Thursday, August 28, 2014

RABT Tour ~ The Tempest Murders

Author ~ P.M. Terrell
Publisher ~ P.M. Terrell
Published ~ 20 August 2013
Genre ~ Mystery
Pages ~ 274

My Rating ~ 4 bites

Ryan O’Clery, formerly of Ireland, now working as a Detective for the Lumberton, NC PD, has a serial killer on the loose. During his investigations of three similarly looking women who are murdered in exactly the same way Ryan meets a woman who not only matches the killer’s victim profile, but she’s the woman that Ryan is positive he’s been dreaming about his whole life, the reincarnation of his ancestor’s lost love. As the past and present merge into a huge déjà vu and Hurricane Irene barrels towards North Carolina, Ryan has to build a case against the man his gut says is responsible for the murders, convince Cait that she’s meant for him without sounding loony and keep her safe from the killer before the past repeats itself.

I like to read an occasional mystery, but when this tour dropped in my inbox, I wasn’t feeling particularly mysterish. Then I saw it was set in NC, where I currently live and that it seemed to have a paranormal slant to it. That did it. I decided I was in and I’m glad I did.

Well-written with a great plot and lots of detail, the past and present parallels made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I do have a couple of minor complaints though. The bad guy doesn’t explain anything. No monologue or reason why he did what he did, past or present. I’m left in the dark as to why Ríán was targeted in the past and how the bad guy found Ryan and Cait in the present. Too many unanswered questions. Also, I couldn’t get any real grasp of Cait’s personality and, to be honest, I didn’t like her. At all. I know that doesn’t make sense, but hear me out. I cannot stand women who withhold information and then act all hurt when people get pissed at them. And then, she blamed Ryan for rushing her to bed before she could tell him. Sorry, you twat. You have a mouth and you were with him for hours. Hours! Don’t get on your high horse and teary because he’s now pissed at you. Gah! Ok, I didn’t like her. End of rant. She’s not around all that much in this story anyway, so all-in-all this is a great paranormal mystery that builds the suspense quite nicely.

About the Author
  p.m.terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty books in four genres: contemporary suspense, historical suspense, computer how-to and non-fiction.

Prior to writing full-time, she founded two computer companies in the WashingtonDC Metropolitan Area: McClelland Enterprises, Inc. and Continental Software Development Corporation. Among her clients were the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Secret ServiceU.S. Information Agency, and Department of Defense. Her specialties were in white collar computer crimes and computer intelligence.

Vicki’s Key was a top five finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards and 2012 USA Book Awards nominee and her historical suspense, River Passage, was a 2010 Best Fiction and Drama Winner. It was determined to be so historically accurate that a copy of the book resides at the Nashville Government Metropolitan Archives in NashvilleTennessee. The Tempest Murders was one of four finalists in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, cross-genre category, and a nominee for the 2014 International Book Awards.

She is also the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation, an organization committed to raising public awareness of the correlation between high crime rates and high illiteracy rates. She is the organizer of Book ‘Em North Carolina, an annual event held in LumbertonNorth Carolina, to raise funds to increase literacy and reduce crime. For more information on this event and the literacy campaigns funded by it, visit

She sits on the boards of the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library and the Robeson County Arts Council. She has also served on the boards of Crime Stoppers and Crime Solvers and became the first female president of the Chesterfield County-Colonial Heights Crime Solvers in Virginia.


  1. Thank you for hosting me here, today, and thank you for the review. I think you'll enjoy the sequel, The White Devil of Dublin, which explains why the killer targeted Rian and Cait and Ryan and Cathleen. It takes Ryan back nearly 800 years to the Viking conquest of Ireland on the cusp of the Norman invasion - and to an albino Viking known as Hvitr Bard, The White Devil. I'll be checking in later and answering any questions anyone might have for me. And I have one for you: do you believe in reincarnation and eternal soul mates?

    1. You're welcome! I like the sound of The White Devil of Dublin! I believe in reincarnation, but not eternal soul mates.

  2. I love your style of reviewing, AVR! I really do. :D Nice job!