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Mistletoe Justice

Title: Mistletoe Justice
Author: Carol J. Post
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 978-0-373-44712-1

“I don’t buy it, Darci. You’ve been more than busy. You’ve been scared. Tell me what you are afraid of,” Connor demands in Carol J. Post’s novel, Mistletoe Justice.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-twenty-four-page pocket-sized paperback targets those who enjoy inspirational suspense with romance. With no profanity or sexual content, topics of physical abuse and murder may not be appropriate for immature readers. The book promotes Christian theology of praying to God for help and guidance. An author’s notes and two inserts of other Love Inspired series books are at the end.

In this current-day short story based in Cedar Key, Florida, twenty-six-year-old Darci Tucker does not mind her job; it is her boss that frightens her. Believing she is being set up for embezzling from the company, she befriends Connor Stevenson, an equipment mechanic who works with her. Although her focus is on her four-year-old special needs son, she purposefully leaves little time for romance.

Connor, brokenhearted that his sister who worked was Darci’s predecessor has been missing, has been taking care of his seven-year-old nephew but is attracted to Darci and willing to help uncover why Darci is now being targeted. The couple try to stay one step ahead of the boss and his underhanded ways to clear Darci’s name before she is arrested.

~ Why ~
The fast-reading tale has many engaging players who may or not be out for Darci’s protection as the two protagonists try to find out what their boss is hiding and why. With Darci’s ex-husband vying for her attention, the story shows how a mother feels conflicted when it involves her son.

~ Why Not ~
Having a couple of twists in the plot, the storyline is predictable as far as the romantic relationship between two people develops.

~ Who ~
Author of six novels, Post lives in Florida, writing fun, fast-paced inspirational romantic suspense novels. With her family not living close by, she enjoys sailing, hiking, camping, and taking care of her beloved pets.

~ Wish ~
With Christmas vaguely being mentioned, the tale does not fit accurately with the book’s title.  I wish the title was related instead to employment, revenge, or finding the truth regarding people.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a quick read that includes suspense, romance, and intrigue while asking God for guidance and hope, this would be a good one to pick up.

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The Methuselah Project

The Methuselah Project: A NovelTitle: The Methuselah Project
Author: Rick Barry
Publisher: Kregel Publications
ISBN: 978-0-8254-4387-9

“We now have tangible, indisputable proof that the Methuselah Project is a success. Congratulations, Captain Greene. You are the Third Reich’s first Methuselah man!” Rick Barry writes in his book, The Methuselah Project.

~ What ~
Covering over seven decades, Captain Roger Greene finds himself in a precarious position when he is shot down during World War II and becomes a war prisoner in Germany. But this is no ordinary prison. It is the Methuselah Project run by a rogue organization that experiments on soldiers, trying to extend their lives to a thousand years, and Roger is the only one who has survived.

A young woman named Katherine, who has connections with the Heritage Organization, is unknowingly caught up in the situation when she helps Roger escape from being hunted down in America.

The chase is on with Roger having to verify his identity before the organization catches up with him to make sure no one knows of the scientific “fountain of youth” discovery. Turning often to God for help, the two try convince others the old man with an energetic, athletic body is not crazy.

~ Why ~
The book starts in 1943 and takes the reader to present day where much has changed in the world. I found it engaging for the main character to have been misled and unaware what has happened while he was confined and remained youthful.

~ Why Not ~
Containing no profanity or overtly sexual scenes, topics of murder, death, and war may not be appropriate for immature readers.

~ Who ~
Having authored two other novels and written over two-hundred articles, WWII buff Barry is the director of BIEM, a Christian organization in Europe. He lives in Indiana.

~ Wish ~
The novel was quick and entertaining but a little predictable as it raced toward the abrupt ending. I wish there could be a sequel to what happens next in Roger and Katherine’s lives.

~ Want ~
If you like a blend of the past involving German Nazi ideals with a touch of romance, conspiracy, and intrigue, this is a great selection. Several times I got caught up in the story, wondering if it could realistically happen.

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Drawing Fire

Drawing Fire (Cold Case Justice)Title: Drawing Fire
Author: Janice Cantore
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-9668-1

“I won’t be able to feel the forgiveness. Not as long as the killers evade justice. How do you forgive a monster? Especially when the monster has never paid for his crime,” Abby considers in Janice Cantore’s novel, Drawing Fire.

