Thursday, September 10, 2015

Cold as Ice by M.K. Gilroy

About the Book:


What can go wrong on a run on in Central Park on your last day of vacation? Even if it is brutally cold? Everyone told Detective Kristen Conner to stay inside, which guaranteed she would go outside--and stumble onto a gang murder that puts her in the cross-hairs of a Russian "Red Mafyia" hit man.

Back in Chicago, murder strikes closer to home. Just down the street from where her mom lives, a popular schoolteacher, solid citizen, and great guy--he shovels snow for widows and volunteers to work with underprivileged kids--is found dead. It was supposed to look like an accident, but crime scene investigators discover more than one killing blow to the back of his head.

When Detective Kristen Conner lands the case, she knows from day one who the key suspect is. That's simple. The person most likely to kill you is someone close . . . someone you know and love. But his wife? The nice lady down the street. How could that be possible? Kristen is about to discover there is more violence beneath the surface of the working-class neighborhood she grew up than she ever dreamed possible.
My Thoughts:

It's been a long, long time, but M.K. Gilroy has a new publisher and a new novel in his Kristen Conner Mystery series.  And it is his best!

Detective Kristen Conner just wanted to go for a run in below zero weather before leaving New York for her home in Chicago.  But Kristen gets far more than exercise...she stumbles upon a murder that changes everything.

Two things I've learned after finishing Mr. Gilroy's book.  First, never get involved with the Russian mafia...they employ some of the worst of the worst--and they are very good at what they do.  And second, running is super cold weather isn't the smartest decision you could make!

Soon war breaks out in a power struggle for control of the Bratva, and the head of the organization believes Kristen saw too much.  With her in the crosshairs and her relationship falling apart faster than you can say "you're under arrest", Kristen's life grows more intense by the day.

With elements of faith and a ton of realism, M.K. Gilroy has cemented a spot on my 'must read' list of authors.  He writes suspense like I love it.  His chapters are brief and the pacing is great, keeping the pages flipping as fast as I am able to turn them.

I can hardly wait to get my hands on his next novel, due out in 2016. 

Even better news: the first two novels have been re-issued, so it's easy to get up to speed on one of the toughest and most talented detectives ever written!  My thanks to my friends at Wynn-Wynn Media for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

If you like your suspense gritty and packed with action, then you will love "Cold as Ice"...but don't stop there!  Pick up the first two novels to get up to speed: "Cuts Like a Knife" and "Every Breath You Take".

Then watch for "Under Pressure", coming April 2016.  A bit of caution:  mild language.

Happy Reading!



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