Title: Double Cross
Author: DiAnn Mills
Publisher: Tyndale Fiction
“Her personal mission was twofold – stop the elderly fraud and prove Wilmington should stay behind bars. She was honored to go undercover again, but working with Wilmington would take all of her acting skills,” Laurel determines in DiAnn Mills’s novel, Double Cross.
The second book of the FBI: Houston series, this four hundred page paperback targets those who enjoy Christian romantic suspense. With no profanity, topics of abuse, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. After the epilogue, the author’s note, a teaser for the next book in the series, a dozen discussion questions, and the author’s biography end the book.
In this contemporary fiction set in Houston, Texas, FBI Agent Laurel Evertson gave up on God at ten years old when her parents were murdered. After her partner dies in a shoot-out she believes she caused, she feels empty, lonely, and unworthy of love.
Throwing herself into her job, she ardently tries to track down those responsible for scamming the elderly, especially if dementia is involved where they unknowingly lose thousands of dollars.
When Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton’s grandparents get hustled by the scam, he offers his help to the FBI, wanted or not. With his spunky, sleuthing grandmother constantly watching out, he tries to find how his grandfather with memory issues was caught up in a fraudulent life insurance plan.
As the plot thickens, Laurel goes undercover again when Morton Wilmington, the powerful man involved in organized crime that she put in jail years ago, is released and knows who is behind the elder abuse contrivances. Laurel despises working with the parolee again, even if he recently claims to have become a Christian.
Although romantically predictable, the story starts off slow and has twists and turns with many characters, superfluous flirtations, and some unrealistic scenarios. The highpoint of the book shows how one must reach a breaking point to come to know God personally. Not one of Mills best tales, this one still keeps the reader guessing who-done-it.
Winner of two Christy Awards, this best-selling author has published more than fifty-five books. Founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops nationwide. She lives in Texas with her husband.
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