Just back from her second tour in Afghanistan, NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli goes undercover to expose a ring of dirty cops. But when she’s ordered to kill to prove her loyalty, she aborts the operation without having identified the leaders. Now, Corelli is the one exposed. With her brothers and sisters in blue ostracizing her, can she trust Detective P.J. Parker to watch her back?
Parker is the daughter of a vehement critic of the NYPD. But that doesn’t stop her from wanting to work in the homicide division. And wanting to learn from the best. Unfortunately, Chiara Corelli is the best…even if she is the most hated detective in the department.
Without Parker, Corelli will be condemned to desk duty. Corelli is Parker’s only chance to work in homicide. Will the two women put aside their fears and join forces to solve a brutal murder and identify the leaders of the dirty cops before they get to Corelli’s family?
A Chiara Corelli Mystery Book 1.
FROM THE AUTHOR
"A Matter of Blood is near and dear to my heart. It’s not only the first mystery I ever wrote, it’s the first book I ever wrote. Though today’s published version is basically the same as the original, I’ve rewritten the book many times over the years and made many changes.
The biggest change? NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli started out straight. I hadn’t made a conscious choice, but all the detectives in all mysteries I’d read up to that time had been straight so that’s what I wrote. I intended Corelli’s love interest to be a man named Brett Cummings, a suspect in the murder she is investigating.
Their first meeting would be in Brett’s office where Corelli would question him about the murder. While Corelli is there waiting for her sidekick Detective P.J. Parker to bring Brett to her, she examines the photographs on his credenza, including one of a tall, beautiful blond man with a tall, beautiful blond woman in his arms. She assumes the man is Brett. When the woman in the photograph walks into the office and introduces herself as Brett, Corelli has a visceral reaction to her. And so did I. I was shocked to realize Chiara Corelli was a lesbian.
It took some rethinking and some rewriting. And, even a short story to get to know Brett. But the change felt right. Exactly."
Lambda Literary Awards
A Matter of Blood , Finalist, Lesbian Mystery
Lesbian Reading Room
This is an excellent mystery and whodunit with well-developed characters, an interesting backstory and great potential. The action is face paced but nicely interspersed with moments of stillness and humanity. Corelli’s Italian-American family play a prominent role in creating a loving backdrop for a publically unloved figure. The mystery is multi-layered and, just like a good Agatha Christie, we really don’t know who actually did it until every layer is exposed. But the whole murder mystery is superseded by the threat to Coreli and her family which only a moral dilemma can resolve.
Well written, enjoyable reading. I literally can’t wait for the next one to see where Ms Maiorisi takes us with both the crime-fighting team and the prospective romance.
The Lesbian Review
This book was a long time in the pipeline for Catherine Maiorisi, and it shows. The pacing is perfect, and there has clearly been a lot of work done over a long period on making sure that everything is just right. As a result, this is a really easy read that will hold your interest until the final page. The characters are well fleshed out and relatable, with terrific chemistry between the leads and a great story line. There is nothing in this book that doesn’t need to be there, and it was a pleasure to read from start to finish. My only gripe is that number 2 in the series is not out yet!!
Lex’s Reviews - thought the mystery part was well done. I am normally pretty good at figuring things out. And I did guess some things correctly, but there was plenty I was wrong about. I liked that Maiorisi was able to stump me some. And I would be surprised if anyone really figured everything out. If you are a mystery/detective fan, I say absolutely read this. It was really well written, with no inconsistencies that I could see. It’s very exciting at times and absolutely entertained me.
Kings River Life Magazine
In most cases, I will say readers can start with the current book and not miss anything. With Chiara ostracized by other members of the department, readers should start with A Matter of Blood to get the full effect and the background of Chiara and PJ working together. Both books are fast-paced thrillers, where every minute could be their last, with no one to trust and nowhere to hide. The Senator, reporters, public opinion—it seems everyone is against the pair. Allies are few and far between. Chiara’s a little crazy, but then who wouldn’t be?
Love page-turner thrillers? Pick these books up—then try to keep up with Chiara. It’ll be a breathtaking ride.