The Blood Runs Cold (Chiara Corelli Mystery, #2)
Still battling each other and the blue wall, NYPD Detectives Chiara Corelli and P.J. Parker catch a new murder case. The victim, a gay man, is posed with a rosary in his hands, the smell of incense in the air and Gregorian chants playing in the background. While Corelli and Parker search for leads, Kate Burke, the lesbian Speaker of the City Council asks for an update on the investigation. Thinking Burke is playing politics, Corelli ignores the request. In the meantime, two more bodies are found, both laid out in the same way. Pressured by the chief, Corelli goes to Kate’s office where a photograph of the speaker with a group of friends catches her eye. Corelli recognizes the three victims and, to her horror, three others. Suddenly the case becomes personal. Fearing a serial killer is picking off the people in the photograph, fearing the next victim will be someone she loves, Corelli races to find the murderer before he kills again. A Chiara Corelli Mystery Book 2.

The Blood Runs Cold (Chiara Corelli Mystery, #2) Details

TitleThe Blood Runs Cold (Chiara Corelli Mystery, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherBella Books
Rating
GenreMystery, Lgbt, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

The Blood Runs Cold (Chiara Corelli Mystery, #2) Review

  • Lex Kent
    January 1, 1970
    4.50 Stars. I enjoyed the first book in the Chiara Corelli Mystery series but I liked this one much more. This is a tried and true mystery book. It had everything I like in a good mystery and I could not set the book down. While I always suggest reading books in order, I do think you could start here if you really wanted. There are a few small references to book one and some characters you would be missing a little background on, but the overall mystery is all contained in this one book.This sto 4.50 Stars. I enjoyed the first book in the Chiara Corelli Mystery series but I liked this one much more. This is a tried and true mystery book. It had everything I like in a good mystery and I could not set the book down. While I always suggest reading books in order, I do think you could start here if you really wanted. There are a few small references to book one and some characters you would be missing a little background on, but the overall mystery is all contained in this one book.This story is about a lead detective Corelli and her partner detective Parker. Corelli went undercover to take down dirty cops so she is still shunned by many in the department. Parker, due to her family’s political connections is a bit of an outcast herself. The two teamed up out of necessity to watch each other’s backs, but they make a really good team anyway. A new case with plenty of media puts Corelli right back in the spotlight. Can she find the killer and still keep her job? As I mentioned in my first review these are not romance books. While I would still call this a lesfic book, only one of the mains, Corelli, is a lesbian. Do not go reading this book hoping for two partners falling in love. These books are for mystery fans. However, I did notice a possible love interest for Corelli in book one. That character is back but we are still at the very possible beginning stages. I have my fingers crossed for some romance in the next installment because I like the chemistry between them. I made clear this is a mystery book and this is where this book shines. I thought the mystery was really well written. There are a lot of characters and names so you do have to pay attention, but it is worth it. It was not until the 90% mark that I had an epiphany and figured out the killer. Because I love mystery books (and have read a ton) I usually figure them out too quickly. So when a mystery author can keep me in suspense and guessing for most of the book… well I love when that happens. Plus the killer was not out of left field either. All of a sudden the clues Maiorisi carefully crafted all throughout the book clicked for me so I felt like I was actually there solving the crime. It was just well done and I’m happy camper. Another thing I was happy about is that the character of Corelli seemed to grow in this book. She is finally starting to realize she may have PTSD and how she doesn’t always treat her partner well. While, I did like Corelli in the first book, she is not always a nice person. She was much more likeable in this installment. These books and the character of Corelli remind me a little of the Micky Knight books by Redmann. There is not as much life drama, but both have well written mysteries with a main character you don’t always like but root hard for anyway. This book is easy for me to recommend to mystery fans. It is a book to read carefully, but it was a good put together mystery with a worthy pay off. I’m excited about a possible book 3. I sure hope one is planned because I really like the way the story arc is heading.An ARC was given to me for a honest review.