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I had the pleasure of reading Amber Belldene’s latest book this past week–but this time, the Episcopal priest and romance writer delivered us a mystery! For those who have read Amber’s Hot Under Her Collar series, Alma has been the sidekick and best friend in those steamy romance stories, helping Jordan, Lily, and Suze–all Episcopal priests–find their love in that steamy series.
But Alma’s always been different. Bisexual, biracial, from the Mission in San Francisco, her story couldn’t follow the same pattern. Amber deftly moves from the traditional dual point of view in third person narration to first person with Alma, diving into the mystery of what happened to her friend Cindy, and dealing with feelings for the prime suspect’s sister–who happens to be a Rabbi–and her former love who is the cop investigating the murder.
I absolutely loved this story. I love how Alma is foul mouthed and not afraid to give the finger, but don’t you dare take the Lord’s name in vain around her. I love all of Amber’s books, but Alma’s story is my favorite because it’s so different, and Alma is so real to me as a Baptist minister who’s been known to drop some f-bombs time and again.
I love that she’s now writing mysteries, and I can’t wait for Alma to solve her next case!
I was given an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.