Category: mystery/suspense

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

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

Posted December 12, 2015 / 5 Comments

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.


Review: The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch

Review: The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch

Posted December 10, 2015 / 8 Comments

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!


Review: Hiding Places by Erin Healy

Review: Hiding Places by Erin Healy

Posted December 3, 2015 / 2 Comments

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 🙂


Review: High-Caliber Holiday by Susan Sleeman

Review: High-Caliber Holiday by Susan Sleeman

Posted December 2, 2015 / 3 Comments

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.


Review: Explosive Alliance by Susan Sleeman

Review: Explosive Alliance by Susan Sleeman

Posted November 30, 2015 / 6 Comments

If you’re a fan of Irene Hannon and Lynette Eason, then you need to be reading Susan Sleeman’s books as well. Top-notch suspense, well-developed characters, and breath-stealing romance all wrapped up in a quick read that maintains the quality of a longer-length novel.


Review: Rising Darkness (Finding Sanctuary #3) by Nancy Mehl

Review: Rising Darkness (Finding Sanctuary #3) by Nancy Mehl

Posted November 28, 2015 / 4 Comments

I had been meaning to read some of Nancy Mehl’s books for a while now. But… well… my TBR pile is so out of control I fear it will never be tamed. So when the opportunity came along to review Rising Darkness, the third in her Finding Sanctuary series, I took the time to read the first two books as well.

I’m so glad I did!


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

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

Posted November 19, 2015 / 8 Comments

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?


Veterans Day Reads

Veterans Day Reads

Posted November 11, 2015 / 6 Comments

Today in the United States, we celebrate Veterans Day to honor those men and women who have protected our country by serving in any branch of the military. I know that so often we take for granted that our freedom was free to us, but we don’t consider how much it […]


Review: Vendetta (Nikki Boyd Files #1) by Lisa Harris

Review: Vendetta (Nikki Boyd Files #1) by Lisa Harris

Posted November 9, 2015 / 3 Comments

No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki […]


Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton

Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton

Posted November 5, 2015 / 8 Comments

The Lake House by Kate Morton Publication Date: October 20, 2015 Atria Books Hardcover & eBook; 512 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heart-stopping suspense and uncovered secrets. […]




Review: Miracle Drug by Richard Mabry, M.D. (Plus a Giveaway!)

Review: Miracle Drug by Richard Mabry, M.D. (Plus a Giveaway!)

Posted October 14, 2015 / 5 Comments

Overcoming these odds will take more than a miracle drug—it will take a miracle. The infection wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn’t. Then Dr. Josh Pearson discovers why. The two patients – David Madison, the former President […]


Bestsellers in Christian Fiction as of September 25th 2015

Bestsellers in Christian Fiction as of September 25th 2015

Posted September 25, 2015 / 5 Comments

According to CBA News, these are the bestsellers in 5 different categories in Christian fiction as of September 25, 2015. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (WATERBROOK, May 2005) A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker (HACHETTE, Oct 2014) Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman (TYNDALE HOUSE, Jan 2014) Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers […]


Review: The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz |New Release

Review: The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz |New Release

Posted September 6, 2015 / 22 Comments

History, romance, and suspense all combine with Laura Frantz’s poetic writing style to bring readers another captivating novel filled with characters that quickly become the dearest of friends. The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally […]


Review: The Isaac Project by Sarah Monzon | New Release

Review: The Isaac Project by Sarah Monzon | New Release

Posted September 1, 2015 / 7 Comments

The story of Rebekah and Isaac has always fascinated me.  For those of you who might not be familiar, it’s a wildly romantic tale found in the Biblical book of Genesis. I can hear what you’re thinking… Genesis? Biblical? Romantic? Just trust me on this one.  Isaac’s father is “very […]


Review: Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman | New Release

Review: Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman | New Release

Posted August 29, 2015 / 2 Comments

She’s a former pickpocket who now runs an orphanage. He’s a sheriff’s deputy who feels responsible for his widowed mother and young siblings.  Despite their obvious and immediate attraction for each other, Livy’s past is just one of the obstacles that stand between a happily ever after for her and […]


Coming Soon: Always Watching (Elite Guardians #1) by Lynette Eason

Coming Soon: Always Watching (Elite Guardians #1) by Lynette Eason

Posted August 28, 2015 / 0 Comments

What could be better than finding out that a new Lynette Eason book is on the horizon (January 2016)? Finding out that it’s available for preorder! 😀 Let’s all do a happy dance… on our way to the online bookstore of our choice!! The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have […]


Favorites Friday Review: An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

Favorites Friday Review: An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

Posted August 21, 2015 / 6 Comments

When I first started “Favorites Friday”, my intention was to pull books out of my archives, dust them off, and share with you my undying love for them.  That hasn’t entirely gone as planned. Why? Because there are SO MANY GOOD BOOKS.  I keep finding new favorites.  My blog, my […]


Author Interview (Plus a Giveaway!): Kate Breslin **CLOSED**

Author Interview (Plus a Giveaway!): Kate Breslin **CLOSED**

Posted August 20, 2015 / 72 Comments

I am extremely honored and excited to have award-winning author Kate Breslin stop by the blog today!! I count both of her books among my very favorites, the kind that linger with you long after you’ve finished reading.  Beautifully crafted with stunning twists and vivid characters, Kate’s novels are exactly […]