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All the Blue-Eyed Angels (Erin Solomon Mystery #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  765 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Jonestown. The Solar Temple. Heaven's Gate. In the summer of 1990, the Payson Church of Tomorrow joins the ranks of those infamous cult suicides when thirty-four members burn to death on a small island off the coast of Maine. At ten years old, Payson member Erin Solomon watches helplessly as the church and its congregation are reduced to ash and embers.

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Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published February 18th 2012 by Adian Press (first published February 1st 2012)
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Kristin ~ Experiment in Terror Junkie

I was surprised how much I ended up enjoying this book! It started off a little slow and the narration was a bit monotone. However, as I continued reading, I found I enjoyed the author's pace of delivering information and kept needing to know what was going to happen next. Since it is a first in series, at the end of the book there were a lot of questions answered ~ but not all of them!

Although the rest of the series is not yet available on audio, I'm keeping my fingers crosse
V Audio Nerd
Book: All the Blue Eyed Angels

Genre: Thriller

Type: Audiobook.

Book rating: 5

Narration rating: 5


Audiobook received free in exchange for an honest review (Thanks to Audio Blast)

This book was actually a pleasant surprise, I enjoyed it very much and will certainly be looking out for the Authors other titles and the 2nd book to this series.

Narration of the audiobook was good after she got "into the swing" of it, as at the beginning it was very monotone, and I was dreading listening to the
R. Wheeler
I've been reading Indie authors exclusively for a couple years and have only found a handful that were worth leaving a review on. (caveat...I am very hard to please) Yet I thoroughly enjoyed Jen's writing style. Her characters popped. She didn't bore me with 'the stuff readers skip over'. Her action was believable, and pressed me to continue reading. On top of that, for an Indie...this was one of the better edited novels I've come across in a while as well. Kudos to Jen. I hope she'll be a guest ...more
Susan Anderson
ALL THE BLUE-EYED ANGELS by Jen Blood is popular lit at its best. It took me a day to devour it, the first book in the author’s pentalogy, and I have to tell you that there ain’t nothin’ like it, nothing that has the allure of the story of Erin and Stein and Diggs and Jack, nothing with its particular brand of humor, its touching love story, its sense of place, nothing with its sometimes lovable, often grizzly cast of minor characters, nothing that compares with the action and exhilaration that ...more
SPOILER ALERT: Most of the reason for my low rating for this book has to do with the end.

Because there IS no end. I guess this author wanted to set up a long involved mystery series, but I can't even say how frustrating it was to get through the elaborate setting up of the complex mystery and have it end without resolving the biggest questions. I can't understand how this book got so many high ratings, I really can't. Maybe those people like mysteries that aren't resolved at the end?

All of that
Elisabeth Zguta
The characters are authentic with real life sensibilities, and woven deep into the scenes, real life reactions to the unexplainable and very human compulsions. Doubts, curiosity, trust, friendship and love - all real life struggles are explored from Erin's POV. The book dives straight into the mindset of Erin Solomon, as well as giving the supporting characters their own attributes and history.

The plot is twisted, the tone set by the strange, mysterious even, family and cult history. As the stor
Awesome! Can't wait for Sins of the Father on kindle!
All the Blue-Eyed Angels by Jen Blood
2 stars

Good book. Started slowly, she kept going back over & over the same background info and plot points so it was a little tedious. Okay, the island was deserted and spooky, you have a dog and a tragic past; got it, now tell me the story without revisiting those points over and over.

Once the author got comfortable with her characters & locations, she moved the plot right along. It was told in first person which made sense but she switches to a dif
Becky Sherriff
***Spoiler Alert***

This is the first time I have read one of Jen Blood's Novels and I already absolutely love her writing style.

Erin Solomon returns to her childhood home of Littlehope after inheriting Payson Island but of course not everybody are as they appear. She is there to solve the mystery of a fire but there is plenty of story packed in along the way.

I loved everything about this book. Mystery novel's are my favourite Genre, I have read a fair few and this certainly lived up to my expect
I loved this book. The writing was everything I've come to expect from Jen Blood, an author who's work has long been one of my favorite's in other genres. Unlike so many other mystery/suspense novelists, her characters have that real, 3-D feel to them - they've got flaws and idiosyncrasies just like the rest of us. Some of the secondary characters do have a slightly "stock" feel, (Jason Juarez especially comes to mind) but even there Jen manages to add little quirks and flourishes, like his fixa ...more
This is a fast-paced well-written thriller that introduced me to Jen Blood. I chose it because I am partial to stories about enterprising women reporters and I found this one, Erin Solomon, to be a tough and sometimes reckless character. Solomon spent much of her childhood with a cult occupying an island off the Maine coast. She wasn't there when someone burned down the cult's church with its members padlocked inside, but the episode and its aftermath still haunt her. When she inherits the aband ...more
This book was very different. But different in a good way. It starts off with a ten year old Erin running towards a church fire with someone chasing her. Then it fast forwards 20 something year and Erin has inherited the island where the fire took place. Recently divorced and reeling from two personal tragedy's, Erin decides to dig into that fire....which killed 34 people. The more she digs, the more someone wants to stop her.

