Saturday, December 17, 2011

Goodbye Noel

Goodbye Noel, written by Nike Chillemi, is an awesome read. The woman isn't labeled the Crime Fictionista for nothing.

Katrina Lenart, a maternity nurse from Long Island, New York, is enjoying a toboggan ride with her best friend’s brother, until they see something bloody on the snow-covered ground near a neighbor’s cottage.
Concerned, the two of them rush to check on the residence. They find the door ajar, enter the cottage, and stumble upon the lifeless body of Noel Bauer. A pool of blood is beneath her head.
Moments later, the cries of an infant echo down the hallway. Katrina makes a vow to the child. “You’re going to be fine. Somehow, I’ll make sure. I promise.” 
Detective Ian Daltry arrives. He and his rookie-officer search the premises. Ian grabs the family Bible, flips through the pages, and finds an empty envelope tucked inside. The return address is for the children’s home in Sayville. Did Noel Bauer go to the next county, adopt the baby, and hide it from everyone? Did her husband find out the child was adopted and wasn’t his? Did he become enraged and turn violent?
Speaking of which, where is Noel's husband?
As the investigation ensues, Katrina clashes with Ian Daltry. She finds the man disconcerting, not at all like the college-age fellows she’s use to. She wonders if the stern detective even possesses a light side. Perhaps he uses police manuals at night for nifty bedtime reading.
Ian, a widower with a young daughter, is just trying to do his job. Since his own wife was murdered, Ian's determined to find Noel’s killer, nothing more, but Katrina Lenart is making it hard for him to focus. Her startling green eyes, not to mention her swirling blonde hair keep distracting him. She must be at least ten years younger than he is, which would be a factor if he were even mildly interested in the insufferable woman, but he isn’t.

Sounds interesting, doesn't it?

Trust me, it is. I highly recommend this book.
You can purchase Goodbye Noel here: Amazon.  
Meet the author:

Nike Chillemi has been called a crime fictionista due to her passion for crime fiction. She was an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category and a judge in the 2011 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories. She is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and its Chairman, a reader's choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She writes book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. BURNING HEARTS is the first book in the crime wave that is sweeping the south shore of Long Island in The Sanctuary Point series, published by Desert Breeze. GOODBYE NOEL, the second book in the series will be released in December, 2011. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers (Ning).


  1. Deb, Thx for having me. The name of your blog is awesome. And the kind words in your review touched me deeply.

  2. Thank you, Nike. Like I said, you aren't labeled the Crime Fictionista for nothing. :-)