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Book Reviews on Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars “Death Before Breakfast – a great read”  – Sherry,  September 6, 2010

Gwyneth Bledsoe has written a wonderful book, full of mystery, intrigue, and interesting characters. The storyline was very well developed. The writer’s descriptive writing allows the reader to enter into the story, being able to picture every detail. Her English background and her vivid descriptions transport the reader to London and the English countryside as the storyline develops. The ending was a surprise. Loved this book.

5.0 out of 5 stars “You will love this book!” Nancy A. Chavez, July 23, 2010

Death Before Breakfast is a well-written murder mystery that leaves you wanting a series from author, Gwyneth Bledsoe. As an American who has never been to Europe, I felt I got a clear glimpse of what parts of England and France look, sound and even smell like. For me, the Anglicisms were entertaining and addictive…higgledy-piggledy is here to stay in my vocabulary! Keep writing Gwyneth, I can’t wait for the next Chief Inspector Jack Lawrence book.

5.0 out of 5 stars “Delightful Reading– Teresa, July 2, 2010
Gwyneth Bledsoe’s debut novel is an intriguing read. As the plot thickens page by page, the reader is encouraged and challenged to join the intuitive Inspector Lawrence and his eager sergeant, Rodney Wilson, to fit the various pieces of the mystery puzzle. Likewise, Gwyneth’s personal experiences of daily life in various regions of England and France are reflected in the characters of the novel and in the narrative. As the novel progresses, the reader is visually transported from one location to the next, meeting interesting characters along the journey as well as picking up potential clues. This novel is a delight to read!

Self-Editing Checklist

Here’s a checklist I used to edit my writing, after getting the basic story down. I revisited the finished skeleton of the novel and layered it with the flesh of each item on the checklist, until it was a living, breathing entity – that hopefully doesn’t look anything like Frankenstein…

  • Show not Tell, Action not Explanation
  • Use the five senses
  • Use Props
  • One viewpoint per scene
  • Suspense at end of scene/chapter
  • Leak information gradually
  • Create living people in real world through senses
  • Tension/Conflict between characters, within a character
  • Create atmosphere, emotions
  • Develop believable, consistent characters
  • Musical flow
  • Write a strong lead
  • Use short, dense, familiar words
  • Use active and strong verbs
  • Use specific nouns
  • Use figures of speech (simile, metaphor, hyperbole, understatement, personification)
  • Avoid narrative summary where nothing happening in real time

A Note from Author Donna Fletcher Crow on Death Before Breakfast

“There’s something so special about first novels— a freshness and a sense of exploration. And then we’ll have the fun of watching the series and characters grow.  Inspector Lawrence is set to make an excellent series character. I love seeing how his mind works, the respectful way he treats his subordinates and the solid relationship he has with his wife Megan.

Background is one of the most important elements in a novel for me and London, Yorkshire and Paris are three places I never tire of visiting.  I look forward to going there again with Inspector Lawrence.

I also appreciated the strong family values that came through the story, but I can’t say too much on this without giving the plot away.  I think it’s fair, though, to say congratulations to Rodney and Diane and to wish them every happiness.”

– Donna Fletcher Crow

Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of
A Very Private Grave, # 1, The Monastery Murders
The Shadow of Reality, # 1 Elizabeth and Richard Mysteries

Book Launch Party for Death Before Breakfast

Event: Launch Party for “Death Before Breakfast
Saturday August 14th, 4pm-7pm, Open House
North Star Books, Nampa, Garrity Exit

Book Launch – Stop by to support and encourage Gwyneth (no purchase expected, no obligations, no pressure, but a chocolate would be welcomed…)

Stamm Lane and Garrity Boulevard, in strip mall behind Subway
1218 N Jacob Allcott Way, Nampa, ID 83687
(208) 467-2732

Book Reviews: Death Before Breakfast

“In her debut novel, Death Before Breakfast, author Gwyneth Bledsoe introduces us to Inspector Jack Lawrence and his partner Sergeant Rodney Wilson.

Lawrence, a career crime fighter and devoted family man, discovers a familiar looking corpse while attempting to make an early morning arrest in connection with a recent art theft. He soon realizes there is more to the case than a simple argument between criminals gone awry. Wilson, a quiet, intelligent man contributes to the investigation, while gleaning skills from Lawrence to enhance both his professional and personal life.

From the opening page of Death Before Breakfast, Mrs. Bledsoe welcomes readers to pour themselves a cup of tea as they tour her native England and enhance their knowledge of many painting masterpieces. This is a clean, cozy novel that offers enjoyable reading for lovers of both mysteries and police procedurals. The story will keep you wondering who done it, and why, until the last page and leave you waiting to join these men of justice on a future investigation.”
– Renee Howe, local Idaho author and friend

“Dear Gwyneth,
I love the book soooo much, you paint the picture so well. I feel as if I was with Jack Lawrence. All of it inspires me to read and write!”
– Chris, Age 9

Quirky Quotes

Topic: God’s Compelling Love For Us

The most difficult thing in mature believing is to accept that I am an object of God’s delight. Alan Jones (quoted by Brennan Manning)

There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still. Corrie Ten Boom


Topic: The Compelling Case for Love

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles M. Schulz

We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
Benjamin Disraeli

There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.
Anais Nin

Love that is not madness is not love.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
James A. Baldwin

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
H. L. Mencken

Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Peter Ustinov

Gwyneth’s Whims

Michael Card
For his sublime theopoeticelticity, epitomized in:
“The pain and the longing
The joy and the moments of light
Are the rhythm and rhyme
The free verse of the poem of life”
from his album ‘poiema’ (Greek for: ‘God’s masterpiece’ – our lives are God’s poems)

The Signature of Jesus
by Brennan Manning
He writes: “A life lived for God is remarkably well rounded. Its joys are genuine, its peace profound, its humility deep, its power formidable, its love enveloping, its simplicity that of a trusting child.”

Daily Audio Bible
by Brian Hardin
This dude knows how to make the Bible come alive – very cool reading voice and commentary. He sells coffee to combat human trafficking – what more can I say.