A Carol for Kent: Part 3 of the Song of Suspense Series

A Carol for Kent: Part 3 of the Song of Suspense Series

by Hallee Bridgeman

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Overview

A Ruthless Serial Killer Seeks to End a Love Song
Eight Years in the Making.
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney CAROL MABRY heads up an investigation into a string of stranglings in Virginia's capital. The serial killer known as Richmond Red remorselessly snuffs out beautiful young women with violin strings before ritually enshrining their lovely lifeless bodies inside a pentagram of blood red candles.
Country music superstar BOBBY KENT makes an unscheduled return trip to his Virginia home for the first time in years. To his shock, he discovers that he and Carol have a young daughter, Lisa. His parents have kept Lisa hidden from him her entire life while simultaneously deceiving Carol about Bobby's interest in fatherhood.
Angry and hurt over the deception, Carol and Bobby strive to cope with this newly discovered reality. They struggle to overcome harmful secrets and years of lies to decide whether they have a future. Neither of them realize how every waking moment they move closer to the serial killer who harbors an unnatural and deadly obsession.
With the beautiful Carol locked in Richmond Red's sights, the clock is ticking down to her destruction. Will the two find love, or is their sonata striking a dangerous final chord?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681900117
Publisher: Olivia Kimbrell Press, Inc
Publication date: 07/10/2015
Series: Song of Suspense Series , #3
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Hallee Bridgeman is a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on realistic characters who face real world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping exciting and edgy.

An Army brat turned Floridian, Hallee finally settled in central Kentucky with her family so that she could enjoy the beautiful changing of the seasons. She enjoys the roller-coaster ride thrills that life with a National Guard husband, a teenaged daughter, and two elementary aged sons delivers.

A prolific writer, when she's not penning novels, she blogs about all things cooking and homemaking at Hallee the Homemaker(tm) (http://www.halleethehomemaker.com). Her passion for cooking spurred her to launch a whole food, real food "Parody" cookbook series. In addition to nutritious, Biblically grounded recipes, readers will find that each cookbook also confronts some controversial aspect of secular pop culture.

Hallee is a member of the Published Author Network (PAN) of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) where she serves as a long time board member in the Faith, Hope, & Love chapter. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the American Christian Writers (ACW) as well as being a member of Novelists, Inc. (NINC).

Hallee loves coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. Above all else, she loves God with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength; has been redeemed by the blood of Christ; and relies on the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide her. She prays her work here on earth is a blessing to you and would love to hear from you. You can reach Hallee at hallee@bridgemanfamily.com

