Friday, May 11, 2012

2012 Grace Award Winner-Mystery Suspense Catagory

GOODBYE NOEL  (Desert Breeze Publishing)


      Nike Chillemi

The pacing proved perfect for romantic suspense—even when there was no imminent danger, the threat hung over two people as they fell in love. Ms. Chillemi’s writing is strong and well-researched. Readers are drawn into the 1940’s with the setting and descriptions. The depth of detail in setting and character not only show exceptional skill but make it worthy of all the praise it has received. Katrina Lenart is a pediatric nurse and part of the close-knit Czechoslovakian community on the poor side of town. Detective Ian Daltry’s deep love for his daughter brings out his hero qualities almost immediately. Katrina is devoted to protecting the baby whose mother has been killed; Ian is determined to protect Katrina. Their romance is done in a sweet, respectful manner. The mystery of who killed Noel Bauer develops in twists and turns, presenting a number of possible murderers. The setting is perfect for the crime and all the dialog and action fit exactly with the time period.The lasting impression of GOODBYE NOEL is the way people treat others who are different: lower social standing, less well-off financially, or of a different culture. It rings true for then and remains true today. In many ways, this story points out what’s bad about today’s society by showing the evils in a harsher light of a past setting.

Nike Chillemi has been called a crime fictionista due to her passion for crime fiction. She was an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category and a judge in the 2011 and 2012 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories. She is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and its Chairman, a reader's choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She writes book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. BURNING HEARTS is the first book in the crime wave that is sweeping the south shore of Long Island in The Sanctuary Point series, published by Desert Breeze. GOODBYE NOEL, the second book in the series was released in December, 2011. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers (Ning).


  1. Way to go, Nike. I am so happy for you.
    Nike is an old friend and a good friend, too, the kind of Christian who helps out when friends are needed most.
    Now, how can I get a copy of this wonderful book? If there is a chance of winning one, put me on the list.

  2. Hi Molly:

    Goodbye Noel is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It's a great read. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Hi Virginia!

    Readers won't want to miss Burning Hearts, either. While Goodbye Noel is a great standalone, Nike
    Chellimi's writing is worth tracking down the first in the series, too.. The three finalists in the category were all excellent reads! Congratulations, Nike!

    1. I totally agree. All the nominated books this year were great reads. Thanks for stopping by.