Killing with Kings

Killing with Kings

by Lois Lavrisa

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BN ID: 2940161992067
Publisher: Sunlake Press
Publication date: 06/22/2018
Series: Georgia Coast Cozy Mysteries , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 56,376
File size: 2 MB

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Killing with Kings 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
NeenReads More than 1 year ago
This story was particularly refreshing for me. All of the cozy mysteries I have so far always have a woman protagonist. I really liked the fact that we follow Jose Rodriguez as he tries to figure out who the killer was. While I found some of the book predictable, I still enjoyed the story. However, there is more to this story than a mystery. We learn about the secret Jose is keeping from everyone, including his family. This was something new for me to see in a cozy mystery and I love the way the author showed Jose's struggle. All in all, if you are looking for something a little different in the world of cozy mystery, then I highly suggest this book. You'll find mystery, drama, and some humor (my favorite line in the book being: "I love the way you sound when you shut up.). I received a complimentary copy of this book and voluntarily posted an honest review.
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
This was just an OK read for me. The series title says it is a cozy mystery but I did not consider it a cozy read. It does not have a cozy feel but is a police procedural. Jose is a Georgia policeman on the bomb squad. When a fellow cop and poker player falls dead during a game he is convinced it is not an accident. He sets out to solve the mystery with some help from the dead man's niece. She is a really unlikable character and even though she is also a cop she is not a very good cop. The mystery itself was easy to solve and not very interesting. A lot of the book centered on Jose and his secret. The secret did not bother me but it does bother him and reading about his whining over and over was unpleasant. I was glad it was resolved by the end. This is the fourth book in the series but can be read as a stand alone. It is a quick short read.
anneinaz More than 1 year ago
Killing With Kings (A Georgia Coast Mystery) by Lois Lavrisa is the fourth book in this series. The protagonist is a police sergeant (bomb squad) named Jose Rodriguez who lives in Savannah, Georgia. His family is Cuban and lives in Florida, not too close, not to far away. Jose is gay but only a few people know that: his sisters, not his parents; his good friends, Bezu, Annie Marie, and Cat; as well as his friend the medical examiner, Regina. All four of his woman friends nag him to share his secret with the world, but he's not ready. Jose is playing in a poker tournament at a local bar with three other cops, a firefighter, an ambulance-chasing lawyer and a local city council woman. All of a sudden, Ray, one of the other cops pulls out his epipen at the onslaught of a peanut allergy attack, but instead of the allergen being neutralized, the victim dies before the ambulance can get there. The police have arrived and declared it a horrible accident but Jose is not convinced. This is an interesting book, somewhere between a cozy mystery and a standard mystery. The protagonist is a professional and male, not unheard of in a cozy, but unlikely. He does have pets, a dog and a cat. This murder is not a case assigned him by the police but one he investigates on his own; very little description of blood or violence. The theme of Jose's homosexuality runs through the book, but not obnoxiously or graphically. The characters are well-defined. The plot was tricky, but well thought-out. The crime was declared finally a crime and solved. The author did a good job updating the reader so not having read the earlier books is not a hindrance. All-in-all this leads to a recommendation for this book. It's got lots going for it. Killing With Kings, was a relatively quick read; it had an interesting mystery, it took us through all the steps necessary to solve the crime, and it was personal enough for us to get to know and have empathy for several of the characters. I was given a free ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Amgrassi More than 1 year ago
This was a quick easy read for the mystery lover. It was written well and kept me guessing on every page. I did not read any of the other books in this series but it did not hinder this story what so ever. The storyline is good, the characters are relatable, and I really enjoyed the book. I look forward to reading more from Lois Lavrisa's in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the books. Looking for a Rd to more,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read to escape all the politics and hatred not to put up with preaching uber left sorry i spent my hard earned money on liberal brainwashong live and let live just stop pushing trash in my face
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the characters andRay and the whole group. It was great how these women reasoned everything out not a moment too soon. Hi. Thought you might enjoy this one. Enjoy the day!!!!!! THE SNEEZE Thank you! Phylis Hansman They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt. Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears. This class would NOT pray during the commencements, not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it. The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families. The speeches were nice, but they were routine until the final speech received a standing ovation. A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then, it happened. All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED !!!! The student on stage simply looked at the audience and said, 'GOD BLESS YOU' And he walked off the stage... The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had found a unique way to invoke God's blessing on their future with or without the court's approval. Isn't this a wonderful story? Pass it on to all your friends.........and GOD BLESS YOU!!!! This is a true story; it happened at the University of Maryland. Oh, how I wish THIS one would take off and FILL the whole Country!!
Docbobm More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC copy of this book. What follows is an honest review. Killing with Kings was an interesting read. I kind of figured out the who did it but not the why. There were clues as to the why but I just did not pick upon them. When a friendly high stakes poker game turns not so friendly and one of the players turn up dead, there is a tendency by everyone to think that it was an accident due to the fact that peanut allergy he had. Even though Sargent Jose Rodriguez thinks it was murder, no one else does. He teams up with the victims daughter, even though he is not supposed to be working on the case. While entertaining, there is a side story that works with the story but may be offensive to some. The sargent is gay. It did not bother me, but I know that some of my more stronger Christian friends may take offence at it. There were a few places it got a little wordy, that is why the 4 star review. Pick it up, you will enjoy it.