Friday, October 7, 2022

Sanctuary by C.L. Tolbert Book Review/Blog Tour


I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.

In this tale, you will meet some very relatable, vivid characters. This was the first time I’ve been introduced to Emma Thornton, attorney and law professor, along with her significant other Ren and her twin boys, Billy and Bobby. You will also meet Stacey who finds herself in the midst of being accused of a crime - that being the death of James, the leader of the Japaprajnas. You will also meet his wife, Cecelia, and Mira who has a son with James and is also involved with the Japaprajnas.

The Japaprajnas temple is supposed to be a place where people can find, if you will, sanctuary. These folks come from all walks of life, and Stacey’s “job” was to recruit those who were homeless, on drugs, or trying to escape from a bad situation. These folks were put to work either in the massage parlor in the back of the temple or at the smoke shop owned by James and Mira, with the proceeds supposedly going to the temple. Some of the girls were put to work in the back room of said shop and, surprisingly, Moonshine, who manned the front of the store, didn’t know what went on in the back room, or did she? Of course, Moonshine has secrets of her own that she wants to keep buried.

This tale is full of suspicious deaths, drugs, money, a temple that isn’t all it seems, and, to keep things interesting, there are a couple of twists that you won’t see coming. A traditional whodunnit set in the heart of New Orleans.

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