Book Review: Devil's Breath by Emily Kimelman

I love a good murder mystery--especially one with a good (believable) female heroine.  This is the first Sydney Rye novel that I've read--and it's the 5th in the series.  How did Emily Kimelman's latest novel stand up to review in this mama's corner of the world?

Quick summary of Devil's Breath.  One of Sydney Rye’s dear friends, Hugh Defry, has been accused of a brutal murder, but even though he has no memory of the night, Sydney believes he is incapable of such violence.
Called to investigate by Robert Maxim, a man she has until now, considered her greatest enemy, Sydney flies to Miami searching for the real killer. Rye’s suspicions are raised when she learns that Maxim not only wants to work together but also wants to build a friendship. She doesn’t begin to understand his motives until her former lover follows her to Florida to tell her a devastating secret.
As more people from her past turn up, and not knowing whom to trust, Sydney sees that her personal fight for justice has become something more than she had ever imagined and she is pushed towards making a decision that will change not just her life but possibly the future of the crime fighting.

The Devil's Breath is a fast paced, action packed mystery.  Sydney Rye has some complicated relationships!  As readers follow along as Sydney uncovers the mystery at hand--they discover so many subplots happening as well.  Kimelman keeps the action going from the first few pages through to the end.  Even when the main mystery is resolved--readers remain caught up in the mistrust and uncertainties that surround Sydney. 

You don't need to read the whole series....but.... While the Devil's Breath is a stand alone book, Kimelman makes readers want to read the prequels.   There are a lot of characters in The Devil's Breath--and they have all had previous relationships, interactions, and associations.  Kimelman does a nice job of quickly recapping the highlights of the characters' interrelated pasts--but, I did find myself wishing (through the first 1/4 of the book) that I had read the series from the beginning.  It certainly isn't necessary--I just felt like I would have known and understood the characters a little better.

Would I recommend The Devil's Breath by Emily Kimelman?  I enjoyed the author's writing style and I certainly developed attachments to the characters.  While it is a stand alone story--I would recommend reading the entire series if you tend to get caught up in character relationships and past interactions (as I do).  Not only am I excited to read the next Sydney Rye novel--but, I plan to read the series from book 1 first.  The Devil's Breath does contain adult themes and frequent language--but, there is a storyline beneath the sex, language and violence.  I would suggest it for adult readers who enjoy action adventure tales--but, do not mind a little language and adult topics.

Read an excerpt from The Devil’s Breath on Emily’s Website.

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Catch up in the series while you wait with the Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Novel, # 1)  , Death In The Dark (Sydney Rye #2), INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3), and STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4) on Amazon.

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  1. Thanks for reviewing my latest Sydney Rye novel. I'm glad you enjoyed it despite having not read the earlier books. Like you, I prefer to read series in order no matter how good the author is at catching me up. I'd be happy to give you ecopies of the rest of the series if you want.



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