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Death Takes a Ride by Lorena McCourtney

The second I’ve read by this author, this book was not disappointing. It’s a cute, action-packed who-dunn-it that I loved!

Cate arrives at H&B Restorations to give a friend a ride, but an unbelievable crime takes place, sucking Cate into investigating. Although her uncle’s private investigating business doesn’t “do murders,” that seems to be what Cate can’t stay away from.

Along the murder mystery, there is Mitch’s business that is for sale. Can he be planning to move out of town when the business sells? Can there be a future for Mitch and Cate?

I was surprised by the ending of this one, and you will be too!

I was provided a free copy by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris

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When Avery gets handed a new case, a young Asian girl who was murdered, it hits close to home. Though she’s been a detective for several years, it’s always harder when a teenager is involved, since her daughter Tess is close to the same age. Jackson, the medical examiner is a great help to Avery in her cases, but lately there has been more than just work between them.

Could a serial killer be on the loose? That seems to be the case as they dig deeper. Until one night when Avery’s home is broken into, and Avery comes close to being killed.

It just isn’t adding up. Avery has had trouble letting go of the death of her brother, who was also an officer, working undercover. Could the two be connected? Or is the killer just trying to get Avery sidetracked?

The story was good here, but I think the author could have made everything clearer in the end. I’m still a little unsure as to her brother’s death, and the person she suspected of his murder all throughout the book. But even without the perfect clarity, this was still a good plot that held my attention through to the end.

On sale now in your favorite Revell book store, a division of Baker Publishing.

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Trapped by Irene Hannon

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“When Laura Griffith’s sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned private investigator James Devlin to help. Dev knows time is of the essence with runaways – just forty-eight hours can mean the different between recovery and ruin.” Reads the back of the book.

This started out as most “missing-person-mystery-suspense” novels. Darcy runs away and you see glimpses into her brief time on the street. Those she befriends, choices she makes, as she waits out the mega-blizzard that just hit the city, preventing her from leaving as quickly as she wanted.

Laura is worried sick and hires Dev, a PI, to find Darcy. Sparks fly as they spend time together working on the case. But of course, a client is off-limits as a romantic interest, so that part will have to wait.

When Mark enters the plot, you know something is not right with him. But he is so kind and generous, and the man runs a day-care center for crying out loud! The story takes a completely shocking turn with Mark! Prepare to be completely and utterly stunned! This one is not as predictable as many other Christian suspense novels I’ve read.

I will not spoil the ending, but I was happy with it. 🙂

On sale now in your favorite Revell book store, a division of Baker Publishing.

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Dolled Up to Die by Lorena McCourtney

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This book is pretty fast-paced. In the beginning, Cate (an assistant PI) is called to a triple murder. But as she arrives on the scene, she finds out the “victims” are actually life-sized dolls. After beginning an investigation, a real victim is found, and from here, the plot thickens! The victim is the caller’s ex-husband, and the two ladies start trying to put the pieces together.

Who could have done this? There’s the new wife, the blonde bimbo who really wasn’t happy with her new husband. The blonde bimbo’s mother, who is very mysterious and caught up in “former lives.” There is the motorcycle-riding vineyard keeper at the ex-husband’s business. Also, the blonde bimbo’s former husband, an ex-con who shows up. Could it be coincidence? It takes a while, and goes through a lot of twists and turns, but you will be surprised at the ending!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard

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This book was so fun to read! I wasn’t able to devote very large blocks of time for the first several chapters, but by the middle, I wasn’t able to put it down! It is a small-town setting where everybody knows everybody. Kate is on a mission to find the killer of her friend and mentor, Daisy, whose death was written up as a suicide. But the facts don’t add up.

Handsome Detective Parker steps in to help Kate in her search. But why is the police chief so anxious to wrap it up? Why is Kate’s boss acting so strange? And what about that liar Edward? What is he hiding? Where is Daisy’s journal?

There are so many clues, suspects and leads, it was hard for me to figure out who the murderer was… be ready for a surprise ending! I can’t wait for the sequel to come out!

For more info on the book, and some extra bonus book features, click here!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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