Saturday, October 31, 2015

*Review* A Deadly Combination by Mary Reason Theriot

Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Published: November 29, 2013
Pages: 283
Ages: 16+


What happens when you combine Mafia, Voodoo, Zombies, and Betrayal all in one book? You get "A Deadly Combination" The Mafia Prince believes he has found a way to get to his enemies without ever going near them. First he must convince the voodoo priestess to help him. Bianca Honore has been studying Black Magic in New York ever since she left home. Her grandmere has called her back home and Bianca cannot refuse. Bianca has felt New Orleans calling her of late. She has a feeling her destiny is waiting for her in the beloved city. When The Mafia Prince asks the voodoo priestess to join his family she can't help but accept. This will be the perfect opportunity to strengthen her powers. She wants to be the most powerful voodoo queen that has ever lived. Nothing will stop her from reaching her dreams.


I was hired to provide post publication proofreading for this novel. Because Ms. Theriot has hired me in the past, she probably suspected that I would write a review when I finished (because I know she's read previous reviews), but it was not part of our agreement. I made the decision on my own because I like to review every book I read now, and reading is an integral part of proofreading. If you feel my connection with the book makes my review suspect, so be it, but this is my honest review.

I read in all genres and most sub-genres, but there are still some types of books that don't really appeal to me, and this was one of those books. I just don't find myself drawn to mob stories and they don't really do much for me. Honestly, I've never seen The Godfather or watched a single episode of The Sopranos. It's just a trope that doesn't appeal to me. So I found myself far less interested in this book than I would have liked. 

The book did redeem itself for me slightly with the inclusion of the paranormal elements via a voodoo priestess though. The sections of the story dealing with voodoo intrigued me and helped to keep me at least mildly interested in the book. I would honestly have liked to have seen even more about the voodoo aspect myself (but that's probably due in large part to my disinterest in Mob stories.)

Overall I give this book 3 out of 5 stars because I was only ever mildly interested in the story. It's not a bad book, it's just not for me. 

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About the Author

A Louisiana native and have had the wonderful opportunity of living in various states during my husband's 20-year career in the United States Coast Guard.

I have been happily married for over twenty years and am the proud mother of two wonderful children. My youngest encouraged me to begin writing this year.

Until my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2001, I worked in the Legal Field. Writing is great therapy for my own personal fight against MS.  

I truly hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

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