“Plain Jeopardy” by Alison Stone is a short novel full of suspense and mystery. Why would a wholesome young man like Jason suddenly ingest drugs and drive, having an accident, killing himself and seriously injuring a young girl? While recovering from an operation at her sister’s bed and breakfast, Grace Miller, a travelling journalist, decides to write an article about the event and investigates rumors of drinking and drug parties among the Amish and English youth. While looking into this scenario, she and the local deputy, Conner, lock horns. Jason is a relative of the deputy and he is trying to shield his mother from further sadness. Conner is also the son of the retired man who was sheriff when her mother was brutally murdered. That is now a cold case. No leads were found and the result of this crime is that Grace, her father and two sisters moved away from the community and left the Amish community. Now one investigation causes another to begin again. Grace is prodded to look into her mother’s murder. The murderer has gotten away with it for over 30 years and is not about to get caught at this late date. He is bound to get rid of Grace just like he did with her mother. Together she and Conner solve both mysteries and in the process find each other.
Though the novel was very short, I thought Ms. Stone packed a lot of mystery and intrigue in those few pages. I enjoyed reading the novel.
I received a complimentary Kindle review copy of this book from NetGalley.com in return for posting a review.
Lisa Harris has written a great series of mystery and suspense, The Nikki Boyd Files. In this first book of the series, “Vendetta”, we are led through a maze of mysterious events which also lead to multiple murders, seeming with no reason. Nikki and her team of investigators as members of the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force, follow the clues, the suspects, the victims and the crimes to solve the abduction of a young girl. This case harkens back to ten years earlier when Nikki’s sister, Sarah, was abducted, never to be seen again. Nikki has been on the lookout for her abductor ever since. Is this the work of the same person or a copy-cat crime?
Into the mix, we find Tyler Grant, the widower of Nikki’s best friend, Katie. The two of them are just discovering the feelings they have for one another and striving not to feel guilty that with Katie’s death, they lean on each other for comfort in their grief. Neither one expected their feelings to escalate as they did.
This mystery kept me on the edge of my seat all the way to the end. The list of suspects grew along with the dead bodies. I could not put the book down and will definitely continue to read any books by Lisa Harris.
Revell has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
Shelley Shepard Gray begins a new series, The Amish of Hart County with “Her Secret”. Hannah Hilty and her family, mother, father, brother and sister, have been forced to move from their home in Ohio to a small town, Munfordville, Kentucky. Their reason for selling out and moving is to get away from someone who is stalking Hannah. Some in the family think that Hannah is over reacting to notes, flowers and unwanted gifts. However, the stalker was getting more brazen and scary. Hannah’s brother and sister, especially, are having problems adjusting to a smaller town with all that small towns bring with them. Hannah does not venture out unless it is necessary. She is a virtual prisoner in her own home because of her fear of being the target of the stalker again, when she befriends a young man who is her neighbor. She is trying to let herself become her own person again and not be afraid of her own shadow. However, things start happening to make her think that her pursuer is back. She knows who it is and she seems to think that he has followed her and her family to their new location. She is not mistaken though, and her fears increase as the stalker comes closer and closer to her. She has to decide whether or not to let him take over her life or overcome her fears and choose to let people into her life who can help her.
I thought that this was a really good Amish thriller. It didn’t take me long to read it because I enjoyed it so much. I received a print copy of this book from Litfuse.com in return for my honest review.
“Medical Judgement” is the first novel I have read by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. It is a medical mystery in a sense that the main character is an ER doctor. Dr. Sarah Gordon has suffered immense tragedy – her husband and two-year-old daughter were killed in an auto accident. She has been receiving threatening phone calls and now the attempts are accelerating- someone came into her garage and set a fire, she was shot at while returning home and more sinister happenings have occurred. The police cannot figure out who is doing this to her and why.
She calls her husband’s best friend to accompany her to talk to the police. Both the detective and the friend are interested in more than keeping her safe. Both seem to want to continue the relationship with her. Also involved is the pastor of the church that all three attend. All three have experienced the loss of a loved one, either through accident or divorce. The pastor also has his problems. Although the book was fast-paced and set up a number of suspects, there was just something about it that was not to my liking. I think it was the constant reference to turning to God in grief, dwelling on the character flaws in the three men, and the superfluous number of suspects in the story. It just seemed to be too much and in the end, the person I suspected all along was indeed the culprit. Even the reason behind the terrorism of Sarah was a little far-fetched. I’m sure that mystery buffs would like this novel, but it is not one of my favorites.
I received a print copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity in return for my honest review.
“Nowhere to Turn” is the second book in Lynette Eason’s Hidden Identity series. I really enjoyed reading the first book in the series, “No One to Trust”, and was sure I would be entranced by her second book.
I was totally hooked after the first chapter. The book is really a page turner. I read it in the course of a day and a half. The plot was well thought out and the characters were very real. Without giving away the conclusion, I will say that it was totally unexpected on my part. I know that once you read the first two pages of this novel, you will be hooked too.
I was sent a free print copy by Revell in return for my honest review.
I recently read “Shadows of the Past” by Patricia Bradley, published by Revell. The story is about Taylor Martin, a psychological profiler for the Seattle police department.
As the novel opens, Taylor is at the scene of a kidnapping and shooting. She finds evidence that someone who has been stalking her is at the crime scene. She has a suspicion that the stalker is a young student in her criminology class, Scott Sinclair. Scott’s brother is a novelist, Nicholas Sinclair. Nick doesn’t think that the stalker is Scott and is trying to prove that. Taylor decides to make a visit to her home in Mississippi, just across the state line from Memphis, thinking she can escape the nightmare, but evidently the perpetrator follows her. Nick is from Memphis and returns to his hometown to finish a novel. The two of them are thrown together during this highly exciting investigation and work together to figure it out.
I though Ms. Bradley wrote an excellent thriller with suspense on every page. I was stumped until the very end regarding who the assailant was. This made the novel a definite page-turner. I would highly recommend this novel for any fan of suspense, mystery and thrilling story-telling.
I was sent a free print copy of this book by Revell in return for my honest review.