First in the Cold Case Justice series, this four hundred and sixteen page paperback targets those that enjoy Christian suspense with romance. With no profanity, topics of murder and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The King James, New King James, and New International Versions of the Holy Bible are referenced. A teaser for the next book, the prologue of a prior novel, the author’s biography, and a dozen discussion questions complete the book.

In this current-day story, thirty-three-year-old Abby Hart is a homicide investigator in Long Beach, California. Unable to forget her parents’ murders when she was six-years-old, she is determined to find the killer even though it is the biggest unsolved case in the department.

When another elderly woman is murdered locally, Abby steps in, only to clash with Luke Murphy, a thirty-five-year-old private investigator who is known for his arrogant showmanship. Unknown to her initially, Luke is a widowed father who is a youth pastor that helps lost and wayward teens.

With Luke having ties to the death of Abby’s parents, they join forces without the approval of the LBPD to uncover the past. Getting the governor involved with the recent serial killing of the elderly opens more questions of why Abby’s parents died.

As the policewoman considers her fiancée’s advice, she feels romantic sparks growing between Luke and herself. As the two have more in common than they realize, they face learning forgiveness so that revenge will not overtake their lives.

Written with well-developed characters and plenty of loose ends, this first book in the series takes a cold case in police records and turns it active through persistence and devotion to learning the truth.

This is the sixth novel by author Cantore, a retired police officer with twenty-two years’ experience working with the Long Beach Police Department. Having worked a variety of assignments such as patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training, she brings a plethora of police scenarios to her writing.

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Desperate Measures

Desperate Measures: A Novel (Port Aster Secrets)Title: Desperate Measures
Author: Sandra Orchard
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2224-1

“All Tom wanted to do was keep me safe, and I was so focused on needing to find out amendoso’s secret that I was afraid to trust him. And God,” Kate admits in Sandra Orchard’s novel, Desperate Measures.

The third book of the Port Aster series that can be read as a stand-alone story, this three hundred and sixty-eight page paperback targets those who enjoy Christian romantic mysteries. With no profanity, topics of abuse, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The end of the book includes a food recipe, note from the author, acknowledgments, author’s biography, and advertisements. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

In this fictional story in Port Aster, science researcher Kate Adams has secrets. Keeping a few of her father’s miracle plants after most were confiscated when her father disappeared, she is determined to find out their unique medicinal purpose.

Feeling betrayed and abandoned by not only God but also Detective Tom Parker when she learns he is aware of what happened to her father, she constantly brushes him off, unable to trust him. Although she confides with many others, Kate is afraid to share her discoveries with the one man who loves her.

When she befriends her wealthy assistant, she wonders if the girl’s boyfriend, the mayor’s son, is involved in searching for more miracle plants. With more people demanding answers, her life becomes endangered as she keeps her secrets to herself.

Through a rush of poisonings, arson, a missing teen, and car problems, the plot twists and turns as Kate and Tom work opposite directions instead of together to find out if GPC Pharmaceuticals is behind the many so-called accidents.

Although romantically predictable, the mystery circling the plants has a plethora of characters who get lost between the many scenes. With storyline duplication to remind the reader, a list of characters would be helpful in this story that ends on a happily-ever-after note.

Winner of multiple awards, author Orchard keeps busy with writing inspirational romantic suspense and mystery novels, speaking at events, and teaching writing workshops. She and her husband of twenty-five years live in Canada.

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Gone without a Trace

Title: Gone without a Trace
Author: Patricia Bradley
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2282-1

“According to the notes he leaves, he’s driven by a desire that mothers stay home with their children, which leaves me to believe he was abandoned as a child by a waitress mother,” the policewoman is told in Patricia Bradley’s novel, Gone without a Trace.

Third in the Logan Point series, this three hundred and thirty-six-page paperback targets those who enjoy romantic suspense. With no profanity or overtly sexual scenes, topics of physical assault, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

In this continuing tale set in Logan Point, Mississippi, Livy Reynolds has been a police detective in Memphis for six years. When her partner is injured, and she feels it is her fault, she questions her judgement and faith in God.

Taking some time off to deal with her insecurities, she returns to Logan Point where her cousin had suddenly disappeared two and a half years ago. When another woman is gone without a trace, Livy wonders if there is a connection between the two incidences that potentially involves a serial kidnapper.

