Revenge is Sweet

A Samantha Church Mystery

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
284 Pages
Reviewed on 04/03/2014
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Author Biography

Betta Ferrendelli is the author of the award-winning Samantha Church Mystery Series, featuring The Friday Edition, Revenge is Sweet, Dead Wrong, Cold Case No. 99-5219 and On the Border, which published in April 2020.
The Friday Edition was named one of the best Indie books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews; won the Readers' Favorite 2014 Gold Medal Award in the Fiction, Mystery, Sleuth category and earned best mystery in the 9th annual National Indie Excellence Awards for 2015.
Cold Case No. 99-5219 won the 2018 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal in the Fiction, Mystery, Murder category, and was a finalist in the 13th annual National Indie Excellence Awards, mystery category.
Betta is also the author of two award-winning contemporary women's fiction novels: An Invincible Summer and Last Things.
She has been an award-winning journalist since 1989, having worked at newspapers in Denver, Seattle and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Revenge is Sweet (A Samantha Church Mystery) by Betta Ferrendelli is, as the title suggests, a gripping mystery. Samantha Church and her publisher Wilson Cole Jr. are kidnapped by drug dealers seeking revenge because Samantha had ruined their smuggling operations. They are taken to an undisclosed location and after a few days Samantha is released. They want to harm Samantha in every possible way they can and also hurt the people with whom she is emotionally connected so that it affects her. The kidnappers know that the best way to hurt her is by harming her daughter, April, and her friend, Wilson Cole Jr. Will Samantha be able to save herself and her loved ones from being harmed by the kidnappers? Will she make her own plan to teach them a lesson?

With a fast moving story, this book will keep readers glued to it till the very end. The protagonist Samantha Church has been portrayed well with a lot of power and depth in her characterization. Readers can relate to the characters and they come across as believable and genuine people. The author is very descriptive in narrating the scenes and that enhances the visual appeal of the story, making the story come alive for readers.

The element of mystery and suspense in the story makes it a compelling read. The twists and turns in the plot and the meanness of the kidnappers keep readers curious to the end.