Hello readers! I have another book review for you. I went to (gasp!) the public library to pick up some good reads for a recent plane trip. I made a great pick by choosing Murder Through the Grapevine by Teresa McClain-Watson. I chose the book, as usual, because of the publisher – Urban Christian Fiction. This company puts out great fiction works, that are Christian based, but urban-themed. These books aren’t preachy and you don’t have to worry about a lot of vulgarity and explicit sexuality.
Murder Through the Grapevine is a murder-mystery with a Christian fiction twist. The main character Roni Jarrett is struggling with the shameful events in her past while trying to turn over a new leaf as a minister of music at a new church and a management position at a salon. She has striking good looks, but very little going on in the love department.
Her life takes an unexpected turn when a childhood friend dies and Roni feels obligated to try to uncover the mysterious circumstances surrounding her friend’s death. She has not been close to her friend for many years; the young lady had become addicted to crack and it’s difficult for Roni to follow the trail leading up to her death. Matters become even more complicated when Roni begins to fall for the handsome Police Chief Don Gillette.
This book had enough excitement to hold my attention through a couple of plane rides. Unlike many urban fiction books, I was not able to guess the ending. There were lots of twists and turns. This is definitely a good book to read if you’re tired of the same-old same old Urban Christian novels. Even if you don’t normally read this genre, you’ll still be able to enjoy this book. The author tastefully adds excitement between Gillette and Roni without using any graphic language, or allowing the character to compromise her newly found Christian morals.
The only thing that I found annoying about this book is the series of bad choices that Roni makes quite irrationally. She continues to be naive about her dealings with shady characters, even after it becomes clear that her life is in danger. I understand that the author probably had to allow Roni to make such choices to keep the action moving, but it made the novel (slightly) unrealistic. Nevertheless, the silly choices that Roni makes lead to lots of action.
If you’re looking for an exciting urban novel, Murder Through the Grapevine is an excellent choice!