Category: mystery/suspense

Jan 15
Review: Paralyzed by Alana Terry

Review: Paralyzed by Alana Terry

Alana Terry, Christian, mystery/suspense 2

Alana Terry is a very unique writing voice in Christian suspense fiction. She’s not afraid to tackle the tough stuff, and the faith element is very strong. However, don’t mistake “very strong” for “preachy” or “political”. In fact, just about the time I thought it could cross over into preachy territory, the author threw in a curve ball that kept the character and the story from becoming a caricature.

Jan 12
Top Ten Tuesday: Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda

Top Ten Tuesday: Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda

Amanda Barratt, Amish, Andrea Boeshaar, Christian, contemporary, Denise Hunter, DiAnn Mills, Erica Vetsch, Gabrielle Meyer, historical, Jennifer Uhlarik, Katherine Reay, Lynette Eason, Mary Ellis, Maureen Lang, Melissa Jagears, Mona Hodgson, mystery/suspense, Renee Yancy, Top Ten Tuesday 46

This week’s edition of “Top Ten Tuesday” (hosted as always by The Broke and the Bookish) is brought to you by those books I meant to read in 2015 but …umm… didn’t.

Yet.

I’m looking at you, 2016.

The Year of the TBR pile.

Jan 11
Review (plus a Giveaway!): The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch

Review (plus a Giveaway!): The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch

Donna Hatch, giveaway, historical, mystery/suspense, romance 2

While The Suspect’s Daughter can easily be read as a stand-alone novel (I read this fourth book first and had no problems following along), the characters are much better appreciated when seen through the lens of the preceding books in the ROGUE HEARTS series. Donna Hatch graciously gave me copies of those first three books so I could catch up with all of Grant’s brothers. I’m going to do a mini-review for each one in a second, but let me just say about the whole series – WOW! Keep. Your. Fans. (and freezers) Nearby. All 4 books are a KissingBook Level 5

Jan 09
Review: The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd

Review: The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd

Christian, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, Sarah E. Ladd 9

Sarah Ladd delivers another breathtaking story of suspense and romance, with characters who step off the page and into your heart. You will be captivated by Camille’s story – your emotions engaged – as you cheer and swoon and even shed a few tears along the way. Fans of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Julie Klassen, and Carrie Turansky will find a new favorite in Ladd’s books. The Curiosity Keeper is a marvelous place to start your collection.

Dec 30
Most Anticipated Books January-June 2016: Mystery/Suspense

Most Anticipated Books January-June 2016: Mystery/Suspense

Ann H. Gabhart, Brittany Cavallaro, Colleen Coble, coming soon, cozy mystery, Dani Pettrey, Dee Henderson, Irene Hannon, Janice Cantore, Kate James, Lynette Eason, Margaret Brownley, mystery/suspense, Patricia Bradley, Rachel McMillan, Sandra Orchard, Sarah Sundin, Terri Blackstock 16

All week here on the blog, I’m talking about the books coming out in the first half of 2016. Monday, I gave you my contemporary “can’t waits”, Tuesday was the historicals’ turn.

Today I am pleased to present my list of the mystery/suspense books I’m most excited about from January to June 2016!

Dec 16
Best Books of 2015: Mystery/Suspense

Best Books of 2015: Mystery/Suspense

Best Books 2015, Christian, Dani Pettrey, Irene Hannon, Janice Cantore, Julie Klassen, Lynette Eason, Margaret Brownley, mystery/suspense, Patricia Bradley, Shelley Shepard Gray, Susan Sleeman 8

It’s that time of year when everyone is making lists and checking them twice. Some are finding out who has been naughty and who has been nice. Some are making sure those in their circles of gifting know what they want for Christmas.

Here at Reading Is My SuperPower, I’m making lists too! Every day this week will feature the best books I read in 2015 from different genres.

Dec 14
Review: The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes

Review: The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes

Christian, contemporary, Laurie Alice Eakes, mystery/suspense, romance 5

Laurie Alice Eakes quite simply has a way with words… and with characters. I was delighted to see these strengths just as evident in The Mountain Midwife, her first contemporary novel, as in her historicals. The fact that characters in The Mountain Midwife descended from characters in two of her historical series made it just all the more thrilling for a book adorer like me.

Dec 12
Review: Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series by Shelley Gray

Review: Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series by Shelley Gray

Christian, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, Shelley Shepard Gray 5

Shelley Gray’s brilliantly crafted mystery trilogy is perfect for romantic suspense fans, especially those that lean toward the historical. (Not the hysterical, mind you. Let’s save our swooning for the kisses!) The recurring theme of people being more than what they appear resonates through all 3 books and is most perfectly illustrated in the comparison to the buildings constructed for the World’s Fair. Characters whose lives seem “outwardly impressive” are proven to be “structurally unsound” while the reverse is also true just as frequently. An entertaining and compelling reminder that, while we so often look no further than the outside, God sees our hearts.

Dec 10
Review: The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch

Review: The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch

Donna Hatch, giveaway, historical, mystery/suspense, romance 8

The Suspect’s Daughter has it all – romance, suspense, great characters, skilled writing, and some quite spectacular kisses. I thoroughly enjoyed each aspect of this novel and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to fans of historical fiction, particularly the Regency era. If you like Julianne Donaldson, Julie Klassen, or Sarah E. Ladd, then you will want to read Donna Hatch’s Rogue series for sure!

Dec 03
Review: Hiding Places by Erin Healy

Review: Hiding Places by Erin Healy

contemporary, Erin Healy, mystery/suspense 2

Erin Healy’s engaging writing voice and the riveting suspense will make the book difficult to put down. But the lack of redemptive development and the plethora of difficult-to-like characters may leave you dissatisfied once you’ve turned the last page. Still, I have no problem at all recommending it to fans of suspense, especially people like me who enjoy Diane Chamberlain or Kristen Heitzmann. It’s a well-written book, just not my favorite 🙂

Dec 02
Review: High-Caliber Holiday by Susan Sleeman

Review: High-Caliber Holiday by Susan Sleeman

Christian, Christmas, mystery/suspense, romance, Susan Sleeman 3

Susan Sleeman takes a small amount of space and fills it up with high-caliber action, suspense and romance until you forget you are reading a shorter-length novel. Her First Response Squad reminds me in all the best ways of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley family (there’s a crossover idea for a publisher somewhere!). I just can’t say enough good things about these books – get them. read them. You’ll love them.

Nov 19
Review: The Golden Braid (Fairy Tales #6) by Melanie Dickerson

Review: The Golden Braid (Fairy Tales #6) by Melanie Dickerson

Christian, fairy tales, Melanie Dickerson, mystery/suspense, romance, YA 8

The Golden Braid has it all – adventure, romance, dashing knights, damsels who can save their own lives, faith, nostalgia-nods to series fans, even a mention or two of Thornbeck to tie in her other series. Most of all though, it has the warmth and heart with which Melanie Dickerson writes all of her books. C.S. Lewis famously said, “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” If you haven’t read one since childhood, may I suggest you start again now – and start with Melanie Dickerson’s Fairy Tales/Hagenheim series?