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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Devil's Breath: Sydney Rye Novel #5

The Devil’s Breath (A Sydney Rye Novel, #5)

by Emily Kimelman






One of Sydney Rye’s dear friends, Hugh Defry, has been accused of a brutal murder, but even though he has no memory of the night, Sydney believes he is incapable of such violence.


Called to investigate by Robert Maxim, a man she has until now, considered her greatest enemy, Sydney flies to Miami searching for the real killer. Rye’s suspicions are raised when she learns that Maxim not only wants to work together but also wants to build a friendship. She doesn’t begin to understand his motives until her former lover follows her to Florida to tell her a devastating secret.


As more people from her past turn up, and not knowing whom to trust, Sydney sees that her personal fight for justice has become something more than she had ever imagined and she is pushed towards making a decision that will change not just her life but possibly the future of the crime fighting.


His T-shirt, wet from the rain, clung to his chest outlining the strong muscles underneath. I looked up at him, he reached for me again and I slid back, bumping against a tree. He came in close and I tilted my face to look up into Mulberry's deep green eyes. "Kill him," I said.


"What?" His eyes narrowed.


"Kill Robert Maxim." I pushed off the tree bumping into him. "Then I'll trust you."


He grabbed my arm roughly. "Are you crazy?" he asked. The wind picked up and blew my wet hair across my face.


I stared up at him, hardening my gaze so that he knew I wasn't joking. "There is one way to solve this without having to run and that's to stand and fight, something else I'm pretty fucking good at," I said.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Emily Kimelman lives on a boat in the Hudson Valley with her husband, Sean and their dog Kinsey (named after Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone). Kimelman has a passion for traveling and spends as much time as possible in the pursuit of adventure.
Her "Sydney Rye Series" are dark murder mystery novels which features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. This series is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!
The first three books in Kimelman's series, UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, and INSATIABLE are available in the Kindle store individually and in a box set. The fourth book in the Sydney Rye series STRINGS OF GLASS is due out Mid-Summer 2013.
If you've read Emily's work, and enjoyed it, please let Emily know. You can reach her via email
Emily will award a $10 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Use this link to enter.

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MY REVIEW: 5 out of 5 stars

Sydney and Blue are back in one of their most exciting adventures yet. Called home from India by the man she considers her deadliest enemy, Sydney confronts several characters from her past. Who can she trust? They all seem to have agendas and know something she doesn't. Remember Dan? He's the one who ultimately tells her what's going on.

In this story Sydney has to rely on other people, and of course on Blue who saves her from...something. Sydney never gives up fighting, though, especially at the end of the book when she makes a choice that will probably change her life forever.

I liked the plot which is relatively complex, and I like that Sydney had a lot of decisions to make. I also like the action sequences. Toward the end of the book, I think the author's writing was fantastic as she revealed Sydney's confusion.

I really didn't want to stop reading this one and was impatient because I had to go to bed before I could finish it. Long live Sydney Rye! Write some more Ms. Kimelman.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

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MomJane said...

What a fascinating excerpt. Very intriguing.

Rita Wray said...

Great review and excerpt.

bn100 said...

The Rafflecopter won't let me submit entries

Emily Kimelman said...

Thanks so much for reviewing THE DEVIL'S BREATH. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it!