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Top 10 Tuesday — Best Mystery/Suspense Novels of 2017

12 Dec

I was snowed-in over the weekend! Really? In Georgia!? Yes! What started as a weekend getaway to our mountain cabin turned into a struggle for survival. The light-dusting forecast became a 10-inch snow dump accompanied by a power outage. If not for the intrepid Domino’s driver who delivered to the end of our road and our uber-prepared neighbors who generously supplied our flushing needs, I don’t know what we would have done! Seriously, my husband is a prepper wannabe so we were sitting pretty (except for the above mentioned toilet issue). My contribution to preparation? A big pot of homemade soup and a fully-loaded and charged Kindle. Priorities, you know. I read two really great mystery/suspense novels, my genre of choice. Focusing on the life threatening adventures of the characters keeps the mind off the dwindling supply of oreos. 😉

The theme of this week’s Top 10 is Best of 2017. So here are the mystery/suspense books that I read this year that should always be in stock during a weather emergency. All are part of a series, so that takes care of the many hours of waiting for the power trucks to appear.

To find our what other books bloggers found exceptional this year, head over to The Broke And The Bookish.

Top Mystery/Suspense of 2017

Always Watching by Lynette Eason

Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

The Cover Story by Deb Richardson-Moore

Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Death in The Shadows by Paul McCusker

Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering

Guilt by Association by Heather Day Gilbert

If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

Moving Target by Lynette Eason

Still Life by Dani Pettrey

Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

 

What book makes your must-have list?

 

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Book Review: Dangerous Illusions

20 Nov

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death — and puts Trish under police scrutiny–her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge — and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps — and figure out what they missed!

Irene Hannon is the best-selling author of more than 35 novels. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Reviewer’s Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine and the Daphne du Maurier Award for mystery/suspense. Irene and her husband make their home in Missouri, USA. Irene invites you to visit her at her website, http://www.irenehannon.com.

 

My Impressions:

I have always been a fan of Irene Hannon’s romantic suspense novels. But I have to say that I think her latest, Dangerous Illusions, is my favorite so far. This twisting, turning book will keep you on your toes providing tension from page one. I rate this one unputdownable!

Trish Bailey is swept into a nefarious plot when her mother dies under suspicious circumstances. This independent woman has been through a lot and is determined to trust God to direct her steps. She gets a lot of help from hunky Detective Colin Flynn. His protective instincts click as they face a puzzling mystery. Will they discover the truth before danger arrives?

Dangerous Illusions provides a rollercoaster ride for the reader. I often found myself holding my breath as the plot unfolded. The bad guys are revealed to the reader early, but it’s hard to discern the how of the crime. Hannon keeps her characters and the reader on their toes! And you will love the characters. Trish and Colin have instant chemistry, and their relationship develops in a most satisfying way. Fans of Hannon’s other series will recognize some of the supporting cast. As for the bad guys, they act very bad! But Hannon never glamorizes their activities — it’s clear that they are not on the side of the angels. Trust in God in the midst of trouble is the faith thread that runs throughout the novel. And the main characters need the help of God to get them through.

Dangerous Illusions is another hit from the talented Hannon. This is the first book in the Code of Honor series, and it promises a great series. I will be anxiously awaiting more books to come.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Book Review: Blind Spot

25 Oct

FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life — but isn’t sure exactly what he’s chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that “the wrath is coming”, Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She’s sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there’s anyone who can help him, it’s Tanner.

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can’t deny, and she’s pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell — and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming “wrath” that could cost thousands their lives.

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves – the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her web site at http://www.DaniPettrey.com!

My Impressions:

Wow! I just finished a wild ride! Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey, the third book in her Chesapeake Valor series, ramps up the action as the ensemble cast introduced in the first two books are on the trail of not one, but two cases. This novel introduces a new mystery of an apparent murder-suicide involving a close friend and mentor of the group. But the on-going investigation of human trafficking and terrorism was what really captured my attention. The focus is on Declan and Tanner’s story, but fans of this series will be glad to hear that a loose thread that has been tangled up in each book is finally revealed. Is everything resolved? No, but that’s a plus because that means another book by Pettrey!

