Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

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Deep Extraction, book two in An FBI Task Force Series, is written by DiAnn Mills. Nathan Moore is the extremely wealthy owner of Moore Oil & Gas. One of his rigs is boomed and he is later found dead from a heart attack. As the story evolves, it becomes evident that Nathan was killed by someone tampering with the setting for his pacemaker. FBI Agent Tori Templeton is called to investigate the crime. Tori is a long time friend of Nathan and his wife, Sally.

The Moore’s son calls a family friend, Cole Jeffers, to come be with them during the crime scene investigation. Cole is on leave from his job as a Deputy US Marshal. Cole wants to help find the person responsible for killing Nathan. He gets reinstated as a US Marshal and is assigned to the FBI task force in charge of the investigation.

Tori has been partners with Max for some time. Max has just found out he has cancer and this investigation will be his last. During the investigation he is often rude to those around him and has been reported. Together Cole, Tori and Max work together to find Nathan’s killer.

This is an awesome book. Being part of a series, it is still very much a stand alone book. The story is so full fast moving and full of action, I found it a little confusing at times. The crimes against the Moore family multiply as the story builds. Nathan has many secrets in his life that are now being found out. As his secrets come out, the amount of suspects is also building. As I was reading the book, I was trying to figure out who killed him and why. As the twists and turns in the story grew, I gave up trying and just enjoyed this great Christian Suspense/Romance.

The thing I enjoyed most in the story is the friendship that both Tori and Cole have towards the Moores. And their determination to get to the bottom of the crime without letting their friendships get in the way. I also enjoyed the building of friendship between Cole, Tori and Max. I enjoyed the subtle Christian influence in the story as well. This book would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys detective suspense stories.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: FBI Task Force Novel (Book 2)

416 pages

ISBN: 9781496410986

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

You can read more about the author and books she has written at: http://www.diannmills.com/

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Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

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Justice Delayed is book one in A Memphis Cold Case Novel written by Patricia Bradley.

Stephanie Hollister is a airline stewardess and has found herself mixed up in a diamond smuggling group. She has decided to not be a part of it and has hidden the diamonds she found in her purse in a sculpture she is making. She is murdered and her ex-boyfriend Jimmy is found guilty and sent to prison.

Fast forward 18 years and Jimmy is now given a date for his execution, which is just days away. Stephanie’s roommate Lacey has contacted Stephanie’s younger sister Andi to meet her. Lacey is a no show and when Andi gets home someone is in her apartment and attacks her. Lacey has also sent Jimmy a letter wanting to meet him. Her letter tells him, he is not the killer.

Stephanie’s brother, Brad, is now an investigator. He and his partner Will are called to investigate Lacey’s death. Then they are called to check on Andi. And shortly after, Will received a phone call from his cousin Jimmy telling him about the letter from Lacey. Will has just a few short days to find out who the real killer is to save Jimmy’s life.

There are several little stories written within this story. Andi is a reporter and has suffered a back injury causing her to rely on pain medications to get through the day. Will and Jimmy are cousins who use to live next door to the Hollisters. Will and Brad were good friends growing up and Andi often tagged along with them. There also is a little romance written into the story. Will has feeling for Andi but does not want to act on them as it could hurt his friendship with Brad. Andi is also starting to notice her feelings for Will are changing.

This is a great suspenseful story! It starts off running and the action and suspense just keep building. The main characters in the story are Stephanie’s roommates and their boyfriends. They are well introduced so they are easy to follow along with. Clues are given through out the story as to who was involved in the diamond smuggling and who could have killed Stephanie, but it is not until the end that the real story comes out. The story has an underlying romance written into it, but it is not overwhelming. The Christian aspect of the story are direct but not preachy. If you are a person who enjoys suspenseful police stories you will enjoy this book. This story is so good, I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out.

I received a copy of this book from Revel Publishing and I have freely written an honest review.

Series: A Memphis Cold Care Novel (Book 1)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780800727086

Publisher: Revel Publishing

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

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Maybe it’s You by Candace Calvert

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Maybe it’s You is book three in the Crisis Team series written by Candace Calvert. This is Sloane Ferrell and Micah Prescott’s story. Sloane was severely injured in book 2 of this series. She has moved and changed her name to get away from her past. She keeps pretty much to herself and does not let people know where she lives and does not want anything about her made public. She has quit drinking as a result of the accident and has joined AA.

