A Matter of Blood

by Catherine Maiorisi

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.






Genre Mystery
Length 300 pages
Publication Date January 18, 2018
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594935718e
Editor Ann Roberts
Cover Designer Judith Fellows


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 But the whole murder mystery is superseded by the threat to Coreli and her family which only a moral dilemma can resolve.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.

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