"Black Pearl" A Cold Case Suspense By Donnell Ann Bell: Review/Giveaway

by Vicki Vass

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review a link to purchase it.

Could a modern day murder be connected with a fourteen-year-old cold case? And, could its clues lead to the suspect? That is what Denver Major Crimes Lieutenant and two FBI agents seek to find out in Black Pearl, the first in a suspense series by award-winning author Donnell Ann Bell. Agent Brian DiPietro has been haunted by his failure to solve the previous murders fourteen years ago; his partner is a rookie agent who specializes in psychology.

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Lending her assistance is Allison Shannon, who was the only surviving victim of the Black Pearl Killer fourteen years ago. She is now a police officer. Throughout the book, Shannon must confront her past including those who blamed her for surviving while the DiPietro searches for answers that have driven him for years.

Bell does a great job of intertwining the character’s stories within a tightly woven, fast-paced plot that offers plenty of twists and turns. The suspense builds and leads to a satisfying conclusion. It is obvious in reading that Bell put research into understanding police procedures and how they work. The dialogue reads authentic, the situation also seems real. Also the interactions among the various characters work well and provide a ring of authenticity.

While this was the first book I read by Bell, I doubt it will be my last. Fans of suspense will be pulled into the taut page-turner. I enjoyed her detailed, nuanced style and the fast opener. A 2020 Colorado Book Award finalist, Black Pearl is a suspense novel worth reading and is a great starter for what hopefully will be a long series.

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After trading in her reporter’s notebook, Vicki Vass chronicled the near-real adventures of her best friends in the Antique Hunters Mystery Series. A White Rabbit’s Tale, the sixth book in the series, was recently released. She also writes the Witch Cat Mystery series. When not plotting murders, Vicki enjoys walking her two Australian shepherds, reading and dancing. Now in quarantine, she is sheltering in place with the Blue Ridge Mountains as her backdrop. Find her at Facebook: Vicki Vass Author or on her blog Vicki’s Cozy Corner.

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  1. Vicki, I am so happy you enjoyed Black Pearl. Thank you for an amazing review.

  2. Love a good suspense. Would like to read a print copy.

  3. This sounds like a page-turner! Looking forward to reading it. pat@ptbradley.com I'd love to have an e-book.

  4. Sounds like a good time to start a new series. Count me in!

  5. Sounds like a great series, maybe it could even be a TV show or movie. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Black Pearl.

  6. Oops, I forgot to specify a print copy. Sorry 'bout that. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  7. I enjoy these types of reads they keep you in suspense. New author for me sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

  8. New author to me. Sounds like a great book.

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