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Book Tour: Crimival (Carousel Crimes) by R.L. Walker

Today’s post is a very special one. I don’t do a lot of book tours, but when I read the synopsis of this book and series, I knew I had to read it and do the tour. It’s a great mystery with paranormal elements. It’s also the perfect book for October and Halloween. This book tour is hosted over at YA Bound Book Tours. Check out the official post for the full tour schedule.


Crimival: Carousel Crimes by R.L. Walker

Crimival: Carousel Crimes
Series Number: 2
Page Count: 145
Published: 05/17/2019
Zoe is back for another summer of adventure. This time she is trying her hand at running her own business selling her idea of deep-fried soda pop. She quickly learns the ups and downs of starting a business and that she needs to balance her crime-solving with her day job. This time things could get deadly when the rides start falling apart literally. Will her telepathic powers be strong enough to stop disaster before it…
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Crimival: Carousel Crimes

This was a delightful read. I frequent a lot of fairs and carnivals and always wondered what it would be like to work for one and constantly be moving. I liked the imagery that the author gives ...

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This was a delightful read. I frequent a lot of fairs and carnivals and always wondered what it would be like to work for one and constantly be moving. I liked the imagery that the author gives about the setup and tear down being similar to a life cycle. That’s a great way to think about it and adds a lot of atmosphere to the story.

I really liked Zoe, though she seems to be a lot older than 16. She can pretty much handle her food stand and business on her own. Besides that one issue with Uncle Ike, she’s doing great and it’s nice to see a young girl be so independent. The mom and aunt are also strong ladies so i like that aspect of the story.

I feel a bit lost when is comes to the relationship aspects of some of the characters though. How old is Ezra supposed to be? I think a lot of that was explained in the first book but it wasn’t really reiterated here. I feel it maybe have been better to start with book one. Zoe’s powers and stuff aren’t really explained…they just exist and are accepted. So i’m guessing book one would have the explanation.

I’d say the story overall was pretty quick moving and without a lot of flowery writing. I like books like this because i can step into another person’s life and quickly experience things from their point of view without being bogged down with a lot of adjectives and other indirect language. It’s an interesting writing style and def contributes to the length of the book.

Overall it was a super fast and interesting read. I do want to go back and read the first book as well as the prequel, so i can understand a bit more of the interpersonal parts of the story. I loved reading about the carnival and want to find more books on this topic…fascinating.

I grew up in the carnival which was the family business, after graduating I went to college. After which I got a job teaching English in South Korea which compelled me to pursue my Masters in Education upon my return. I have been teaching English ever since.

Last year to help inspire my students to write more, I told them that I would write with them and complete a story and publish it. It took me all year, but I completed my first book, “The Disappearing Act” by the end of the year and got hooked on story telling! My time in the carnival business inspired my first book and my time spent at an archaeological dig helped to inspire my second book, “Kai’s Secret“.

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I'm an avid reader and love most all books, but my favorite genres tend to be mystery, adventure, science fiction and classics. Genres I tend to shy away from include romance, contemporary fiction and chick lit. If I’m not actually reading books, I’m probably at work shelving them at my local library.

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