Books,  Celebrate Lit

It’s a mystery …

The description was so good, so intriguing, I signed right up to review it. It’s a mystery taking place during the period of time when my parents were young, Geneva, the leading lady has the challenge of failing vision and overbearing parents and the strong desire to serve her country in some way. Mix a planned marriage and a being suspected of a murder in, it’s the makings of a real page turner, edge of the seat thriller.

About the Book

Book: Murder of Convenience

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Mystery

Release Date: October 15, 2018

May 1942: Geneva Alexander flees Philadelphia and joins the USO to escape the engagement her parents have arranged for her, only to wind up as the number one suspect in her betrothed’s murder investigation. Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, she must find the real killer before she loses her sight…or is convicted for a crime she didn’t commit.

Set in the early days of America’s entry into WWII and featuring cameo appearances from Hollywood stars, Murder of Convenience is tribute to individuals who served on the home front, especially those who did so in spite of personal difficulties, reminding us that service always comes as a result of sacrifice. Betrayal, blackmail, and a barrage of unanswered questions… Murder of Convenience is the first in Linda Shenton Matchett’s exciting new “Women of Courage” series.

Click HERE to purchase your copy.

My Thoughts

Remember, my aforementioned comment regarding page turning, edge of the seat thriller … I’m sad to say, it kind of wasn’t. It’s a mystery to me how so much potential could be overcome by the relatively mundane: applying makeup, picking out clothes, getting ready for this or that, and other mundane tasks that really took too much story space. Geneva’s failing eyesight seemed to be a challenge that made me feel some sympathy, but for the most part it was detail that created word clutter and didn’t add a whole lot to the story line. The murder investigation seemed to drag on with little to no clues and then all of a sudden near the end, there’s one big reveal. Belief had to be suspended when Evelyn and her boss/boy friend were going around handling all the crime scene evidence, leaving their fingerprints all over everything (I kept thinking “DON’T TOUCH STUFF!!!). I’m so sorry to say, the story did not live up to the description. I hate when I can’t give a glowing review and slam down 5 stars wishing I could give more. In all honesty, I don’t blame it all on the author either. When this kind of thing happens, it makes me feel that the editors and pre-readers missed things.

I’m not trying to be mean, I know this is against our society’s tendency to think that you have to say everyone is doing a great job!!  And in the Christian realm, some people think it’s mean to point out short comings. BUT, I committed to an honest review, AND I can still feel badly that I have to deliver one.

If you want to read it, go ahead. You might be able to overlook much of what I could not, so I still recommend it, maybe for people who aren’t as picky as I am.

I received this book as a gift, I was not under obligation to provide a review and received no compensation for this review, other than a another of many books to read 🙂

About the Author

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

Guest Post from Linda

World War II is my favorite era about which to read and write. What I find most fascinating about the time period are the stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, especially women, who until this time, had been provided for and protected.

A woman was typically insulated from difficulties or frightening things, and her husband or father took care of just about everything. When the war took millions of men away, the women had to learn how to take care of themselves in addition to filling the job vacancies.

Yes, there were Rosie the Riveters: women who worked in the factories building weapons, ships, vehicles and all kinds of war materiel, but there were also Land Army girls, many of whom didn’t know how to drive, who learned to operate all kinds of farm equipment so they could bring in crops to feed our nation as well as our Allies. Others donned uniforms to serve in the WACS, WAVES, SPARS, WASPS, Marines, Army Nurse Corp, and Navy Nurse Corp. Millions boosted morale through the USO and Red Cross or served in myriad ways with Civil Defense. Some went overseas to cover the war as journalists. A few even signed on as spies.

The driving force with most of these women was the realization that their country needed them. They put their own needs and desires aside to help win a war they didn’t ask to be part of. And many did it while single-handedly running the household because their husband was somewhere across the globe – ordinary women doing extraordinary things.

My latest release, Murder of Convenience, explores themes of service and sacrifice intertwined with the question of how to respond when God says no. It is my hope that the novel honors the women who lived during WWII in some small way.


Blog Stops

All-of-a-kind Mom, December 1

Bigreadersite, December 1

Just the Write Escape, December 2

Just Your Average reviews, December 3

Carpe Diem, December 3

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 4

Pause for Tales, December 5

Connie’s HIstory ClassroomDecember 6

Multifarious, December 7

Have A Wonderful DayDecember 8

Bibliophile Reviews, December 8

Blogging With CarolDecember 9

Texas Book-aholic, December 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 11

The Lit AddictDecember 12

Maureen’s Musings, December 13

A Baker’s Perspective, December 13

Janices book reviews, December 14


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize of a World War II themed gift basket!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click HERE to enter.


  • Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the book tour for “Murder of Convenience” by Linda Shenton Matchett.

    I do love stories written in this time era. This one sounds like something I would enjoy reading and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to do so. Love the cover!

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