Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Murder at Tophouse by Clair M. Poulson

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Murder at TophouseMurder at Tophouse
by Clair M. Poulson
Adult Romantic Suspense
Paperback, 272 Pages
March 3rd 2015 by Covenant Communications


Officer Mike Denton can't shake the feeling that something isn't right. Since the shooting that nearly killed him, Mike has attempted to piece his life back together. Just when he thought things were starting to look up, false allegations leveled by his partner, Cal Granberg, have led to his suspension, and Mike begins to suspect that Cal may have played a role in the deadly attack. He has only one clue: a conversation he was never meant to hear involving guns in New Zealand.

Suspicious that he may have stumbled on an illegal gun trafficking plot, Mike sees his suspension as an opportunity to conduct an independent investigation into the shady actions of his ex-partner. He prepares for a month-long vacation to New Zealand to find the proof that would clear his good name but what he couldn't prepare for his lovely young New Zealander Skylie Yates, a woman with her own troubles. A dangerous enemy believes that Skylie is the key to finding a hidden fortune. The problem: Skylie claims to know nothing about the money. Now, Mike must set aside his own quest for evidence in order to discover who's behind the threats to the woman he's coming to care for. But when his two investigations collide and Skylie's life hangs in the balance, Mike finds himself in a race against time to unearth a corruption far deeper than he could have imagined . . .


My Review

This is the third book by this author I've read and so I had high expectations when I began reading. There were some things that I really liked and a few things I didn't.

I'm going to start with what I didn't like:
- I didn't like how quick the romance was and how quickly it jumped from liking each other to a whole lot more.
- I didn't like how a lot of the circumstances or how the police forces worked felt a little far-fetched.
- I wanted to delve a lot more into Skylie's character. I didn't feel I knew her well enough in the shirt time she's with Mike in the beginning.

Now for what I did like:
- I loved the setting! I would have loved to have felt more immersed in it. What a beautiful place.
- I really liked the main characters and supporting characters as well. Skylie was sweet, strong, fun, and compassionate. Mike was a hard worker, smart, protective, and all around good guy.
- The dirty felt more action/adventure than suspense, but I liked that there was a lot going on and from different directions between more than one villain.

Overall Murder at Tophouse was about a good cop versus a bad cop and a crime ring, a crime ring that involved a sweet young lady who meets her hero by coincidence and finds a connection with. Action, danger, and romance ensue.

Content: Some violence, but otherwise clean.

Source: I would like to thank Covenant Communications, the publisher, for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

PictureClair M. Poulson was born and raised in Duchesne, Utah. His father was a rancher and farmer, his mother a librarian. Clair has always been an avid reader, having found his love for books as a very young boy.

He has served for forty years in the criminal justice system. Twenty years were spent in law enforcement, ending his police career with eight years as the Duchesne County Sheriff. For the past twenty years Clair has worked as a justice court judge for Duchesne County. Clair is also a veteran of the US Army where he was a military policeman. He has served on various boards and councils during his professional career, including the Justice Court Board of Judges, Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Utah Judicial Council, Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, an FBI advisory board and others.

In addition to his criminal justice work, Clair has farmed and ranched all of his life. He has raised many kinds of animals, but his greatest interest is horses.

Clair has served in many capacities in the LDS church, including fulltime missionary (California Mission) bishop, counselor to bishop, young men president, high councilor, stake mission president, scoutmaster, High Priest group leader, etc. He currently serves as a Sunday School teacher.

Clair is married to Ruth, and together, they have five children, all of whom are married: Alan (Vicena) Poulson, Kelly Ann (Wade) Hatch, Amanda (Ben) Semadeni, Wade (Brooke) Poulson, and Mary (Tyler) Hicken. Between them they have twenty-three children. Clair and Ruth met while both were students at Snow College and were married in the Manti temple.

Clair has always loved telling his children, and later his grandchildren, make-up stories. His vast experience in life and his love of literature has always contributed to both his telling stories to children and his writing of adventure and suspense novels.

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  1. I find that I can only tolerate instant love in fantasy, not in any type of contemporary. But it's good that the good points seem to outweigh the flaws.

  2. I think there are always things that I like and don't like about books, but I am always glad when it works out that there are more likes than not likes. Sorry it wasn't fabulous, but it sounds like a good one to me :)

  3. I don't like quick romance either, but this story does intrigue me. Thanks for your review!


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