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Come, Gentle Night

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Come Gentle Night is the fifth book in a series about Natalie Marsh , a therapist, and her husband Gidian. It was a fun read with a lot of twists and turns. And had me trying to figure out who done it until the very end. 

While this book could be read as a stand alone I think you would enjoy it a lot more if you have read the first books in this series. There are a lot of references to things from past novels that would be a little frustrating if you haven’t read the earlier books

Overall I really enjoyed the book and give it 4 stars. I recommend it to those who love a good suspense!
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This is the fifth book in the Natalie Marsh series.  It's the first one I have read.  It would have been beneficial for me to have read the first four books to know how all the characters were connected and the background of all of them.  That being said I did enjoy the book.  There was several twists and turns that kept me guessing throughout the book.  The who done it was a surprise.  There are several other surprises as well.  I recommend this book to all who enjoy a good mystery.  Don't be like me, read the first four first.

I received a free copy of this book from Covenant Communications via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.
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Every high school English teacher’s favorite: Romeo and Juliet!

Yep, this time we get star-crossed lovers: Jemma Bartholomew, Detective Bartholomew’s sister, and Rowan Montrose, who, with his cousin, hates the police and believes they covered up his brother’s innocence in the case of his wife’s murder.

Again, we have a variety of people to be suspicious of. And Natalie finds herself protecting one of them—a client who is one of the cops who worked the case of Serena Montrose’s murder. In her attempts not to reveal that he is her client, she sometimes makes things worse.

Gideon continues to be the wonderful and supportive husband we know and love, while trying to keep Natalie from putting herself in danger. Naturally, it doesn’t work, but he’s always there to pick up the pieces. 

I particularly enjoyed getting to see Abe Bartholomew move from a side character to an integral part of the story. His frustration in dealing with his little sister, who is determined not to listen, rings true. Even better, rather than our young lovers dying, we see them survive their idiocy and become wiser people. And Jemma is able to separate herself from Rowan’s infatuation, so that’s definitely a win.

Black continues to give us stories that use complicated family dynamics as part of the impetus for her plots. Can’t wait for the next installment!
Thank you to NetGalley and Covenant Communications for providing an ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

Possible Objectionable Material:
Murders. Danger, Betrayal. Lying. A difficult marriage dynamic. A little gaslighting. Mental illness. Natalie’s somewhat abusive mother is mentioned frequently. There is no swearing and the violence is not graphic. Some people drink alcohol, but I don’t recall anyone being actually drunk. Drug use. Complicated personal relationships. Manipulation.

Who Might Like This Book:
People who like suspense stories. Those who like complicated family dynamics and other relationships. People who like allusions to Shakespeare stories. There is bit of romance here, but it is definitely not the focus of the story.
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In a clever nod to the classic story of Romeo and Juliet, a budding romance develops between a police detective’s younger sister, Jemma, and local bad boy Rowan. When shocking crimes occur, will an intuitive psychologist and her husband be able to solve the crime, exonerate Rowan, and prevent a tragic ending? Find out un this masterful work of small town suspense.
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This book should come with a warning label: DO NOT START AT NIGHT. Basically, do not start reading this book if you want to get anything else accomplished, because once you get a couple of chapters into the story you aren't going to be able to put it down!

Stephanie Black is one of my favorite clean suspense authors and I'm always excited for another Natalie Marsh book. That poor woman has been through the wringer, and I hope she and her husband have a good therapist because somehow she always finds herself mixed up in these dangerous situations. I'd definitely have nightmares on a regular basis if I'd experienced what Natalie's been through. Only Natalie Marsh trying to help her intern keep an eye on a couple of people at a fundraiser can turn into a fight for her life!

I loved the Romeo and Juliet vibes in the story--from the bad decisions Jemma and Rowan kept making to the scene in the cemetary. I feel the author did a great job incorporating those elements into the story. There were a few great suspects and for once I was right about one of them (go me because this rarely happens), but the other one completely took me by surprise!! And that ending!!! I was not prepared for it and immediately texted my book besties about my surprise. I didn't give any spoilers but I had to let them know to be prepared--it's what we book besties do!

