Blaize of Glory by Louise Crawford
Five Star Books -
ISBN: 0786230134 - Hardcover

Reviewed by Robyn Glazer,
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Almost everyone has hurtful things in their past they would rather forget. Andrea "Blaize" McCue definitely falls into this category but, unlike other people, she does not have the luxury of being able to forget. When her boss asks her to talk to her niece about a recent date rape, it brings Blaize back to the past in a most uncomfortable way. However, Blaize can't turn the young girl away, remembering how a counselor saved her when she needed saving. Blaize is encouraged at the end of their session when Connie walks away feeling better.

Less than twenty-four hours later, Blaize gets word that Connie is missing. As a favor to her boss, Blaize dusts off her private investigator's license and jumps back into that world to search for Connie. Unfortunately, she isn't in time to stop the worst from happening and feels tremendous guilt, which only intensifies when an old school friend is murdered just days after telling Blaize about threatening notes she had been receiving. Blaize knows she must solve these cases before they eat her alive.

Blaize of Glory is an intense story. Blaize McCue is not a character I was able to feel close to, but one I wanted to keep reading about because of her determination to stick things out, no matter how bad they got. Her resolve to set things right makes her enormously unique and allowed me to learn more about her. I saw her as a real person with more in her head than witty quips and boyfriends. I think Louise Crawford will go far with this character, and I hope this series lasts a long time.

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