The Coin by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra


As the Indie Author’s market is developing, I am seeing more and more books that appear just as professional as those coming out of the traditional publishing market.  However most of the time the Indies have a better story and this is a perfect example of that.

In the theme of great mystery authors, like Louise Penny, this author created an entire world where the reader can “walk around” and know where they are.  The story of a found coin on an innocent stroll soon leads to all kinds of trouble for Gabriela.  Being a fan of true thrillers, I thoroughly enjoyed the high level adventure scenes and incredibly detailed car chases.  The web of suspense created by this author was awesome.

Personally, I felt that the romance aspect was not needed, or maybe not needed at the level it was presented.  The quick love and consumption of Richard towards Gabriela, I found hard to fathom.

This is a book going on my shortlist of recommendations for those who are fans of a very good suspense book.

The Coin and its author were gems I found at the Orlando Indie Book Fest in August.

For more about this author and all her books CLICK HERE.


France, 1993.
WHO EVER THOUGHT A COIN COULD GET YOU KILLED? A cunning killer trusted his secret was safe, an innocent woman holds the key to his destruction, and an intelligence officer must keep her alive before the madman can strike the fatal blow.
For artist Gabriela Martinez, life has become complicated: she suspects her mentor and friend wants her as his mistress, her husband is neglecting her, and her latest illustration is ruined. Seeking peace, she visits her favorite thinking spot in La Marbriére, the mountain overlooking her home in the Côte d’Azur. Distracted, she winds up in an unfamiliar clearing, where she discovers a 1945 French coin half-buried in the ground. Delighted with its beauty, she has it set on her favorite bracelet.
Richard Harrison, an American intelligence officer, is livid. A simple favor for his boss has turned his vacation in the French Riviera into a hellish assignment. Now, not only does he learn the truth about the coin, but he must also protect Gabriela from a cunning killer who will stop at nothing.
Together with Maurice Nôret, from French intelligence, Richard attempts to discover the madman’s identity, except his budding love for this beautiful artist is turning into a dangerous handicap. Every one of his moves is thwarted with brutal countermoves. Soon, the psychological games to terrorize Gabriela escalate beyond his control. If Richard doesn’t find a solution, it may be too late for them both.
Set in the exotic French Riviera, The Coin is a story of hatred, betrayal, love and duty—of terrible and painful choices that, nonetheless, bring about personal triumph.

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