Posted in Mystery/Suspense

Dani Pettrey’s Shattered

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A Thrilling New Romantic Suspense from the Genre’s Newest Star

Piper
McKenna couldn’t be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned
to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef
appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed–but
despite the evidence, Reef swears he’s innocent. And Piper believes
him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he’s also
sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith,
but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With
his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the
investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon’s
career.

With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada’s
rugged backcountry–and unexpected complications. Not only does their long
friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is
becoming deadlier with each step.

Review

I’ve been waiting to read this novel since I finished the last page of Submerged. And it didn’t disappoint. The novel starts with a bang that carries it through until the end.  This is Landon and Piper’s story which began in the first novel. I enjoyed seeing Landon’s development into a man of God. Piper’s forwardness was endearing as most romance novels play on lack of communication issues. Although I will say, she is more impulsive than she should be, but then again that’s her personality. The romance between them was sweet and came together better than I expected. I enjoyed the siblings working together and I’ve got a feeling we’ll be hearing about Gage pretty soon. The mystery was a good mystery without being overly complicated and will have you guessing at the bad guys. And it’s definitely my kind of mystery. Spiritually, as I said, Landon develops into a man of God and I liked to see how natural faith was to (most of) Piper’s family. Highly Recommended and waiting for the next one!

** I received this copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Irene Hannon’s Vanished

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Reporter Moira Harrisons is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a confusing detour places her on a rural, wooded road, she’s startled by the sudden appearance of a lone figure caught in the beam of her headlights. Though Moira jams on her brakes, the car careens across the wet pavement–and the solid thump against the side of the vehicle tells her she hit the person before she crashes into a tree on the far side of the road.
A dazed Moira is relieved when a man opens her door, tells her he saw everything, and promises to call 911. Then everything fades to black. When she comes to an hour later, she is alone. No man. No 911. No injured person lying on the side of the road. But she can’t forget the look of terror she saw on the person’s face in the instant before her headlights swung away. The person she hit had been in trouble. She’s sure of it. But she can’t get anyone to believe her story–except a handsome former police detective, now a private eye, who agrees to take on the case.
From the very first page, readers will be hooked into this fast-paced story full of shocking secrets from fan-favorite Irene Hannon. Vanished is the exciting first book in the Private Justice series: Three justice seekers who got burned playing by the rules now have a second chance to make things right.

Review

Ms. Hannon knows how to pull a reader in from the first page of her novel, and this one is no different. Immediately, I was intrigued by the premise and eager to figure out what had happened. I thought the bad guy in this novel was a kind of twisted Robin Hood which made him really unique. I also really enjoyed Moira’s character because she didn’t play games when it came to her interest in Cal. She read like a real woman. I thought Cal was also a very developed hero, and easy to like. I was concerned midway through the book that it would follow a formula that I have noticed in many of Ms. Hannon’s novels, and while this one did to a certain degree, it was also done very differently. One thing I liked about this book was how she talks about undercover work. That does seem to be one of those areas that’s a bit borderline spiritually, and I’m glad she addressed it. Spiritually, Cal has to learn to forgive himself and I enjoy watching Moira live out her faith. Good Book. I can’t wait until the next one. Highly Recommended!

**I recieved this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Steven James’ Placebo

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While covertly investigating a controversial neurological research program, exposé filmmaker Jevin Banks is drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy involving one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms. After giving up his career as an escape artist and illusionist in the wake of his wife and sons’ tragic death, Jevin is seeking not only answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program, but also answers to why his family suffered as they did.

Review
Well, you already know that I think that Mr. James is a phenomenal writer and this book is only another testament to the fact. I really enjoyed the character of Jevin Banks. Jevin Banks is a magician, which is a pretty unique career choice. It adds for some creative flair throughout this novel. There is also more romance in this novel than in Patrick Bowers, which I enjoyed. The only drawback is that there are a lot of phsyics explanations for things and at times it was like reading chinese (too many flashbacks to phsyics class for me). It had it’s violent moments as well, but that shouldn’t be too surprising. I completely enjoyed the novel and appreciated Mr. James branching out and doing new things. Spiritually, the novel deals with the concept of death and how it is final…except that Jesus conquered death. Very interesting. Highly Recommended.

Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Margaret Daley’s Saving Hope: Men of the Texas Rangers

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When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt’s daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.

Now it’s personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.

Review
I enjoyed this novel. I thought Kate was a very believable character and certainly very likeable. Wyatt seemed to be a good match for her and somehow fit the role of what you think a Texas Ranger should be. The mystery was interesting without being overwhelming and I was surprised at a particular moment, because it didn’t completely follow the path of predictability. I think the only drawback for me was that the relationship didn’t quite develop into love though I could see that Kate and Wyatt were getting there. Spiritually, Wyatt has to learn to trust God again and Kate continues to trust God with her organization. Solid novel. Good Read. Recommended.

Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Raquel Byrnes’ Bayou Blue

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With her family shamed and her faith shaken, Riley Drake carries a heavy burden. She returns to Bayou La Foudre Parish to clear her brother’s name, but her mission proves difficult and dangerous. The locals are convinced he’s guilty of the tragic bombing that left the town in mourning, and she finds her only ally is Jake Ayers. Frustrated and fascinated by the parish’s brooding sheriff, Riley hopes she’s found someone to trust with her burden…and her heart.

Sheriff Jake Ayers wants peace and healing in his parish, but Riley’s presence stirs tempers into a frenzy. Most of the townsfolk want her dead. Emotions run deep in the bayou, and Jake’s are no exception. Keeping a level head and an indifferent heart is going to be as difficult as keeping Riley alive.

Review
This novel captured my interest from the start. Though it is not necessarily a who dunnit novel, there is still plenty of suspense. The cajun setting also adds an extra spice to the novel. I enjoyed the back and forth between Jake and Riley and it was good to see the characters from Purple Knot again. Spiritually, Riley is a new believer so she has to learn to trust God as she searches for what really happened with her brother. Really Good Book. Highly Recommended!

Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Kristen Heitzmann’s The Breath of Dawn

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Morgan Spencer has had just about all he can take of life. Following the tragic death of his wife, Jill, he retreats to his brother’s Rocky Mountain ranch to heal and focus on the care of his infant daughter, Olivia. Two years later, Morgan begins to make plans to return to his home in Santa Barbara to pick up the pieces of his life and career.

Quinn Riley has been avoiding her past for four years. Standing up for the truth has forced her into a life of fear and isolation. After a “chance” first meeting and a Thanksgiving snowstorm, Quinn is drawn into the Spencer family’s warm and loving world, and she begins to believe she might find freedom in their friendship.

The man Quinn helped put behind bars has recently been released, however, and she fears her past will endanger the entire Spencer family. As the danger heightens, she determines to leave town for the sake of the people who have come to mean so much to her.

Fixing problems is what Morgan Spencer does best, and he is not willing to let Quinn run away, possibly into the clutches of a man bent on revenge. But Morgan’s solution sends him and Quinn on an unexpected path, with repercussions neither could have anticipated.

Review
When I finished this book, my first thought was, what a way to bring in the month of October! But, I’ll get back to that statement later. When I first saw what this book was about, I could not understand why Ms. Heitzmann wanted to put poor Morgan Spencer through the wringer again. I felt so sorry for him. That said, this book is a keeper. There is something about Ms. Heitzmann’s character development that seems effortless, I want to keep reading just to know her characters more. I enjoyed Quinn’s character, loved Morgan’s throughout the series, and was glad to hang out with Rick and Noelle again. They mystery was interesting, but not overpowering the story, the romance made sense, and the writing was on point. Now back to the October comment, there was a layer of creepiness in the story that had me looking over my shoulder and jumping at every creak in the house. Perfect for the month of Halloween. Spiritually, Morgan is going through a test of faith which is not surprising if you’ve read the previous novels and we learn that there is power in the name of Jesus. Thoroughly satisfying, highly recommended!