Declan Grey and Tanner Shaw are on the trail of human traffickers and terrorists as they investigate the murder of an FBI agent. As they get closer to the truth, the bad guys become more daring and desperate. Meanwhile, investigators and police are looking into embezzlement and murder, a case that is all too personal. Both plot lines were well-developed and kept me engaged and turning the pages as fast as I could. Although plot-driven, Blind Spot has so many great characters. Their stories and romances unfold amidst the danger the author so deftly creates. Faith is an important part of their lives, and Blind Spot weaves the two main characters’ faith seamlessly into their lives — both the mundane and the out-of-the-ordinary aspects. Blind Spot is of course a romantic suspense and there is plenty of chemistry and kisses for fans!

I really liked Blind Spot and recommend it, but you really need to start with book 1, Cold Shot. There is too much backstory to just jump in. Books 1-3 are all available and quick reads. The real problem is the wait for book 4! I can’t wait to see what Pettrey has up her sleeve with that one!

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to the author and Bethany House for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

First Line Friday — Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

20 Oct

Thanks to the folks at Hoarding Books (don’t you just love that name?!) for hosting First Line Friday. To participate, just leave a comment with the first line of the closest book to you and then head over to Hoarding Books to check out what other bloggers are up to.

 

This week I am featuring Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey. The third book in the Chesapeake Valor series, Blind Spot is my next great read!

 

FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life — but isn’t sure exactly what he’s chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that “the wrath is coming”, Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She’s sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there’s anyone who can help him, it’s Tanner.

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can’t deny, and she’s pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell — and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming “wrath” that could cost thousands their lives.

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves – the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her web site at http://www.DaniPettrey.com!

 

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Happy Book Birthday! Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

3 Oct

Happy Book Birthday to Dani Pettrey. The latest book in her Chesapeake Valor series, Blind Spot, is releasing today. If you are looking for a fast-paced romantic suspense novel, this one is for you. Check it out!

 

FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life – -but isn’t sure exactly what he’s chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that “the wrath is coming,” Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She’s sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there’s anyone who can help him, it’s Tanner.

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can’t deny, and she’s pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell — and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming “wrath” that could cost thousands their lives.

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her web site at http://www.DaniPettrey.com!

2017 Carol Award Winners

24 Sep

Congratulations to the 2017 Carol Award winners. Presented by The American Christian Fiction Writers, the Carol Awards are given in recognition of outstanding fiction in 10 genres.

 

Contemporary

The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), editor Amanda Bostic

 

Historical

Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart, Kregel Publications, editors Dawn Jackson and Janyre Tromp

 

Historical Romance

The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof, ACFW QIP (Qualified Independently Published), editors Denise Harmer and Kara Swanson

 

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), editors Amanda Bostic and Natalie Hanneman

 

Novella

The Doctor’s Woman (The Courageous Brides Collection) by Michelle Griep, Barbour Publishing, editor Becky Germany

 

Romance

A Season to Love by Nicole Deese, Waterfall Press, editors Amy Hosford and Kristin Mehus-Roe

 

Romantic Suspense

Always Watching (Elite Guardians) by Lynette Eason, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing, editor Andrea Doering

 

Short Novel

Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti, Worthy Inspired, editors Pamela Clements and Jamie Chavez

 

Speculative

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), editors Amanda Bostic and Erin Healy

 

Debut

You’re the Cream in My Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, editor Kathryn Davis

 

Happy Book Birthday! — Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

5 Sep

The long anticipated novel by Rachel Dylan is finally here! Deadly Proof, the first book in Dylan’s Atlanta Justice series, is a fast-paced romantic suspense full of danger, threats, and sweet romance. I finished Deadly Proof last night . . . and loved it! Make sure to check it out!

 

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything — even murder — to keep the case from going to trial.

To purchase, click HERE.

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. The Atlanta Justice Series which features strong, female attorneys in Atlanta kicks off with Deadly Proof. Lynette Eason described Deadly Proof as “a legal thriller that will keep you turning pages late into the night”. In addition, Rachel writes the Danger in the Deep South including Lethal Action and Devoted Defender which appeals to fans of edge of your seat romantic suspense. Rachel also writes the Windy Ridge series including Trial & Tribulations and Fatal Accusation. These legal thrillers with elements of spiritual warfare are great for fans who enjoy books by Peretti or Dekker. Trial & Tribulations was a Selah finalist in 2016. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids — two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at http://www.racheldylan.com.