A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris

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A Secret to Die for, by Lisa Harris, is a stand alone modern day romantic thriller. Grace is preparing herself to get through the week, the birthday of her little girl who died of cancer. To make it even worse, some one breaks into her home, breaks into her office and one of her patients is killed. His murderers are after her, thinking she has the information they want.

Nate was best friends with Grace and her ex-husband years earlier. He is now the detective assigned to the case. He has just returned to work. There was a bombing that killed his partner and he is dealing with PTSD issues. Nate and Grace have not seen each other in years.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Is it fast paced with a lot of action. While there are quite a few characters, they are well introduced and easy to follow. I especially liked Grace’s friend who was there for her every step of the way. The suspense in this story is so strong, I did not want to put the book down until I found out what information Grace supposedly had and who was after it. I was surprised by the ending, which made me stop and think, could this ever really happen. I feel anyone who enjoys crime stories will enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from Revell publishing. This is my honest review.

325 pages

ISBN: 9780800729158

My rating: 4.7

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.lisaharriswrites.com/

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Lethal Target by Janice Cantore

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Lethal Target, by Janice Cantore, is book two in the Line of Duty series. This story takes over where book one, “Crisis Shot” ends. It is not necessary to read the first book to read this book, but I highly recommend it. They both are great stories with the main character being Police Chief Tess O’Rourke. In this story an eighteen year old boy is found dead of a drug overdose. Tess has suspicions of the real cause of his death. Growing marijuana is legal in Oregon, and Tess suspects his death may be tied to the pot farm. Before she is able to track down his killer, a person from her past shows up dead on her porch. She is told to take vacation time until his murder is solved. When it seems like so many people are against Tess, she finds herself drawn to Pastor Macpherson. Hi wife was a friend of Tess’s and was killed less than a year earlier.

I really enjoyed reading this story. It is fast paced and full of action and suspense. The story is so well written it was hard for me to put down. I like Tess’s honesty of her faith in God since her father’s death and her feelings about her father laying his life down for another person. I though the reference to Tess’s rules were neat. While the story felt so real, I would hope that when a Chief Police is told to take vacation until a crime is solved, that person would not continue working the case. I also felt something was missing during the investigation of the young man’s crime scene. I feel anyone who enjoys crime stories will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Fiction. This is my honest review.

Series: Line of Duty (book 2)

380 pages

ISBN: 9781496423740

My rating: 4.7 stars

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.janicecantore.com/

This book will be released on October 9th and can be pre-ordered from:

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Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley

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Justice Betrayed, by Patricia Bradley, is book 3 in A Memphis Cold Case Novel series. This is a romantic suspense story that will keep you reading to find out “who done it”. Even thought this is a series and some characters are introduced in the previous book, this book can also be a stand alone story.

The story takes place in Memphis during Elvis week. One of the Elvis impersonators comes to Detective Rachel Sloan with information regarding a cold case murder. Very soon after he is murdered. Another impersonator has his medication tampered with and almost dies. Rachel is knee deep in the investigation that could be linked to her mothers death many years earlier. She gets help from her co-worker Boone, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend, to try to find out who the killer is.

I really enjoyed this story. It has many twists and turns to keep the reader guessing who the murderer is. It is very fast paced and does not have an overly large amount of characters. Each of the characters are well introduced, so it is easy to follow the story. I enjoyed the way Rachel and Boone were able to work together and how they were able to put their past behind them to solve the case. I also enjoyed the references to the elderly women who went to the Elvis activities as well as to her grandmothers who do not get into modern technology. I feel anyone who enjoys police stories will enjoy this story. It is a good clean story with a lot of suspense and mystery alone with a little romance.

I received a copy of this book from Revel publishing. This is my honest review.

Series A Memphis Cold Case Novel (book 3)

368 pages

ISBN 9780800727161

You can learn more about the author and other books she has written at www.ptbradley.com

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https://www.amazon.com/Justice-Betrayed-Memphis-Cold-Case/dp/0800727169

Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn

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Beneath the Surface is book one in the Dive Team Investigations series written by Lynn H. Blackburn.

This is the beginning to a great new series. The series is full of adventure, suspense, mystery and a touch of romance.

Ryan is part of the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. While on a dive, the team finds a body in the lake. The team uses Leigh’s dock as a place to do the investigation.

Leigh has recently returned to her parent’s home to take a job at the local hospital emergency room. Things begin happening to Leigh that threaten her life. Ryan, along with others from the sheriff’s office are guarding her around the clock to keep her safe.

