Blood Relations

Fiction - Mystery - Legal
380 Pages
Reviewed on 11/18/2018
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Author Biography

Edward Cohen, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, was head writer and executive producer for Mississippi Educational Television. His documentaries there include Good Mornin' Blues with B.B. King, Passover and Hanukkah, narrated by Ed Asner, and The Islander, with James Best, all broadcast nationally by PBS.

The Peddler’s Grandson: Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi (University Press of Mississippi, 1999; Bantam Dell, 2002) received the state’s highest literary awards: the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for Nonfiction, and the Author’s Award from the Mississippi Library Association. Cohen's memoir was twice selected to be featured on Book Sense, the top recommendations of independent booksellers nationwide.

Cohen moved to South America in 2009 and now resides in Vilcabamba, a noted backpacker’s stop in the Ecuadorian Andes. He lives on a mountain with his wife, Kathy, three dogs, and two pet burros, Josephine and Jasmine.

Kathy Cohen has shared in Edward’s writing career, editing his two previous books, and co-writing their screenplays Imminent Peril, optioned by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, Blood Relations, and Reckless Pursuit. She is currently working on a memoir about leaving Los Angeles for an Andean pueblo, Livin’ Large in Vilcabamba.

New Orleans is one of their passions--for food and mood--Kathy having lived there as a child while her father attended Tulane Law School. Edward's father also attended Tulane, and Edward is a lawyer.

Initially a screenplay, Blood Relations was championed by Jerry Bruckheimer Films, and the Cohens spent five years transforming it into a novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

How far would you go to protect a beloved family member from the truth? When Kyle Cameron, protagonist of Blood Relations, discovers that his well-respected and prominent lawyer father, Jake, is having an affair with one of the beautiful female lawyers in the firm, he comes up with a radical plan to protect his fragile mother from learning the truth. But when that beautiful lawyer is found brutally murdered, and Jake is the primary suspect, Kyle now has the daunting task of defending a father who has little faith in his legal skills.

Blood Relations by Edward Cohen and Kathy Cohen offers a complex, but not unrealistic plot that grips readers from beginning to end, and just when readers think they know who actually killed the beautiful Laura ... surprise, surprise! But as engaging as the plot and trying to figure out who did the deed are the personalities of the key characters. Kyle is forever trying to meet his father’s expectations, to earn his respect, not to mention his love. There is ongoing competition between father and son, and what Kyle lacks in legal skills, he makes up for by bedding as many women as he can. So expect some scenes steamier and stickier than the New Orleans humidity.

Being a legally based story, there are some interesting insights into how the justice system works, along with how much is not as it seems, or should be. This is the world of the wealthy: money, power and reputations are always at stake and murderers aren’t the only criminals. If Blood Relations sounds like your kind of reading, don’t hesitate to pick up this novel: you won’t be able to put it down.

Jill Connor Browne

“BLOOD RELATIONS is brilliantly crafted all the way through—and the ending! NEVER saw it coming! Bring on the movie!”

Margaret Robbins

“Great read! You nailed the Southern dysfunctional family!”

Amazon reader

What a great convoluted southern family story! The rich criminal attorney father has an affair with a young, beautiful female attorney in the firm. His lawyer son decides to seduce the auburn-haired beauty for himself, then ends up defending his father in court when the woman is murdered. The characters in "Blood Relations" are marvelously and completely drawn creating a steamy thriller that you can't stop reading. The ending is a bombshell twist!

Amazon Customer

Youth, age, family stress all under pressure with intrigue and mystery woven throughout.

Steamy and hot just like New Orleans with many twists and turns because this murder mystery keeps the reader engaged and hunting for the real culprit throughout the developing story. Excellent read. I’ve known one of the authors a very long time and highly recommend their work.

Amazon Customer


Blood Relations is the best book I have read in a very long time. I was hooked from the first few pages and throughout this beautifully written book. The surprise ending was superb (Don’t dare read ahead). The characters were so well developed, I felt as if I truly knew them all. I could say so much more, but Suffice it to say, “Don’t miss this book!”
I see a movie in this book’s future!

