Wednesday, March 13, 2013

CFBA: Memory of a Murder by Ramona Richards

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:
Memory of Murder
Love-Inspired Suspense
Ramona Richards


If I had memories like this, I'm not sure I'd ever sleep at night again! Lindsey Presley is the youngest of three sisters, all who grew up in a home with a very abusive father. The 2 older sisters stories were told in the first 2 books in the series, but thankfully I wasn't lost while reading Lindsey's story, despite missing out on the others.

Lindsey is one tough cookie (although anything she bakes is delicious). The first page starts off with a bang as she's abducted in front of friend and Deputy Jeff Gage outside her restaurant. It never slows down. The first action sequence that follows all the way through the incident in the car had me practically biting my nails.

With her past memories of abuse haunting her, she's built up some pretty solid walls around her heart. She doesn't realize she's also built up a wall around a memory from her childhood. A memory that is going to get her killed. Her family is supportive, but the one she finds herself really depending on is Jeff. For Lindsey, it seems, opening her heart is going to be just as scary. 

Great read, really intense and I enjoyed the characters' personal interactions. The romantic angle was nicely balanced with the suspense and the faith element. I'd pick up another Ramona Richards book in a heartbeat.


Lindsey Presley certainly can't imagine why anyone would want her dead-though she knows she wouldn't be alive today if not for the local cop who saved her from two murder attempts. Deputy Jeff Gage has worked difficult cases, but with only Lindsey's fractured memories of a broken past to guide him, this is by far his most challenging.

For Lindsey, fleeing the town she has come to call home is unthinkable. Separately, they are vulnerable, but together, Jeff and Lindsey just may stand a chance of catching a ruthless killer.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Memory of Murder, go HERE.

Watch the book video trailer:


A word from Ramona:

The hardest biographical sketch to write is always your own, whether or not you’re a writer by profession. You can’t decide what to throw in, what to leave out, and whether or not you should list strengths and flaws, or just strengths.

I like writing and telling stories so much that I once tried to live out a few. After getting a master’s in English, I went on to be the seneschale of my local Society for Creative Anachronism. I had a rocky start, but I did get better. (Robin Hood, eat your heart out.)

People often ask members of the SCA, “Are you in a play?” so I thought it would be fun to do that, too. For seven years, I produced and performed in shows staged by Nashville’s Circle Players.

Although I’m single now, I married in 1982 and in 1987 had Rachel. She’s a cutie. Severely disabled, she’s the heroine of many an article for Special Ed Today magazine. Rachel's nurse, Phyllis, is the real life heroine of “An Act of Desperation,” which I sold to Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul.

I’m not really a complex person, and my dreams are fairly straightforward: sell books, have enough money to pay the bills and travel a bit, and settle into a cottage. In early 2006, I bought the cottage, which is now more or less swamped by books and DVDs. I write at night (I’m a lifelong night owl), and I occasionally escape by scuba diving, hiking, dancing, and going to movies and bookstores.

I’ve gone to the same church since 1993, and I even sing in the choir. It’s a small but awesome church. I’m no angel, although occasionally I play one in the backyard.

I like staying busy. Life is too short not to follow your dreams.

1 comment:

Ramona Richards said...

Thanks, April! What a great review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book.