One day while at work, she rescues a young girl, Zoey, and gets involved in the girls life for a short while. What she does not know if the girl is working with her ex-boyfriend and is distantly connected to the Russian group that is involved in sex trafficking, gambling, arson and murder. When this becomes known, her job at the Los Angeles Hope hospital is on the line.

Micah is the PR person at Los Angeles Hope hospital as well as a member of the Crisis Team. Micah and Sloane have contact with each other with crisis situations at the ER and they slowly begin to know each other. Micah lost a family member he was close to due to a drunk driver and he continues to struggle with the loss. Micah and his reporter friend witness the rescue of Zoey. The reporter is searching for the big story that will give him a chance to get a big headline.

I love this story and the whole Crisis Team series. This story is a little slower moving than the previous two, but the story is equally wonderful. This story does not have as much action and mystery. There is a lot happening within this story but it is not clear until the end of the story what the whole picture is. This story kept me wondering where it was going and what was going to happen.

This story is more about learning to trust others and recovering from bad choices. I especially enjoy the parts in the story when Sloane struggles with issues surrounding her step-father but remembers she has a past as well. When she has the chance to keep him behind bars, she cannot go through with it.

The author is a former ER nurse and her stories are so real. It is hard to remember her stories are fiction. I like that her stories show us how Christians can show their faith just by working along side others and giving encouragement to others. Anyone who enjoys reading Contemporary Christian Romance will enjoy this book.

I receive a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers and I have freely written an honest review.

Series: Crisis Team

448 Pages

ISBN: 9781414390369

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing, Inc

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To learn more about Candace Calvert and the books she has written go to:

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Step by Step by Candace Calvert

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Step by Step is book 2 in the Crisis Team series written by Candace Calvert. This is Taylor Cabot and Seth Donovan’s story. Taylor Cabot lost her husband three years ago and is trying to move on with her life. She has made a list of things to do to move forward and is slowly checking them off. She has moved to San Diego and has started dating.

Seth has come to San Diego to train members to work with the Crisis Team. They are often called in to help council families of victims of tragic events. Seth often works the San Diego hospital ER and has reunited with Taylor. Taylor use to work with the Crisis Team, but with the encouragement of her new boyfriend, she is backing away.

Taylor still struggles with the events surrounding her husband’s death. Why was he on that road the night he was killed? Why did he have an appointment with Seth the day he died? She also is struggling with having to say goodbye to her dog, who is passing away.

I love this book! I really enjoy reading Candace Calvert stories. Being an ER nurse, this series gives us a look into events that happen within the ER setting. Her stories are written so well, it is sometimes hard to believe I am reading fiction. I like how her stories included mystery and suspense with just a little touch of romance to keep the readers interest. I also like that the story has substance to it with touching lightly on the Christian aspect in the character’s lives and how just living a Christian life, they are able to help lead others to learn about God. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to ready contemporary Christian Fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network and I have freely written an honest review.

Series: Crisis Team

400 Pages

ISBN: 9781414390345

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc

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Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl

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Fatal Frost, written by Nancy Mehl, is book 1 in the Defenders of Justice series. U. S. Marshal Mercy Brennan is in the process of reestablishing a relationship with her father, Nick, an officer with the St. Louise police department, when he is fatally shot. It has become aware that Nick was working with members of a gang, and now that Nick is dead, the gang has targeted Mercy. Mercy’s boss developed a plan for Mercy to go check on a man in the witness protection program. He also sends her ex-boyfriend and fellow marshal, Mark, and her friend and neighbor, Tally. Tally is also in law enforcement. The real reason for this assignment is to get Mercy out of town for her safety.

While on their way to the assignment, they are in a snow storm and end of going off the road. A snowmobile, driven by the supposed man they are to check on, arrives and takes them to the house he is staying at. But all is not what they are expecting. The man is really a member of the gang. Mercy, Mark and Tally have no way of knowing who they can trust. There are also moles at the U. S. Marshal department and they don’t even know if they can trust their boss. Mercy finds the chip her father left in her jacket at their last meeting and she does not share this with anyone as she does not even trust her friends.

