Monday, July 6, 2015

*Review* A Scrying Shame by Donna White Glaser

Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Published: July 7, 2015
Pages: 242
Ages: 14+


Following a near death experience, twenty-five-year old Arie Stiles decides she might as well take the job nobody else wants: a crime scene clean-up technician. It’s good money, which she could use, and death doesn’t hold a lot of mystery for her.
Or so she thinks.
Arie isn’t on the job long before discovering she’s been “gifted” with a new psychic talent—the ability to scry. Whether she wants to or not, Arie can read the memories of the dead in their blood.
When she is assigned to clean the crime scene of Marissa Mason, the socialite author of the best-selling gold-diggers' bible, Arie finds herself haunted by blood visions day and night, and to her shock discovers an unexpected family connection to the victim. With her brother suffering the unwanted attention of the police as the primary suspect, can Arie face her fear of the blood visions long enough to follow the trail of clues left in the murdered woman's memories and find the real culprit?


I received a copy of this book because I nominated it on Kindle Scout for publication and it was selected. I'm fairly certain there was no expectation of a review being posted for that copy, but I review every book I read.

I am honestly not sure what to say about this book right now. I really just want to gush and tell you that you have to read it because it's so good, but I personally don't find reviews like that to be particularly helpful for me, so I want to do better.

One of my favorite parts of this book is that it had me playing detective with Arie (pronounced R.E. like the initials) and kept me guessing about who the guilty party was and their motivation. There were a few times where I was sure I had it figured out, but I also found myself waffling between a couple of the suspects fairly regularly. I really enjoy books where things like that aren't really obvious in the beginning. 

The story itself is told in limited omniscient third person, following Arie around and occasionally diving inside her head. By the end of the story I felt like Arie was basically my BFF, because BFF's tell you everything anyway! 

Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars because it was very entertaining, kept me guessing, and kept me turning the pages. I would definitely recommend it to mystery and suspense fans. - Katie 

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About the Author

Donna White Glaser is the author of the Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery series. Like her main character, Donna is a psychotherapist and lives northwestern Wisconsin. As if that weren’t enough, she and her husband own a residential construction company where it’s Donna’s job to deal with any overly emotional, what-do-you-mean-you-can’t-put-roof-trusses-up-in-a-thunderstorm? clients. Strangely enough, she often comes up with ideas for creative murders and hiding bodies during business hours. Currently she is at work on the fourth Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery-THE BLOOD WE SPILL. Donna would love to hear from you via her website at or on Twitter: @readdonnaglaser. 

Challenge Scorecard

I used this book to fulfill 1/3 of the three books TBR Pile block because it is listed on my TBR for this month, so it totally counts. I'm really still dreading those series blocks because they're all looking so sad and empty right now. 

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