Monday, August 6, 2018

Carrie Stuart Parks: Formula of Deception

By Kelly Bridgewater

An artist hiding from an escaped killer uncovers one of World War II’s most dangerous secrets—a secret that desperate men will do anything to keep hidden.

After the murder of her twin sister, Murphy Anderson changed her name and appearance and moved to Kodiak, Alaska, to avoid the press and publicity. But when local authorities discover she's an artist and request her help in drawing a dying man's memories, she unintentionally ends up in the limelight again—and may be back in the killer's crosshairs.

The deathbed confessions of an Alaskan hunter has Murphy drawing five bodies discovered on remote Ruuwaq Island ten years ago. But what investigators discover there has them mystified. 

Evidence suggests that the bodies may have been deliberately destroyed, and what they uncover in an abandoned World War II Quonset hut only brings more questions.

As one by one the people who were at the hut die, Murphy knows there is something much deeper at stake. What happened there during WWII? And who is willing to kill to keep those secrets buried?

From Amazon

My Thoughts:

Carrie Stuart Parks is making a name for herself in suspense. I have read her Gwen Marcy's stories, and I loved them. I love how she brings her skills in forensic arts to her characters. Of course, Parks has decided to start a new series with Formula of Deception. What could be better than a modern day mystery taking place in Alaska featuring some World War II elements? Which is exactly what Parks does. I was excited when I heard about the new series from Parks in Fall 2017. I couldn't wait to see what happens.

The mystery captured my attention right away, and I couldn't wait to see how Parks would create twists and turns throughout the entire novel. Parks does a great job at inviting into the mystery, and I had hard time putting the novel down. From the first chapter, I was drawn into the mystery with the World War II elements and anxiously flipped through the rest of the story, wanting to see what happens. The mystery was well-researched and captured my attention.

Murphy is an interesting heroine. I really can't wait to see more installments in this series about her. Parks left a lot unresolved about her past with hints of the truth floating around the edge. I hope I learn more about her sister and hopefully find the answers to what happens. Parks created Murphy with past hurts and trying to hide from her sister's killer.

Overall, Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks is a spine-tingling mystery filled with a number of twists and turns and a great introduction to a new fascinating heroine, Murphy. I believe fans of Carrie Stuart Parks' other mysteries will enjoy this novel too. Fans of Steven James, Kathy Herman, and Dee Henderson should pick this book up.

I received a complimentary copy of Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Carrie Stuart Parks
From Amazon
About the Author:

 Carrie Stuart Parks is an award winning artist, writer, speaker, and law enforcement instructor. A Certified Forensic Artist, she met her husband, Rick, in the romantic hallways of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Together they formed a dynamic and successful team in their fine and forensic art, working on major national and international cases and creating exquisite watercolors and stone carvings. They travel internationally, teaching forensic art to a variety of participants: from the Secret Service to the FBI, from large law enforcement agencies to the smallest two-man departments in their one-week classes. They are the largest instructors of forensic art in the world. Carrie has won numerous awards for her innovative teaching methods and general career excellence and is a signature member of the Idaho Watercolor Society.

Carrie's Gwen Marcey series chronicles a forensic artist from Montana and is loosely based on Carrie's forensic cases.She began her fiction writing career while battling breast cancer. Mentored by NY Times bestselling author, Frank Peretti, Carrie's debut novel, along with her subsequent novels, have been met with critical acclaim. (taken from Amazon)

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