As the investigation goes on, it is suspected the deaths and the threat on Leigh’s life are connected. Leigh’s brother and Ryan are best friends and Ryan has been asked to keep an eye out for Leigh to keep her safe.

This book is full of suspense and action with many twists and turns. It kept me guessing all the way to the end as to who the killer was and why. The story is well written and was easy to follow all the action. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes good clean police stories.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.

Series: Dive Team Investigations (Book 1)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780800729387

For more information on the author go to: http://lynnhblackburn.com/

Some place to purchase this book are:

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https://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Surface-Dive-Team-Investigations/dp/0800729382/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

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Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman is book 2 in the Hidden Justice series. This is one of those books you will not want to put down until you finish it! While part of a series, it is a very good stand alone book as well. The story takes off running and the suspense builds during the story.

Emilie Wesley is an attorney for a women’s resource center. She helps women who want to escape from their abusers. While she is at the court house waiting for Kaylene, to move forward with Kaylene’s restraining order against her husband, things have gone terribly bad at Kaylene’s house. Kaylene is accused of shooting her daughter’s and then herself. This event has totally shaken Emilie and she cannot move on without getting to the bottom of what really happened. She is all consumed with Kaylene’s death and neglects her other client and her reporting job.

Some time before Kaylene’s death, she delivered boxes to her brother’s home and tells him, Reid, not to open them. He opened them after her death to find a letter from her asking him to watch over her daughters should something happen to her and to contact her attorney. Reid and Emilie start working together to find evidence that will hold up in court for Reid to get custody of Kaylene’s surviving daughter.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is full of action and suspense. While the topic of abused women and children is a tough subject to read about, the author did a great job of not dwelling on that, but rather wrote about the legal issues involved with them getting away. I think anyone who enjoys legal thrillers will enjoy this book. There is just a little romance in the story for the romance readers as well.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: Hidden Justice book 2

334 pages

ISBN: 9780718083489

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To learn more about the author and book she has written go to: http://www.caraputman.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

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Vanishing Point, by Lisa Harris, is book 4 in A Nikki Boyd Novel series. This book spans 13 years with the murder of teen age girls. Garrett Addison is a new criminal investigator with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation when his team is called out to investigate the deal of a teen age girl.

Jordan Lambert is with the FBI. One of her co-workers is assigned this case as well. Knowing her family lives in the area, he asks for her to go with him. Garrett and Jordan went to the police academy together and had not seen each other since Jordan joined the FBI. Even though both have moved on with their lives, they still have feeling for each other.

This is a very good suspenseful story that will keep you reading to find out “who done it.” Even though it is part of a series, this book is a very good stand alone story. Having read other Nikki Boyd stories I was surprised to find she was not the main character of this story. This story does cover the murder of her sister, Sarah. This is the reason Nikki goes into law enforcement.

The thing that comes out for me with this book is “Where is God when bad things happen.” I especially liked Garret and Jordan’s discussion on page 284 where they talk about when bad things happen, we start to see God’s grace.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.

Series: The Nikki Boyd Files (Book 4)

291 pages

ISBN-13: 9780800728489

Publisher: Revell Publishing

You can read more about the author and book she has written at:

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A Time To Stand by Robert Whitlow

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A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow is the perfect book to curl up with and read! This contemporary fiction takes place in Georgia. Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney is working in Atlanta when she loses her job. At the same time her great aunt, who raised her, suffers from a stroke and needs some one to care for her. Adisa returns home to Campbellton to be near her great aunt. She takes a temporary job with a law firm under the condition she represent the white police officer that shot a black youth.

If you enjoy legal dramas you will totally enjoy this story. The story is very well written and focuses on forgiveness and doing what is right. The story feels like it could be taken from today’s newspapers, very current and very real. The things that stands out to me is Aunt Josie walking through the town praying for members of the community. I also respect the character of Thelma Armistead, having the strength to stand in front of her church and forgive those involved in the shooting of her grandson. I felt frustrated with the pastor’s position, I wished he would have had more forgiveness and less demand for justice. Overall this is a very good story, it is not so fast moving that the reader struggles to keep up with the story. The characters are very well introduced with background information so they are easy to follow.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

399 pages

ISBN: 9780718083038

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To learn more about the author and books he has written go to: http://www.robertwhitlow.com/

Some places to buy this book are:

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As A Shield by Danny & Wanda Pelfrey

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As a Shield: A Davis Morgan Mystery is about former Pastor Davis. After the death of his wife, he no longer pastors a church but is a pastor for the local law enforcement. He often rides with officer and friend Charley. Davis’s daughter is soon to be married. She and her fiance are purchasing an old house that no one has lived in but are finding their lives threatened. Two men have been hired to stop them from buying the home. The men have kidnapped the wrong lady and shot the wrong man. A visitor in town dies of natural causes but his body is stolen from the funeral home. Tattooed on his body is a location in the area.