Meeting good-looking private investigator from Texas, Alex Jennings, Livy joins forces with him to uncover why two waitresses from a local truck stop restaurant are missing. With the detective being unsure of herself in her job position and with relationships, Alex has baggage of his own involving his father and grandfather expecting him to follow in their footsteps vocationally.

If finding her cousin could be the link to the recent missing girl, Livy must protect her family members and self by not getting too involved in the situation. Wanting to trust God so she can trust her instincts, she confides in Alex of her inward turmoil, wondering if their relationship could become more than friendship.

With twists and turns of unexpected outcomes, the writer keeps the reader guessing up to the end, leaving plenty of options for another sequel to the series set it a small town where everyone knows another’s strengths and weaknesses as they rely on God for help.

Winner and finalist of several writing awards, Author Bradley has published three suspense novels. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, she lives in Mississippi.

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Hidden Identity

Title: Hidden Identity
Author: Carol J. Post
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 978-0-373-44682-7

“You faked your death. You’re living under an alias. What kind of cop would I be if I just accepted your claim that you’re not running from the law?” Hunter asks Meagan in Carol J. Post’s novel, Hidden Identity.

Part of the “Love Inspired” Harlequin suspense series, this two hundred and twenty-four-page paperback targets those who enjoy inspirational suspense with romance. With no profanity or graphic sexual content, topics of physical abuse, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. Promoting Christian theology of God always being nearby, the eternal plan of salvation is not discussed in detail.

In this current-day short story based in Cedar Fort, Florida, twenty-four-year-old Meagan Berry has resided only a couple months in the small seaside town. When she rescues a senator from a plane crash in the ocean, she is caught off guard when her photograph is spread nationally on television.

Thinking she had escaped the clutches of an abusive ex-fiancé by faking her death months ago, she knows he will do anything to find her again. Afraid the past has caught up with her when an intruder breaks into her home, she befriends the attentive Police Officer Hunter Kingston but finds him controlling and aloof.

Hunter, whose fiancé was killed in a drunk driving accident four years ago, refuses to fall in love, only to get hurt again. He ardently tries to keep his distance and emotions in check when he tries to protect Meagan as he searches for the real story of Meagan’s arrival in town.

As the two individuals face their issues of trust between themselves and others, Meagan wonders if she should run away again. Through several attacks producing injuries in others, Meagan fears she has to flee.

Although somewhat romantically predictable between Meagan and Hunter, the story shows how one must learn that God can be a Friend at all times while the other needs to stop doubting, thinking everything is based on lies. With twists and turns, Post engages the reader to realize how important trust is in a relationship.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Author of five novels, Post lives in Florida, writing fun, fast-paced inspirational romantic suspense novels. With her family not living close by, she enjoys sailing, hiking, camping, and taking care of her beloved pets.

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Double Cross

Double Cross (FBI: Houston)Title: Double Cross
Author: DiAnn Mills
Publisher: Tyndale Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-4143-8994-3

“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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No Place to Hide

Title: No Place to Hide
Author: Lynette Eason
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2210-4

“This is bigger than us.This has something to do with a smallpox virus being delivered, the rest of that code, you – us – being set up as terrorists.This is so huge,” Jackie tells Ian in Lynette Eason’s novel, No Place to Hide.

Book three in the Hidden Identity series, this three hundred and thirty-six-page paperback targets those who enjoy current day Christian romantic suspense. With one minor slang word, topics of violence, terrorism, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. The end of the book includes acknowledgments, the author’s biography, and advertisements.

Bestselling author Eason has written several series, mainly focusing on mystery/suspense with a romantic flair. Living in South Carolina, she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romantic Writers of America.

In this story based in South Carolina, Virgina, and New York, the last time thirty-two-year-old Jackie Sellers saw Ian Lockwood was fifteen years ago in high school. Previously a cop, she works for Operation Refuge, a company that helps people who cannot help themselves.

When Ian’s photograph is flashed on television for being involved in a terrorist plot, Jackie comes to his rescue, whether he wants it or not. Working in a lab handling malaria, Ian cannot understand why he is on FBI’s most wanted list.

With Ian’s service dog as their sidekick, they rush from lead to lead, keeping one step ahead of law enforcement and those that want them dead. Clever and always working on a plan, Jackie plays the perfect protagonist as they try to clear Ian’s name.