**I recieved this copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

Posted in Mystery/Suspense

Steven James’ Opening Moves

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In The Bowers Files novels, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers has stopped some of the most vicious serial killers ever imagined. Now, in the fifth exciting installment, author Steven James takes readers back to Bowers’s terrifying beginning.
Milwaukee, 1997. In a city reeling from the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, a series of gruesome kidnappings and mutilations draw authorities into a case like nothing they’ve ever seen. Cops think a Dahmer copycat is on the loose.
But Patrick Bowers, working as a homicide detective, suspects this is more than an ode to the infamous cannibal. When he discovers that the shocking acts reference some of the most notorious and macabre killers in our nation’s history, the investigation spirals into a nightmare of manipulation, brutality, and terror.
Wielding groundbreaking investigative techniques, Bowers must now face off with a killer who will stop at nothing to get his message out to the world. Chilling, gritty, and packed with twists and turns, Opening Moves is Steven James’s most heart-pounding novel yet.

Review

This is the best Patrick Bowers novel so far! But then again, I think Mr. James tops himself with each novel he writes. You would think that since this is a prequel it wouldn’t be too exciting since you already know the big picture. Wrong. While there are a few ‘aha’ moments, I was getting surprised on every corner. If you like crime novels, this is the one. So this novel was not geared toward the Christian market, but, aside from the murders, it’s a clean novel that brings up an interesting issue: when do you become accountable for your actions? And it certainly made me want to pray for the protection of my family and to thank God I was born to some good parents.

Warning: I’m not sure if this novel contains more violent crimes than the others, but these are certainly very grisly. I think they’re more horrifying than his other novels, because he tosses in some real serial killers, and there’s nothing scarier than reality. Furthermore, please be wise and do not read this book well into the evening when everyone else in your household is in bed and you have to turn off all the lights in the house and then suddenly remember your bedroom is in the basement. Not wise. Such a good book. Highly Recommended!

Want to find out more about Steven James? Stay tuned for my interview this month!

Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Jordyn Redwood’s Proof

 This was a fun mystery in the sense that I had no idea how the bad guy was completing his crime. Dr. Lily Reeves is an ER doctor who is attacked by a serial rapist.  Nathan Long is a detective trying to find this guy. The guy leaves his DNA on the scene everytime, yet something about it is very weird. I really enjoyed this mystery. It kept me full of suspense the whole time. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the romance. It seemed kind of thrown together. Other than that, this book is a page-turner that will teach you a few things about medicine that you never knew existed! Spiritually, Lily is not a believer in the book, but she has several friends who are. They constantly pray and witness to her and when Lily has her own God experience, her friends are there to pray with her. It’s so important to be a witness to those around it. We never know the plans God has for their lives. Recommended!

Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Mary Nealy’s Ten Plagues

Mary Nealy is also the famed author Mary Connealy. I have read all of her books. This one is nothing like them. Ten Plagues is about a serial killer who is killing people based off of the ten plagues in the Bible. Keren is a cop with the gift of spiritual discernment. It allows her to sense when the killer is near. Paul is a former cop, now minister, whose parishoners are the ones’ disappearing. Together they join forces to stop this killer. I really enjoyed this novel. Not only did I enjoy the mystery, I enjoyed that God was interwoven throughout the whole novel. I loved how there was such an emphasis on spiritual gifts. There is such power in the name of Jesus and we become extraordinary people when we realize this. This book was a great read, a fun romance, and a reminder that Jesus is Lord.

Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Irene Hannon’s Deadly Pursuit

Irene Hannon came on the scene shortly after Dee Henderson took a sabbatical (although she has a new coming out this year!). She’s a good author who knows her way around detectives, forensics, ballistics, etc. Deadly Pursuit is the second book in the Guardians of Justice series. In this novel, Allison, a social worker and sister of a detective and U.S. Marshal starts receiving creepy gifts and heavy-breathing phone calls. That can only spell trouble. Toss in her brother’s new ex-Navy Seal partner and you’ve got a fun book. This isn’t a book that revolves around who the bad guy is. You’re told in the beginning, but now you have to watch everyone else figure it out. I’ve read a review or two that said this book was more romance than mystery. I’m the kind of person who says want some more mystery to go with that romance? Thus, I liked it. It was probably more romance focused than any of her others (of course book 3 is coming out soon).

Spiritually, the ex-Navy Seal has to learn to reconcile God with his current circumstances and Allison has to learn to trust God as things go from bad to worst. It’s a great book and a good mystery.