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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Guilty Knowledge by Linda Griffin - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Linda Griffin and her new book, “Guilty Knowledge”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Linda and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Guilty Knowledge
by Linda Griffin


GENRE: Mystery/Romantic Suspense



He's a witness. She may be lying. And he's falling in love with her.

Detectives Jesse Aaron and Camille Farris have no leads in the murder of Rosa Logan when pretty blonde Sariah Brennan claims to have seen the killer—in a vision. Unfortunately the man she identifies is dead—or is he?

Sariah is an unsophisticated small town girl, but her background and her motives are mysterious. Jesse is increasingly convinced that she has guilty knowledge of the crime, even as he finds himself more and more attracted to her. Can he and Camille unravel the web of secrets before the killer strikes again?



“But it came to you that she was killed by a man with a scar on his neck?” He still had a nagging feeling that she knew something, but surely this wasn’t how.

“Yes. I know how it sounds, but I had to tell you, because there’s another one. If you don’t stop him, he’ll kill her too.”

“Who? Is it you?” She gave a short, surprised laugh. “If it is, we can protect you. You don’t have to be afraid.”

“What are you going to do—to find him?”

He gave her the standard answer: “We’re following up a lot of leads,” and added, “I’ll run this description through the local and NCIC databases and ask her associates if they recognize it.” He picked up his pen again. “Can you describe the scar?”

“A red mark about an inch high.” She touched the left side of her neck. “Here. It was like a C, a backwards C.”

Jesse wrote that down. “Okay. Thanks.” He handed her a card from the holder on the desk. “If you think of anything else, you can call me.” He meant it as a dismissal, but she didn’t leave.

“He…He took one of her fingers in his mouth. After she was dead.”

The hair on the back of his neck prickled, but he remained expressionless. “In his mouth? Which finger?”

“I’m not sure. I think it was her left hand.”

“Were you there?” She must have been. Unless she had a source inside the investigation, in which case someone should be fired, she was an eyewitness. How else could she have known Rosa Logan’s ring finger had teeth marks on it?



I love a good mystery book and this book totally fits the bill!

This book is full of intrigue, mystery, suspense, excitement and with just a dash of romance.

I have always been somewhat interested in psychics in books and movies.  It’s the unknown factor that really makes it difficult to decide whether these people are credible, deceptive, or suffering from a mental illness.  I want to believe these people really want to help and are not looking for their fifteen minutes of fame or trying to throw off the investigation.

This book starts off with Sariah arriving at the police station, meeting with Detective Jesse Aaron, and telling him about a vision she just had.  Sariah states that she saw the murder of Rosa Logan and provides knowledgeable intel that matches the crime he is currently working on.  Sariah knows details about the investigation that haven’t been released.  Jesse takes down the information, as he is required to follow up on any leads, but seems doubtful and suspicious about Sariah’s gift.  Even though he’s not sure he trusts her, he continues to keep her close by as he knows there is something she is keeping from him.  Is Sariah telling the truth?  How could she possibly know so much about the murder unless she was there?  Could she be a witness?  What is Sariah holding back?  No spoilers here!!  But you definitely will want to read this book and find out!!

I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book.  It was suspenseful, exciting, and climactic.

This book has exceptional mystery crime solving structure with enough clues and excitement to keep you guessing, but still practical and realistic in police procedures.

The only dig I have is the romance angle between Sariah and Jesse.  It felt awkward, uncomfortable, and forced.  Jesse seemed more like a professional that wouldn’t cross that line and get involved with someone in his investigation.  Their flirty, witty banter was more stiff than playful.  And I felt this really detracted from the story.

I enjoyed the main and supporting characters and felt they all were important to the story and played their roles well.  I liked that Jesse was a smart, strong, protective, charming, and charismatic detective that cared about his job, his integrity, his honor, and the people he serves.  I found Sariah to be quite mysterious, curious, secretive, and a bit strange.  She definitely had her secrets and it was interesting to see how her cryptic knowledge played out over the course of the book.  I couldn’t stand Jesse’s partner Camille.  She was rude, callous, cold, insensitive, and unsympathetic.  I get that the police world is still a boy’s club, but her attitude was annoying and over the top.

This book has a creative story line, intriguing plot points, excellent mystery structured scenarios, complex characters, and keeps you fully engaged through the last page!

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few very unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

This book is not currently listed as part of a book series.  It can be read as a standalone.  This book does have a tidy ending but leaves a wide opening for a follow up book.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it!  I think all mystery fans and romantic suspense readers will like this book too!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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I was born and raised in San Diego, California and earned a BA in English from San Diego State University and an MLS from UCLA. I began my career as a reference and collection development librarian in the Art and Music Section of the San Diego Public Library and then transferred to the Literature and Languages Section, where I had the pleasure of managing the Central Library’s Fiction collection. Although I also enjoy reading biography, memoir, and history, fiction remains my first love. In addition to the three R’s—reading, writing, and research—I enjoy Scrabble, movies, and travel.

My earliest ambition was to be a “book maker” and I wrote my first story, “Judy and the Fairies,” with a plot stolen from a comic book, at the age of six. I broke into print in college with a story in the San Diego State University literary journal, The Phoenix, but most of my magazine publications came after I left the library to spend more time on my writing.

My stories, in every length from short shorts to novellas, have been published in numerous journals, including Eclectica, The Binnacle, The Nassau Review, Orbis, and Thema Literary Journal. Guilty Knowledge is my third novel from The Wild Rose Press. Seventeen Days was published in 2018 and The Rebound Effect in 2019.







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Linda will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Linda ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

    1. Hi, Ally! Thanks for having me, and thank you for the great review! I'll be in and out during the day, but I'll do my best to answer any questions. Happy Tuesday!

  2. I've really enjoyed following the tour for Guilty Knowledge and can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way :)

  3. Thanks again, Victoria. I appreciate your interest.

  4. I liked the excerpt, sounds good.

  5. This sounds so good thank you for sharing!