You don't have to read the previous books in the series before reading this one but I recommend you do so you can see Natalie and Gideon's relationship from the beginning and you'll also see Natalie's relationship with a few of the characters that are in this book. The series starts with Not a Word.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher Covenant Communications via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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I've been reading these Natalie Marsh mystery books since the very beginning and I'm always so excited to get a new one.  Natalie is a character with smarts and a gift for patience but she is also a trouble magnet.  And when I say trouble, I mean death and destruction kind of trouble.  It's frightening.  Just ask her husband.  Poor guy.  He is always put through the ringer.  I don't know how they both don't have PTSD.

This mystery was so well crafted.  I love suspecting everyone and finding the truth right along with the characters.  This one had me so invested from beginning to end.  The danger had a growing momentum that had me reading so fast, I had to purposely slow myself down.  I was in such a hurry to find out the "who done it" that I was missing the good stuff.  I'm impatient like that.  

The ending was awesome.  I loved how everything came together.  I'm a fan of this author and her mysteries.  So, so good.

This book is part of a series and I think you will be happier if you read it in order because Natalie will feel like a friend and you will know her history.  But, I think you could read it as a stand alone.

Content:  violence, death, peril.  Kissing.

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.
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Natalie Marsh is in top form in this suspense mystery. The way this story is laid out is just amazing. There are so many twists and turns with plenty of Natalie's cool logic and propensity for trouble. 

Stephanie Black is a master of suspense and mystery. She keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. 

I love that Natalie is a psychologist and the way she interacts with others. She does tend to be a bit trusting and finds herself in so many situations. =]

The characters are wonderful and the conflicts are on point. I found myself pulled into the story, caring about the characters, and trying to figure out the mystery as I go.

I received an early copy through the publisher and NetGalley and this is my honest review.
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The Natalie Marsh Mystery Series has been so good and all of the stories, although connected, have also been very different. This novel held many surprises and things I didn't guess until almost the end. Natalie Marsh is a psychologist by trade. The problem is, she always finds herself in the middle of some murder mystery. Her poor husband has a hard time keeping up with her and gets so stressed worrying about Natalie...and for good reason. It's like trouble sniffs her out despite her always trying to do the right thing and help people.

There is a lot of action; car chases, homicide, drugging, and kidnapping to name a few. Please know, there is nothing too graphic in the storytelling. As far as crazy twists and turns you will find plenty of them. Just when you think you can sit back and proudly say you know what is happening, you're in for another curveball that leaves you wondering what you just read.

If you are a fan of this series it's an absolute must that you read this fifth book. If you've never read a Natalie Marsh Mystery, you could read this and still enjoy it but like I always recommend, you'll have a much richer experience with the characters if you've read the previous books. Stephanie Black has another hit on her hands with Come, Gentle Night.
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Natalie is a psychologist who had worked in some homicide investigations and she decides to move on from that life. Until an incident had occurred at a party and Rowan asks for her help. Rowan’s brother was convicted of murdering his wife and Rowan feels uneasy about this case. Reluctantly, she decides to help him and together they look for clues to find the real killer. A suspenseful thriller that throws in some twists and turns that keeps the reading guessing. 

Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and Covenant Communications for this review copy, I received this review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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I've really enjoyed the Natalie Marsh series and this book was a great addition to it! The pacing and character development were well done. The plot kept me on the edge of my seat!
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Wowsers!!! I know I can always count on Stephanie Black to make me lose sleep at night because I just can't set her books down! I'm reading along and thinking "just one more chapter," as I fight to keep my eyes open and my book is bashing me in the face.

If you're a fan of suspense/thriller books, you need to pick up these Natalie Marsh books! I didn't start with the first book when I first picked them up and then went back and enjoyed them. As I read this I felt like readers who are picking up book #5 without having read any of the previous books, they'd be able to dive right in and enjoy it and not feel lost. The author gives back info that fills in the pertinent info. But I like them all that I suggest reading or listening to them all.

The characters are well developed and the relationships between all of the characters are built up and leave you thinking there's no way any of them could be the one causing all of the problems. Oh, but you'll be shocked by all of the twists and turns and what happens throughout the book. Poor Natalie, she needs a break. Maybe one of these books, the author will give her a break. Hahaha! I was guessing and guessing and making many conjectures of who, what, where and why. I'm happy to say I guessed right on some but I guessed wrong on other aspects. But it was sooooo good! I love when an author keeps me guessing throughout the whole book.

