Sunday, January 21, 2018

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

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Oath of Honor
by Lynette Eason


ISBN-13: 9780800727215
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Revell
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. She knows they'll be there for her when things get tough, like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened and find justice for her partner, Izzy works with her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan. Their investigation leads to a criminal organization that doesn't hesitant to kill cops. And they might just have some cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family.


My Review:
Oath of Honor is a Christian romantic suspense. I liked the main characters as they were kind, thoughtful people who acted realistically when stressed but showed grace and forgiveness to others.

Izzy's partner is killed while uncovering something big, but they don't fully realize what he uncovered until the end. It turned out to be a lot more complex than it initially appeared. Izzy worked with her partner's brother to investigate the background of the warehouse since they weren't allowed to directly investigate the murder. They were interested in each other before this story and that turned into love as they worked together and supported each other through the danger and grief.

The bad guys believe that Izzy has something they want, so a huge thug kept attacking her. The suspense came from these repeated, violent attempts to get something from Izzy, the danger to people she cares about, and her questions about what, exactly, is going on. Power or money are more important than loyalty to some people, but who is corrupt? There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this exciting story.


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Friday, January 19, 2018

Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren

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Troubled Waters
by Susan May Warren


ISBN-13: 9780800727468
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Revell
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants--except a happy ending. Or at least that's what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it but has promised Esme to keep her whereabouts a secret for her safety. Yet Ian will never forgive her for keeping a secret from him yet again.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and there aren't funds to repair it, Sierra asks Ian if she can use his yacht for a fundraising trip in the Caribbean for his rich friends. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra's relationship.


My Review:
Troubled Waters is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the fourth book in a series, but you can understand this book without reading the previous ones. However, certain events from the previous books will be spoiled since there are ongoing story lines in the series (like the missing niece, but also developments in Jess and Pete's relationship).

The first part of the book was about a rescue by the PEAK team going bad. While rescuing injured firefights from a blazing mountain, they're forced to leave Jess behind. But Pete unexpectedly shows up, and he's off to the rescue. Out of control fires have also left Ian in liquid bankruptcy due to government fines. The PEAK helicopter needs repair, but they don't have the funds and neither does Ian. But Sierra is determined to raise the funds from Ian's rich friends by offering a trip on Ian's yacht. Ian can't swim, but he'll face his fear of water to keep his friends' hands off Sierra. Near the end of the book, a freak disaster puts Ian and Sierra on equal footing and working together, but even that might not be enough to rebuild their relationship.

Ian struggled with his fear of not being in control and losing everyone he cares about. Sierra struggled with her fear of being useless and forgotten as well as losing the sense of family she's found with the PEAK team. Both had to trust God as their situation was bigger than either of them could control. All of the characters were complex and likable, and I cared what happened to them (and it was clear that not everyone would survive the disaster). The suspense came from physical danger and the relationship tensions. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this exciting novel.


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Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Daring Escape by Tricia Goyer

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A Daring Escape
by Tricia Goyer


ISBN-13: 9780736965149
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
As the threat of World War II looms on the horizon, American Amity Mitchell is living a comfortable life abroad as a tutor in England. Life changes when an urgent telegram arrives from her brother, Andrew, summoning her to Prague. Nazi forces tighten their grip on the country, and Andrew's efforts to help Jewish children escape Czechoslovakia grow desperate. Children's lives are at risk. Amity knows she can't ignore God's call to join her brother's cause.

Amity's boss, Clark, arrives in Prague, urging her to return. Soon, he too finds himself helping prepare kindertransports bound for the safety of England. With the sound of German tanks rumbling over cobblestone streets, Amity and Clark race to save innocent lives. Will their prayers for deliverance be answered?


My Review:
A Daring Escape is a Christian historical set in England and Czechoslovakia from Dec. 12, 1938 to April 13, 1939. This is the second book in the series, but it has different main characters than those in the first book.

Amity's brother asks her to organize the efforts to register Jewish children in Czechoslovakia for kindertransports while he helps find sponsors for them in England. She feels God has called her to this potentially dangerous job. She works to save the children until after the Nazis invade and start questioning her about some of the people who are on those trains. The other point of view characters were: a Nazis who is searching for the wife of a Jewish man he killed so he can discover the hidden treasure her husband left behind. And the wife of the murdered man who has to flee with her children and face the agonizing choice of giving up her children to save their lives.

