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A murder sends a child into foster care and drags a detective into a feverish hunt for justice Nadal watches for weeks before he first approaches the boy. No matter what Maggie Brown says, he’s sure Matt is his son, and a boy should know his father. After their first confrontation, Maggie should have run. She should have hidden her child. But she underestimated the man who A murder sends a child into foster care and drags a detective into a feverish hunt for justice Nadal watches for weeks before he first approaches the boy. No matter what Maggie Brown says, he’s sure Matt is his son, and a boy should know his father. After their first confrontation, Maggie should have run. She should have hidden her child. But she underestimated the man who was once her lover. With self-righteous determination, Nadal goes to her house. He demands to spend time with the boy. When she refuses, he reaches for a knife. By the time homicide detective Richard Christie arrives on the scene, all that remains of Maggie Brown is a bloodstain on the floor. The killer has vanished, and Matt is too scared to remember anything but his mother’s fear. As Christie looks for the killer and Maggie’s friends fight to keep Matt out of the hands of Child Services, Nadal watches the news and waits. A boy should be with his father. He’s going to get his son.


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A murder sends a child into foster care and drags a detective into a feverish hunt for justice Nadal watches for weeks before he first approaches the boy. No matter what Maggie Brown says, he’s sure Matt is his son, and a boy should know his father. After their first confrontation, Maggie should have run. She should have hidden her child. But she underestimated the man who A murder sends a child into foster care and drags a detective into a feverish hunt for justice Nadal watches for weeks before he first approaches the boy. No matter what Maggie Brown says, he’s sure Matt is his son, and a boy should know his father. After their first confrontation, Maggie should have run. She should have hidden her child. But she underestimated the man who was once her lover. With self-righteous determination, Nadal goes to her house. He demands to spend time with the boy. When she refuses, he reaches for a knife. By the time homicide detective Richard Christie arrives on the scene, all that remains of Maggie Brown is a bloodstain on the floor. The killer has vanished, and Matt is too scared to remember anything but his mother’s fear. As Christie looks for the killer and Maggie’s friends fight to keep Matt out of the hands of Child Services, Nadal watches the news and waits. A boy should be with his father. He’s going to get his son.

