Friday, April 1, 2016
Silent Sting by Clair Poulson, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway!
Catastrophe is looming over the Central Valley of California. The honeybees, vital to the economy of this agricultural epicenter, are dying at an unprecedented rate. The U.S. government is desperate for answers, and researchers at the University of California–Riverside are tasked with providing them. But when the professors assigned to the investigation seem to be systematically dying under mysterious circumstances, it becomes clear that there is something sinister at play. Following the murders of her mentors, it’s up to entomology student Tiana Lambrose to move forward with the research. Special Agent Stu Whiteleather, part of a team of FBI agents assigned to assist in the investigation, is immediately drawn to the lovely entomologist. Together, they discover a breed of bees engineered to be killing machines, which, despite Tiana’s expertise, are like nothing she’s seen before. The question is, who could possibly have the sophisticated technology to engineer these specialized insects and for what motive? The perpetrator will stop at nothing to keep investigators from finding the answer. As threats to Tiana’s life escalate, Stu must battle an unknown foe to protect the woman for whom he has come to care before she becomes the next victim.
Silent Sting starts in with murder mystery mayhem right away! Immediately we are drawn into Tiana's world that has been turned upside down by the investigation into why bees are dying. Then her professor that she was working with ends up dead! What did he know and why would someone kill over bees? What information was so vital? While Poulson keeps the reading guessing as to 'whodunnit' I felt that the conversation between characters felt a bit scripted and less real than I wanted. I also felt that the FBI agents and police officers including a civilian in an investigation would be highly unlikely, especially letting them remain inside of an unprocessed crime scene. Those things did not feel plausible to me. I am a long time fan of Poulson and feel like this was an okay book, but not as good as previous ones. Still an enjoyable read, it just took me awhile to get through it when typically I have his books read in one day.
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