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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

 

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

 

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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

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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

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Book Review, “Catching Heat,” Janice Cantore author

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Catching Heat, by Janice Cantore, is the third book in the Cold Case Justice series.  Like its predecessors, it is an amazing story.  It continues the saga of detective Abby Hart and Private Investigator Luke Murphy, who have been investigating the deaths of her parents and his uncle during the first two books in the series.

Abby is certain that Alyssa Rollins, the governor’s wife, is behind the murders. When the newly formed task force she joined is sent to work on a cold case involving a murdered college student not far from the town where Alyssa grew up, Abby sees her opportunity to dig deeper into the woman’s history.  Luke, afraid that she might become obsessed with the case, is skeptical. But when the evidence she uncovers makes the situation dangerous, they and their friend Woody wonder if they will even survive the investigation.

I enjoyed this book very much. It was a fitting conclusion to this incredible series. I especially enjoyed Abby’s character. I also enjoyed Woody and his love of dogs. The author’s background in law enforcement helps to make her stories seem real enough that one could be reading a true story.

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

Kara

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Book Review, “When Death Draws Near,” Carrie Stuart Parks author

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When Death Draws Near: A Gwen Marcey Novel, by Carrie Stuart Parks, delivers another story involving Gwen Marcey, a forensic artist who is between jobs. The story is set in Pikeville, Kentucky, in the Appalachian Mountains.

Gwen Marcey arrives in Pikeville, Kentucky, to draw the face of an unrecognizable man found dead and to draw a serial rapist still at large.  The first drawing leads to an identification, but the rape victim disappears before Gwen can complete the drawing. When she discovers many “accidental” deaths occurring around town, Gwen suspects a connection.  Without the sheriff’s support, however, and with her teenage daughter joining her, she accepts a job investigating a snake-handling church suspected of illegal activity. Desperately in need of the reward it would bring, Gwen sets out to draw the faces of the criminals. But when she finds a connection between all of the cases, her life and that of her daughter may be in grave danger.

I enjoyed this novel.  Having lived near Pikeville, Kentucky for a short time, I found the descriptions fairly accurate. While there were no characters that stood out as particularly lovable, all of them worked together well to complete the story.

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

Kara

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Book Review, “Deadly Encounter,” Diann Mills author

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Deadly Encounter, by Diann Mills, is another excellent novel from this author. It tells the story of a woman, going through her normal routine, who encounters a situation that throws her life into total chaos. Set in Houston, Texas, this book illustrates the fragility of our daily lives and brings to light the types of people that work daily to prevent such occurrences.

Stacy Broussard takes what she expects to be a peaceful ride on her horse one Saturday morning. Instead, she finds a dead body, a dog, and a powerful drone. Stacy, a veterinarian, takes the dog back to her clinic and begins working with the FBI’s Alex LeBlanc to solve the case. In the days that follow, Stacy soon realizes that not only is her life in danger, but also that of Whitt, the boy she is hoping to adopt, and her entire community. The dog she found carries a deadly disease with no cure, and Stacy and her community members are at risk of sickness and death.

I loved this book.  It was difficult to put it down.  My heart especially went out to Whitt, who was attempting to make the most of his life in spite of his difficult circumstances. I also liked the fact that many of the characters in the story had difficult things happened in their pasts but found a way to move on and succeed in their lives.

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

Kara

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Book Review, “Burning Proof,” Janice Cantore author

burning proof coverBurning Proof, by Janice Cantore, is the second book in the Cold Case Justice series. It follows Drawing Fire, continuing the story of Abby Hart and Luke Murphy in their pursuit of justice for the murders of her parents and his uncle in a fire many years before.

In this portion of the story, with the case closed, Abby is trying to move one with her life in spite of the unanswered questions regarding her parents’ death. But when she is forced to shoot a man while arresting his daughter’s attacker, she begins to question both her career and personal life. While she takes some time off to deal with her emotions, Luke Murphy and his partner Woody discover another lead in the murders and decide not to burden Abby with another possible disappointment while she is already dealing with so much. They begin to investigate it themselves, but find it harder to keep it from her than they thought. Abby and Luke continue to struggle with their feelings for each other, and must make tough decisions as a result.

I enjoyed this book. It was certainly as good as the first, and I eagerly await the next installment! I admire both Abby and Luke’s character, and I especially like Woody, the every-present friend to both of them.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian police-crime drama stories.

Kara

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