30 review for A Measure of Blood

  1. 5 out of 5

    a_tiffyfit

    Review to come. Tour! The old adage of "Blood is thicker than water" rings true for this book. The tale wraps around the issue which our society has not quite solved with absolute clarity. Sure there are forms to sign to releasing their parental rights and future claims and what have you, but when it comes down to the emotions and hearts, no paper document in the world can stop anything that involves hearts, bloods, and genetics. In "A Measure of Blood," Margaret Brown goes to a clinic to choose a Review to come. Tour! The old adage of "Blood is thicker than water" rings true for this book. The tale wraps around the issue which our society has not quite solved with absolute clarity. Sure there are forms to sign to releasing their parental rights and future claims and what have you, but when it comes down to the emotions and hearts, no paper document in the world can stop anything that involves hearts, bloods, and genetics. In "A Measure of Blood," Margaret Brown goes to a clinic to choose a sperm donation. How convenient that you can choose just about everything physical to have a child, without ever having to deal a relationship or physical intercourse. You can choose intelligence level, eye color, hair color, interests, and even nationality, practically designing her own child. Nine months later, voila! Perfect designer baby, Matt Brown, is born. Margaret manages living her life just the way she always imagined, just herself and her son, happy as clams. The issue rises with having an incredibly intelligent child who soon begins to question who is father is and where he is and why he isn't in the picture. Margaret evades with a few vague responses, for now she's certain that the issue is put to rest for now, to be revisited later, knowing her precocious son as she does. He is intelligent, highly inquisitive, and at eight years old, can read and comprehend newspapers, something which some adults have difficulty comprehending. Margaret's trouble comes in the form of a guy she once dated and slept with before Matthew was born, when she was deciding on the course of becoming a single mother before her biological clock expires. Her trouble is in the form of a guy named Nadal. Margaret regretted dating, and sleeping with, Nadal, a man younger than herself. And now she has more reason to worry...because Nadal, now going by Nate (Nathaniel) Brown, believes that Matt is his son. He's convinced of this fact because Matt has the same last name; the loon didn't even consider that Margaret's surname is also Brown. It escalates until Maggie dies at the hands of Nadal, Matt is left an orphan with no relatives to take him in. The detective involved in Maggie's case is very concerned and caring about Matthew's welfare. He goes out of his way to find a perfect home for Matthew with his and his wife's friends, professors who are childless and wish very much to be parents. They've tried every way to become parents and have nearly given up when approached to adopt Matthew. They jump at the chance. Just as Matthew and they are settling into a new family routine as a whole unit, Matt disappears, sending them, the detective, and other officers who were investigating the murder of his mother, into the chase. Of course, it is Nadal who has taken Matthew. He insists on believing Matt is his biological son despite the math not adding up; the timeline of Margaret's pregnancy does not correlate to the time they dated. Being a child, albeit an intelligent one, Matthew was duped at first with the sweet words he's wanted to hear: that his mom was alive even though he had seen her dead body with his own eyes. As more time is spent with Nadal, constantly insisting he is Matt's father, Matt knows in his heart that this man is NOT his father. In fact, Matt is certain that the email he had read at the professors' house secretly said that his father was someone else named Ziad. Matt is certain of that and trusts his own gut feeling. Recalling his mom's words, in a situation like this, about what he should do, Matt begins to think of opportunities to escape this crazy man. Meanwhile, the detective and other officers are getting closer and closer to catching up with them. And as I read, I had to hope and hope as the tension rose, that they would not be too late... The novel is smartly told, with all characters realistic and believable. I could imagine reading about this in the newspaper, watching the events unfold on the television. It is a gripping tale; it deals with the welfare of a child, after all. But the author's masterful story-telling is what truly kept me glued to my kindle. You are easily drawn into the action as it occurs and start to bruise your kindle by poking it with your finger to get to the next page. Suspenseful and totally hooks you in!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    I picked this up because it was suggested as a possibility for fans of Mary Higgins Clark, and I always like to find authors who really do work for her. Not certain this does or that the mystery--or especially the protagonist--has much to recommend it. It's a child-in-jeopardy story as a crazed young man becomes convinced that the child of the woman he once dated is his--and when she refuses to let him see the boy, he kills her. We know that early on; no spoilers here. But the detective, Richard I picked this up because it was suggested as a possibility for fans of Mary Higgins Clark, and I always like to find authors who really do work for her. Not certain this does or that the mystery--or especially the protagonist--has much to recommend it. It's a child-in-jeopardy story as a crazed young man becomes convinced that the child of the woman he once dated is his--and when she refuses to let him see the boy, he kills her. We know that early on; no spoilers here. But the detective, Richard Christie, moves heaven and earth to allow his friends to foster the boy, who is subsequently ineffectually protected from the stalker/murderer. I gather this is a lesser Richard Christie mystery, but I'm not sure it has convinced me to try others, as he struck me as a man who acts without thinking. Luckily the audio is very well read by the excellent Kirsten Potter. A bright spot in a rather dismal read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A detective gets attached to a case where a little boy is left orphaned and witnesses the person who kills his mom. He is determined to find the killer and make sure this child ends up in a great home. Although you know who the killer is from the beginning and are reading his every move, this book was still interesting as you had no clue when he would be entering the scene and creating havoc! I read this book in two sittings, it kept me guessing fro Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A detective gets attached to a case where a little boy is left orphaned and witnesses the person who kills his mom. He is determined to find the killer and make sure this child ends up in a great home. Although you know who the killer is from the beginning and are reading his every move, this book was still interesting as you had no clue when he would be entering the scene and creating havoc! I read this book in two sittings, it kept me guessing from beginning to end! As any who dun it does, this book took some fantastic turns and when to a place that I couldn't predict and loved it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    5.0 out of 5 stars Not your mother's mystery novel, January 18, 2014 By Carolyn Branch (Fulton, MO USA) (REAL NAME) This review is from: A Measure of Blood (Richard Christie) (Kindle Edition) Even though it easily stands on its own as a fascinating story, "A Measure of Blood" is the seventh Richard Christie novel, and gives us a little more of the lives of Richard Christie and his team. Kathleen George deftly weaves in details, picking up threads spun in the earlier novels, bringing the reader de 5.0 out of 5 stars Not your mother's mystery novel, January 18, 2014 By Carolyn Branch (Fulton, MO USA) (REAL NAME) This review is from: A Measure of Blood (Richard Christie) (Kindle Edition) Even though it easily stands on its own as a fascinating story, "A Measure of Blood" is the seventh Richard Christie novel, and gives us a little more of the lives of Richard Christie and his team. Kathleen George deftly weaves in details, picking up threads spun in the earlier novels, bringing the reader deeper into the world of Pittsburgh's homicide investigators. "A Measure of Blood", at its deepest level, is about the bond of blood between a father and a son. Maggie Brown wants to bypass that bond and build a life with her son where there is no father, and no need for a father. In many ways she is successful: her son is healthy, handsome, highly intelligent and loves her with his whole heart. But already, at age seven, he is asking questions about his father, wondering who he is and why he never comes around. Matthew Brown longs for that mysterious father/son bond he has never known. When his mother is murdered by a man who claims to be Matt's father, the boy is thrown into a confusing spiral of grief and longing. Richard Christie immediately recognizes that finding a way to help Matt into a new life is just as important as catching the man who murdered his mother. The identity of the murderer is never a mystery to the reader. Part of the narrative is told from his point of view and we learn that this case has no clear cut black and white, no dastardly villain, only another lost soul longing for a magical father/son relationship. Richard Christie is reminded of his own father, who supposedly died when he was a child, and he begins his own search to find out if what his mother told him was really true. Christie's wife, Marina, the star of the first Christie novel, "Taken", is given a larger role here and there are hints that she may be even more important in novels yet to be written. Every member of the homicide team is a real person with families, troubles and heartbreak of their own. Bonus! The orphaned children from "The Odds" return and we hear a little about how their lives are going, with possibly a hint that we may see them again. Altogether a satisfying and fun read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    I am so glad I won this book and got a chance to read it. Excellent story and very well written. The story grabbed me on page one and I had trouble putting the book down. Read the book in two days. Very believable. I am now hunting for any books that Kathleen George has written. I know they will be good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Georgann