Get ready for some great reading material when you pick this one up. And don't forget that you might lose sleep as well. I wish you luck!!!

Content: Clean. This book is clean and written very well even with the suspense/thriller content. There are murders and such but the author does a great job of not being overly graphic and keeping it clean that a wide age range can read and enjoy her books. The main character is married but there are only a couple kisses throughout the book and nothing further. I'd let my older teenagers read/listen to it. They have the previous books and really enjoy them.

I received a copy from the pubisher, Covenant Communications, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

Happy Reading!!!
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Stephanie Black is the queen of suspense. Her writing keeps me guessing until the very end, and it was no different in Come Gentle Night. Natalie Marsh gets entangled in yet another murder mystery as she tries to be a helpful friend to a young woman entangled in a whirlwind relationship. As the death count ticks upward, both Natalie and her husband are determined to stay safe and only be as involved as they need to be. Before long, the perpetrator takes matters into his own hands to silence Natalie's involvement. I finally had to stay up all night to finish solving the mystery, I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep until I finished!

Thank you to Net Galley for the advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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I had to laugh at just how much Natalie and Gideon just did NOT want to be a part of this story. They did their best (well, sort of) to avoid it, but I don't think they actually know how to avoid these issues. Especially Natalie. :) While they might not have been thrilled to get sucked in to yet another kerfluffle, I was quite happy to see them there. They both make for a good story - probably more so with their reluctance.
I am not a Shakespeare fan at all, not even a little tiny bit, so I didn't notice that this was a slight retelling of Romeo and Juliet until it was pointed out to me. Afterwards, I did notice some similarities, but not really all that many, because I'm pretty sure I slept through the Shakespeare unit in school. Either that, or I just didn't understand any of what I read, which is probably most likely.
Super-confusing ancient authors aside, I highly recommend this book. And this series. And this author.
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A good mystery with characters I actually liked. I was a bit lost at the beginning as I haven't yet had the chance to read the previous book but I caught up fairly quickly. I liked how everything was revealed slowly but steadily and wasn't overly complicated. Everyone got exactly what they deserved and we got some great snarky banter to go alongside it. A really enjoyable read!

I received this temporary complimentary ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. I am not required by anyone to write a positive review  but am pleased to do so. I will receive no fiscal compensation for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
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Thank you to Netgalley, the publishers, and Stephanie Black.

When I requested this book I was unaware that it was a part of a series, one that requires you to read the previous books for this one to make sense. I am unable to read all the previous books along with this one before the publish date. Therefore, I will rate this a fair 3/5 stars and will adjust the rating and review when I am able to read all the books in the series along with this one.

I am sorry for any issues caused by this and I will be more careful in the future.
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Come, Gentle Night was the first book I ever read by Stephanie Black, and I’m beyond annoyed that I haven’t happened upon her books before this.

I love nothing more than a writing style that makes me feel as if I’m watching a movie unfold right before my eyes, and Stephanie’s style is just that. It was able to picture everything clearly and lose myself in the story. Natalie Marsh has all the vibes of Temperance Brennan, expect she’s using psychology to solve the mysteries surrounding her. I feel a very strong need to read the entire series now.

There were so many twists and turns in this story, that Stephanie made it incredibly hard to figure out who was behind the murders until the very end. I highly recommend this book.
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Bravo Stephanie Black, well played! What a rollercoaster ride! I love it when a mystery keeps me guessing. Usually, I’m pretty good at figuring out whodunit before the end. Not this story! This mystery was so full of twists and turns and just when I thought I’d figured it out, there was a new clue. Not only was the mystery fabulous, but I loved the relationships, the humor, and the overall themes. I also enjoyed the nods to one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. So well done! 

Natalie Marsh is a psychologist who frequently finds herself in the middle of police investigations. Now married, she and her husband have a countdown to see how long they can go without a police entanglement. Needless to say, it’s not long. While attending a benefit for the women’s shelter owned by her intern’s father, Natalie and Gideon are asked to keep an eye on two young men. When the night ends in disaster, Natalie once again finds herself involved in a mystery. 