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A Carol for Kent: Part 3 of the Song of Suspense Series 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
This book is part of the Mystery, Murder and Mayhem Collection, Seven Deadly Mysteries by Best-Selling Sleuths. I'm not sure where you can get the entire collection--I'm not finding it here--but you can get the individual books. I'm not reviewing the whole collection anyway--only the inspirational ones. I review Christian books without sex scenes or more than very minor profanity, Wow--A Carol for Kent would be a great Halloween mystery--a psychopath going after a particular woman, but temporarily content to kill lookalikes. Carol Mabry is the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney assigned to murders, so she has the dubious honor of being called to crime scenes. A series of crimes obviously by the same killer has the city in an uproar--the murderer makes sure the victims are redheads (even if he has to dye their hair), dresses them in professional-looking attire, places red candles at the ends of their feet and hands and over the head, and strangles them with a violin string. Clearly demented. They have to find him before he kills again. Meanwhile, Carol is reconnecting with the man who fathered her little girl, reeling from deception by those close to her, and trying to keep her public and private lives on an even keel. That's growing more and more impossible, because the father in question is a country music icon Bobby Kent--worshiped by countless women--and the killer is getting closer and closer to home.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
An absolutely fantastic inspirational suspense novel! I love the characters that Hallee has developed for this novel. Both Carol and Bobby have so much depth to them that they are a joy to get to know. As soon as the deception that they have been living under was revealed my heart broke for all that the two of them, plus Lisa, had missed out on. I have never wanted so badly to see the characters in a book receive their “happily-ever-after” as I did with these characters. The way that they each dealt with everything that life threw at them was amazing. The fact that they both take time to pray is wonderful in my mind. The road that they have to travel to come to the point that they can forgive those who have hurt them is very well written. The plot caught my attention and pulled me in so thoroughly that I was really trying to figure out who the murderer was. I felt an urgency to ensure the safety of the characters.  Even while I was learning so much about both Bobby and Carol there were brief appearances from a number of characters from both of the previous books in this series. It was very satisfying to catch up with them even as we were seeing how they helped Bobby and Carol deal with their story. The writing of this novel was an excellent job done by a fantastic writer and I highly recommend it. I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Heather06 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed A Carol for Kent. It was a fun read and it kept you guessing as the killer's identity to the end. Carol Mabry knew superstar Bobby Kent from college. When he got the call that his record was being picked up, they shared a night together but never saw each other again, except she sees him every day in the face of their daughter. When she found out she was pregnant, she went to his parents who run a successful horse ranch outside of Richmond, VA, but they lied and told her that Bobby wasn't interested in his daughter. They did provide money for Lisa, however. A serial murderer kept me on the edge of my seat as Carol is involved in the investigation and it really warmed my heart that Bobby wanted to be so much a part of his daughter's life so quickly. I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network for my honest review. I was not paid for my positive review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I have loved every one of Hallee Bridgeman’s books that I have read and A Carol for Kent is no exception! It is book three in the Song of Suspense series and is packed with interesting characters that feel so “real” to me and a suspenseful story line that kept me guessing till the end. I love the romantic set up in this story. Carol and Bobby find out that they have been lied to for years by Bobby’s parents. They have a child together and Carol was told that Bobby did not want anything to do with her. Meanwhile, Bobby’s parents never told him that he is a father. So, years later, Carol and Bobby have a lot to work through. But, the tension is directed more at the parents who kept them both in the dark for so long. This premise lends itself so well to the theme of forgiveness that runs through the book. And, wow, the suspense in A Carol for Kent is great! There is a serial killer on the loose who is taking out women around town. The killer is definitely one step ahead of the investigators. How many women will lose their lives before this killer can be stopped? And who is the killer’s ultimate target? I definitely recommend A Carol for Kent to romantic suspense readers. You can read my review of book one, A Melody for James, here. I am looking forward to reading book four in the series, and I realized that I still need to read book two as well! I will be doing so soon. I received a copy of this book from the author, through The Book Club Network, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
A Carol for Kent is the third book in the Song of Suspense series and it is definitely worthy of the series. Hallee Bridgeman once again brings a tale that is suspenseful, romantic and dynamite all the way around. The story could have easily been a standalone book if the reader had not read the first two books. I loved the characters, the mystery, the plot and the “who done it” perspective. I could not put the book down and was thrilled all the way through the story. It’s definitely a nail biter. Not only does Ms. Bridgeman weave a complex and twisted tale, she also incorporates important topics like forgiveness and restoration. Sometimes Christian books are written with a Pollyanna approach which makes them unrealistic. I love the way Ms. Bridgeman writes with Christian context that’s not only strong and Bible based, but her characters are realistic and the story is enticing. A Carol for Kent is a must read, suspenseful mystery that will lure the reader in and have them committed to the story until the final page. This is the third of Ms. Bridgeman’s books that I’ve read and I am never disappointed in her stories. I totally love her books! I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
