interviews with local law enforcement, to forensic seminars and to the firing range. She is a graduate of the Henrico County Citizens Police Academy and the Richmond FBI Citizen’s Academy, participated in Sisters in Crime’s Forensic University program and attended the Writers Police Academy in Jamestown, North Carolina for seminars on autopsies, undercover work and motive.

Mary Burton is an avid baker and an accomplished cook. When not writing, researching or baking, Mary practices Astanga yoga, enjoys her miniature dachshunds Buddy and Bella, pursues her Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate at the University of Richmond’s Culinary Arts program, attends professional conferences, and visits with readers and booksellers.

Many thanks to the Joan Schulhafer Publishing & Media Consulting Group for the complimentary review copy.

For the chance to win a copy of Before She Dies, please complete the form below. The winner will be chosen on February 23rd with the help of random.org.



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5 Comments:

Blogger Mystica said...

Thank you for giving us the chance to win! this sounds a very intriguing read.

2/21/12, 5:23 AM  
Blogger bermudaonion said...

That sounds like an exciting book!

2/21/12, 8:12 AM  
Blogger Zibilee said...

This sounds like a really unusual and involving read, and I loved your review on it. It has just the right amount of supernatural flair for me to pick it up. Awesome review!

2/21/12, 11:02 AM  
Blogger Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I've never read her before. I havent' done a lot of romantic suspense but I think i would enjoy it. I'm a fan of suspense thrillers, why not throw in some romance?! :)

2/24/12, 9:01 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

This sounds like a very good read!

2/26/12, 12:19 AM  

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