Davis works with Charley to try to find who is threatening his daughter and her fiance. While doing so the plane they are flying in goes down and Charley’s squad car is totaled.

This is a very enjoyable mystery to get lost in. One of the things that stands out for me with this book is the friendship of the two men. As well as how Charley feels since he is not a Christian, that God was watching out for Davis and Charley’s life was saved as well. I enjoyed the humor that is woven through the story as well. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me reading until I was done reading it and kept me guessing. I am looking forward to more in this series. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to read a good mystery.

I received a copy of this book from BookCrash and have written an honest review.

Series: Davis Morgan Mystery (book 1)

208 pages

ISBN: 9781633570917

Publisher: Crosslink Publishing

To learn more about Danny & Wanda Pelfrey go to: http://www.pelfreybooks.com/

Some places to buy this book are:

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Crisis Shot by Janie Cantore

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Crisis Shot, by Janice Cantore, is book one in the Line of Duty series. Tess O’Rourke is a commander with the Long Beach police department and one morning while on her way to work she responds to a call. She finds an officer down and some young men near him. When she shots one of them, the public and some of her co-workers go against her. She takes a job as chief of police in Rogue Hollow, a very small town. She has to deal with issues surrounding being the only woman on the force and having to report to a very demanding mayor.

The pastor’s wife has found out her cancer has returned again and this time it is worse. She goes away one day and does not return. While she is gone her brother turns up dead. The police force is being forced to work extra hours to find the pastor’s wife and get to the bottom of the situation. They are also reaching out to surrounding forces for help.

I really like Janice Cantore’s books and this one is her best so far! I enjoyed how Tess and her father would make rules. Much like my favorite TV show. The suspense is carried through the entire story, both with the Long Beach shooting and situations in Rogue Hollow. One of the things that stands out for me in this story is even with what the pastor is going through he still is there to encourage others. When they find his wife injured he tells Tess that he is worried and a little frightened but he trusts God. If he didn’t, nothing in this life would make sense.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys police stories.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and I have written an honest review.

Series: Line of Duty (book 1)

432 pages

ISBN: 9781496423702

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

To learn more about the author visit: http://www.janicecantore.com/

Some places you can buy this book are:

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Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

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Portrait of Vengeance is book 4 in A Gwen Marcey Novel series written by Carrie Stuart Parks. Gwen is a single mother of a teen age daughter and a cancer survivor. Her ex-husband is threatening to take their daughter from her. Her parents were killed when she was little and she was raised by a lady until she returned home to see the house filled with blood. She is on probation with her new job as a forensic artist with the Interagency Major Crime Unit when she finds out about a case of a missing girl after the murder of her parents in Lapwai, Idaho. The case takes place where she lived when she was little and sounds similar to her background so she insists on being put on the case.

In Idaho she works with the Nez Perce Tribal Police and finds herself being treated as an outsider. Her car is stolen right away so she calls a friend, Beth, to come help her. As Gwen works on the case, she has Beth doing research. They quickly discover that someone is out to get Gwen and this case may be connected to the death of Gwen parents. Her boss from the crime unit calls to check on her and she ends up losing her job. But she continues working the case with Beth’s help.

This story is so awesome, it starts out running and never lets up. This story is so full of mystery and suspense that it was hard to put down. The author writes so clearly that it is easy to imagine what is happening and to feel the suspense. While this is a Christian book, the Christian theme is very mild. It is more so a good clean police novel with violence written in it. I think anyone who enjoys reading suspense, mysteries or police stories will enjoy this book. This is the first book I have read and it appears it would be best to read the series in order.

The part in the story that stand out most for me is that there are different times and places in our lives that make us into who we are. Beth reminds Gwen that the hard times she goes through help to make her the person she is today.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers and this is my honest review.

Series: A Gwen Marcey Novel (Book 4)

309 pages

ISBN: 9780718083786

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

You can learn more about the author by going to: http://www.carriestuartparks.com/

Some places you can buy this book are:

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