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Saturday, 11 February 2017

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Blogging Is Murder - Gilian Baker Review

(Book Cover Courtesy: Ryan Stabile)

Hello Readers...

As many of you may know....blogging is such a fun activity. Can we actually use the skills which we learn because of blogging in real life and that to for solving a crime mystery....that is what today's book is all about. Blogging For Murder is a crime mystery book written by Gilian Baker. But before beginning with the actual book I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Ryan Stabile for providing the ARC of the book.

Let's quickly take a look at the synopsis followed by the video trailer.


Though she was certainly born with all the traits of a world class private detective, blogger Jade Blackwell believed she would do nothing more than solve the murders in her latest favourite cozy mystery book.

Set in mountainous south-eastern Wyoming, Jade Blackwell lives in a log home in the quaint village of Aspen Falls with her husband, Christian and daughter Penelope (Ellie). She left her life as a tenured college English professor at the University of Wyoming four years ago, sick of the bureaucracy, mounds of essay to grade and apathetic students. She turns to blogging and ghostwriting as her new career.

Jade's promising career as a blogger halts abruptly when she learns of a hacker who is controlling her friend and fellow blogger Liz Collin's business remotely. When the hacker is found dead in her home, Liz is thrown in jail.

Determined to help her friend regain her life and livelihood, Jade teams up with Liz's reluctant lawyer, Gabriel Langdon, to get Liz off the hook and out of jail. What she learns will break the case wide open, while unraveling her faith in humanity and the safety she feels living in the Rocky Mountain hamlet she calls home.

An exciting thrill ride from the first page, to the last. Read Gilian Baker's Blogging is Murder, the first book in the Jade Blackwell cozy mystery series!


The thing which really grab my attention was the video trailer and the story of the book in itself. The story was looking promising before I began reading it (being a blogger myself I was bound to get attracted). The story is centered around or protagonist blogger Jade Blackwell who uses her interrogation skills which she learned by reading the mystery thriller book for proving the innocence of her fellow blogger friend who is charged of committing a murder. Jade believes that her friend is wrongly acquainted of the murder charge and decides to find the real culprit herself. The story really seems interesting and unique to me and many of you will also feel the same.

The characters feels good but could have been a bit better. The author Gilian Baker did a great job in creating few central characters and created the entire story plot around these few characters which actually makes it easy for the readers to stay with the characters as the story progresses. However, the remaining characters could have been use in a better way. Still no complains..

The writing and the narration is pretty good. The author Gilian Baker has used simple vocabulary and simple language which makes it easy for majority of the readers to enjoy and get engrossed in the story without having to deal with the language difficulty. The narration is excellent. This book had my complete attention since the beginning of the book. Gilian Baker managed to grab my attention in just few pages and I was completely engrossed into the story. The mids and the end were also the same. One interesting thing I would like to highlight is that in the middle when the character was feeling confused as to what was happening...the narration also adapted the same confusion. Loved that aspect....It lets you feel a much intimate affection with the characters itself.

The transitions.....both in terms of the  transition of the story within the chapter and the transition between the chapters were pretty good and was going with the pace of the book. Kudos to Gilian Baker for that.

However, I wished the end could have been planned a little better. I felt the end was little rushed as the author unveiled the complete suspense in just 10-12 pages which slightly bothered me. I would have loved if the end could have been a little better also since the book is just 190 pages....addition of few extra pages could have been better for proper ending to the book. Also, there were few typos at some places. Since, this is an ARC copy....I am expecting this errors to be resolved in the actual release.

So to sum up, I liked the book. For me personally it was good read and worth the time which I spent reading this book. If asked to rate it, I would give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. This book is set for a February 19 release. So if you are interested, here are links to the Amazon from where you can pre-order this book.

Amazon India: Blogging Is Murder by Gilian Baker

Amazon US: Blogging Is Murder by Gilian Baker

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So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.



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