    A 2014 novel by a Pittsburgh author. The story takes place in very familiar settings, at least to this Pittsburgh born and bred reader. My copy was a gift book from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Summer reading challenge for having met my goal. The pacing of the story is excellent and geared to produce tension. Although you know from almost the start who the murderer is, you get to go with the detectives who investigate and also take custody of the victim’s eight year old boy. The workings o A 2014 novel by a Pittsburgh author. The story takes place in very familiar settings, at least to this Pittsburgh born and bred reader. My copy was a gift book from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Summer reading challenge for having met my goal. The pacing of the story is excellent and geared to produce tension. Although you know from almost the start who the murderer is, you get to go with the detectives who investigate and also take custody of the victim’s eight year old boy. The workings of the police department, the interrelationship of its members and the introduction of the couple who will take custody of the boy all give the story its shifting viewpoints. The murderer is a complicated figure but not drawn in such a way that you feel much sympathy for him.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Donni Slater

    It was alright. The plot had a lot of potential, the writing was meh. "This terrible thing just happened. A child is missing. I'm the detective going to wake up the babysitter to ask her questions. She answers the door in her nightgown (remember, I just woke her up) and I am aroused." The author should have kept the wanna-make-it-sexy out of the story. Also, the ending kinda sucked. It was alright. The plot had a lot of potential, the writing was meh. "This terrible thing just happened. A child is missing. I'm the detective going to wake up the babysitter to ask her questions. She answers the door in her nightgown (remember, I just woke her up) and I am aroused." The author should have kept the wanna-make-it-sexy out of the story. Also, the ending kinda sucked.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    I hoped to find a cleanly written, compelling narrative of suspense in A Measure of Blood, and Kathleen George's latest installment in her mystery series featuring Pittsburgh Police Commander Richard Christie delivered the proverbial goods, in sum. This is not a whodunit mystery; rather, the reader's sense of suspense hinges upon the outcome of a kidnapping. The reader is privy to the action as it unfolds between the abductor and his hostage as well as in the context of the investigation and res I hoped to find a cleanly written, compelling narrative of suspense in A Measure of Blood, and Kathleen George's latest installment in her mystery series featuring Pittsburgh Police Commander Richard Christie delivered the proverbial goods, in sum. This is not a whodunit mystery; rather, the reader's sense of suspense hinges upon the outcome of a kidnapping. The reader is privy to the action as it unfolds between the abductor and his hostage as well as in the context of the investigation and rescue mission. Like many successful novelists, George keeps the reader at the edge of her seat, eagerly turning pages, without employing unique plot twists or through carefully crafting a mystery with elements that remain opaque despite the reader's discerning scrutiny until the story reaches its climax wherein the hidden truths are finally revealed. George keeps the reader engaged with what she shows rather than what she hides in her storytelling. The most striking strength of this work is its focus on the underlying family problems and complicated personal histories that eventually lead up to the crisis situation at hand. It's not just that we get the details of a complicated, thought-provoking back story concerning the hostage's parents and their respective choices about how to shape his family life. Rather, George goes further and arouses the reader's sympathetic concern for the boy caught in this fraught collision of different adult life paths. What is more, she gives that concern in the reader a voice in the story in none other than our hero, Commander Christie, who involves himself in the resolution of the boy's personal problems stemming from the family drama. The realistic, complicated human troubles experienced by this family are adeptly rendered by George, and these situations served to raise several thought provoking social questions in this reader's mind. In any event, the crime action elements of the plot are palpably enhanced by the rich psychological perspective the reader gains through George's exposition of the emotional drama present in this case above and beyond the immediate peril that ultimately paces the suspense and shapes the plot on the whole. I recommend this work to a broad audience in light of its strongly executed suspense and adeptly rendered portrait of complicated family dynamics. Thanks for taking the time to read my ideas; I hope some of my observations prove helpful in considering this prospective read. Please be advised I received a free copy of this work in exchange for an honest review through a Member Giveaway listed on LibraryThing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Viviane Crystal

