Amanda Bell Brown, now separated from her beloved Jazz, is
struggling to get her life back on track. But first she's
invited to a healing revival meeting by her former pastor,
Rocky, where she falls in love with little "Zeekie" Thunder,
the evangelist's son. Then, little Ezekiel turns up dead,
the victim of a horrible accident, or so it seems, and once
again, Amanda finds herself pulled into getting to the
bottom of another dangerous but unavoidable situation, much
to the consternation of Jazz, her boss, and even herself.
DEADLY CHARM is another pleasing Amanda Bell Brown mystery
from author Claudia Mair Burney. I fell in love with Ms.
Burney's writing with the first Amanda Bell mystery, MURDER,
MAYHEM, AND A FINE MAN. She gives the reader a sassy,
African-American heroine who is aware of her imperfections
but doing her best to love God with her whole being, even if
she sometimes has difficulty accepting the totality of God's
grace. Amanda remains a woman with her nose attuned to foul
play. She rallies against the idea that the death of Zeekie
is innocent, at her own peril.
It may be difficult for readers who missed the first two
books to get all of the intricacies of Bell's relationships
with Rocky and Jazz, but the story will be enjoyable
nonetheless. I continue to be in love with Bell, a Black
woman genuine in her actions and feelings about her man and
her faith and operating in a truly multicultural world, both
she and that world a rarity in Christian fiction.
When the ominous Thunders roll into Dr. Amanda Bell Brown's
town, the sassy sleuth sees a storm brewing. Disgraced
playboy preacher Ezekiel Thunder and his seductive first
lady, Nikki, are on the comeback trail, but Bell is less
than charmed by the pair. When their toddler, Baby Zeekie,
is found dead from an accidental drowning, forensic
psychologist Bell suspects foul play in the fatal family,
especially after the mama in mourning flirts with Bell's
estranged husband, Jazz. Bell is sickened by the woman's
behavior and the thought of someone murdering an innocent
child — or is it morning sickness that's plaguing her?
Between babies and bodies, she pushes past the limits to
discover the deadly truth.