Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TLC Book Tour & Review for The Kill List by Nichole Christoff

The Kill List
By Nichole Christoff
A Jamie Sinclair Novel, Book 1

Publisher:  Alibi, An Imprint of Random House, LLC.
Release Date:   December 2, 2014
Genre:  Thriller/Suspense
Length:  279 Pages
ISBN:  9781101883006


About the book:   

In this taut debut thriller, Nichole Christoff introduces a savvy private investigator with nerves of steel—and a shattered heart.

As a top private eye turned security specialist, Jamie Sinclair has worked hard to put her broken marriage behind her. But when her lying, cheating ex-husband, army colonel Tim Thorp, calls with the news that his three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, he begs Jamie to come find her. For the sake of the child, Jamie knows she can’t refuse. Now, despite the past, she’ll do everything in her power to bring little Brooke Thorp home alive.

Soon Jamie is back at Fort Leeds—the army base in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens where she grew up, the only child of a two-star general—chasing down leads and forging an uneasy alliance with the stern military police commander and the exacting FBI agent working Brooke’s case. But because Jamie’s father is now a U.S. senator, her recent run-in with a disturbed stalker is all over the news, and when she starts receiving gruesome threats echoing the stalker’s last words, she can’t shake the feeling that her investigation may be about more than a missing girl—and that someone very powerful is hiding something very significant . . . and very sinister.

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About Nichole Christoff
Nichole Christoff is a writer, broadcaster, and military spouse who has worked on air and behind the scenes producing and promoting content for radio, television news, and the public relations industry across the United States and Canada. Christoff is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime and the Jane Austen Society of North America. She also belongs to the Private Eye Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and three of RWA’s local chapters where she’s served as an officer and a member of the board.

In Christoff’s first year as a member of RWA, her first manuscript won the Golden Heart for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Her second manuscript won a 2011 Helen McCloy Scholarship from the Mystery Writers of America. Her latest work, The Kill List, is a 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense nominee.

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An action packed thriller, The Kill List by Nichole Christoff introduces us to Jamie Sinclair, a private investigator and security excerpt willing to break the rules to save her clients.  The daughter of an Army general turned U.S. Senator, Jamie is intelligent, and strong and has lived her life knowing failure is not an option.  Filled with plenty of action, emotional angst, colorful characters and two mysteries, this is a book any mystery or thriller reader will enjoy.

Ms. Christoff does a good job developing the primary character for both this book and her new series.  I quickly connected with Jamie Sinclair, a woman who is good at her job and financially successful as a result of it.  Jamie also suffers from self-doubt, fears risking her heart emotionally and has daddy issues.  While helping guard a client from a stalker, and placing herself in the line of fire, Jamie finds herself being pulled into a kidnapping case involving Brooke Thorpe, the three year old daughter of her ex-husband and his new wife.  Helping Tim, her ex, forces Jamie back onto familiar grounds, Fort Leeds, the military base where she grew up.  Forced to work with both the FBI and Military Police, she finds herself in the middle of a turf war over jurisdiction and putting her heart on the line in more ways than one.

Ms. Christoff also does a good job developing the secondary characters and I really enjoyed getting to know the men who play a part in Jamie’s life.  From Tim Thorp, Jamie’s cheating ex-husband, to Lt. Colonel Adam Barrett, the military police officer in charge of the case, we get to see two men in the service who serve for very different reasons.  Especially since Jamie was in love with one before, and thinks she is falling for the other one now.  We also get to meet Kevin Jaeger, an FBI agent, who has issues of his own.  The two mysteries in the story are both well developed and take several twists and turns.  While we get to know the identity of one of the villains fairly quickly, the revelation of who else is involved in both of Jamie’s cases is well done and was quite surprising. 

Will Jamie be able to rescue and save Brooke Thorp from harm?  Will the stalker who has put Jamie in the center of his fantasy be captured before it’s too late and Jamie becomes his next victim?  You’ll have to read The Kill List to find out.  I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading The Kill Shot, the next book in this series to be released in March 2015.

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Crowns 

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