    Matt is a young boy who has seen what no child should ever have to see, the death of his mother by murder. He’s now obsessed with who killed her and who is his father. There are no other living relatives and so it’s a toss of the dice whether Matt will be taken into the custody of Child Protective Services or whether a nearby couple, who have long yearned for an adopted child, will temporarily take Matt in as a foster child. Richard Christie’s heart is tied up in this case as he searches for the Matt is a young boy who has seen what no child should ever have to see, the death of his mother by murder. He’s now obsessed with who killed her and who is his father. There are no other living relatives and so it’s a toss of the dice whether Matt will be taken into the custody of Child Protective Services or whether a nearby couple, who have long yearned for an adopted child, will temporarily take Matt in as a foster child. Richard Christie’s heart is tied up in this case as he searches for the murderer, tries to do the best for Matt, and remembers the fact that he has no idea where his own father is. Matt has a great memory and little by little remembers the conversation or argument between the man who was with his mother right before she died and the type of car that the man was leaning on. He’s very much into computers and video games, and they are his sole consolation for a while at least. But then Matt overhears other conversations and learns that the police know who his real father is, and he wonders why his father wouldn’t want to know or be connected with him. It’s almost too much to handle! His search becomes an obsession! Meanwhile, another man believes Matt is his son and gradually also becomes obsessed with getting to know him and have a father-son relationship. To say more would be to spoil the plot replete with multiple twists and turns. The reader knows who each character really is but in no way can predict what will happen as two men vie for possession of Matt as a son, a couple gets to be loving parents, and some relationships become confused and then clarified among the detectives trying to solve this crime and another crime to follow. Kathleen George has crafted a heart-rending mystery or crime story that has the reader rooting for Matt and some other characters at every turn of the pages. There’s no repetition in this novel which so often spoils a good story and the characters are unusually engaged in the outcome for this grieving, confused child! While there are some background pieces told throughout the tale, there’s no overdose of psychology or psychiatry which adds even more to the credibility of the guy who has caused all this mayhem. Finely done, Kathleen George!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Ah, Commander Richard Christie #7 and the Best of the 3 I've read so far! Came out earlier this year (2014) and is good in every way except--after reading 3 books in the series, I still do not have a clear picture of Commander Christie, alas. But in this one, I remember everything about the 8-year-old boy at the heart of the story and the villain who wants to be his father. And, here we get a delicious dose of amateur theater, just what Professor of Theater K. George knows best. But she also kno Ah, Commander Richard Christie #7 and the Best of the 3 I've read so far! Came out earlier this year (2014) and is good in every way except--after reading 3 books in the series, I still do not have a clear picture of Commander Christie, alas. But in this one, I remember everything about the 8-year-old boy at the heart of the story and the villain who wants to be his father. And, here we get a delicious dose of amateur theater, just what Professor of Theater K. George knows best. But she also knows her police procedural and she knows her psychological profiling and she knows how to develop her characters--Christie's wife stands out, even though he is still so vanilla I cannot conjure him up. The pace of this one never flags, as some other of her books can, and it was hard to put down. So looking forward to the next one!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sharyn Hutchens

