Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Book Review and Giveaway: "Deadly Intent" by Camy Tang


The Grant family's exclusive Sonoma spa is a place for rest and relaxation—not murder! When Naomi Grant finds her client Jessica Ortiz bleeding to death in her massage room, everything falls apart. The salon's reputation is at stake…and so is Naomi's freedom when she discovers that she is one of the main suspects! Her only solace is found with the other suspect—Dr. Devon Knightley, the victim's ex-husband. But Devon is hiding secrets of his own. When they come to light, where can Naomi turn…and whom can she trust?

I'm always a big fan of stories set in spas. The setting just seems so relaxing to read about massages, facials, and being in total luxury. I haven't had the chance to go to one in a while, so reading about it is the next best thing. Love Inspired Suspenses can be hit or miss, as some of the stories don't really have good suspense plots. This book, however, has a very good mystery, people actually do die, and there is a romance. This may sound surprising, but there have been some LI Suspenses where the mystery is non existent and there is more emphasis on the romance. A successful book in this series would blend the two together with more focus on the mystery. That is what this book does. I was immediately sucked into the story and tried unsuccessfully to guess who the culprit was. I know a mystery is good when I pick out a background character to be the murderer and I'm totally wrong.

Something I found incredibly funny is that Naomi's sisters are named Monica and Rachel. I'm half surprised Naomi wasn't named Phoebe! (That's a "Friends" joke if you didn't get it). Also Devon's last name happens to be Knightley, a sly reference to a certain leading man in a famous Regency book. I also appreciated how the author has made the lead character half-Asian, but treats her as a normal person. Other than initial descriptions so the reader is aware of her ethnicity, there is no stereotypical descriptions.
I really hope this is a series so that way there can be more about the Grant family and more adventures from the spa. Yes there was a murder, but I still came away totally relaxed. This was a really fun book to read and as always Camy Tang has written a winner.

Deadly Intent by Camy Tang is published by Steeple Hill (2009)


I'm giving away a brand new copy of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winner on Tuesday, August 11. Open to international entries. Good luck!

PLEASE LEAVE A WAY FOR ME TO CONTACT YOU!!!!

ENTRIES WITHOUT CONTACT INFO WILL NOT BE ENTERED.

39 comments:

  1. I've heard so much about Camy Tang and I'd love to chance to win one of her books!

    bookingmama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I would love to win and read Camy's Deadly Intent, especially after getting an insight through her first couple chapters. They pull you in and make you want more.

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  3. oopps! Forgot my email.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  4. I love Camy's writing style and would love to win a copy!

    Holly
    oceandreamerfla(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. This looks like a really interesting read! There is not nearly enough Christian novels with Asian characters.

    melanies--musings@live.com

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  6. Sounds like a great mystery.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  7. I would love to read this!

    ajfuller at hotmail dot com

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  8. Please count me in.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot om

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  9. I'd love to win a copy of this book. I love mysteries.

    rodgerandjody at hotmail dot com

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  10. I would love to win this book. Sounds very interesting and I love to read authors I have never read before

    Shannanusar (at) aol (dot) com

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  11. I would love to win your book! I enjoy reading all of your posts on Facebook and your blog. You rock, Camy!!


    Martha Ramirez
    I am one of your facebooks friends. If you need to email me you may also visit my site below:)

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  12. Is there a better way to spend the hot days of summer than enjoying the work of Camy Tang?

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  13. Ace, are you just trying to butter me up? ;)

    Thanks guys! I hope you enjoy Deadly Intent!
    Camy

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  14. I LOVED Camy's Sushi Series and am eager to read her again. Please enter me in the drawing! :)

    tanyasue (at) gmail.com

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  15. Please enter me in the drawing, looks like a fantastic read!! I have heard many great things about the author. :-)

    elisabethphotography (at) gmail dot com

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  16. You are such an awesome writer! I'd love to win one of your books! You can reach me at stevielyn@gmail.com. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  17. Anonymous11:28 PM

    I would love a copy. dianemcpher@verizon.net

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  18. Please include me in the drawing. I enjoy the Love Inspired books, and one by Camy Tang is bound to be good. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. I've heard good things about this book so sign me up please!

    melacan at hotmail dot com

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  20. "Deadly Intent" sounds like such a good book and one I am really wanting to read. Please add me to the drawing.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. Anonymous8:21 AM

    I love CAMY TANG and would love to read her new book! Please enter me in your contest!!
    Thank you,
    Chrissey
    chrissey67@yahoo.com

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  22. Anonymous8:28 AM

    Thank you!
    joannereynolds@sbcglobal.net
    JoanneR from FR

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  23. Thanks Deborah for the chance to win this book. You always give away the best books. :)
    Lisa (LDN on PBS)
    lisadnelson@gmail.com

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  24. Deadly Intent sounds like an engaging story, add me for the drawing. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  25. Anonymous1:58 PM

    sounds good to me babilove121405@yahoo.com

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  26. Anonymous5:07 PM

    I have never read any of the Love Inspired books but love a good mystery and that's what this sounds like based on your review. I would like to be added to the drawing. Thanks! My email is clariail1@yahoo.com

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  27. I am a new email subscriber and would to read this book.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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  28. Ah, this sounds like a good read. =)

    lindanmc (at) gmail.com

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  29. Anonymous12:09 AM

    would love to read this..Patty at FRugal reader.mama2skyjax

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  30. Anonymous12:47 AM

    i would love to read it because i have heard it is really good :) my paperback swap screen name is gussie and you can find me by looking up whispering loud and clear because i think im the only one whos posted it. pick me! :D

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  31. I've been following Camy's blog recently and would love to read this book!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  32. I'd love to read this book. It sounds really good. Please enter me. Thanks!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  33. I'd love to be entered in your draw. Thank you.
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

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  34. Anonymous10:43 AM

    Hi! This book sound interesting. I haven't read too many mysteries lately and if takes place at a spa I would love to read it. Please enter me in the drawing pretty please.
    :)
    ConnieJ at FR

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  35. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win!
    ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail (dot) com

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  36. Anonymous5:12 PM

    Ohhh, a spa and a mystery. Perfect combination! Thanks for the chance.
    -Julie
    drewsmom at PBS

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  37. I like suspense books and would love to read one from Camy!
    stampedwithgrace at cox dot net

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  38. Not an entry - just a note that we've posted about this at Winning Readings:

    http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/08/deadly-intent.html

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  39. Christian suspense! SUPER! I'd enjoy this one~!

    derekannette at gmail dot com

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