Monday, December 2, 2013

Virtual Book Tour for The Tempest Murders by P.M. Terrell

Join author P.M. Terrell, author of the romantic suspense novel, The Tempest Murders, as she tours the blogosphere December 2 – January 31 on her first virtual book tour presented by Pump Up Your Book!  You can check out the rest of P.M.'s tour here.  

The Tempest Murders
By P.M. Terrell

Publisher:  Drake Valley Press
Release date: August 19, 2013
Genre: Time Travel/Thriller/Mystery
Length: 252 Pages
ISBN: 978-1935970170

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About the book:

Detective Ryan O’Clery has always had dreams of a beautiful woman he’d loved and lost but when he discovers his ancestor’s journals from his native Ireland, he realizes his dreams are really the other man’s memories.  Now he is working a series of murders in North Carolina that are eerily similar to cases Rian Kelly was working when his soul mate was murdered during one of Ireland’s most horrific storms, in which the Atlantic Ocean swept over the island all the way to the Irish Sea.

As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the North Carolina coastline, Ryan discovers the serial killer’s real target is a reporter who bears a striking resemblance to the woman of his dreams—a woman with whom Ryan O’Clery is falling deeply in love.

Is history destined to repeat itself? Or can Ryan save Cathleen Reilly from a killer intent on destroying everything he ever loved?

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P.M. Terrell is the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 18 books in 4 genres. A full-time author since 2002, she previously opened and operated two computer companies in the Washington, DC area. Her specialties were in the areas of computer crime and computer intelligence and her clients included the Secret Service, CIA and Department of Defense as well as local law enforcement. Computer and spy technology are two themes that recur throughout her books. She is the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation, whose mission is to raise awareness of the link between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates. And she founded the annual Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair which takes place each February. She is also an animal advocate and helped to start the New Leash on Life program in which dogs destined for euthanasia are rescued and paired with prison inmates in Robeson County, North Carolina, who train them. The dogs are then adopted into loving homes.

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My Review

A fan of P.M. Terrell’s Black Swamp Mysteries, I looked forward to reading The Tempest Murders.  Told mostly from the male hero’s point of view, Ms. Terrell once again drew me into a world she filled with well developed characters, engaging dialogue and the added twist of the characters past lives.  Set in North Carolina during Hurricane Irene, this is a book guaranteed to keep you turning the pages.

Investigating a series of murders that appears to be the work of a serial killer, Police Detective Ryan O’Cleary realizes all of the victims have one thing in common; they all look like the woman haunting his dreams.  A woman he knows no longer exists; she’d been engaged to one of his ancestors two hundred years ago.  When a television reporter from Atlanta arrives in town that not only appears to be the re-incarnation of the woman in his dreams but also shares her name; Ryan can’t help his instant attraction and wonders what fate has in mind.

Ms. Terrell does a wonderful job developing Ryan’s character; he’s a good man and a good cop going through a difficult time both on a personal and professional level.  While dealing with an unexpected divorce, he still believes in love and second chances.  Assigned to a case with little or no clues, he finds he’s under constant scrutiny because of media attention and political pressure to solve the crimes.  While either situation is enough to drive anyone somewhat crazy, Ryan manages to keep things together and not give up.  He’s tough and determined to do what’s expected and right.

The secondary characters are also well developed and contribute a lot to the story, from Cathleen Riley, the reporter who seems to be the reincarnation of his great uncle’s beloved, to Ryan’s family (his sister, brother in law and two adorable nieces).  The villain is also an interesting character who’s intelligent and quite twisted.

Will Ryan be able to solve the case before the woman he’s falling in love with becomes the next victim?  Is this fate’s way of giving Ryan a chance to fix a 200 year old wrong?  You’ll have to read The Tempest Murders to find out.  I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Terrell’s work.

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Crowns

FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.


  1. Thank you so much for hosting me here today, and thank you for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed The Tempest Murders, and my Black Swamp Mysteries series! I'll be checking back later and answering any questions anyone might have for me.

  2. I love Ms. Terrell's books and I am looking forward to reading this one. Great review.