Enamored with the girl since twelfth grade, Ian relies on God while Jackie feels He has turned His back on her due to what happened six years ago. Both must trust in the Almighty to make sure the stolen dangerous vials do not end up in the wrong hands.

Although the somewhat predictable story has the hunted couple able to get out of every predicament quickly, readers will enjoy the multiple character plot that becomes a race against time.

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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The Inn at Ocean’s Edge

The Inn at Ocean's Edge (Sunset Cove Novel)Title: The Inn at Ocean’s Edge
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-07180-3122-0

“I didn’t live on my own in the woods for a solid year when I was only four. Someone had me while the entire state was searching for me. Why did they keep me? I have to wonder if there’s something bigger going on,” Claire ponders in Colleen Coble’s novel, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge.

Book one of the Sunset Cove series, this three hundred and thirty-six page hardbound targets those who enjoy Christian mystery with romance. Using one slang word and no overtly sexual scenes or graphic violence, the topics of marital infidelity and murder may be inappropriate for immature readers. The ending includes eight discussion questions, a note from the author, acknowledgments, advertisements, and the author’s biography.

With over two million of her books in print, award-winning author Coble has written dozens of romantic suspense novels and mystery series. Living in Indiana with her husband, she is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers.

In this current-day story set on the Folly Shoals island of Maine, twenty-nine-year-old Claire Dellamare is at odds with her wealthy parents when they meet at the Hotel Tourmaline to complete a significant business merger. Accidentally learning she was lost at the same hotel when she was four years old, she is mystified to uncover she was missing and unexpectedly returned one year later, yet she has no recollection of the past.

Dealing with panic attacks, Claire’s life is in jeopardy more than once after she witnesses a murder. In circumspect, she begins to have flashbacks as she tries to put the pieces together from when she was a child.

After meeting Luke and his sister by helping them nurture an ailing orca back to health, Claire wonders about her strange family history and how the siblings’ mother plays a part in it. With other witnesses living in the area after twenty-five years, each prompts her to dig deeper into her childhood whereabouts.

Grabbing hold to her new relationship with the unpretentious Luke, Claire must find out who she is and how her family and others were involved in her upbringing. Luke, yearning to move away again, is forced to refocus on what and who is important to him.

By carefully reading, the ending scenario could be guessed although there are many unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Coble promotes how God brings together a family by genes or happenstance for His purpose.

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Buried Secrets

Buried Secrets: A Novel (Men of Valor)Title: Buried Secrets
Author: Irene Hannon
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2126-8

“In fact, she liked Mac. Odd how a set of old bones had hooked her up with the most interesting man she’d met in quite a while. Maybe ever,” Irene Hannon writes about Lisa in her novel, Buried Secrets.

First in the Men of Valor series, this three hundred and eighty-four page paperback targets those who enjoy current day romantic suspense. With no profanity or sex scenes, topics of alcoholism, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. The end of the book includes the first chapter of the next book in the series, acknowledgments, the author’s biography, and advertisements.

Bestselling author Hannon has written over forty-five romantic suspense and contemporary women’s fiction novels, winning dozens of awards including two RITA Awards. The two-time Christy Award finalist lives in Missouri with her husband.

In this story based mainly in the small town of Carson near Chicago, Police Chief Lisa Grant is in charge of the investigation of a twenty-four year old murder mystery when a young woman’s body is found buried in a shallow grave in her jurisdiction.

Coming to her aid is the handsome Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL who is the country’s detective asked to assist on the case. Immediately enamored by the female policeman and she captivated by his quirky charm, they both have to put their personal interests on hold until the murderer is caught.

With over two decades of the body being undiscovered, those involved in the death have tried to go on with their lives, all with different outcomes. Whether alcoholism or escaping the rat race, one individual will do all within the limits to keep the long-ago crime unearthed.

Flirting while making excuses to see one another again, Lisa and Mac try to put the puzzle together of who was involved in the tragic demise so long ago. Lots of assumptions and being at the perfect place and time lead them too close to the killer who will eliminate any obstacle to climb the ladder of success.

Not as riveting as other books written by the author and a higher expectation of her work, this one’s predictability and sappiness in communication will entertain some readers. With a few loose ends, Hannon leaves plenty of options for the next in the series.

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