Review: SONATA – A Romantic Mystery

I love romance and I love a good mystery . . . so, of course I love SONATA by Blair McDowell. It combines suspense, family drama, and an old love – all elements that blend together like oil on water, creating a delightful montage with depth and character that stays the course to the last page. And if you don’t believe me, enter the contest to win one of FIVE PDF copies to be given away during the book tour. Just click the link below to enter.

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Sayuri McAllister is a world renown cellist who returns home after an extended tour for a well deserved rest. Her new stepmother is less than welcoming, and the two women soon find themselves vying for the patriarch’s affections. Enter the old high school flame, Michael Donovan, who is now a police detective and just as attractive as Sayuri found him ten years ago.

Sayuri is lured into normality as Michael investigates a jewelry heist at her father’s house, entertaining thoughts she and the good detective might achieve a lasting lifestyle as a couple. Her stepmother’s brother, Hugh James, soon appears like a Pied Piper, cloaking Sayuri’s good sense with doubt in an effort to win her affections.

Things take a nasty turn when accidents start happening and no one trusts anyone . . . what else would you expect from a whodunit? Except you should be able to figure out the “who”. Unraveling the “why” takes a bit more time and effort.

SONATA is a delightful journey into the unknown where romance leads the way through a murky set of events. If you like Romantic Suspense, you should enjoy this fast paced read.


Blair McDowell

Genre: Romantic mystery

Publisher: Rebel Ink Press

ISBN:  9781937265670

Number of pages:       130
Word Count:   56,500

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Book Description:

A jewel heist…

When renowned concert artist, Sayuri McAllister, returns to the west coast of Canada after an absence of five years, she discovers her family home has been a broken into and jewelry worth two million dollars is missing. Michael Donovan, Sayuri’s old high school flame, now a detective with the Vancouver Police Department, is the officer in charge of the case.

What chance can he have…

Michael takes one look at Sayuri and falls in love with her all over again. But they parted in anger years ago and Sayuri is no longer the innocent girl he once knew. What chance can there be for a Vancouver cop with someone as famous as Sayuri McAllister?  Especially when that cop is investigating her family and friends?
An unexpected marriage…

Then Sayuri’s widowed father, Sean, marries Alyssa James, a woman Sayuri has never even met. The three live uneasily together in the Point Grey mansion until the unexpected arrival of Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, a devastatingly handsome, charming Irishman who immediately begins a campaign to bed and wed the delicious and wealthy Sayuri.

Things take a dangerous turn…

Accidents begin to happen. Or are they accidents?  Nothing is as it seems. Michael distrusts Hugh James and fears that Sayuri’s life may be in danger.

Blair-2012-256x230  About the Author:

I started to write soon after I found my first pencil. But I began to write for publication about 30 years ago — professional books. I wrote six of them, all still in print and still in use. Only lately have I turned to fiction. I’d have done it a lot sooner if I’d had any idea how much fun it was!

I’ve lived in many different places. The US — Certain cities call to me. I love San Francisco and Seattle and the wonderful Oregon Coast. Australia — among the most open welcoming people in the world, and a wide open young country with incredible land and sea scapes, with amazing animal and bird life right out of science fiction. Canada — HOME. The place where I belong.

I travel a lot. I usually spend the month of October in Europe, Greece or Italy, and the winter in a little house I built many years ago on a small non-touristy Caribbean Island. I have worked and studied in many places — Hungary, Australia the US and Canada, and have spoken in most of the States and Provinces as well as Taiwan and various cities in Europe.  I enjoy being surrounded by cultures other than my own. I enjoy my own as well — but variety is indeed the spice of my life.

I keep busy — and I love my life. I love meeting the people who come here to the west coast of Canada and stay in my B&B. I love traveling after the tourist season is over. And I love writing. My interests?? Music, especially opera, reading everything in print, and Writing.  And walking on the beach and swimming. At one point I had hoped to swim in every major sea and ocean. I’ve realized that may not be possible in one lifetime — but trying has been fun!






3 thoughts on “Review: SONATA – A Romantic Mystery

  1. neenz87

    Oh my GOD!.. This book is soo right up my alley. I hope I am one of the 5 winners. You know, I am totally into mysteries.. This has everything required to make a great book… The two words ‘Jewel heist’ had me hooked onto this post then and there!… Thank you for this giveaway!


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