Deadly Blessings (Alex St James Mystery Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries and the Manor House mystery series comes the first in her Chicago-based amateur sleuth adventures, featuring female investigative reporter, Alex St. James.

Chicago news researcher Alex St. James is preparing to interview a young Polish immigrant - pregnant by a Catholic priest - when the woman is found murdered. Alex investigates, making enemies of powerful people in the Chicago Archdiocese. Unless she ...

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Deadly Blessings (Alex St James Mystery Series #1)

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries and the Manor House mystery series comes the first in her Chicago-based amateur sleuth adventures, featuring female investigative reporter, Alex St. James.

Chicago news researcher Alex St. James is preparing to interview a young Polish immigrant - pregnant by a Catholic priest - when the woman is found murdered. Alex investigates, making enemies of powerful people in the Chicago Archdiocese. Unless she backs away from the story, the next thing Alex might hear are her own Last Rites

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Hyzy's debut cozy, the latest assignment for 30ish researcher Alexandrine "Alex" St. James, who works for a Chicago TV news show, leads to an expos of area hair salons, one of which turns out to be a front for a prostitution ring. Meanwhile, Alex's live-in lover proves to be a cad, but a new hunk at work seems interested in keeping company with her after office hours. Some of the details we learn about Alex feel extraneous, as if Hyzy plopped a writing-workshop character development exercise in the middle of the book (why we're introduced to her sister with Williams syndrome, for example, is never made entirely clear). While the ultimate (titular) connections between the prostitution ring and the Catholic Church are timely, the hints of anti-Catholic propaganda, a la Maria Monk, may leave a bad taste in some readers' mouths. Blurbs from Carolyn Hart and Annette Meyers, however, will alert their fans to a new author who, hopefully, will improve with practice. (June 10) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000891100
  • Publisher: Julie Hyzy
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Series: Alex St James Mystery Series , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 52,149
  • File size: 327 KB

Meet the Author

Born and raised in Chicago, Julie Hyzy knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was old enough to hold a pencil. But life kept her busy and it wasn't until about 2002 she was able to make writing a priority. Now, the author of several award-winning short stories, Julie has also won awards and critical acclaim for many of her novels.Julie writes the White House Chef Mysteries, featuring Ollie Paras who feeds the First Family and saves the world in her spare time.Her newest series - the Manor House Mysteries - begins with Grace Under Pressure which earned a *starred* review in Publishers Weekly.Julie lives in the Chicago area and writes full-time.Books include:Non-Fiction:Tips on WRITING DIALOGUEFiction:Artistic License (standalone romantic suspense)Short Story Collection, Volume 1Alex St. James series:Deadly BlessingsDeadly InterestWhite House Chef Mysteries:State of the OnionHail to the ChefEggsecutive OrdersBuffalo West WingAffairs of SteakFonduing FathersManor House Mysteries:Grace Under Pressure - Publishers Weekly Starred ReviewGrace InterruptedGrace Among ThievesGrace Takes OffAs N.C. Hyzy, (Julie's not cozy pseudonym)Playing With MatchesMystery Short Stories, Volume 1As S.F. Hyzy (Julie's science-fiction pseudonym)Science Fiction Short Stories, Volume 1Please visit Julie's website at juliehyzy.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    This isn't anything like Janet Evanovich's books, other than the female heroine.

    I saw several referances to Janet Evanovich's character, Stephanie Plum, in the reviews. The lead character is nothing like Stephanie Plum. Stephanie is a hard luck case who can not decide between two men and is a few clowns short of a circus. This character is smart, sarcastic, has a well paying job and is currently unattached. The storyline of the book is unusual and held my attention, but there were some leaps, which created a gap in the flow and left me with a few questions of why some events occured. I wondered about the sister, just what was her disability, why the parents moved so far away from their daughters and what happened to the brain behind the prostitution ring. This was a very good book. I am looking forward to the next in the series. There isn't any sex, only mild violence descriptions, no preaching, even though there are religious undertones, a few mild curse words and men do not have a strong, macho roles. In fact, all but one male came across as buffoons. Because of the subject matter, I recommend this book for mature 16 year olds, on up. Men might enjoy this book, but is primarialy a chick, murder mystery book. It is about 230 pages long and a fast read. This free book could have used a dab of editing here and there, but over all, it was very enjoyable.

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    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Very enjoyable

    This was a great book. If you are a fan of Stephanie Plum, Kinsey Milhone and the like, you'll like Alex St James. She's not a PI, but rather an intrepid investigative reporter for a TV newsmagazine, who can't resist looking further than she should when in pursuit of a story.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Good storyline

    A good storyline,flowed right along that is until the last 2 chapters where the story fizzled out. Would make a good beach read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Held my interest

    Alex st. James is a great character

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Good reading you must check it out

    If you enjoy mysteries you must check this one out.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    A good read.

    This book kept my interest although seemed to ramble on and on at time. That being said I did enjoy the book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    A real train wreck

    This story was average at best, with a really, REALLY shockingly pathetic climax....Yup, I went there! It was a real train wreck (you'll get the irony of that if you get to the end of this disappointing book)!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    K

    Not bad. Kind of slow at times, but interesting at times too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    TUNDRA.........................A cold tundra (field of ice) here

    TUNDRA.........................A cold tundra (field of ice) here, and there are ice caves

    2 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Recommended!

    Enjoyed it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Good book

    Start off kind of slow but couldn't put it down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Fun read

    It is a rather long book but hard to put down

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Just ok

    Not bad, but had moments of boring talk.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    N.

    Lga

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

    Deadly Blessings

    Set in Chicago, different setting than I usually read. However, this mystery is a good first effort by Julie Hyzy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Great books

    Loved 1&2, was so disappointed I didnt read the reviews on 3 to know it was 2 short stories

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Good

    Interesting plot line & complex characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Popcorn and blanket

    Quick read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Enjoyable, ending is weak

    I enjoyed this mystery. The plot is interesting, and it held my attention most of the time. The book could have used some judicious editing to tighten it up. I found myself skimming bits here and there. The ending is a bit abrupt and lacks surprise. If it weren't for the ending, I'd give this 4 stars. I look forward to reading the next book in this series, hopeful the author will have improved.
    JRB

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  • Posted September 14, 2013

    I had a hard time getting through this book and found myself ski

    I had a hard time getting through this book and found myself skimming.  It was very dry and I found the characters a little flat.   

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