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    I've gotta say - I'm sad that I missed out on reading the first book in this series, A Matter of Blood before reading this one! Whatever MCs Chiara Corelli and P.J. Parker did to piss off an entire police dept must have been serious! They allude to it a few times in the book and it's not really something that hinders my ability to enjoy this book, but still. Must have been a pretty big deal to turn a whole dept against them. If it was just all about putting away some dirty cops, then I wouldn't I've gotta say - I'm sad that I missed out on reading the first book in this series, A Matter of Blood before reading this one! Whatever MCs Chiara Corelli and P.J. Parker did to piss off an entire police dept must have been serious! They allude to it a few times in the book and it's not really something that hinders my ability to enjoy this book, but still. Must have been a pretty big deal to turn a whole dept against them. If it was just all about putting away some dirty cops, then I wouldn't think that most honest officer would have that big of a problem with it...Anyway, I digress. This is book 2 in a series and I didn't need to read book 1 first, but wish that I would have. This is a fantastic mystery / thriller story and I couldn't put it down! With that said, you have to know going in that this is not a romance novel. MC Corelli is lesbian, and there's a bit of chemistry in this one, but this is not a romance novel. Don't go in expecting sparks and flames.As a seasoned mystery reader, I didn't expect to be still guessing on the bad guy with only a bit to go in the book. Usually I figure that out well before the end, and I loved that Maiorisi kept me in suspense also! This was masterfully crafted, and fans of the genre are going to love this book. I'm really hoping that there's a next one in this series!Solid 4.5 stars!**Many thanks to Bella Books for providing me with an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review.**
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Detective Chiara Corelli is not much loved by her fellow police officers after an investigation into corruption she uncovered. Now she is called to investigate the ritual murder of a young gay man who happens to be the son of the Italian Ambassador to the U.N. Bickering with her partner PJ Parker adds to the drama. When another gay man is found dead in the same position, Chiara worries they might have a homophobic killer on their hands. An excellent police procedural with twists, turns and surpr Detective Chiara Corelli is not much loved by her fellow police officers after an investigation into corruption she uncovered. Now she is called to investigate the ritual murder of a young gay man who happens to be the son of the Italian Ambassador to the U.N. Bickering with her partner PJ Parker adds to the drama. When another gay man is found dead in the same position, Chiara worries they might have a homophobic killer on their hands. An excellent police procedural with twists, turns and surprises. Looking forward to other mysteries featuring Chiara Corelli.
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  • Alealea
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so good, I was on my way home and I felt cheated when I reached the last page. The end ? Already ? No way !!! I wanted a couple chapters more. I guess you know the feeling. I knew I was reading way too fast but I was completely unable to slow myself.Like in the previous story, the mystery crime side of it is top-notch and reminds me of the best lesfic mysteries Katherine V. Forrest or Paid in Full. If the first book subtitle is "Hurting", this one is "Healing", and that makes it mu This book was so good, I was on my way home and I felt cheated when I reached the last page. The end ? Already ? No way !!! I wanted a couple chapters more. I guess you know the feeling. I knew I was reading way too fast but I was completely unable to slow myself.Like in the previous story, the mystery crime side of it is top-notch and reminds me of the best lesfic mysteries Katherine V. Forrest or Paid in Full. If the first book subtitle is "Hurting", this one is "Healing", and that makes it much more bearable as the main character, so very slowly and painfully, finally accept to live again bit by bit (especially with her two special kitty sidekicks) ^^Other check on the plus side (actually, I don't have a bad side here), a little bit more of background is given to the second main character that came right when it should. Her reactions and attitude became much more understandable, even her ambiguous relationship with her so screwy colleague. Their working relationship & slowly-budding friendship is taking a turn in a very nice direction. And now we have to wait for a next fix. I'm so adding the serie to my yearly reread
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  • Lisa Williams
    January 1, 1970
    The second in the Chiara Corelli mystery series. Another good read from Ms. Maiorisi. We learn a little more about Corelli’s detective-in-training partner, P.J. Parker. Again Ms. Maiorisi sets a good pace, gives some clues, yet keeps you in the dark enough to not be sure of who the killer is. I did figure it out - but then as I continued reading decided I was wrong.
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