REVIEW: The Devil Can Wait ~ Marta Stephens ~ BeWrite Books ~ Crime/Mystery

Title: The Devil Can Wait – Sam Harper Crime Mystery Series
Author: Marta Stephens
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Publisher: BeWrite Books
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Genre: Crime/Mystery
Publication Date: November 3, 2008
ISBN: Paperback – 978-1-905202-86-7; eBook – 978-1-905202-87-4
Length: 314
Format: Paperback, eBook
Reviewer: Lucille P Robinson

Sam Harper relies upon gut instincts to help find clues to the deaths of several teens in Chandler, Massachusetts. Trouble is things are not always as simple as they look. Sam’s gut instincts seem to come up short in this tale when the case is complicated by a news reporter, a cursed ring and what authors like to call red herrings, but Sam still trusts the intuition years of criminal investigations have developed.

Perseverance is Sam’s middle name. He doesn’t take the easy route and he doesn’t give up. Through it all, Sam yearns for a woman that can fulfill his every dream of a normal life. Sam thinks Jennifer Blake is that woman, but when she rises to the number one position on his list of suspects his desires war with common sense. However Sam can be counted on to do the right thing no matter how it hurts.

The Devil Can Wait is the second book in the Sam Harper Crime Mystery Series. I met Sam in the first book—Silenced Cry—and his down-home virtues and compassion for the victims captured my heart on the spot. Each of these books can stand alone so if you missed Silenced Cry don’t let that stop you from picking up The Devil Can Wait. Any mystery lover who loves to detect will enjoy pitting personal abilities against the Chandler Police Department especially when the case is managed by Sam Harper.

If you’re looking for sex, violence and profanity similar to today’s hair raising action packed adventure movies forget it. The Devil Can Wait doesn’t need those contrived scenes to capture a reader’s attention. It has plenty of action and even a touch witchcraft to do that.

Marta Stephens knows how to feed the reader the clues and we’re given the opportunity to sit with the detectives as they hash over the cases. I recommend this series to any reader and am convinced it would interest anyone wanting to broaden their reading pleasure.


Marta Stephens is a native of Argentina who has made Indiana her home since the age of four. This mild-manner lady turned to crime with the publication of the first in her Sam Harper Crime Mystery series, SILENCED CRY (2007) which went on to receive honorable mention at the 2008 New York Book Festival and top ten in the 2007 Preditors & Editors Reader Poll. The second book in the Harper series, THE DEVIL CAN WAIT, will be released by BeWrite Books (UK) on November 3, 2008.


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