Book Review: Blessed Are The Peacemakers by Kristi Belcamino

Blessed Are The Peacemakers by Kristi Belcamino

A Gabriella Giovanni Mystery (Book 5)

August 15, 2017



The Anthony, Barry & Macavity nominated series continues … Gabriella Giovanni has it all. A stunning penthouse in San Francisco. An exciting job on the crime beat. A doting, handsome husband and a beautiful little girl. So, when she complains about all the travel her husband’s new DEA job requires, Gabriella knows she has good problems. But when her husband’s plane goes down in the jungles of Guatemala and she is told he is dead, Gabriella thinks things could not possibly get any worse. She is wrong. Despite the U.S. government’s attempt to find the wreckage, they come up empty-handed. Gabriella heads to Guatemala to find some answers, and hopefully, some healing. In the deepest, darkest jungles, it doesn’t take long for Gabriella to realize she’s in over her head and putting what remains of her life—and everything she loves—at risk.


REVIEW (by John Kurtze)

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS is an engaging story of mystery and intrigue focusing on issues of truth, family relationships, and the conflicts of good against evil. Kristi Belcamino places her readers inside heads of Gabriella and Donovan so they can experience and feel what is happening to them as the storyline shifts back and forth between the principal characters. Belcamino brings heart-wrenching emotions of fear and sadness giving Gabriella and Donovan find themselves in difficult circumstances and unimaginable struggles.

Readers embrace the realism of BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS supported by Belcamino’s knowledge of investigative reporting and her research of the DEA’s war against drug trafficking and the ruthlessness of the drug cartels. The author creates an atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal exposing readers to one surprise after another.  Belicamino skillfully weaves family issues, loyalty, and romance giving readers a look at what makes Gabriella tick. They see a complicated person, a mother and lover. Gabriella knows Givonn’s are survivors. Belcamino’s fifth book in the Blessed series BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS doesn’t disappoint her readers and earns my recommendations with a 5-star ranking.

Review by John Kurtze




Kristi Belcamino is a writer, reporter, and Italian-American mama who also bakes a yummy biscotti. Along with writing mysteries, she covers the cop beat part-time at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. As a crime reporter at newspapers in California, she flew over Big Sur in an FA-18 jet with the Blue Angels, raced a Dodge Viper at Laguna Seca and hung out at the morgue, watching autopsies and eating barbecue with the deputies who worked there. Her debut mystery novel, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD, (HarperCollins 2014) based on her dealings with a serial killer, was an Anthony and Macavity finalist for best first mystery novel. Her third book in the series, BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WEEP, is a Barry award finalist.





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