Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: To Kingdom Come (Art History Mystery #4) by Claudia Riess

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for To Kingdom Come by Claudia Riess. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the blitz wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: To Kingdom Come
Series: Art History Mystery #4
Author: Claudia Riess
Publisher: Level Best Books
Publication Date: May 31st 2022
Print Length: 311 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
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Amateur sleuths, Erika Shawn-Wheatley, art magazine editor, and Harrison Wheatley, art history professor, attend a Zoom meeting of individuals from around the globe whose common goal is to expedite the return of African art looted during the colonial era. Olivia Chatham, a math instructor at London University, has just begun speaking about her recent find, a journal penned by her great-granduncle, Andrew Barrett, active member of the Royal Army Medical Service during England’s 1897 “punitive expedition” launched against the Kingdom of Benin.

Olivia is about to disclose what she hopes the sleuthing duo will bring to light, when the proceedings are disrupted by an unusual movement in one of the squares on the grid. Frozen disbelief erupts into a frenzy of calls for help as the group, including the victim, watch in horror the enactment of a murder videotaped in real time.

It will not be the only murder or act of brutality Erika and Harrison encounter in their two-pronged effort to hunt down the source of violence and unearth a cache of African treasures alluded to in Barrett’s journal.

Much of the action takes place in London, scene of the crimes and quest for redemption.

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EXCERPT:
He wondered now why had it taken such an effort to decide which of his plans to set in motion. Walking off with an artifact or two from Franks House, the British Museum’s storage facility in East London, may have given him his political statement, but at what cost? The place was crawling with workers in lab coats and masks—conservators, project managers, photographers, interns, auditors, volunteers—the lot of them engaged in the end goal of moving 200,000 objects from the museum’s collection of Africa, Oceania, and the Americans to its nearly spanking new World Conservation and Exhibition Centre. True, it would not have been an insurmountable task, entering the quiet road where the quaint redbrick warehouse lay and unobtrusively blending into the workforce, but then what? Would he have been forced to shoot his way out of the place at the risk of being gunned down himself? How sordid and at the same time mundane to mow down an uncalculated number of individuals, only to find himself a mere casualty sprawled among them. Hell no, he was neither a loony terrorist nor a crack- head martyr. The plan in place was the more sensible course, no question about it.

It was restful, hearing below his thoughts the rhythmic phrase of train wheels clacking against the tracks in lulling repetition. His calmness surprised him a little, given what lay ahead. His scenario had been well choreographed, but only on an imagined stage with players moving about under his ironclad direction. In real life, even the most meticulous plan is apt to be disrupted by unforeseen circumstances. He knew that it was exactly 1.6 miles from Effingham Junction Station to the mansion on Ockham Lane in Cobham, Surrey, but was he certain that he would not be accosted by a madman or struck by lightning on his walk to the place?

If he allowed his thoughts to ramble on in this manner, his nerves would start acting up. He must lean into the physical moment and move with it into his destiny. He looked out the window past his reflection and focused on the indifferent stars.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
An award-winning author of seven novels, Claudia Riess graduated from Vassar and resides in Manhattan and Westhampton Beach. Her most recent novel is the fourth book in her art history mystery series. “To Kingdom Come” was released in Spring 2022 by Level Best Books.

Last year, Riess signed a second three-book contract with Level Best Books to continue the series that began with “Stolen Light.” The plot involved murder, the Italian Renaissance, and the Cuban Revolution—as well as a love story. The book was chosen by the Vassar travel program coordinator and the Vassar Latin American professor for distribution to the participants in their 2017 “people-to-people” trips to Cuba.

The latest suspense novel set in the art world, sleuths Erika Shawn, art magazine editor, and Harrison Wheatley, art history professor. Now married, the couple is caught up in a multiple-murder case involving the repatriation of African art and artifacts seized by the British in the late nineteenth century during the colonial era. Much of the action takes place in London, scene of the crimes and quest for redemption.

An engaging speaker, Riess has recently given several author talks via Zoom for libraries* and is scheduled for future Zoom and podcast events at more venues. Subjects include “Anatomy of a Murder Mystery,” “Dangerous Liaison: Fiction and History,” and “The Joys and Perils of Creating a Mystery Series.” Her talks are of interest to both authors and readers.

Claudia Riess has worked in the editorial departments of The New Yorker magazine and Holt Rinehart and Winston. She has also edited several art history monographs.

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GIVEAWAY:
Claudia Riess will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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50 comments:

  1. What part of the book was the most fun to write?

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    1. Interesting question! I love sorting things out at a dramatic turning point. Then again, when I'm in the middle of a dialogue, that's what excites me. I guess whatever my focal point of the moment becomes the "most fun." (I also love resolving a fix I've gotten myself into, plot-wise. Such a feeling of satisfaction. Like a detective cracking a case.)

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful book to read. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. thanks this sounds like an amazing read

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  4. Thank you for featuring my book. Much appreciated!

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  5. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  6. The book sounds very intriguing. Great cover!

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  7. I love a good mystery Good work

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  8. You are a new author for me- after reading the excerpt about your book- I would like to read this book-Thanks

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  9. Excellent excerpt, great cover, To Kingdom Come sounds like a fantastic book for me to read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular day!

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  10. To Kingdom Come is the fourth book in the series, are there any more stories to look forward to from this series?

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  11. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  12. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  13. David HollingsworthJuly 26, 2022 at 8:32 PM

    How are you trying to beat the heat?

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  14. Good book for Summer reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  15. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  16. I think that the cover of To Kingdom Come by author Claudia Riess is very colorful and attractive.

    Nancy
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  17. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  18. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book

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  19. Happy Wednesday!

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  20. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  21. looks like a fun one

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  22. This suspense novel set in the art world will make for exciting reading!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  23. David HollingsworthJuly 28, 2022 at 6:27 PM

    Happy Thursday!

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  24. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  25. I am always looking for a good new Mystery, sounds great!

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  26. Are you glad or sad when a book is finished?

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  27. thanks this giveaway has been fun

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  28. Is this a standalone read?

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  29. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  30. David HollingsworthJuly 29, 2022 at 5:23 PM

    Where do you go for peace and relaxation?

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  31. What kind of beverage do you like to have on hand while writing?

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  32. I think I would enjoy the contemporary mystery book. Looks fun to read! What genre's do you enjoy reading personally?

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