April Smith, author of the Ana Grey Mystery Series and other books.
A Star For Mrs. Blake
Now available in Vintage paperback
“A Star For Mrs. Blake is a beautiful and unforgettable novel about five Gold Star Mothers whose stories are both personal and universal . . . a labor of love that shows on every page. Everyone who has served or is serving in the military, and also their families and friends, should read this book.”
— Nelson DeMille
“Captivating. . . Smith captures the mothers’ interactions in beautiful detail and delves into the government’s not-entirely-altruistic reasons for sponsoring the trip.”
— Publishers Weekly
“A Star for Mrs. Blake is a beautifully written, meticulously researched
slice of American history. April Smith’s poignant and tender story of five
courageous World War I Gold Star mothers’ amazing journey across the sea is
one you will never forget.”
— Fannie Flagg
“Smith’s foray into historical fiction
is captivating and enlightening.”
— Booklist, Starred Review
The FBI Special Agent Ana Grey Mystery Thrillers
"Smith has produced a genuinely scarifying thriller with a consistently vertiginous, through the looking glass mood. Every character is a hologram of sorts and every episode has the momentum of a theme-park ride. One of Smith’s cleverest tricks here is her unsettling depiction of unlikely alliances: Ana turns out to have more in common with the villain than she might ever have imagined."
— Los Angeles Times
"April Smith provides all the elements of a great mystery: pointed dialogue, vivid characters and a rocket-propelled narrative. Ana Grey is so real it feels as though you are sitting next to her in her muscle car. You won't be able to stop rooting for her -- or stop reading."
— People Magazine
"Four critically acclaimed novels, published by Knopf, edited by the famed Sonny Mehta, and a deal to adapt one of her own novels for television could make Smith the perfect protagonist of her own thriller. Of course, having many friends in the FBI and having participated in training scenarios at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, could make her a bit of a hard target."
— The Big Thrill
“In a stunningly assured debut, Smith has produced a crime thriller distinguished by an unflagging pace, authoritative use of detail and an appealing heroine. In vigorous, literate prose, Smith delivers characters of depth dimension who inhabit the wildly diverse worlds of Southern California, each rendered with a cinematic eye.”
— Publisher's Weekly
“White Shotgun is a novel about redemption and growth, and the healing power of love and acceptance, and the acceptance of love. Hard won lessons to learn, but worth learning. This is April Smith’s talent and skill at work creating not only a balls-to-the-wall crime thriller,
but a full-blown novel of depth and richness. But, ultimately, after the smoke clears and the bodies are counted, April Smith has given us more. This is Smith, the writer, showing us how it’s done.”
— Robert Crais
“Although Ana is not your conventional heroine, with her unbridled passions and addiction to ''the pure oxygen of risk, of going over the edge," it's hard to peel your eyes from her -- especially when she persists in pursuing Juliana's attacker while standing trial for attempted murder. A risk taker herself, Smith writes in the forceful style of a true literary maverick, someone who has earned the right to break a few rules.”