When George Hall buys a luxury auto he’s able to bring his baby girl home from the hospital in style. But then a parent’s worst nightmare becomes reality when his daughter is abducted. Will FBI agent Helen Meeker have the patience and the tenacity to apprehend the kidnapper before it’s too late?
Bestselling author Ace Collins has written more than fifty books including novels Farraday Road, Swope’s Ridge and Words of the Father, as well as the nonfiction Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, grAttitudes, and Lassie: A Dog’s Life. His books have become movies and network television specials. He has appeared on Good Morning America, the NBC Nightly News and The Today Show and has been featured in the Distinguished Lecture Series at the National Archives in Washington D.C. Ace Collins has sold more than 1.5 million books during his career.
In an attempt to whittle down my Kindle TBR list, I randomly choose books to read. Last week I picked The Yellow Packard by Ace Collins. Was it really a random choice (more on that later)? Not sure, but I am glad I did. What a great story. Again a winner from Ace Collins!
The Yellow Packard can be described as an historical mystery. Set in the years leading up to WWII, Collins has done a great job in making his novel feel authentic — from the old cars, to the police work, to the descriptions of people and places. The characters are nicely developed with realistic actions and reactions to the stress the author puts them under. One of my favorites is Helen Meeker, an attorney with a past that drives her to try to break into the FBI, a job not just dominated by men, but at the time reserved only for men. Her intelligence and ambition, plus intuition help her to crack a case that others give up on.
A cursed car, greed, murder and kidnapping — all the elements needed for a twisting, turning mystery that will surely keep you on your toes. As the Packard changes owners blessings abound. But many find the car to be the cause of heartache. And just as you think you know what is going on, Collins takes the story in a whole other direction. Seemingly random events build on each other to bring the final conclusion — one you won’t see coming. It is the randomness of life that Collins explores. Coincidence and happenstance follow the Packard and its owners. But two verses from the Bible kept coming to my mind as I read:
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose
Genesis 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
Characters struggle with a good God in the face of evil. The truth of God’s sovereignty, wisdom and provision are subtly expressed throughout the novel.
If you are looking for a complex mystery as well as a story well-told, definitely check out The Yellow Packard. And if you love Helen Meeker’s character there is good news! Collins has developed an episodic series, In The President’s Service, available in ebook form that features Helen as she takes on criminals and spies during WWII.
Audience: Older teens and adults.
Great for Book Clubs.
(I purchased this book for my Kindle. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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