This is a good romantic suspense book. It is more a suspense than romance as there is so much taking place in the story. There are several characters in the story but are introduced in a way that they are easy to follow. The story is written so well, that I felt cold while reading the part about being caught in the storm. I felt so sorry for Tally when he was tied up outdoors without proper clothing. While I was reading I was constantly wondering who the good guys and who the bad guys were.

I appreciate how the author used the situation Tally and Mercy were in to help show them that God is faithful and helps during even the worst situation. I also liked that while Tally was considering leaving the force for his son who was struggling with his job, Tally made the decision to stay with the force due to the death of a young man. If some good could come form this young man’s death, it would be to help other kids stay out of trouble and to know that they mattered to the world and to God.

I want to thank the author and Bethany House Publishing for providing me with this book. This is my honest review.

Series:Defenders of Justice (Book 1)

304 pages

ISBN: 9780764217777

Publisher: Bethany House

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Out of the Frying Pan by Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer

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When the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village ends up dead, life for sister-in-laws Fern and Zula Hopkins is whipped into a froth. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective Jared Flynn. Should he be more concerned about their safety or the criminals?”

Zula wakes up early to be able to dig through the flower shops garbage for the silk flowers that have not sold. But first Zula and Fern must have breakfast. When go have breakfast, they find the doors locked. They go to investigate and find the cook dead and almost immediately they start their own investigation. Zula does eventually get a drive to take her to get the silk flowers. When they get back home she needs to retrieve her flowers from the car and her little dog is occupied with something by the tire. Zula checks and finds a bag of drugs hidden in the car. Without each other knowing, Zula and Fern both break into each others boyfriends homes and search for possible evidence to tie them to the murder.

Detective Jared Flynn is called into investigate the murder. Not only is he having to try to find the killer but he is stuck with these two nosy women. While doing the investigation the elderly women at the retirement village have their granddaughters to “console them”. Even Zula and Fern have called their niece to be with them. When she arrives their plans are to get her and Jared together.

Jared is a single man, who was dating on line until a year earlier when his girlfriend KC broke up with him because she met a man where she lives. Jared is still missing the relationship he had with KC. Meanwhile, KC’s new boyfriend feels things are moving too fast and their relationship ends and KC flies to spend time with her aunts Zula and Fern.

I really enjoyed reading this story. This is a funny easy to read book that will keep you wondering what the two women will get into next. This is a clean and wholesome romance with a lot of mystery. Authors Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer have done a wonderful job of writing a who done it type of story. It is very fast moving with so many different things happening all at once. There are a lot of characters in the story by they are very easy to follow along with. Most are introduced at the very beginning of the story as Zula and Fern walk to breakfast.

I received a copy of this book from the authors and Book Club Network. This is my honest review.

276 pages

ISBN: 9781938499135

Publisher: Bling! Romance

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Catching Heat by Janice Cantore

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Catching Heat is the third book in the Cold Case Justice series by Janice Cantore. Abby has joined Luke and Woody on a newly formed cold case task force. They have been sent to San Luis Obispo to work on an old case when they realize they are near the town where the Governor’s wife, Alyssa, grew up. Abby suspects Alyssa is responsible for her parents’ and Luke’s uncle’s deaths. The trio have also been asked to find a missing man who killed his children and injured his wife many years earlier.

Like the other two books in this series, this one is fast moving and full of suspense. I like how the author has kept the story line going through all three books. And how the characters’ friendships have grown. I like that the author have kept the same characters for the most part but she has added more as the story went along. The characters are so well introduced it is easy to remember how they fit into the story. The story is a Christian romance suspense story, but the romance is not overwhelming, this is a good clean story. I appreciate how the author uses the way Luke and Abby live to bring others to Christ. They are not preachy but rather very respectful toward others. I have really enjoyed reading this series and of the adventures of Luke and Abby as they try to find the person responsible for the Triple Seven murders and fire.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

You can view information about the author at www.janicecantore.com

You can also view my reviews for the other books in the series at:

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/drawing-fire/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/burning-proof/

432 pages

Series: Cold Case Justice (Book 3)

ISBN-10: 1414396708

ISBN-13: 978-1414396705

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

The Occupied by Craig Parshall

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xThe Occupied is a Trevor Black Novel written by Craig Parshall. Trevor Black was a very successful attorney in New York City. He took on a case to represent Dunning Kamera Shortly after he receives a call from an old friend, Elijah, telling Trevor he had 2 dreams about Trevor and Kamera and was concerned, he reminded Trevor about finding God. The nest morning Trevor’s wife is found dead in her car. Then Kamera tries to leave the country. While at the court house he runs into Bradley, the man he feels has something to do with his wife’s death. He punches Bradley in the face. Shortly after this he starts having evil things happening and loses his license to practice in New York because he punched Bradley.

