An Un-Relaxing Hawaiian Vacation!

Are you ready for a peaceful, relaxing vacation to the quiet beaches of idyllic Hawaii?  Well, if so, you’d better look elsewhere – this is definitely not the book for you, lol!  Elysium Tide” does take place in Hawaii, but it is also a fast-paced, twisting and turning, thrilling and unpredictable suspense novel from start to finish.  There is no relaxing to be found within these pages!  I have never before read a story by James R. Hannibal, but this talented author is definitely added to my reading list now for any future releases.   Continue reading

The Sky King Ranch Adventure Continues!

You know how some series of books have plots that are so closely connected in time, the wait between their publications seems interminable?  Susan May Warren’s “Sky King Ranch” series is very much written this way – after reading “Sunrise” several months ago, the countdown was on until “Sunburst” finally released from Revell.  Now that I’ve devoured this one, I’m waiting (im)patiently for “Sundown” to be released later this fall! Continue reading

Not Your Typical Amish Story

I don’t know about you, but I don’t often think of the terms Amish and Murder Mystery as being simultaneous descriptions for the same novel – am I right?  And yet that is exactly what “Among the Innocent” is!  While technically in the romantic suspense genre, this new novel written by Mary Alford and published by Revell is a thrilling, unexpected, and deeply riveting tale that rocks a quiet Amish community to its core when a series of murders takes the lives of their near and dear.  It is up to Leah Miller, herself a former Amish member and now a police officer, to solve this deadly mystery before others end up hurt.   Continue reading

A Rich, Thoughtful, and Intriguing Tale

Kate Breslin’s sweeping new wartime novel will whisk you away to Scotland, 1918.  Here the shocking drama of one young woman’s desperate attempt at a new beginning collides with a murderous plot to destroy the lives of many, and alter the course of the war.  As Dawn Breaks” was published by Bethany House late in 2021, and is a not-to-be-missed release by any fans of Ms. Breslin’ previous work, or readers who love masterfully-crafted historical novels. Continue reading

Jaime Jo Wright’s Best Story Yet (and that’s saying a LOT!)

On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor” is my new favourite novel by Jaime Jo Wright!  Published by Bethany House in the summer of 2021, this book has just the right mixture of dark mystery, hopeful healing, and dual-time back-and-forth sequences to keep me turning pages long into the night – I simply couldn’t wait to see how it was all resolved!  I also love how it was deliciously creepy and haunting, but it all turned out reasonably explained in the end.   Continue reading

Amara Alvarez Is Back!

After reading Tom Threadgill’s novel entitled “Collision of Lies” last year, I was hooked by this author’s talent for creating vivid characters and combining them with a fast-paced, intricate web of secrets and lies – all of which add up to a can’t-put-down mystery novel. Published by Revell earlier this year, “Network of Deceit” continues the story of Detective Amara Alvarez as she tackles her newest investigation. It appears to be a case of overdose and heatstroke by a teenager at a local waterpark – until a tiny detail comes to light that shows perhaps something more sinister is afoot… something like murder. Continue reading

Jaime Jo Wright’s Most Spellbinding Story Yet

“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

Ancient Prophesies and Modern Agendas Collide

I really enjoyed Ronie Kendig’s “The Tox Files” series from Bethany House Publishers, and I’ve been continuing through “The Book of the Wars” series as a spin-off that is similar in style. “Soul Raging” is the final story in this series, and I must admit, it lacked a lot of the character depth and compelling plot points that brought the other stories to life for me. Yes, it still contains plenty of adventure, drama, intrigue, and all those elements of suspense – and yet the characters don’t come to life as they did in her earlier books. The story was so action-packed that it seemed like the lives of the characters came second place… and for this character-oriented reader, it was a bit of a disappointment. Continue reading

The Long-Awaited Sequel to “The Raven”!

You can always count on “A Coffey & Hill Novel” to be unexpected, compelling, and capable of keeping you flipping the pages long after you should have turned out the light and went to sleep! “A Dream Within A Dream” was written by Mike Nappa and Melissa Kosci, and published by Revell in the summer of 2020. Continue reading

A Thrill Ride

Well, that was a thrill-ride of a novel! “Kings Falling” is Ronie Kendig’s second story in “The Book of the Wars” series from Bethany House, and I’m certain it was even more exciting and un-put-downable than the first! From page one I was swept by the race against time as Leif Metcalfe and his team try to recover the ancient and world-altering Book of the Wars – but they aren’t the only ones looking for it, and there is so much more going on behind the scenes than anyone could imagine. Continue reading