“The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus” by Jaime Jo Wright was a book that I had to finish within a couple days! It is the kind of absorbing and evocative novel that works its way into your mind and will prevent you from thinking of much else until the mystery is solved and the characters receive closure (whatever that may look like… I will warn you, there are murders involved).
All of Jaime Jo Wright’s books have been stunning in their juxtapositions of the darkness and the light of this world; mistakes and mysteries of the past colliding with their results and consequences in the present. “The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus”, however, is my favorite because I could relate to these characters more than most of her other ones… Continue reading
Julie Klassen is an author of many talents! From cozy tales of village life to mysteries filled with suspense, this lady’s writing is always stellar and keeps you hooked from the first page. Her newest story, “The Bridge to Belle Island”, is actually a murder mystery set in Regency England that tells a uniquely compelling tale guaranteed to keep her readers – and her characters, too! – guessing until the very end. I kept thinking I knew how things would unfold, and I kept being completely wrong. Continue reading
I will admit, I am quite discriminating about the Christian Romantic Suspense novels that I read. They need to be well-written and believable, fast-paced but not too difficult to follow, and contain the right amount of suspense without being extremely graphic and/or troubling. . . I don’t ask for much, right?! So you’ll understand my excitement when I DO find a novel in this genre that is as good as I hoped for, especially when it is written by a new-to-me author! “Beneath the Surface” is the first book in Lynn H. Blackburn’s new series of “Dive Team Investigations” published by Revell, and is certain to impress fans of Lynette Eason and Irene Hannon. Continue reading
Although Christian Romantic Suspense is not my go-to genre of choice, I am happy to be swept away by one filled with mystery, intrigue, and excitement once in a while. Last year I enjoyed “Always Watching”, the first book in Lynette Eason’s “Elite Guardians” series published by Revell, and recently had the chance to read the second installment entitled “Without Warning”. Just who are the Elite Guardians, you ask? As the tagline for the series explains: “Intensity. Skill. Tenacity. The Bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency Have It All.” Continue reading
At long last, Revell has released the second installment in “The Nikki Boyd Files” by Lisa Harris, entitled “Missing”. Picking up shortly after “Vendetta” came to a close, “Missing” has Nikki and her team on the trail of a missing couple who seemed to escape the scene of a murder in their own home. It doesn’t take long for the husband’s body to be found… But what about the wife? With fast-paced action and nail-biting exploits at every turn, Nikki and her team race against the clock even as the trail of the missing woman leads them into a deadly ring of counterfeit drugs and a murderer who will stop at nothing to keep his secrets hidden. As all skilled detectives know, “The first 48 hours are the most critical…” Continue reading
Stepping into the world of an Elizabeth Camden novel is always a magical experience. The characters share their stories with dazzling lifelikeness, and the unique plot yanks you in from the beginning. Rarely are you disappointed! “From This Moment”, Ms. Camden’s 2016 Christian Historical Fiction release from Bethany House, is no exception.
Each character within this story, despite their role, is exquisitely drawn. As per a Camden novel, Romulus the hero and Stella the heroine are unexpected and unorthodox, but utterly charming nonetheless. Their strengths, weaknesses, and ambitions make them approachable and human. Unquestionably, each character within “From This Moment” truly makes the novel an unforgettable one. Continue reading
“Murder Comes by Mail” is the anticipated second book in the “Hidden Springs Mystery” series, written by A.H Gabhart and published by Revell. As a continuation this book focuses on the same protagonist, supporting cast members and setting, but a vastly different plot and mystery. Although considered a “cozy mystery”, the darker elements of this book definitely did not feel very “cozy” to me. Yes, there were a few light and humorous moments, but they never lasted long. Continue reading
A quirky, feminine, “Sherlockian” novel set in Toronto in 1910… Yep, that pretty much sums up Rachel McMillan’s newest novel in a nutshell! “The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder” is the first full-length (and strangely-named!) novel in the new “Herringford and Watts Mysteries” series, published by Harvest House in 2016. With at least two novellas to accompany it, and a second full-length story set to release this fall, the series will appeal to fans of the legendary Sherlock Holmes and his indispensable partner Dr. Watson. In addition to this obvious selling point, a few more reasons to read this funny little novel include: Continue reading
Vendetta, written by Lisa Harris and published by Revell in the fall of 2015, is the first book in a new series entitled “The Nikki Boyd Files”. As a mystery and romantic thriller, this novel has it all – heart-pounding action, emotional drama, and suspense that is enough to make you a little (or a lot) hesitant to read it after dark! Of course if you are like me, you WILL still read it after the sun goes down, because the suspense will just be too much to bear, and you will HAVE to find out what happens next.
Vendetta is very reminiscent of various crime shows on television, just in book format. In similar television fashion, it seems the series will have an ongoing story woven between the books. Of course, this first book also contains a separate-but-related mystery that is solved by the end. With this technique in play, I’m sure you realize that after reading Vendetta you will be anxiously waiting for the next book in the series, set to be released in July 2016! Continue reading