Thursday, May 12, 2011

Book Review: Blood and Groom

 A couple of weeks ago, I finished reading Blood and Groom by Jill Edmondson, but then left on two trips. I’m back now and wanted to review this mystery. The author, Jill Edmondson, lives in Toronto and teaches communications in the Faculty of Hospitality at George Brown College. While I have no idea what the Faculty of Hospitality is, I do know that Edmondson writes a fast-moving book with a hip protagonist named Sasha Jackson.

Sasha is fairly new to the private investigation world. Her former occupation was “rock band singer.” She gets hired to investigate the murder of a groom-to-be. The would-be bride is close to bankruptcy, but she hires Sasha, who’s happy to have her first major client. Just when you think Sasha has hit a wall in the investigation, she comes up with a way around the block, always pushing forward, on the trail of the murderer, getting people to talk to her, even when there’s no reason they should want to talk and every reason why they should not talk.

Sasha is a PI who doesn’t listen to those who tell her “no.” She thinks on her feet and can improvise when needed. Her tenacity leads her into the world of art, insider trading, drugs, high-finance, and high-society. Sasha also has a second, quite interesting job, but if you want to find out what that job is, you’ll have to read the book.

I liked following Sasha Jackson as she worked the case and the people involved. We get to be in her head and see how she’s thinking, which for me was an interesting experience since she’s a lot braver than I am

Blood and Groom

I give Blood and Groom a rating of Hel-O since Jill Edmondson is a new-to-me author and Blood and Groom is a fast-paced, fun read.
FTC Disclaimer: The author sent this book to me, but that did not influence my review of Blood and Groom. What did influence me were all the words in-between the opening line and the closing line of the book: “Some women seemed naked without makeup….Case closed.” Just when you think Sasha has come to a dead-end, she finds a new path, sometimes creating that path to get to the truth or the next step in solving the case. I’m not a private investigator and I’ve never been in a rock band. I can, however, learn from Sasha’s never-give-up attitude and I can identify with her need to finish what she started. And I’m hoping the next in the Sasha Jackson Mystery Series will teach me how to play drums in a rock band.


  1. This sounds like a good read, Helen. And I still love your disclaimers.BTW, I just noticed that you have me on your sidebar in popular posts. Thank you so much.

  2. I'd like to learn to play drums in a rock band, too! Looks like a fun read. :)

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed meeting Sasha for the first time! Your post made my day, THANK YOU!


  4. Thanks for the review. One of my characters plays guitar in a bar band. Its fun adding musical talents to characters and this helps provide additional settings for the story to take place.

  5. Great review. Looks like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  6. Sounds like a fun read!

  7. Great opening line.

    For me Sasha doesn't really fit as a female name. In Russia, Sasha is the short-name for Alexander (and I have Russian friend called Alexander)

    Cold As Heaven

  8. From rocker to PI - interesting career jump. And another great disclaimer of course.

  9. I'm glad you liked it but I don't think the cover would entice me - I'm a chicken when it comes to blood and gore.

  10. If Helen likes it, good on ya, Jill .

  11. You could read it Ann - no on-scene blood or gore. Thanks for saying that. I should have mentioned that in the review.


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