A Carol for Kent was a very engaging story. With a little bit of everything from romance, family drama, fame and fortune, to murder and mystery, it was very hard for me to put down. I was actually feeling some of the very emotions the characters were feeling, especially with the anger and sense of betrayal within the family unit. While that is taking a toll on our hero and heroine, Carol and Kent, in the background is the ever approaching danger of an unknown serial killer. I did not know who the killer was until the very end. I liked how the author included journal entries the killer wrote so we saw a bit of their very disturbed mind. I had several suspects picked out who could have been doing the very horrendous murders. This was a very suspenseful read and my first and certainly not my last by Hallee Bridgeman. Also in the book she shares some recipes and news on her other books. Her cookbooks look like they would be valuable sources and hilarious with their tongue in cheek titles. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
 A Carol for Kent is a great mixture of a read. There is mystery, suspense, drama, and romance. I was guessing until the end who the serial killer was. This is the first book I have read by this author and look forward to more by her. A great, quick read! 5 stars
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
A Carol for Kent, Part 3 of the Song of Suspense series by Hallee Bridgeman ISBN 9781939603272 Suspense, Romance, Christian Fiction Now this was a great book. It is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. I really enjoyed the characters especially main character Carol Mabry. She had faith and a strong upstanding personality. She had a child out of wedlock and was told the father wanted nothing to do with her child. She put everything she had into giving her daughter a well rounded life and worked hard to provide for her. Bobby Kent the male main character was someone you could look up to. He had it all, rich’s and fame but didn’t let it deflect from his high moral standings. His faith was strong and he was a living testimony to Christ working in his life. He fathered a child and knew nothing about her for eight years but stepped up to the plate as soon as he found her. Together Carol and Bobby struggle to deal with the deception they have faced and test the waters to see if they have a future together. The author Hallee Bridgeman did an outstanding job bringing the characters to life and filling them with a strong faith and high morals. I loved toward the end of the book where she made references to the Book of Mark when Christ cast out a legion of demons into the herd of pigs. I had to an take another look at this and wondered if demons are the real cause to the worlds evils. She really make me look at things in a slightly different way. I highly recommend A Carol for Kent, it is defiantly 5 star worthy. If you have not read A Melody for James or An Aria for Nick, I suggest you check them out they are fantastic books also. I want to thank the author Hallee Bridgeman and publisher Olivia Kimbrell Press for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Hallee Bridgeman is a phenomenal writer and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Although this is the third in the series, it stands alone – the references to the previous book are just bonuses. Carol Mabry is an assistant Commonwealth attorney in Richmond, Virginia and single mom to Lisa. By day she is highly professional and well dressed. But, she turns her job off when she goes home to her 8 year old daughter. They have a good relationship with her daughter’s grandparents – but none with her daughter’s father – until the first time he comes home in 9 years and discovers he has a daughter his parents have never told him about. Quite a feat for them to have kept quiet considering he is a country music star! But, on the professional side, Carol is dealing with a string of murders – each dressed to the nines, hair and make-up carefully done, and then strangled with a violin string. Will they catch the murderer? And why is the murderer killing these women? I thought I had figured out who done it – but the author totally had me fooled! This is an incredible, can’t-put-it-down book that I highly recommend! I received this book from TBCN in return for my honest opinion.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Nine years ago, Carol Mabry was in college and in love with Bobby Kent. In a brief moment of passion, a baby was conceived, but Bobby never knew about the baby because his parents told Carol that he was not interested in being a father. Bobby had left town to pursue a career in Nashville and now he is one of country music’s hottest stars. Carol has also gone on with her life, finishing law school, becoming an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for the state of Virginia, and raising Lisa alone. Now Bobby makes a surprise visit to his parents’ home in the middle of their only granddaughter’s birthday party. He quickly learns of his parents’ deception. Bobby has given his life to the Lord and wants to become a father to Lisa. Can he forgive his parents for this unforgivable act? Might his love for Lisa lead to a more permanent role in his daughter’s life? The other plot that is taking place involved Carol’s role as a Commonwealth Attorney. There is a series of murders. They are all young, seemingly professional women - all with the same appearance at their death - young, tall, stylish, and red-headed. Can Carol put a stop to this murder spree before more young women are killed or before the killer strikes too close to home. I really enjoyed the lovely romance. It was sweet and moved along nicely. The murder mystery was quite a surprise. It was a little bit of a stretch for me, but still interesting. This is the third book in the Song of Suspense series. Although, the main characters from the other books are together at the end of this story, the reader does not have to have read the previous books to enjoy this one. I received this book from the Book Club Network.
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
This is the third in the Song of Suspense series, and I think this would be fine as a stand-alone. However, reference is made to characters and events in earlier books, and the reader just has to try to deduce the backstories. I would definitely recommend getting and reading the first two in the series to fully enjoy the way the author has woven together the separate stories so that old friends from the MELODY FOR JAMES and ARIA FOR NICK return to enrich this book’s storyline. The author has created a great sense of menace, and tension builds as the story processes. A serial killer is pursued, and it appears the victims all resemble Carol, the heroine. We get a glimpse of the killer’s sick mind through journal entries in which the ramblings of insanity add chill and horror. There are enough plot twists to keep the reader guessing until the end as danger and the body count rise. The frustration and struggles of the law enforcement representatives in understanding and finding the killer alternate with sweet family moments among the main characters. Lisa is a delightful child character, and Bobby and Carol are likeable folks who live their Christian faith while dealing with real-world problems. Bobby and Carol have been separated for almost nine years because of the lies of Lisa’s grandparents, which were only made worse by their attempts to justify their actions. It was heart-warming to observe the relationships develop between Bobby and Carol and Bobby and Lisa as they move forward to life together rather than dwelling on the what ifs and if onlys. This book has a lot to say about God’s perfect timing and the need for forgiveness. I so appreciate good suspense stories with well-developed, very human characters and no vulgarity. I highly recommend this book for lovers of mystery with a believable Christian witness. I received this book through The Book Club Network, but the opinions expressed are solely mine.