I liked this book. Erin was very likable and I thought her relationshi
Topher Gee
In All the Blue-Eyed Angels, Jen Blood has created an excellent mystery that is sure to satisfy. Ms. Blood’s writing envelops the reader, dissolving the boundary between reality and the page. The plot’s twists and turns will surprise and reward even the most stalwart readers of the genre. From beginning to end, major and minor characters alike are rendered in ways that propel the story while giving it depth. I look forward to continuing my relationship with these characters in the next installme ...more
Lori Gibbany
weird good mystery. is in series.which is good it needs more
D.V. Berkom
A Fabulous Debut Mystery Writer- I'm Hooked!

All the Blue-Eyed Angels grabbed me from the first few lines and wouldn't let me go. It was fun to find such a well-written debut novel, and well-written it is. Filled with great characterization, pacing, and description- this book was a joy to read. If you like mysteries with a strong plot filled with dark secrets and murder, and a kick a** setting, along with a romantic-triangle involving two vastly different men, then you'll love this book.

Will defi
Pamela Beason
What could be more disturbing than dozens of people dying at a church compound? With only a child's hazy memory of events before the disaster, protagonist Erin Solomon goes to an isolated island to investigate her very personal family tragedy. You'll be on the edge of your seat trying to guess who's who and who will be killed next to protect the ugly secrets. I finished this book yesterday, and the scenes still haunt me. I'll definitely look for the next book in the series, because Erin Solomon ...more
Tere J
Nice little surprise of a book. I picked this up because it compared to Dark Places (G Flynn) and it was free - and it was a good story line, lots going on, and yes, based on title, it's book 1 of ????. Sometimes some of these freebies are ok, and I'm not interested in picking up anything else, but this one, did bite me enough. I read negatives that there were grammatical errors, and the main character was annoying. I did find grammatical errors, but not enough that it turned me off, and she was ...more
Kryss Summers
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The book was very suspenseful and mysterious with never a dull moment. The characters felt real, had their strengths and weaknesses. Erin the heroine in the story was determined and fearless but had a "father complex" - engaged in relationships with much older men. Though the overarching mystery was not resolved at the end, Jen Blood addressed some of the other mysteries very well at the end of this book. I am looking forward to following the adventures of Erin in the next book "Sins of the Fath ...more
Jenni Noordhoek
I shouldn't have read this quite as late at night as I did; it turned an otherwise standard mystery-thriller into a creepy story that I couldn't get to sleep afterwards!

Main disappointment is that some of the plot was left dangling; I'm really not sure where (view spoiler) end and where reality begins. Also (view spoiler)
If you read this book, you WILL be reading the sequel. What a great story with lots of interesting elements--a religious cult, strained (and strange) family relationships, sexual tension, mystery, murder; this book was interesting and compelling from page one. And yes, I just bought book #2.
Roberta Jehle
Spoiler ...the ending is just a doorway to the next book. No answers, just more questions
Looking for a free Kindle read that's worth reading? I recommend this one.
Must read second book now.

Update: Apparently, it's not free anymore. But still inexpensive, plus available on Prime Lending Library
Cindy Kilpatrick
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Slow start and confusing but turned into a good read

When I got this book, I was a bit skeptical. The title and book cover aren't what I usually go for. But the synopsis got my attention, so I decided to give it a try. The book starts off kind of slow, and it has flashbacks and had me confused for most of the book. I almost gave up on reading it a few times. But I hate to leave a book unfinished, so I kept on read in until the end. I'm not sure where the turning point was exactly, but somewhere i
I read the reviews for this before starting and I was still sorely disappointed with the ending (or non-ending). It does seem a shame that have to read the sequels to get the entire story. The characters were not as fleshed out as I would have hoped. Erin's obsession seems to limit the rest of her personality. The staccato wording of the writing and dialogue was pretty irritating and took me out of the story many times.

I listened to the audio version and the narrator was really good at keeping u
I could not put this book down. Entertaining, with great characters, great story, marvelous descriptions, edge-of-your-seat conflict and mystery. I'm definitely on to the second book!
I really loved the book until the end. It didn't have an end. I'm to buy the other books to find out what happens. The writer is good in story build up and her cliff-hangers are good. The girl protagonist could be better developed. The confusion over the two guys is confusing for the reader, too. Her story of the girl who inherits a sinister island and the man in the hood who seems to be in cahoots with someone else to kill everyone the girl loves is done well until the end that isn't an end. Di ...more
Love Love this book. Jen Blood is a fantastic writer and keep you on the edge of your seat!!!

I love Erin, Diggs and Juarez. The dynamic between these three is amazing.
This was a very good book. I was awake till 3am, because I just had to find out what happened. The mystery was very well written and the twists just added to the plot.
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Jen Blood is a professional editor and publishing consultant, and author of the bestselling Erin Solomon Mysteries. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Popular Fiction, with writing influences ranging from Emily Bronte to Dennis Lehane, and any number of genres and authors in between. Her work has earned accolades and awards including the AIA Seal of Quality and the B.R.A.G. Medallion for ALL THE ...more
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