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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

To Catch a Killer & To Right the Wrongs by Sheryl Scarborough - Book Reviews & Giveaway

Reviews by Suze

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Everyone in town knows Erin Blake. Her mother was murdered when she was a little girl and the case was never solved. Erin survived the crime, while she was with her mother when it happened. Afterwards she was taken in by her mother's best friend Rachel. Erin doesn't know who her father is, but she'd love to know. That's why she asked her biology teacher for help. Miss P. wants to analyse DNA samples of the potential candidates. Erin managed to gather what she needs and drives to her teacher's home to deliver them. Unfortunately, before they can get to work Erin finds her teacher's body. She's being linked to another murder. Is this a coincidence?

Erin isn't completely helpless when it comes to science. Together with Spam and Lysa, her best friends, she has a small business. They process samples and they can access most online information. Erin wants to follow in her uncle Victor's footsteps, he works for the FBI and writes about forensics. Together with her two friends she tries to uncover the truth. This is especially important when both Erin and her secret crush Journey are being seen as suspects in the case. Erin saw him the night Miss P. died and identified him, so Journey isn't her biggest fan. However, they soon discover that it's much smarter to work together than having an argument about a crime they clearly both didn't commit. They know they aren't safe until they find the person who's responsible. Is there a link between Erin's mother and Miss P. and will Erin be able to uncover the truth before the killer gets a chance to come after her as well?

To Catch a Killer is a fantastic gripping story. I was immediately intrigued by Erin's detective skills. Her resourcefulness and determination are making sure she keeps finding answers. Erin is incredibly smart and she's good at keeping secrets. She also has interesting friends who are helping her with her problems. I loved the friendship aspect of To Catch a Killer, it adds a beautiful layer to an already fascinating story. The main characters are all intriguing and that makes this book a true gem.

Sheryl Scarborough kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Her story is inspirational and I loved her thorough descriptions of the research Erin is doing. She gives clear explanations that are both educational and entertaining. The combination of a terrific thrilling plot and great scientific exploring is really special. I can't praise To Catch a Killer enough. The story has many unexpected twists and turns and I loved every single page of this amazing book.

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Erin would love to become a professional forensic scientist and is thrilled that her uncle Victor's home to stay. She admires his work and the fact that he's turning the school lab into a professional lab that can also be used for forensics is a dream come true. Especially because Victor has asked Erin and her friends to help. There will be a CSI summer camp and Erin and her best friends Spam and Lysa will work as camp counselors. There's a lot of work that needs to be done and Erin enjoys every single step.

Erin's crush Journey is now her boyfriend. After graduation Journey will continue with forensics and Victor has asked him to become his intern. For Journey this isn't just a summer job. There's a lot more at stake, as Victor has promised to help Journey with his mission to free his father. Journey's father is in prison and Journey hasn't seen him in years, all because of a murder he didn't commit. Victor and Journey have asked Erin and her friends not to get involved in the case, because they want to make sure they follow the exact right protocol, but Erin can't help getting involved. She tries to respect Journey's wishes, but strange things are happening in the lab and Erin can't seem to avoid trouble. Will she be able to keep herself and the people she loves safe this time?

To Right the Wrongs is another amazing Erin Blake story. I was immediately captivated by Sheryl Scarborough's gripping writing style. Erin's sleuthing skills are magnificent. She and her friends are fabulous at uncovering the truth. I loved how Erin keeps finding herself in the middle of the action, even if she means to stay out of a situation. She's a brilliant main character and I loved every single page of her story. She's incredibly clever and I absolutely love it when a heroine has admirable skills and is brave at the same time.

Sheryl Scarborough knows how to write a suspenseful story. She plays with tension in a wonderful way. I like how surprising her stories are. They are creative, informative and compelling. To Right the Wrongs kept me glued to the pages from beginning to end. I read this book in one sitting, I didn't want to put it down. I love it when a story completely mesmerizes me. Sheryl Scarborough has written another terrific Erin Blake book. I highly recommend this fantastic series.


If you love gripping YA the Erin Blake books are absolute must-reads. I'd advise you to read the books in their correct order.

About Sheryl Scarborough

There was a certain destiny to my career as a writer. My mother was an actress and the theater ran deep in her veins. Some of my earliest memories of the two of us are: me with script in hand feeding her cue lines. I grew up reading and watching the plays of Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, Tennessee Williams and more. I viewed these plays, not just once, but every night she was on stage.
Writing as a career is hard and challenging. But it’s the one thing I do better than anything else.

My work has appeared in just about every medium you can imagine, from TV scripts to series concepts, comic books, children’s books, business plans and magazine articles. I have written theater and restaurant reviews in exchange for great seats and free food. I have even been a ghost-writer for a celebrity, which is more work and less haunting than it sounds. Now, I’m writing what I truly love which are YA thrillers and mysteries with a forensic twist.
If I hadn’t actually been born to be a writer I’m pretty sure I would use forensics to solve real crimes… or, maybe I’d save whales.

Both of these things are passions of mine and I know I would love doing them. Probably not as much as I love writing, but still. There is a tiny problem in that the sight of actual blood makes me queasy (bonus queasy points when it’s my own.) And, of course there is sea sickness. Dear Ocean, I love you but seriously those waves… pheew. Signed: me.

In the end I always come back to writing because even though there’s rarely blood or sloshing waves, there’s plenty of excitement on the page and I still get the tingling roller coaster rush when I nail an especially elusive point in a story.

Writing for children’s television was not only a great career and a bunch of fun but it was also a fantastic step in my process. Some of the most difficult techniques for an author to master are easy all-day for the TV writer. Things like: the elevator pitch, crafting an outline or synopsis and maintaining pace and tension over 300 pages and a crap-load of characters.
My path to publishing was harder than I thought it would be.

My transition from film to fiction was harder than I thought it would be and it took longer than my break into TV. It also included side trip into grad school at Vermont College of Fine Arts (aka Hogwarts for people who wish they had invented Hogwarts).

If you’d like to know what other things I’ve written, you can check out my online resume.


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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a paperback copy of To Catch a Killer with a fingerprint kit and a paperback copy of To Right the Wrongs with an electronic tracker bookmark from Sheryl Scarborough.

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  1. Erin sounds like a great heroine, I love smart and resourceful, particularly in thrillers where characters don't always make smart choices and I end up shaking my head at their actions.

  2. What a wonderful childhood Sheryl had - no wonder she turned to writing! As for hating the sight of blood, I was friends with a girl who was training to be a theatre nurse but she kept fainting at the first incision!

  3. I love to read YA Thrillers and To Catch Killer and To Right The Wrongs sounds interesting! :)

  4. You are one of my favorite authors. The bookmark sounds awesome to check out!

  5. Sounds like the kind of read that'd keep me up all night as I wouldn't be able to put it down!

  6. My son is very curious about everything around him. He loved your book About Bugs.

  7. Both books sound like fantastic mysteries with great forensic details.

  8. this sounds wonderful and strong

  9. Thanks for the introduction to this series.

  10. I've heard so many good things about this book, I can't wait to get my hands on it!

  11. This sounds like a great story, can't wait to read it

  12. Looking forward to reading To Catch a Killer & To Right the Wrongs

  13. I don't think I've come across any YA forensics novels before. I think my students would really like them.

  14. A great giveaway - sounds like a great read

  15. I rarely read books in this genre but I want to read this one.

  16. I'll be reading this regardless of if I win or not - it looks awesome!!!

  17. Sounds great and I'm in love with the cover.

  18. This book is right up my street. I love the cover and the description. Can't wait to read it.

  19. Thank you for the chance to win an awesome prize!