Anchored by Death by Catherine Finger is the third book in the Jo Oliver Thriller series and is a Christian Mystery/Thriller. This book follows Shattered by Death (2016).
To be totally transparent, I haven’t read the first book but I will because I enjoyed Anchored by Death. This book picks up after Jo Oliver has faced down a serial killer and lost the love of her life (due to her own choices) in Shattered by Death. I enjoyed the quick pace and the developing relationships between all the characters. Two particular characters stand out: Gino and Lisa. Gino is Jo’s spiritual mentor and stand-in father while Lisa is charming and kind. Everyone should have those types of people in their lives! I’m not sure how much Jo has grown in the series, but she seems to finally come to a realization and take a big leap of faith in this novel.
The author does an excellent job of revealing the clues and how the detectives and agents put it all together. It was fascinating to watch from a technical perspective.
The only thing that stood out to me as “negative” – and it’s really nitpicky – is some of the author’s choice of words. There are a few adjectives that just seem out of place within the context of the scene. It was enough to interrupt the flow of the narrative.
GoodReads Rating ★★★☆☆ I liked it.
About the Book
Book: Anchored by Death
Author: Catherine Finger
Genre: Christian Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: June 2017
Police Chief Jo Oliver needed a little time to herself. But when her escape to Wisconsin turns deadly, she teams up with FBI agent Nick Vitarello, hoping to catch the Bow Tie Killer. Their romantic past and complicated present leads them into uncharted territory as they match wits with a psychopath bent on destroying everything they hold dear.
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Catherine Finger loves to dream, write, and tell stories. Retired from a wonderful career in public education, she celebrates the ability to choose how to spend her time in a new way during the second half of life. So far, she chooses to write books, ride horses, serve others, and generally find her way into and out of trouble both on the road and at home. She lives in the Midwest with a warm and wonderful combination of family and friends.
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Thank you for your interest in the Jo Oliver thriller series. Today we celebrate Anchored by Death—book three in the series. The basic plot for this book came as a result of an FBI workshop I attended on how profilers track killers. A particular method was presented that really stuck with me. As I thought it over, I had the idea to combine a map of Wisconsin with the tracking technique I had learned, and I actually built the crime scenes around the theory. I then created a killer who would do the sorts of things I had mapped out, and in that order. This was a satisfying challenge for Josie and I enjoyed my research jaunts throughout Wisconsin while writing the chase and takedown scenes.
When Josie’s off the clock and spending time with family and friends, you can catch our heroine in the kitchen. Ever since her infamous Flourless Chocolate Cake appeared in Anchored by Death, fans have requested the recipe. For the epicurean readers, here is the recipe she used when preparing this special treat:
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 ½ sticks butter
- ¼ salt
- 6 eggs, room temp
- 1 ½ cups sugar (white granulated or brown will do)
- Confectioner’s sugar and cocoa powder for dusting top and cake stand
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare springform or regular round pans with nonstick spray or butter and flour.
Melt chocolate, butter, and salt—microwave will work in a pinch—or add all to heatproof bowl and place over a small saucepan of simmering water to melt without burning. Set aside to cool
Beat eggs and sugar until light and thickened (around 6-8 minutes). Fold in melted chocolate mixture until completely combined.
Pour batter into buttered and floured cake pan—springform or regular round—and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 90 minutes, until a toothpick comes out wet but relatively clean.
Allow cake to cool completely before removing from pan. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and cocoa—Jo used a stencil for a quick and pretty design.
Thanks again for celebrating Anchored by Death—and know that I appreciate you. Readers are a special breed. As a lover of the written word and an author, I invite you to enjoy the read.
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