Trevor moves to Ocracoke Island. He has plans to get back together with high school friends, when one of them is murdered in his home town of Manitou. While in Manitou, he works with Detective Abby Linderman to try to find the killer. Again evil things start happening to Trevor. Trevor is safe from the demons as he has accepted God into his life and his soul is now occupied by God.

This is the first book I have read by Craig Parshall. This is a very suspenseful thriller. The book is much different than anything I have read before. It has a lot of demonic instances in the story that follow Trevor around. The story is very fast moving and pulls you into it. I was not able to predict how the book was going to end. This would be a book to recommend to those that enjoy dark crime stories. This story contains sex, murder and demons. It would not be appropriate for the not so mature reader.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.

Series: A Trevor Black Novel

448 pages

ISBN-10: 1496411358

ISBN-13: 978-1496411358

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Proof by Jordyn Redwood

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Proof is book one in the Bloodline Trilogy, written by Jordyn Redwood. Dr. Lily Reeves is an ER doctor and one day she cannot find her keys to leave work. She ends up staying to help with an emergency that involves a young pregnant woman. The baby is delivered but the mother and child both die.

This is a story of a serial rapist who leaves behind his DNA, often impregnating the women. The rapist also is a murderer who takes the lives of the women and babies. Lily is raped and becomes pregnant. When she accuses one of her co-workers for raping her, the co-worker brings legal charges against Lily as well as a restraining order. Lily is released from her job. She flees town to save her life and prove her co-worker is the rapist and murderer. In doing her research she comes across the medical condition the rapist has that is making it so hard for law enforcement to find the real killer. Not wanting to keep the babies but wanting to keep them from harm, she turns to her friend and co-worker Kadin. Kadin is a strong Christian who ties to help Lily turn her life to the Lord, while he finds parents for her babies and helps keep Lily safe.

This book is a combination of medical and crime thriller. It is written so good that it pulls you in right away and it is hard to put the book down. The story has a lot of violence that is described so would turn away some readers. But it is a great “who done it” type story. The story is so realistic and fast moving. The author worked in critical care and emergency nursing for 2 decades and it is very evident that she knows her stuff with how she has written this story. This is the author’s first novel, but the writing is so good that I am hooked. I cannot wait for more of her books!

I received a copy of this book from the author and Book Club Network for an honest review.

Series: Bloodline Trilogy

307 pages

ISBN: 9780825442384

Publisher: Kregel Publications

 

Missing by Lisa Harris

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Missing by Lisa Harris is book 2 in the Nikki Boyd Files series.

Nikki Boyd became involved in working missing persons cases after the disappearance of her sister. This case involves several murders with one of the victims showing up on her friend Tyler’s boat. Tyler’s wife dies the year before and now her father is back living on the boat, and involved with the situation causing the death of Mac Hudson and disappearance of Mac’s wife, Lucy.

Following the death of her friend, Nikki began spending time with Tyler and his son Liam. She has started to have feelings for Tyler and is afraid to let him know. So she has been avoiding them until this tragedy happens.

This is a very well written suspense story that will keep you reading to find out “who done it”. This is a fast-paced story with a lot of twists and turns. I really enjoyed reading this story. I also enjoyed the friendship and respect shared between Nikki and Tyler and his family. Even though this is book 2 in the series, it stands alone very well. This is a good story published by Revel Publishing, a Christian publishing company, however, the story does not have much of a Christian message in it. This is a must read for anyone who likes suspense stories.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing for an honest review.

Series: The Nikki Boyd Files (Book 2)

320 pages

ISBN-10: 0800724194

ISBN-13: 978-0800724191

Publisher: Revell Publishing