The Byzantine Connection (Stella Hunter: Book 3) by Edita A. Petrick

The Byzantine Connection (Peacetaker Series Book 3) by [Petrick, Edita A]

Publisher: Edita A. Petrick

Date of Publication: January 27th 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Series: Stella Hunter Mysteries

Ribbons of Death – Book 1 (review here)

The Harmony Scroll – Book 2 (review here)

The Byzantine Connection – Book 3

Book Synopsis

Dr. Stella Hunter and her husband Carter have seen more unbelievable things in their short time together than most couples ever see in a lifetime. The incarnation of ancient myths, beasts of lore, and deadly curses follow them wherever they go, and never seem too far behind the strange happenings that keep occurring. 

When Stella is brought in to consult with Father Malvan of St. Hedwig’s Church in Detroit, Carter is stunned by a strange occurrence that makes him question the limits of age and the existence of magic. The presence of a mysterious stone statue and the heartbreaking toll it takes on Father Malvan is only the beginning, as the pair begin a dangerous journey to help track down something that used to be a man until he disgraced himself by trafficking a little boy with a curse on his head. 

At the crossroads of miracles and curses, Stella and Carter must confront the stunning reality that nothing is ever as it seems…and retribution may not be merely death. Their original plan was to continue gathering material for Stella’s next book on texts and treasures in antiquarian bookshops and libraries, but once a mysterious call comes in the middle of the night, research-gathering takes a backseat. 

Danger lurks in even the holiest of places, as Stella and Carter once again face the reality of hell on Earth when curses fly and the souls of men hang in the balance. 

My review:

This book takes place a year or so after The Harmony Scroll ends. I was delighted to find out that Carter and Stella are a couple. Stella has trouble coming to terms with their relationship with during the course of the book. Their interactions during this book cracked me up.

They are sent on a mystery after Stella’s friend contacts them about a mysterious statue. The events become a race against time to stop a powerful lawyer from fulfilling a prophecy.

The action was insane. Throw in the mythological element and it got my heart pounding at some points.

The ending was not what I expected and the twist in it threw me for a loop. I should have seen it coming, I should have but didn’t.

How many stars will I give The Byzantine Connection? 4

Why? Loved the book. The action was great and the mystery was out of this world. But Stella not telling Carter everything really started to get on my nerves during this series.

Will I reread? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age range? Teen on up

Why? Violence and swearing but no sex.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

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