Blessed are the MeekBlessed are the Meek by Kristi Belcamino is the second book in the “Gabriella Giovanni” mystery series. Publisher: Witness Impulse, July 2014

A rash of high-profile murders all point to reporter Gabriella Giovanni’s boyfriend, Detective Sean Donovan, when investigators uncover a single link in the deaths: Annalisa Cruz. A decade ago, Cruz seduced Donovan away from a life as a monk, and though their relationship soured long ago … her passion for him has not.

As the investigation continues, it becomes increasingly clear that any man who gets involved with Cruz soon ends up dead, including a dot-com millionaire, the mayor of San Francisco, and a police officer. Donovan, the only man to have dated Cruz and survived, is arrested for the murders and dubbed a jealous ex, leaving Gabriella scrambling to find the real killer without ending up as the next body headed for the morgue.

Gabriella’s search ultimately unearths a dark secret that Donovan had intended to take to the grave. Faced with the knowledge of this terrible truth, Gabriella must tie the past and present together to clear Donovan’s name.

Gabriella is smart, gutsy and determined and it shows in her actions when she is on a case and this time, it’s to help clear her boyfriend who sits accused of murder. This fast-paced and action filled drama pulled me in immediately; and what a riveting story this became as I could not put this book down. The author did a great job in delivering a gripping mystery that kept me on my toes with anticipation as to how this will all end and that it did and I can’t wait for the next book in this terrific series.

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