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Another Hallee Bridgeman book for the keeper shelf! A Carol for Kent is the third book in Hallee Bridgeman’s Song of Suspense series. I was extremely excited to read this one, after reading the first two and I can happily say it was great! Mrs. Bridgeman’s books just keep getting better! While this is technically book three, you don’t have to read them in order. I would suggest it if possible, because they are all great and you would already know all the reoccurring characters. But, if you can’t or don’t want to, then it’s not a big deal. The plots don’t overlap and there are no cliffhangers that require an explanation. As always, Halle does an excellent job with the descriptions and details. It’s obvious she put a lot of time and research into this story and I really enjoyed all the little nuances I learned. The plot was also very interesting. This is one of the few mysteries that was able to keep me guessing throughout the book. I had to fight the urge to flip to the end and find out “whodunit” - it was driving me nuts, not knowing! Carol Mabry is a great heroine and I quickly fell in love with her character. She is An Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, but while that is her job, it isn’t who she is. She’s a Christian, a mother, and a friend. She is strong, kind, loving, and at times, stubborn. I appreciated how she was able to leave her work behind and focus on her daughter, Lisa. She is the kind of lady that you admire for her strength, but more so for her transparency and ability to be vulnerable. I loved how easily I could connect with her, though I have nothing in common with her. Bobby Kent is an interesting hero. He is a bit the typical hero in that he is strong, stubborn, but also kind and loving. But that’s where the comparisons end. He is famous and very wealthy, but that doesn’t really go to his head. While he has enough money to purchase whatever he desires, the only thing he can’t get is what he longs for the most: the time he lost with his daughter. What most impressed me about Bobby? How real he is. He gets angry, loses his temper, struggles to forgive, but he also desires to follow Christ and live a life honoring Him. I also really enjoyed Carol and Bobby’s relationship. While they obviously knew each other in the past, that actually didn’t play into it that much. Carol had spent the past 8 years loathing Bobby (her words, not mine), but when she learns that he was lied to as well, she quickly lets go of her anger. As they reconnect and get to know each other again, they find that the love they shared years ago has changed. They aren’t the same people they were before, they’ve grown and life has changed them. I really liked the honesty in their relationship. They have both been lied to, so trust and honesty is very important to them. Hallee did a great job with the mystery! As I already mentioned, it kept me guessing until the very end. I had suspects, but wasn’t entirely sure and it twisted and turned so much that just as I thought I might know who it was, something else would happen and mess up that theory. I was still partially wrong in the end, though I wasn’t terribly upset about that. I was too busy being impressed with the complexity of it all and how she managed to bring everything back together again. I have to confess, I found the entries from the killer a little disturbing, but that was undoubtedly intentional. The killer was creepy, so it stands to reason that anything from their point of view would be too. I love how much importance was placed on God in this story. One of the main spiritual themes is forgiveness, which both Bobby and Carol struggle with after being deceived for years. The reality in their emotions and reactions really touched my heart. The subject wasn’t glossed over or portrayed to be easier than it actually is. I love this quote, “Father God, I pray that You help me release the anger clutching my heart and taking over my mind. Help me to be Christ-like in all things, including this thing. Amen.” - Bobby Kent, page 138 I think it sums up quite well what the characters were facing and struggling with, but also how they handled it. You’ll notice this review has five stars, a rarity for me. When I went to rate it, I couldn’t think of a single thing I didn’t like. There wasn’t anything I could nitpick or comment about, so five stars seems appropriate. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy mystery, suspense, and wonderfully realistic characters! I received a complementary copy of this book from the author, through The Book Club Network, for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own. *Quotation used with permission from the author. All rights reserved.
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KathyOH More than 1 year ago
Looking for a great summer read?  This is it.  Suspense and Romance rolled into one.  You will love it.   A Carol for Kent is a suspense story that will keep you guessing as you quickly turn each page. You may think you have it figured out but you are probably wrong!!   Who is Richmond Red? What caused the killer to start this spree?  Who will be the next victim and when will it stop? ¿This is a Christian suspense novel with a real love story woven in the plot.  You will fall in love with the characters and won’t be able to put the book down. It is an excellent book and I recommend it. 
MontanaMomma More than 1 year ago
Finally, the third book in the 'Song of Suspense' series is ready! After reading "Melody for James" and/or "Aria for Nick", the characters in "Carol for Kent" will probably ring some bells. Carol Mabry and Bobby Kent both lead busy lives. Carol is an attorney and mother, Bobby is a country music star. During an unexpected trip home, Bobby learns that he has an 8 year old daughter with Carol. Turns out, someone's been keeping secrets! Bobby and Carol have to learn how to really forgive before time runs out. But there's more than one secret keeper in this story. There's a serial killer on the loose and it's not who you'd expect! Will Bobby, Carol, and their daughter be able to live as a family, or will "Richmond Red" get the better of them? Hallee Bridgeman delivers an engaging, heart-racing story. Packed with suspense, romance, and a little mystery. But not only that, the story delivers a good dose of God. I love the clean, realistic romance portrayed in Hallee's books and "Carol for Kent" doesn't disappoint. I also love how Hallee aims to bring a Christian principle into the limelight. In "Carol for Kent", it's obvious that the principle is forgiveness. And there's a hint of the Gospel to go along with it, which I appreciate. If you're worried that it's too preachy, don't be! Hallee does an amazing job of weaving things together and it works so well.