Detective Bartholomew’s sister Jenna is visiting for the summer and attends the same benefit. There she meets Rowan, a handsome young English major, and there’s an instant attraction between them. When Rowan is confronted by a cop, things quickly go downhill. Rowan has a reason to mistrust the police. His brother Brett was accused of murdering his wife, but he believes he was framed by a cop. As Rowan and Jenna work to clear Brett’s name, they wind up in unimaginable trouble. When someone ends up dead, Rowan is the first to be blamed, but is he guilty or a victim? Natalie of course is right in the middle of it trying to determine fact from fiction and putting her own life in danger. 

Murder, feuds, young love, an angry mother, a meddling neighbor, a questionable cop, and a host of other suspects make this story so hard to put down. The ending will have you on the edge of your seat. It’s a must read for mystery lovers. While it’s the fifth book in the series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. Those familiar with the series will especially love this. It’s a cozy clean mystery akin to an Agatha Christie or Mary Higgins Clark novel. I received an advanced complimentary copy from the author and publisher. All opinions are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review.
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Come Gentle Night is the fifth in the excellent Natalie Marsh series, part mystery, part suspense, part clean romance.  Natalie Marsh is a psychologist who is attending a gala fundraiser for the Daffodil House Women's Shelter when her assistant requests she keep an eye on two young men, Rowan and Cooper, the latter who is confrontational when around authorities.  And there were plenty of authorities at the ball.  Rowan and Jemma meet at the event and have eyes only for each other.  But Natalie and her husband Gideon get themselves into an unexpected mess when they discover skeletons in the closets of Rowan's family.  Rowan's brother, Brett, has been accused of a murder years ago and Rowan believes him to be innocent.  Well.  Sparks fly.  Crimes are committed and murder comes knocking.  Who can one really trust?

Mystery fans who prefer their crime stories with a side of romance ought to seek out this series, well worth reading.  I particularly enjoy the psychological slant.  Romance I could do without but it does play a role in the story.  

My sincere thank you to Covenant Communications and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this engrossing book and for introducing me to this fabulous series.
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With the reference to the quote from Romeo and Juliet, much of the story comes into focus. Jemma and Rowan are two starry eyed young adults who do impetuous things, not considering the consequences, which some prove to be deadly. 

Dr. Natalie Marsh is no stranger to difficult situations and becomes involved in the case of treachery, deceit, and murder. With several twists and subplots, the culprits are not revealed until the very end that have you guessing throughout the story. 

I did like the book, but I believe I would have had a better sense of the characters if I had read previous books in the series. Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for an advanced e-arc of the book. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. 

3.5/5 stars
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A clean suspense novel.  Natalie Marsh is is a psychologist who sometimes gets entangled with murder investigations.  This is the 5th book in a series, which I didn’t realize when I requested an ARC.  The title comes from Romeo and Juliet, and while this isn’t a retailing there are easy plot comparisons to the Shakespeare play.  

At a fundraising gala for a domestic violence shelter, a cop gets pepper sprayed and accuses two men (in their 20s).  They are taken into custody but released when one is alibied by Natalie because she was dancing with him at the time.  A 19 year old sister of one of the detectives at the event was dancing with one of the men and is inexplicably drawn to him.  He believes the police faked evidence putting his older brother in jail.  She wants to help him in his quest to exonerate his brother.  But things quickly escalate between the police and the men with Natalie being dragged in as someone they reach out to for help.

There are a lot of good twists and turns.  I did however easily predict two of the major potential masterminds and their reasons.  (But I read a lot of mysteries.)  I was surprised that Natalie didn’t actively investigate but people came to her to share confidences.  And she is good at observations. I don’t know if that is the same in her other stories.  One of my least favorite characters is her husband Gideon.  I found him pompous, condescending and breaching of trust.  I wouldn’t have minded if he gotten killed off.  I saw another reviewer who said he was their favorite character.  That must be a hold over feeling from previous books because I saw nothing attractive or supportive in him.  He was good for gathering one clue and being dramatic when Marsh goes missing.

I enjoyed the storytelling for the most part.  There did seem to be some retelling as different people are brought up to speed on plot points.  Also the sister comes off as a very young 19 and her instant infatuation and believing the guy was over the top.  But so is Romeo and Juliette in that regards.  There is a murder, shooting, knives and mentions of domestic violence and previous homicides.  I’ve already checked and my local library has the other books in the series so I may read earlier adventures.  (It is a local to my state publisher.)

Thank you to NetGalley and Covenant Communications for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
(3.5 stars)
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