Book Review: Christmas Conspiracy by Susan Sleeman

Posted December 8, 2016 by meezcarrie in Christian, Christmas, contemporary, mystery/suspense, romance, Susan Sleeman / 5 Comments

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It’s a typical day at Rachael Long’s day-care center—until a masked gunman tries to abduct one of the children in her charge.

First response commander Jake Marsh manages to diffuse the situation before anyone is harmed…but not before Rachael unmasks the would-be kidnapper.

Now Jake must lead a manhunt and protect Rachael from the criminal who’s turned his focus on her. But the case is reawakening painful memories for Jake, and Rachael’s treating emotional wounds of her own.

And with danger mounting as Christmas nears, they must learn to let go of the past in order to outwit a killer…and find the peace that’s always eluded them both.

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SERIES: First Responders #6
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Suspense
RELEASE DATE: December 6, 2016
PAGES: 288

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“Law enforcement officers held victims’ hands all the time, but he knew in his heart that he didn’t take her hand for that reason.”

christmas-conspiracy-book-reviewChristmas Conspiracy is another winner – in romance and in suspense – from author Susan Sleeman!

One of my favorite things about Susan’s books is that she starts you off with some high-stakes suspense right from the beginning, in many cases from the very first sentence. This latest book is no exception. We open the book with a masked gunman, a baby, and a brave woman trying to thwart a kidnapping. That’s seriously the first page! And, true to form, you cannot relax AT ALL until the bad guy (or gal … or group) is safely (really, truly) in custody.

I love it!

And the mystery itself? Just when I thought I had figured out who was behind all the kidnapping and threatening and trying to kill, I realized I didn’t. Very well-constructed and nicely paced.

Woven through the fast-paced criminal shenanigans and investigation-related tensions, Susan also does a fantastic job developing a sweet romance between characters you genuinely care about. And that perhaps really IS my favorite thing about her books – the characters.  Especially this First Response Squad. I’ve been with them since book 1 and they’ve all become my friends. Which makes parting with them after this book (wail!) more than a little bittersweet. The scenes in Christmas Conspiracy where we get to see them all together – with spouses and fiances and extended family members – made my heart smile and soothed the ‘farewell’ just a bit.

Bottom Line: Be glad that these Love Inspired Suspense books are pretty quick reads because you won’t want to put this one down until you’ve reached the end. Christmas Conspiracy by Susan Sleeman is just the right blend of action, suspense, police procedural, romance, friendship and a dash of holiday coziness.  You don’t have to read all the books in the First Responders series to enjoy this last book but they’re SO GOOD that I highly recommend you do anyway 😀

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / Loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / You’re already holding your breath for the suspense – remember to breathe during the kisses!

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SUSAN SLEEMAN is a bestselling author of inspirational and clean read romantic suspense and mystery books. With over twenty-five books in print, readers love her Justice Agency, First Responders, and Agents Under Fire series for the well-drawn characters and edge-of-your-seat action. As a graduate of the FBI, city and county police academies, her research is spot on and her characters are real. Awards include Romantic Times Best Book, Swoony award winner, Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and EPIC Award finalist.

In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website.In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website She currently lives in Oregon with her husband, but has lived in nine states. They have two daughters, a son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.

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5 responses to “Book Review: Christmas Conspiracy by Susan Sleeman

    • Carrie

      Susan’s books are always fantastic! But with that firehouse that the First Response Squad lives in, I find I love the Christmasy books the most!

  1. Winnie Thomas

    Susan writes wonderful stories! I’ve read a couple of her First Responders books and really enjoyed them. She does a fantastic job of grabbing the reader’s attention and keeping the suspense twisting and turning to the end.

    Great review, Carrie! And I don’t even need to put this one in my TBR pile/mountain, because I’ve already read and reviewed it! Yay!

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