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Book Review, “Crisis Shot,” Janice Cantore author

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Crisis Shot, by Janice Cantore, is the first book in the Line of Duty series. It is set in both Long Beach, California, and Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon, in the present day.  It addresses many current issues facing police officers and other first responders.

Tess O’Rourke’s dreams of becoming chief of police in Long Beach, California, come crashing down the day she shoots an unarmed teenager. Even when the grand jury clears her of wrongdoing, she realizes that her life will never return to its previous state, so she accepts a position as chief of police in Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon. The differences between the large metropolis and the small town are enormous, but Tess finds them just as challenging when her friend, the pastor’s wife, turns up missing and a man is found murdered. As she investigates with the help of sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, they discover more going on in the small town than originally met the eye.

This was another incredible book from this author! The character development and details of the police work required to solve the crimes make the story riveting and the book difficult to put down. I especially liked Oliver Macpherson, with his heart focused on serving, despite his personal problems.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense novels.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Heart on the Line,” Karen Witemeyer author

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Heart on the Line, by Karen Witemeyer, is the second installment of the Ladies of Harper’s Station series. It follows No Other Will Do. Harper’s Station is located in the old west, with mainly female residents.

Grace Mallory relocates to Harper’s Station after witnessing her father’s murder. She brings with her, however, evidence of a crime that her father was attempting to turn over to a Pinkerton agent. When those implicated located her, sending a threatening message, Amos Bledsoe rushes to the rescue.  He and Grace, both telegraph operators, have been developing a relationship over the wires. He hopes to save her from danger and become her hero, but upon arrival Amos discovers that Grace and the other residents of Harper’s Station are not as helpless as he originally thought.

Even though I had not read the first book in this series, I enjoyed this book. Though some events from the first book are referenced, one does not need it to understand this one.  I liked the independent nature of the women in this book. I especially appreciated Amos’s sense of humor and the nicknames he gave people, such as Revolver Granny.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading western or suspense novels.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Beneath Copper Falls,” Colleen Coble author

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Beneath Copper Falls, by Colleen Coble, is an amazing novel. Part of the Rock Harbor series, it stands alone quite well. It is set in Rock Harbor, Michigan, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Dana Newell, a 911 dispatcher, escapes an abusive relationship in Washington to move back to Rock Harbor, her hometown. She moves in with her “brother,” Chris, really a stepcousin whose family adopted Dana after the death of her parents.  There she meets Boone Carter, who lost his sister to an abusive boyfriend two years before.  When she realizes that Garrett has followed her and intends to harm her again, she, along with Boone and other friends, realize that they have a dangerous situation to deal with.

I loved this book.  It was filled with suspense and yet also filled with love and friendship.  I especially liked the way Dana was not only surrounded by friends, she was encouraged to learn how to protect herself. I also appreciated the many senior citizens who encouraged Dana and prayed for her.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian suspense novels.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Threads of Suspicion,” Dee Henderson author

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Threads of Suspicion, by Dee Henderson, is an Evie Blackwell Cold Case novel. It accompanies Traces of Guilt. Dee Henderson sets the story in Chicago in the present day.

Evie Blackwell, an investigator for the Illinois State Police, has been appointed to the new Missing Persons Task Force.  Her first case involves a missing college student who disappeared after attending a concert one night.  When her case intersects with that of her new partner, David Marshall, who is searching for a missing private investigator, and they find out the concert attended that night was that of David’s girlfriend, the situation begins to develop into something more serious. They may even be looking for a serial killer. As they strive to solve the two cases, both Evie and David also struggle with situations in their personal lives.

This was a marvelous book. While I found it slow in the beginning, Dee Henderson did not disappoint as the story developed. I especially liked the character development, the feeling that the people in the story seemed real. Evie’s friend, Ann, was also a favorite, with her helpful and down-to-earth personality.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian suspense novels.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Deep Extraction,” DiAnn Mills author

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Deep Extraction, by Diann Mills, is the second book in the FBI Task Force series.  In her “Note From the Author,” Mills describes it as a novel showing “how people can grow and become better people for their circumstances or sink into the depths of degradation.” Set in Houston, Texas, it centers around the murder of Nathan Moore.

FBI Special Agent Tori Templeton is shocked at the murder of her friend Nathan. Best friends with his wife Sally, Tori is determined to find out who hacked Nathan’s pacemaker and killed him. When Deputy US Marshall Cole Jeffers, also a close friend of the family, reinstates and joins the task force, the two are paired to solve the murder. As they investigate, they find that Nathan was not the man they thought, keeping many secrets that weave a tangled web of evidence to sort out. With Sally a suspect, they are motivated to find the truth and clear her name.

This was an excellent book.  I found it hard to put down.  The characters are very realistic, with flaws that any person could possess. I especially enjoyed Tori’s devotion to her friends and appreciated her honest struggle with faith in God.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian suspense novels.

Kara

 

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Book Review, “Long Time Gone,” Mary Connealy author

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Long Time Gone, by Mary Connealy, is the second book in The Cimarron Legacy series.  It continues the story of the Boden family’s fight to save both their ranch and their family.  With Chance and Veronica in Denver struggling to save Chance’s leg, their children are left to continue the battle in New Mexico.

When Cole is shot, Angie Dupree arrives to assist the doctor at the Boden ranch. But as Cole begins to heal, the remainder of the family continue to investigate the attacks on their family. As they uncover more evidence that the man who died is just the beginning of their problems, they find that the evidence may lead back decades. Justin tries to protect his family and root out those responsible, but he finds himself continually distracted by Angie. When she refuses to marry him, stating her need to prove her own strength alone, he finds himself in a difficult situation. If their enemies realize his attraction to Angie, they may target her in order to get to him.

I enjoyed this book very much.  It was fast-paced and easy to follow, even if one had not read the first book in the series. I especially liked Rosita, who quietly served the family in the background in whatever way was necessary, a loyal friend.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “If I’m Found,” Terri Blackstock author

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If I’m Found, by Terri Blackstock, is the second book in the If I Run series.  This book, written in first person, begins where the first book left off. It is full of action and includes the emotions of the characters.

Casey Cox is running from the law, trying to hide while she proves her innocence in the murder of her friend, Brent. Dylan Roberts is a private investigator hired by Brent’s parents, trying to find Casey and allegedly bring her to justice. Dylan, however, knows the Casey is not guilty, so he keeps her secret, continuing to work with the local police—the actual murderers—to prove her innocence and their guilt. Meanwhile, Casey meets a man falsely accused of a crime and a little girl in an abusive situation. She struggles with balancing her attempts at proving her innocence while helping right the other situation.

This was a riveting book.  I do not usually enjoy reading books written in first person and honestly did not expect to like this one, but I must admit that I could not put it down.  Even though I had not read the first book, I did not have any trouble understanding the action in this one. Casey has a kind heart and insists on helping those she encounters in spite of her personal situation. Dylan is a man of integrity, trying to bring the true criminals to justice.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian suspense novels.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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