Amazon Customer

There are few books that I enjoy reading from page 1 until the last page. On vacation and I could NOT put it down until I had read to the end. It was not predictable as many books are and that is what kept my interest. The book is well written, and I appreciated that there were no grammatical errors or page errors as in many ebooks. Great vacation read. The pace never slows in Blood Relations.

Amazon Customer

New Orleans noir. Fast paced and so many plot twists that one can’t believe the final one. This is a must read for mystery readers.


The good, the bad, and the ugly in New Orleans. A great read. The characters are compellingly portrayed, the plot twists and turns, the New Orleans food sounds delicious and the steamy love scenes match the setting. The exciting courtroom scenes are well-done.

Nancy A.

This book blew me away!

One of the best murder mysteries I've read in years. A cast of characters that will leave you speechless, and a culinary tour of new Orleans, to boot. If you are southern, or just a fan of southern decadence, this is a must-read.

Amazon Customer

New Orleans noir. Fast paced and so many plot twists that one can’t believe the final one. This is a must read for mystery readers.

Amazon Customer

I LOVED this book! It's rare I am kept guessing until the last word, so I was thrilled that this book kept me guessing until the very last sentence! Do not ruin this book by reading ahead...enjoy every single word until the fabulous ending!

Lynn B.

This is a terrific murder mystery set in NewOrleans. It’s a page turner and one that certainly kept me guessing all the way through. I was sorry to finish it and I hope that the Cohens come up with another soon.

Henry A.

Blood Relations was a great read from start to finish. The characters were well developed and the plot was interesting and made you not want to put this book down. It also kept you guessing and the end of the story was surprising and the perfect end to this book.

James R.

A behind the scenes peek at high profile criminal defense lawyers wrapped in a murder mystery with more twists and turns than a Louisiana back road. It is a real page turner. Two thumbs up


Super! Blood Relations is a great book! It has many twists and turns that keep you interested. Great characters and great setting -New Orleans!

Ellen T.

I love a good mystery and this one definitely offers all the elements necessary to keep the reader enthralled until the surprise ending. Definitely worth reading

Kate M.

Consumed me from the start! This book grabbed me and didn't let go. The setting and characters are so beautifully rendered I needed to stay there and find out what happens as though on a mission. And the romance didn't insult my intelligence! Well done. When will the next book show up? C'mon!

Kate M.

Consumed me from the start! This book grabbed me and didn't let go. The setting and characters are so beautifully rendered I needed to stay there and find out what happens as though on a mission. And the romance didn't insult my intelligence! Well done. When will the next book show up? C'mon!

Amazon client

Reading scripts was a big part of my job in the film industry. I came to dread reading those from people who had become good friends of mine. Most of them were, well, not very good or marketable. Reading Blood Relations turned out to be a joy. The authors have crafted the rare intelligent and intricate thriller complete with masterful turns of phrase and sly humor and characters that breathe in your ear as you follow the dark pathways they tread. Over the past year I have read at least one hundred mystery thrillers some from contemporary masters of the trade but most from new authors throwing their lines in the water to see what happens next. This novel is as good as it gets. If you have a thriller loving friend consider this a most satisfying and enjoyable Christmas gift.

Sarah S.

The plot twists and turns are totally amazing in Blood Relations, and so is the writing. This book will have you wondering 'til the end; and you'll never guess the end. The book may make you blush, too; but these characters weren't raised to behave.

Nancy K.

Thoroughly engrossing from start to finish. A portrait of a southern family from New Orleans and their somewhat, shall we say, curious relationships. The characters are richly drawn, the plot full of unexpected twists and turns and the language simply beautiful. Murder, sex, betrayal and, yes, love, are themes interwoven gracefully throughout this novel. The ending is a complete surprise.... a delightful read.