Mar 24, 2011

The Vital Principle review & giveaway!

The Vital Principle   by Amy Corwin
with Giveaway!
From back cover:
In 1815, an inquiry agent, Mr. Knighton Gaunt, is asked by Lord Crowley to attend a séance with the express purpose of revealing the spiritualist as a fraud.  When the séance ends abruptly, Lord Crowley is poisoned during the turmoil by an unseen killer.
Gaunt is now left to investigate not only fraud, but murder. Long-time friends turn against one another as the tension mounts, and Gaunt is challenged time and time again to separate fact from fiction before another death at Rosecrest.
The Vital Principle is the first mystery in the Second Sons Inquiry Agency series and features cooly intellectual Mr. Knighton Gaunt, the agency’s founder.  This witty, historical whodunit in the tradition of Bruce Alexander’s Blind Justice, will keep you guessing until the unexpected end.
My Review:
Pru Bransford is suspected of murder by the inquiry agent hired to reveal her as a fraud.  Even when falsely accussed of murder; Pru Bransford keeps her head, remains calm, and eventually her innocence is proven.  An interesting mystery from beginning to end.
 Amy Corwin’s writing style flows easily and keeps the reader interested, and continually guessing “what comes next.”  In each chapter, the tension mounts between the different characters involved, and continues throughout the book.  The suspense grows gradually, and builds until the final chapters where the murder is finally revealed and apprehended. 

Even after the mystery is solved, the story continues.  I love a good story where the ending is just as good as the beginning, and Amy Corwin delivers.  A great novel for mystery buffs. As for the "christian fiction" genre; there seems to be an underlying note that inquiry agent Knighton Gaunt believes in God, but it is understated.  Gaunt quotes in Chapter five that "there is only one truth." 
Though the language is clean, and this book is readable for most of my followers; I would recommend this for 13+ due to some of the more adult-oriented content of the story.

The author, Amy Corwin, contacted me to ask for my review of her book "The Vital Principle."  I have in hand 1 copy that I will giveaway to a random follower. 
Giveaway will run from March 23rd 4pm CST, until March 28th midnight CST!

CONGRATS to RealtorSD ~ the winner of "The Vital Principle by Amy Corwin" giveaway!


  1. Great review. I'd love to read this book. I follow you via GFC, and I left a comment on Amy Corwin's blog telling her I found her through Lovez 2 Read. (It is on her review of Cry Ohana.
    janmessali (at)

  2. I agree that it's so important to books to have as good of an ending as a beginning, if not more important!

    I follow you on GFC and I did a link on my twitter-

    sarah at realtorsd dot com

  3. interesting review. I hope to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I follow GFC and i tweeted:!/GirlyKat/status/52184556224262144


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