Lethal Target by Janice Cantore

51ajy7qyptl[1]I really enjoyed this suspense novel.  Cantore’s experience as a police officer shines through making this book feel current, relevant, and authentic. It deals with several modern day issues like the legalization of marijuana and the affects of that, animosity towards police, and sensational/irresponsible journalism.  Everything that happened felt believable and I was caught up in the story.

Police Chief Tess O’Rourke is a strong woman whose faith has all but disappeared because of the events in her past.  She can’t understand how Pastor Oliver can keep holding on to his belief in a good God who cares for His people.  When events again get dangerous and even lethal, Tess has to decide who and what she’ll lean on.  There’s a lot of great action and a sense of urgency.  It’s a great read.

Thank you to Tyndale House for providing me with a complimentary e-copy through Netgalley.  All opinions are my own.

The Line of Duty series:

Book 1:  Crisis Shot

Book 2:  Lethal Target

Book 3:  Cold Aim (coming out July 2019)

 

 

 

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The Coffee Club Mysteries by Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Elizabeth Ludwig, Dana Mentink, Candice Prentice, and Janice Thompson

This is a fun collection of six whodunit mysteries set in one small town in Kansas.   A group of women in a bookclub are entangled in each mystery.   Each one is targeted or suspected in some way and it’s up to the women to prove their innocence and figure out who the real culprit is.  The local sheriff is a suspicious, unhelpful sort who doesn’t like their nosing around.

I enjoyed all six stories.  The mysteries are solid.  I appreciated that the last two stories changed things up a bit.  If there were six murders in a small town in a short period of time, I’d think about moving.  I loved how these women cared for each other in practical ways and stood by each other.  They’re an eclectic group of women.  I especially enjoyed the feisty Jo, a woman in her 70s who wasn’t afraid of “using her age to her advantage.”  She reminded me of Mrs. Pollifax, another older woman turned sleuth.   Danny was cool, too.  He had a great sense of humor and didn’t get uptight when a friend questioned his actions. 

Thank you to Barbour books for providing me with a complimentary e-copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter

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The Haven Manor books may be one of my favorite series ever.  The initial premise is unique.  The women have to overcome extreme adversity and do so with amazing sacrifices and grace.  Both the worst and the best of men are shown.  The books are poignant and funny.  It’s a wonderful combination.

When the new owner of Haven Manor shows up to take residence there, Daphne knows he can never be allowed to see one of the children in the house.  She goes to great lengths to keep William and Benedict apart.  Her antics completely befuddle William who can’t figure out why this woman is so strange and bizarre.  William and Daphne are both amazing characters.  William is surprising in his understanding while Daphne is incredibly focused on the well-being of her charges.

While this book could be read as a standalone, it is best read in its place in the series.  It’s a delight and I can’t wait to learn more about Jess’ story.  Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with an e-copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.

Haven Manor series:

Prequel Novella:  A Search for Refuge

Book 1:  A Defense of Honor

Book 2:  A Return of Devotion

The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker

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I picked this book up because I am always trying to gain inspiration and help with decluttering, not because I wanted to become a minimalist.  However, as I read, I caught Becker’s vision and was enticed by it.  I looked across the room and saw our two dog kennels stacked up with a bunch of art and office supplies stacked on top.  Then I saw two sets of organizing bins that I use for educational materials.  I thought about what it would look like without those piles there and without the bits of clutter all around and thought about how pleasant it would be if there were just less stuff in this room that is one of our gathering places.  While I may not become a minimalist, I do want to use the principles shared and make a few common rooms very simple.  Who knows?  Maybe we’ll love it so much it will spread to the rest of the house.  In any case, there were helpful tips and suggestions for the main rooms of the house.  The only real negative is that the points for each room are all pretty much the same.   I felt like it could have gotten a lot more specific.  Still, inspiration is half the battle so I found it helpful.

Thank you to Waterbrook for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.

 

Code of Valor by Lynette Eason

I love the St. John family.  They work tirelessly for justice and love and support each other unconditionally.  That care often extends to those they encounter on the job in need of help…people like Emily, a financial crimes investigator, who finds her life in danger.  She is pursued relentlessly and doesn’t exactly know why.  The sense of danger never stops. 

Brady St. John is one of my favorite characters.  He sees beneath the surface and doesn’t make rash judgments.  He’s a knight in shining armor who sees the beauty within and isn’t just stirred by external appearances like a storybook prince. While things don’t always go his way, and he struggles with how God can be good and allow hard things to happen, he is willing to listen and grow.

The St. Johns are similar to the family on tv’s “Blue Bloods.”  I would highly recommend this book and this series to anyone who enjoys police dramas.  Thank you to Revell for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Blue Justice series:

Book 1:  Oath of Honor

Book 2:  Called To Protect

Book 3:  Code of Valor

Chosen People by Robert Whitlow

While I enjoyed this book by Robert Whitlow, it wasn’t my favorite. It was billed as an “international legal drama” yet none of it took place in a courtroom which is what I expected. The only “legal” thing about it was that two lawyers were doing the investigating. That said, it did hold my interest as the case took them from Atlanta to Jerusalem. The story seemed to shift away from the personal case they were working on until that became almost irrelevant as a bigger story unfolded.

One of the most interesting people to me was an Uber driver named Emily. I would have liked to have gotten to know more of her back-story as she seemed to be a pretty colorful character.

There was some action and danger which I always enjoy in a story. The romance seemed to happen a little too quickly for my taste. Still it was an enjoyable read. Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for providing me with a complimentary e-copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin

51QVHjJFGCL[1]This was a very enjoyable romantic suspense novel.  There was a lot of urgency and danger.  It was hard to put down.  Nina was a special character.  She had a hard upbringing that still wreaks havoc in her life.  Now she finds out that what she thought was true may not be.  Yet she doesn’t give in or quit.  She keeps pursuing truth even if she doesn’t always go about it in the right way.  I felt for her. She has learned valuable lessons about family and puts them into practice.

Her relationships with Aaron and Rick were both complicated and interesting.  She was lucky to have two such special friends.  Again both relationships seemed familiar and real.

This was my first book by Kelly Irvin. I liked it a lot and would definitely read another suspense book from her. Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free  e-copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review.  All opinions are my own.