Saturday, June 8, 2019

Book Review of Bomb Shell, an FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter

Bomb Shell by Catherine Coulter book cover
Catherine Coulter has written 23 books in her FBI series featuring Dillon Savich and his wife & partner Lacey Sherlock. A few years ago I introduced you to a new series of crime thrillers by Catherine Coulter staring American-born, UK-raised Nicholas Drummond, a tough chief detective inspector with Scotland Yard in my review of “The Final Cut”. Little did I realize that a Savich/Sherlock mystery thriller written just before “The Final Cut” gives us hints within the story of this upcoming 'A Brit in the FBI Series'.

Having just finished reading this book, Bomb Shell published in 2013, I would like to review it for you now.

Bomb Shell Synopsis

Bomb Shell book cover
Bomb Shell available on Amazon

Throughout Catherine Coulter's FBI series with Savich & Sherlock, we are introduced to other regular characters who are sometimes introduced in one book and reappear in subsequent books. One such character is FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith whom we first met in "Backfire”. Griffin was working in the San Francisco office and aided Savich and Sherlock in solving a crime. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith and recruits him to join his unit in Washington, D.C. 

While on his way cross-country to his new assignment in D.C., Griffin plans to visit his sister, Delsey, who is a student at a School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he gets there, a phone call tells him that Delsey has been found naked and unconscious, lying in a pool of blood that isn't hers. No one knows whose blood it is, but Griffin knows he must protect Delsey. But from whom?

Meanwhile, back in D.C., the FBI, headed by agents Savich and Sherlock, is called to the scene of a murder, a body lying naked and frozen on a bitter winter day at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial.  The victim turns out to be the grandson of a former Federal Reserve Bank chairman. Is his death revenge against his grandfather for the banking crisis, or something personal?

With two crimes to solve, one in D.C. and one in Maestro, Virginia, will the FBI agents figure it out while coping with the cold and snow that is hampering their investigation? And, is Griffin Hammersmith really gifted with a unique ability to “see” how criminals think? 

Author Catherine Coulter

Catherine Coulter, Author
Personal Photo taken off book cover
Original Photo by (c) Charles Bush
Catherine Coulter has written over 83 novels, 78 of which have been on the New York Times Best Sellers list.  Her FBI thrillers starring Savich & Sherlock now number 23. 

Coulter ends Bomb Shell with the crimes solved and Dillon and Sherlock making plans to attend a showing of the Koh-i-Noor diamond at an opening gala of the Crown Jewels on display in New York City. This is her clever seg-way into the introduction of her new series starring Nicholas Dummond ~ The Brit in the FBI ~ in The Final Cut.

Both Bomb Shell and The Final Cut are excellent mystery thrillers, as are all of Catherine Coulter's books. There is drama and danger and bits of humor and touches of caring in all her stories, without any blood & gore or extreme violence. I think this is why Catherine Coulter has become such a popular author. I hope you will enjoy Bomb Shell as much as I did.

Related Links:

The Final Cut - Book Review

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  1. It has been a while since I've read a Coulter mystery. I'd say it is about time to get back into this author's books. I do appreciate a crime novel that skips the gore and extreme violence. Thank you for introducing me to Bomb Shell. I trust your taste in books, thus appreciating your reviews and putting more stock in what you recommend.

    1. Thanks, Diana. Coulter is almost too nice to be a crime thriller writer. Her characters are so caring and such good people (at least the good guys; not the bad guys... LOL). I think you can tell a good story without going overboard with bad language, violence or graphic details. Bomb Shell was written in 2013 and I can't believe I missed reading it as I've read and own almost all Coulter's novels.

  2. Sounds like quite the mystery and a thriller that even I could enjoy since it isn't too graphic or gory. Adding it to my reading list now. Thank you for the awesome recommendation and review.

    1. Thanks, Mouse. I know you don't like graphic details in stories and I truly think Coulter's FBI series would appeal to you. Thanks for your visit.

  3. Pat, sounds like a good book! Mom loves these type of story lines, will have to add it to her reading list. Nothing like getting a book review from ReviewThis, thanks for this one.

  4. 78 on the best seller list! amazing!

    1. I know, right? You have to be good to accomplish a feat such as this. Thanks for visiting, Tracey.

  5. Thrillers aren’t usually a genre I enjoy, but I read several of Coulter’s non-thriller novels many years ago and really enjoyed them. Now that I know her Savich & Sherlock series doesn’t contain the excessive violence and graphic descriptions I dislike, I think it’s time for me to give this series a try. Thanks for the great review!

  6. I think you would enjoy her Savich/Sherlock series, Margaret. The stories are exciting and the characters so likable.

  7. Oh I like Catherine Coulter novels. They really let me "escape" for a while and that's what I want a book to do. She keeps me guessing at all times. I have not read this one yet, but guess what? This is going on my reading list right now! Thanks for the nudge!


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