    Kathleen George knocks out another one! ''A Measure of Blood' is a riveting story about a seriously disturbed (though somehow likable usually) man and the little boy he believes is his own. Viewpoint switches often, but it is not distracting, and when it comes to the kid, which is where so many writers fail, she knocks it out of the park. He ACTS and TALKS like an eight year old. Characters are well drawn and real. Writing is a very simplistic style, which is usually exactly what I like, but the Kathleen George knocks out another one! ''A Measure of Blood' is a riveting story about a seriously disturbed (though somehow likable usually) man and the little boy he believes is his own. Viewpoint switches often, but it is not distracting, and when it comes to the kid, which is where so many writers fail, she knocks it out of the park. He ACTS and TALKS like an eight year old. Characters are well drawn and real. Writing is a very simplistic style, which is usually exactly what I like, but there were a few times I longed for a few more compound sentences and description. This one barely, barely misses the fifth star because it drags a bit before the middle, which is where the real action begins. I'm going over to order another one by this author now.

  12. 4 out of 5

    C. Stuchl

    Excellent story and very well written. Grabbed me on page one. Would have finished sooner but to many other things got in the way. Young Matt's mother was murdered by a man saying he was Matt's father. Matt has no other family and will be taken into the custody by Child Protective Services. Det. Christie wants friends who have long yearned for an adopted child, to take temporar custody of Matt as a foster child. You will have to read the book to see how it all ends. Thank you Goodreads for the f Excellent story and very well written. Grabbed me on page one. Would have finished sooner but to many other things got in the way. Young Matt's mother was murdered by a man saying he was Matt's father. Matt has no other family and will be taken into the custody by Child Protective Services. Det. Christie wants friends who have long yearned for an adopted child, to take temporar custody of Matt as a foster child. You will have to read the book to see how it all ends. Thank you Goodreads for the free book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Don Healy

    Since we were visiting Pittsburgh for the first time, I was looking for a thriller that was set there. This one was a pleasant surprise. The most complete character in it is the kidnaper, while the protagonist, commander Christie is a little bit too well meaning. As others have noted, the author, Kathleen George does a good job describing the methodical processes of a police investigation. My one quibble is that I thought the FBI get called in on kidnappings, but I could be wrong & that wouldn't Since we were visiting Pittsburgh for the first time, I was looking for a thriller that was set there. This one was a pleasant surprise. The most complete character in it is the kidnaper, while the protagonist, commander Christie is a little bit too well meaning. As others have noted, the author, Kathleen George does a good job describing the methodical processes of a police investigation. My one quibble is that I thought the FBI get called in on kidnappings, but I could be wrong & that wouldn't have helped this story along. Worth reading while visiting lovely Pittsburgh.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lianne

    I was given this book by a friend who knows I enjoy mysteries. Even though it is not the first in the series, there was no problem understanding the main characters and their various interactions. This is not a whodunit mystery in that we know who the "villain" is from the onset. I'm not sure if this is true in all the books in this series. I felt it was well written and will definitely try another in the series. I was given this book by a friend who knows I enjoy mysteries. Even though it is not the first in the series, there was no problem understanding the main characters and their various interactions. This is not a whodunit mystery in that we know who the "villain" is from the onset. I'm not sure if this is true in all the books in this series. I felt it was well written and will definitely try another in the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jo-anne

    Great characters and an interesting story plot. It is one of a series with Richard Christie but I read this as a stand alone and didn't need the previous novels to enjoy this one. I generally prefer who-done-it style mysteries which keep me hanging until the end for the big reveal. The villain in this book is revealed early on and the outcome is fairly predictable. I really felt connected to the characters however so forgave the novel that it lacked my usual mystery preference. Great characters and an interesting story plot. It is one of a series with Richard Christie but I read this as a stand alone and didn't need the previous novels to enjoy this one. I generally prefer who-done-it style mysteries which keep me hanging until the end for the big reveal. The villain in this book is revealed early on and the outcome is fairly predictable. I really felt connected to the characters however so forgave the novel that it lacked my usual mystery preference.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Good, clean suspenseful read

  17. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    As always, another very enjoyable installment of this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debrafleming

    A solid story, with an interesting premise. Overall worth a look, but not one of my favourites.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ireneherz

    Absorbing Interesting characters. I really cared what happened to them. Appealing little boy. Likeable cops. Nice interpersonal relationships to add interest.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rex Nanthanong

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shani Wimber

  22. 4 out of 5

    Arlie Klute

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jermaine Averhart

  24. 4 out of 5

    Arnulfo Penick

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jone Ishida

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tad Vonfeldt

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lenny Daku

  28. 5 out of 5

    Takako Hostetler

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ann Larroque

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashanti Pendelton

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