"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."--Groucho Marx

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Full Disclosure, by Dee Henderson

This is the story of a romance between Paul Falcon, an FBI agent and Ann Silver, a murder investigator/writer that begins when Ann brings a motor vehicle death to Paul’s attention.  Working part time as a small town police chief, when the wreck occurs near her town, Ann tracks the driver’s identity enough to know that he appears to have a link to a long time contract killer.  Paul has tracked the contract killer for years.  When Paul meets Ann, his personal interest is hooked.
Bethany House Publishing

As a long time Dee Henderson fan, I was thrilled to read her new book, and she has definitely out done herself.  The romance reads like a manual for best practices for knowing your future mate in a way that precludes future marital problems.  The concurrent story of the tracking of the killer, along with the continuing drama of Falcon’s large family, and a retired Vice President’s involvement with a serial killer create a deep full novel.  This book is over 400 pages of twists and turns with the main characters’ discussions of their deep relationships with the Lord.  Excellent development of characters, along with a full, rich story.  I would recommend this to anyone looking for Christian romantic suspense that pulls at the heart and the mind with intensity.

Published by Bethany House on October 2, 2012.

Deadly Aim, by Patricia H. Rushford

Baker Publishing Group, Revell

The story opens as Angel Delaney, a police office, and her partner arrive on the scene of a pharmacy robbery in progress. Angel chases the robbers out of the rear of the pharmacy, confronting one in a darkened warehouse. After the robber raises a gun, Angel shoots and realizes that he is a kid. When the boy dies, Angel's world falls apart, with the media and the boy’s relatives attack her and accuse her of being a racist.

This is an exciting, enjoyable mystery romance with a Christian theme. The themes of racial hatred and Christianity run through the book, while Angel attempts to deal with the emotions of the killing and issues in her life. Rushford keeps you guessing about the identity of the killer until the end of the book. Angel is an enjoyable character as she struggles to deal with shooting a boy, accusations of racisism, and her unstable faith. Female readers of detective stories with a romantic twist should pick up a copy of Deadly Aim. I can’t wait to pick up the next ones in the series, as well as other Rushford novels.

Published by Baker Publishing Group, Revell, on February 1, 2004.

Christmas Stalking, by Margaret Daley

Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense

Ellie is a bodyguard hired to protect Winnie the head of a perfume company when Winnie begins receiving threatening letters. When Colt, Winnie's grandson comes home, sparks fly as they both try to keep Winnie from an unknown crazy.

This is a fun, quick read. The love story is fairly predictable, but the stalker, not so much. The characters are fun to meet and the setting is interesting. This is a fun, clean romance, so if you enjoy romance with a little kick of mystery and the added blessing of Christianity, then this one is for you. Enjoy!

Received Galley from NetGalley.com

Catching up...

It seems that once again, I'm to the point of having read a pile of books, and not having the time to complete my review of the books. This time I've got a couple that were actually in book form because that is the only way that I can read them in the bath tub. If you don't have some form of reader, you should definitely check into it. You can now download books from most of your local libraries in both audio and 'print' format to a reader. I have an iPad and have several different reading applications (apps) from the different companies, so I can read them all. You can use the giant Amazon, but Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, and Christianbook.com all have e-books that you can purchase. Your local bookstore may also sell eBooks through Google eBooks. You should definitely check it out. Well, my goal is to catch up today, but then I've always got another going, so get ready!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The S.A.V.E. Squad: The Great Cat Caper, by Lauraine Snelling and Kathleen Wright

This is a great second installment to the series.  The differences of the girls make the story attractive to a wide variety of girls, including adopted, single parent, divorced family, home-schooled, and Christian.  This series is perfect for third through sixth grade girls that are not yet into the boy or vampire scene.  They will see themselves in at least one of the characters, and enjoy reading of the girl’s struggles as they attempt to accomplish their goals and deal with their family situations.  Girls will laugh aloud at on the S.A.V.E. Squad’s efforts and failures as they try to make everybody happy.

Received from NetGalley.com.

Published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. on September 1, 2012.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Trinity: Military War Dog : A Novel

Barbour Publishing

Staff Sergeant Heath “Ghost” Daniels ‘ closest partner is Trinity, his Special Forces-trained military war dog, until Trinity attempts to prevent his actions. Misunderstanding Trinity’s actions, Daniels and Trinity go stateside after injuries in a bomb explosion. When Daniels gets the chance to return to the battlefields, even though it is only as a moral booster, he and Trinity go. Then circumstances, force them back into action.

Great story, I enjoyed every minute. I admit I am a dog lover and I admire all of our military professionals, but the story captured my imagination and I found myself praying for the safety of the characters, a sure sign of my enjoyment. The characters and the story completely pulled me in. I could not put it down, part love story, part military story, and all dog. Highly enjoyable, I can not wait for the next one in the series. I recommend it for those who look for more in a story line than romance.

Received Galley from NetGalley.com

Published by Barbour on September 1, 2012.

Every Breath You Take, by M.K. Gilroy

Worthy Publishing

 Kristen Conner is one of the youngest detectives on the Chicago police force, and just recently returned to duty after recuperating from injuries sustained while taking down a serial killer. When a high profile murder occurs the same day she returns to the force, she steps up to the plate. Even when her duty includes her going undercover as a high priced cake girl, Kristen works the murder investigation.

This is the second M.K. Gilroy/ Kristen Conner novel that I have read and enjoyed. Kristen is a complicated character, who second guesses her actions on the job and with her family, but not enough to change her ways. In this novel, she picks up a long distance FBI love interest that broadens the storyline. Kristen and her family are Christians, and they live their faith, though Kristen stumbles enough that she definitely feels human, and her efforts to grow are enjoyable. The murder mystery keeps you guessing until almost the very end, with great descriptions of fight scenes that keep the action hopping. I stayed so involved that I lost a little sleep when I did not read the end during my normal hours. I recommend this to readers who enjoy clean detective mysteries with lots of secondary storylines that add interest.

Published by Worthy Publishing on October 23, 2013.

Received Galley from NetGalley.com.