25 November 2018

A Thrilling Page-Turner | Stratagem by Robin Caroll


A high-stakes simulation adventure leaves Grayson Thibodeaux the prime suspect. . .for murder.

Deep in the gritty underbelly of New Orleans, psychologist Grayson Thibodeaux loses everything when his wife leaves him to climb her company’s corporate ladder. He buries himself in his job of creating mind-bending adventure games for businesses as team-building explorations. When his ex-wife’s company hires Grayson’s to create an elaborate game, he doesn’t see how things can get worse. Until she dies during the course of the game he created…making him the prime suspect for murder.

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Release Date: November 1, 2018


What a thrilling novel. Stratagem by Robin Caroll kept me on my figurative toes from start to finish, and I enjoyed it immensely. As Grayson Thibodeaux undergoes investigation for the death of his ex-wife during a game he created, mystery and suspense fill the storyline with well-plotted twists and turns that left me unsure of which characters I could trust. So, if you’re looking for an intriguing read, check out Stratagem—but be prepared: this page-turner is hard to put down, so make sure you have plenty of time for reading. 


Thanks to Celebrate Lit, I received a complimentary copy of Stratagem and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


“I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I've never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” ~Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better. 

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-five-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?

She serves the writing community as Executive Director/Conference Director for ACFW. Her twenty-five books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.


Behind the Scenes: Robin Caroll Shares Her Inspiration for Writing Stratagem

Dear Reader,

Thank you for journeying to New Orleans in a web of deceit and confusion with me. Sharing a place that has such connection for me was a pure joy. South Louisiana offers such a laid-back attitude that I often miss “home.” I hope you’ll enjoy sampling a taste of the flavor of Louisiana.

Years ago I watched the movie The Game with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn and was enthralled. There’s just something grabbing about messing with a person’s mind and life by using their own feelings and instincts against them. When this story of Stratagem first began forming, I wanted to use all that intrigue to mess up the game master’s life. The end result is quite the ride!

As the characters came alive to me, I found the theme of forgiveness and acceptance coming out in the story. Some of the emotions within this story are very personal to me, and I’m honored I was able to share them with you. It is my wish that you may be touched by Grayson’s faith journey as well.

Until next time. . .



To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of Stratagem!!

Enter below, and be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!


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  1. Thanks for participating!

  2. This book sounds very exciting! The game is intriguing to me.

  3. Sounds like a good read.