The characters were likable and acted in realistic ways. The suspense came from the physical danger to the good characters. The historical details and setting were woven into the story. The Christian element was mainly the willingness of various Christians to risk their lives to help Jews escape. There was no bad language or sex. Overall, I'd recommend this exciting novel.


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Friday, January 12, 2018

Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan

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Murder Has a Motive
by Francis Duncan


ISBN-13: 9781492651734
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
When Mordecai Tremaine emerges from the train station, murder is the last thing on his mind. But he has never been able to resist anything in the nature of a mystery—and a mystery is precisely what awaits him in the village of Dalmering.

A woman involved in a local amateur dramatic production--Murder Has a Motive--is found murdered much like a character in the play. Mordecai's reputation in the field of crime-solving precedes him. It is up to Mordecai to derail the killer’s performance…before the curtain closes on another victim.


My Review:
Murder Has a Motive is a mystery novel that was originally published in 1947 and is set in England. The real murders mimic the murders in a play that the locals are putting on. The play suggests whodunit, but the detective feels that the similarities are misleading.

The amateur detective, Mordecai, snooped around and collected clues. While it was a clue-based mystery, Mordecai seemed most taken by the atmosphere of evil that he felt about the place. While I did correctly guess whodunit and why early on, I was never sure that the author wasn't suddenly going to go in another direction as several possibilities were left open.

There were quite a few suspects to keep track of, and some were so bland that it was hard to remember who they were. However, the more important characters did have more distinct personalities. At the end, Mordecai hopes to end the killing spree by getting everyone together and pretending to know what he was only guessing. There was no sex. There was a minor amount of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting mystery.


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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Shattered Lullaby by Laura Scott

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Shattered Lullaby
by Laura Scott


ISBN-13: 9781335490100
Mass Market Paperback:
304 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description:
Lacy calls 911 when she overhears her sister arguing with a man. But when she hears gunshots, she's afraid that the shooter is coming for her sister's baby. She grabs him and runs. She quickly discovers that there's an Amber Alert out stating that she kidnapped her nephew. She can't trust the police because her sister's husband is an officer and was probably the one who put out the Amber Alert against her.

Matthew comes across someone shooting at a woman with a baby. After his K9 partner chases the man away, he realizes the woman is the one that the police are looking for. After hearing her story, he decides to help her. But how can they prove her innocence while on the run for their lives?


My Review:
Shattered Lullaby is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the fourth in a series, but you can understand this book without reading the previous ones.

The heroine was sleeping at her sister's house, helping watch the baby while her sister filed for divorce, when an argument and gunshots wake her. She calls 911, grabs her nephew, and flees the scene. But her brother-in-law is a police officer, and apparently he's put out an Amber Alert on her after killing her sister. Afraid of the police not listening to her and not having positive experiences with men in general, she's reluctant to accept help from the K-9 officer who soon saves her from gunfire when leaving a convenience store. Together, they figure out why the bad guys are after her while dodging bullets.

I liked the hero and heroine, and they were a good team. I can see why they fall in love. The suspense came from the bad guys frequently attacking the heroine and the main characters not knowing who to trust. The hero teaches the heroine to pray when in danger and trust God for protection. They both learn to care for each other (and the baby) as they care for the baby and work together to solve the case. She almost accidentally managed to find critical clues as to who the bad guys were while at the same time some of her assumptions initially led them off the right track.

There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this suspenseful novel.


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Friday, January 5, 2018

In the Shadow of Agatha Christie by Leslie S. Klinger, editor

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In the Shadow of Agatha Christie
edited by Leslie S. Klinger


ISBN-13: 9781681776309
Hardcover: 356 pages
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
Agatha Christie burst onto the literary scene in 1920, with The Mysterious Affair at Styles; her last novel was published in 1976, a career longer than even Conan Doyle’s forty-year span. The truth is that it was due to the success of writers like Anna Katherine Green in America; L. T. Meade, C. L. Pirkis, the Baroness Orczy, and Elizabeth Corbett in England; and Mary Fortune in Australia that the doors were finally opened for women crime-writers. Authors who followed them, such as Patricia Wentworth, Dorothy Sayers, and, of course, Agatha Christie would not have thrived without the bold, fearless work of their predecessors—and the genre would be much poorer for their absence.

