Chronicles of the Blood Countess by Melinda De Ross #Review

Chronicles of the Blood Countess by Melinda De Ross #ReviewChronicles of the Blood Countess by Melinda De Ross

Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Indie/Self Published on December 13, 2014
Pages: 171
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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There are certain figures in history that when I see their names I get this chill down my back and I don’t mean the good kind. And then I quickly proceed forthwith to read the story because I like reading about the big, bad scaries that keep me up at night. In this case, it is Erzsebet (or Elizabeth) Bathory, a Hungarian countess also known as the Blood Countess for the cruel butcheries of a frightening number of people particularly young girls. The author told a captivating modern-day romantic suspense tale set in Transylvania with the discovery of a never before known castle belonging to the Blood Countess. This atmospheric piece grabbed my attention from the beginning and left me chewing my nail over the exciting climax near the end.

The story opens with Serena Scott getting her new assignment to go with aggravating cameraman, to film a documentary piece about the new discovery of a castle in Transylvania thought to be another primary residence of Countess Erzsebet Bathory. Serena and Hunter will stay in the fifteenth century residence and shoot footage as Serena narrates the story of the Blood Countess and the tie-in to the castle. Serena is less than thrilled about the nearly silent Hunter Cole as her work partner and about the primitive housing. The location and the subject matter get to her as she researches and explores the gruesome place particularly Erzsebet’s hidden torture chamber.

It is then that Serena realizes that she may have misjudged Hunter. He is a stalwart companion and he has hidden depths once she starts to know him. She had a bad past experience with a man that colors her perceptions now. As they near the end of their assignment, they engage more with those down in the village and it is about that time the unthinkable happens. Serena and Hunter are caught up in a murder that harks back to the same way the Blood Countess tortured and killed her victims.

The author paces this one out steadily giving time for the reader to get to know the characters, the situation and feel the tension build both in the romance and the suspense. Serena is the first person perspective narrator and all is seen through her eyes. She’s fiery and prone to jump to conclusions, but she can be observant and fair too. I liked how Hunter is a bit of a mystery and he is slowly made known about the same pace as Serena starts to fall for him. They are a likeable pair and there is good chemistry there. The setting and background about Erzsebet Bathory set the tone and gave the murder mystery quite the boost in chills.

In summary, I found this a compelling bit of storytelling that I can easily recommend to Romantic Suspense fans.

My thanks to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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About Melinda De Ross

Anca-Melinda Coliolu, writing as Melinda De Ross, lives in her native Romania with her husband and a pair of rude parrots. She attended Law School and got her degree but worked as a journalist for several newspapers, polishing her writing skills.

It never occurred to her that she wanted a career as an author until she began writing, as therapy to get perspective on a crucial part of her life.

Melinda was a professional target shooter for a decade, winning multiple National Championships. She was breaking records in her teens until health issues forced her to give up the sport.

Out of that heartbreak, Rendezvous with Hymera – her first novel – started taking shape and so began her career as a Romantic Suspense author.
Melinda has always been a fan of writers like Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown. Currently she weaves romance into tales laced with the paranormal and occult. Her interests in yoga, philosophy and a large range of other disciplines give her work depth and color.

Other books by Melinda De Ross include: Unabridged, The Coriola Series (Mirage Beyond Flames and Dante’s Amulet), Chronicles of The Blood Countess, Be My Valentine, and A Touch Of Poetry.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Great review!!! This countess does sound pretty scary. Whew! I do love those exciting stories that keep you on edge. Man I definitely have to try this one soon.

    • She is pretty scary and mostly because she’s real and rivals Vlad the Impaler for her deeds. I had to go onto YouTube and watch a few documentaries on her after reading this. Brrrr!

  • I’m normally devouring anything I find about the Blood Countess, but this one is new to me. Thanks for sharing!

    • My pleasure, Angela! The author, Melinda, is native to Blood Countess country so I think you might find this a treat.

  • Oh now this is an interesting theme for a story. I don’t think I’ve read many books about her.

    • This was my second to feature the Blood Countess, but the first time I realized that she was a real historical figure.

  • Melinda De Ross

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Sophia! XX

    Melinda De Ross

    • You’re very welcome, Melinda! I enjoyed reading your book.

  • Melinda De Ross

    And thank you ladies for showing interest in my Gothic Romance. If you decide to try it, I would be delighted to hear from you.

    Melinda

  • Oh that is an awesome setting/setup. You’re too funny diving into the ones that give you the chill bumps. I’m such a wuss with things like that.

    • Um, not brave usually, but for some reason certain scary historical figures excite me. But I draw the line at Walking Dead, Stephen King, true horror and stuff like that.

      • Oh my gosh. Yeah those would be a HUGE no for me. I’d never sleep again. lol Though I might end up with a cleaner house. heh

  • WOW! Five stars! That’s fantastic! This is fantasy, right? Romantic suspense I see. I loooove romance novels (I know you do too), so I might like this one! And it’s short. Sounds good! Excellent review, Sophia 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Sorry, not fantasy, but it does have a great atmosphere that make it feel unreal. Oh yes, we love our romance, Alyssa!

  • Sounds fun and twisted >:3! Love the review and wow you gave it a high rating.

    • When an author can slam all my senses and make me feel present in the story by creating a tone and compelling tale, oh yeah, 5 Stars it is.

  • vvb reads

    The modern day Transylvania setting makes this sound so intriguing.

    • Exactly! I enjoyed that a Romanian author told a suspenseful story about a famous bloody legend from her country.

  • Melanie Simmons

    This looks really interesting. Countess Bathory always catches my eye, but I’ve yet to read a story about her. I’ll have to check it out.

    • Oh, she’s a real life monster it sounds like and makes Vlad the Impaler out to be a choir boy. I read a vampire story with her as a character and she was a baddie in that one too. Brrr.

  • Is she the one that bathed in the blood of the young girls? Or was that some fiction I read? Sounds really interesting!

    • Yes, that’s her. Apparently, it happened for real, Lorna. Brrr.

  • Lindy Gomez

    This sounds good! It’s always great when the tension in the romance and suspense builds. It makes the story that much more exciting! Great Review 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Yep! The build was the part that got to me. I had no idea what was coming either so it took me on a great ride.