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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Choir Loft Murder Author: Karen Randau On tour with Celebrate LIt


About the Book

Book:  Choir Loft Murder

Author: Karen Randau

Genre: Mystery Suspense

Release date: August 24, 2021

In book 3 of the Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas, a member of the church choir dies during rehearsal, and the apparent murder weapon—a blowgun—implicates the man Frankie loves. She’s shocked to discover Quint was a champion at the sport before he accepted the senior pastor role at the church. And he’s refusing to talk about his fate.

Her investigation reveals that Quint isn’t the only person with the skill to hit a woman’s carotid artery while she’s singing a high note, and Frankie is convinced someone is framing Quint. The closer she gets to proving it, the more she faces a stalker’s deadly wrath.

Can Frankie save herself and the man she loves from becoming the next victims?


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About the Author

Karen Randau authors fast-paced mystery, thriller, and suspense books, including the Frankie Shep Suspense Novella series, Rim Country Mysteries, and Deadly Reception (a stand-alone novella as one of seven of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries box set written by best-selling and award-winning authors). Her Rim Country Mystery novel, Deadly Payload, was a finalist in the Book Excellent Awards and the Beverly Hills Book Awards. She’s a lifelong writer, both for fun and as a professional in marketing communications. She holds a degree in journalism/public relations. A native of the southwestern U.S., Karen lives with her husband in Arizona.


More from Karen

Since Choir Loft Murder is the third book in the Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas series, I wanted to show how Frankie has grown through the series—from broken woman who is angry at God for allowing the deaths of family into a strong and happy woman who relies on God to help her through an unusually tough life.

She has shown her grit in all three novels in the series, and this one shows how she has grown through the adversity life has thrown at her.

In writing Choir Loft Murder, I wanted to show that ordinary people usually are stronger and more resilient than they know.

My Thoughts

 Choir Loft Murder is written by  Karen Randau. This is the first book that I have read by this author. This is the third book in the Frankie Shep Series. I would recommend reading them in order, but this can be read as a stand alone. I was a little lost the first few chapters as the book opened, as it appears as the book picks up where the second one left off. This is a Mystery Suspense story. It is a novella and is 134 pages. 

This book opens up with engaged couple Frankie and Quint heading toward church where Frankie is going to be rehearsing for the 4th of July Celebration. Quint is the pastor of the church. During the rehearsal a fellow choir member, Sarah is murdered. Quint is suspected of her murder since he is the only person in their small town with a known history of blowdart usage/competitions. 

Frankie knows that he did not do this. How could the man she loves and their church pastor be responsible for this? Frankie does not feel like Quint is getting a fair shake down and starts investigating herself. Boy does she uncover some chaos. You will learn a lot of Frankie and Quint's history throughout this. 

I like how action packed the book was. There was a lot packed into this novella. The book moves at a comfortable pace. Once I got to about chapter 3, I did not feel as lost as I did when I started the book. 

The book has well written characters, fun, engaging and suspenseful storyline. The story flows nicely. I enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all thoughts are my own. 

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To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thanks for sharing! This looks so good!

  2. This sounds like a really good page-turner.

  3. I sing in a choir so I want to read this.
    Thanks for the contest.

  4. Connie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review. Sounds like a great series.