So while Agatha Christie may still reign supreme, it is important to remember that she did not ascend that throne except on the shoulders of the women who came before her—and inspired her—and who are now removed from her shadow once and for all by this superb new anthology by Leslie S. Klinger. Featuring: Mary Fortune, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Ellen Wood, Elizabeth Corbett, C. L. Pirkis, Geraldine Bonner, Ellen Glasgow, L. T. Meade, Baroness Orczy, Augusta Gro├čer, M. E. Graddon, Anna Katherine Green, Carolyn Wells, Susan Glashell.


My Review:
In the Shadow of Agatha Christie is a collection of 16 short story mysteries that were originally published between 1850 and 1917. They were set in France, England, Australia, Austria, and America. Some of the stories were a person talking about a crime after it was solved, so it's more a "crime story" than a "mystery." The stories that followed someone as they solved a mystery were usually pretty straight-forward and involved few clues. Short stories can't be very complex, but some of the authors relied upon the clever crime to hold the reader's interest whereas others developed the main characters as well. I enjoyed about 2/3rds of the stories and thought "Jury of Her Peers" was the best of the collection. There was no sex. There was a very minor amount of bad language.

"The Advocate's Wedding Day" by Catherine Crowe (originally published 1850, set late 1790s)
"The Squire's Story" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (pub. 1853, set 1769-1775)
"Traces of Crime" by Mary Fortune (pub. 1865)
"Mr Furbush" by Harriet Prescott Spofford (pub. 1865)
"Mrs. Todhetley's Earrings" by Ellen Wood (pub. 1873)
"Catching a Burglar" by Elizabeth Corbett (pub. 1893)
"The Ghost of Fountain Lane" by C. L. Pirkis (pub. 1893)
"The Statement of Jared Johnson" by Geraldine Bonner (pub. 1899)
"Point in Morals" by Ellen Glasgow (pub. 1899)
"The Blood-Red Cross" by L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace (pub. 1902, set Nov. 1899)
"The Regent's Park Murder" by Baroness Orczy (pub. 1901)
"The Case of the Registered Letter" by Augusta Groner (pub. 1910)
"The Winning Sequence" by M.E. Braddon (pub. 1896)
"Missing: Page Thirteen" by Anna Katherine Green (pub. 1915)
"The Adventures of the Clothes-Line" by Carolyn Wells (pub. 1903)
"Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glashell (pub. 1917)


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Avalanche! by Terry Lynn Johnson

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Avalanche!
by Terry Lynn Johnson,
Illustrated by Jani Orban


ISBN-13: 9780544970397
Hardback: 112 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

Source: ARC Review copy from the publisher through Amazon Vine.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
A high-stakes adventure series perfect for fans of the I Survived series and Hatchet. Twelve-year-old twins Ashley and Ryan are skiing with their parents in Wyoming's Grand Teton Mountains where there is a ground-shaking rumble. Unstable snow rushes downhill and buries them in icy white. It will take all of their knowledge and grit to survive. With seventeen years of hands-on experience and training in remote areas, survival expert Terry Lynn Johnson (Ice Dogs; Sled Dog School) creates on-the-edge-of-your-seat storytelling featuring the real skills that kids need to survive a disaster. This page-turner with illustrations includes survival tips from the National Avalanche Center and U.S. Forest Service. You could have a better chance of surviving a real-life avalanche after reading this book!


My Review:
Avalanche! is an adventure story for children ages 7-10. The story follows the 12-year-old heroine and her twin brother on a day when they're caught in an avalanche when out skiing by themselves. The author included real information about how to avoid or survive an avalanche, working it into the story as things the heroine remembers from a survival course they took. The heroine shows great courage while getting her injured brother to help even though she's injured and they face scary situations. I'd recommend this interesting, quick read.

There was no sex or bad language.


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