Archive for the 'Suspense' Category

Danger in Amish Country by Marta Perry, Diane Burke, and Kit Wilkinson

Saturday, July 13th, 2013



Fall from Grace by Marta Perry

When one of her students witnesses a crime, Sara Esch gets too close to the truth, and widower Caleb King must risk it all for the woman who’s taught him to love again.

Dangerous Homecoming by Diane Burke

Katie Lapp needs her childhood friend Joshua Miller more than ever when someone threatens her late husband’s farm. Can Joshua protect her…even if it endangers his heart?

Return to Willow Trace by Kit Wilkinson

A series of accidents has startled their Plain community…and leads Lydia Stoltz to Joseph Yoder, the man who once broke her heart. At every turn, it seems their shared past holds the key to their future.

My Comments:  I was in the mood for a quick, suspenseful read, and this book filled that mood need.  It is difficult to think of trouble in Amish land, but these scenarios could seemingly happen.  I definitely have to be in the mood for short stories, but occasionally that happens.  I liked each of the three stories.  They were different enough in characters and plot to hold my interest.  Each story was less than 100 pages which means I could read each story in one sitting, and I did.

Diane Mott Davisdon’s The Whole Enchilada

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013


Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she never expects one of her best friends to actually keel over when she’s leaving a birthday party Goldy has catered. At first, everyone assumes that all the fun and excitement of the party, not to mention the rich fare, did her in.

But what looks like a coronary turns out to be a generous serving of cold-blooded murder. And the clever culprit is just getting cooking.

When a colleague—a woman who resembles Goldy—is stabbed, and Goldy is attacked outside her house, it becomes clear that the popular caterer is the main course on a killer menu. With time running out, Goldy must roll up her sleeves, sharpen her knives, and make a meal out of a devious murderer, before that killer can serve her up cold.

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Love Inspired’s Hidden in Plain View by

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

hidden in plain view

After a tragedy rips through her Amish community, Sarah Lapp doesn’t remember anything. She can’t recall her Plain upbringing, her deceased husband or the shooting that landed her under the protection of handsome undercover cop Samuel King. She is, however, aware of the confusing feelings he creates in her from the moment he walks into her life. Sam is determined to protect Sarah and her unborn baby in case the shooters return. Because if they do, it’ll be more than just Sarah’s memory at stake.

My Comments:  This book was a quick enjoyable read.  I liked the characters.  I’m not sure how realistic it is that a pregnant woman and her baby could survive after major trauma and head injury, but it works in this story.  If you enjoy Amish fiction with a twist of suspense and mystery, this is a book you will enjoy!

I received a free ecopy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Not by Sight by Kathy Herman

Friday, May 17th, 2013
Her Sister Couldn’t Be Alive … Could She?
It had to be Riley Jo. She was certain. . .wasn’t she? But when Abby Cummings tells her mother she thought she saw her sister at the store, her mother quickly dismisses the idea. After all, Riley Jo and their father had been missing for years. Presumably dead. Yet Abby cannot ignore her intuition. Telling her friend J. D., they investigate. But J. D. may know more about the disappearance than he’s telling, or even realizes. And as they work to uncover what happened, all they have to go on is blind faith. Will it be enough. . .especially considering what the truth might be?
My Comments:  Wow, this was such a different kind of story for me, and even though is it very foreign to my life experiences, I enjoyed it.  I can’t even imagine a place where people live out in the woods and make up their own laws, let alone don’t feel they have to follow the “law of the land.”  If my husband and one of my daughters disappeared for five years, I’m not sure I would have stayed sane, yet this is what happened to our main character.  Having other children kept her going.  I wondered if the sightings Abby had in previous years had also actually been Riley Jo.  I don’t remember this ever being stated in the book, but it was alluded to.  Abby felt so strongly that the little girl she saw was actually her sister, she risked her life trying to reconnect with her – such a strong bond.  Great, engaging read!
I received a free review copy from NetGalley.  Thank you!





“Page Turner” – Daddy’s Gone a Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark Audiobook

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013


daddy's gone hunting

In her latest novel Mary Higgins Clark, the beloved, bestselling “Queen of Suspense,” exposes a dark secret from a family’s past that threatens the lives of two sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly, when the family-owned furniture firm in Long Island City, founded by their grandfather and famous for its fine reproductions of antiques, explodes into flames in the middle of the night, leveling the buildings to the ground, including the museum where priceless antiques have been on permanent display for years.

The ashes reveal a startling and grisly discovery, and provoke a host of suspicions and questions. Was the explosion deliberately set? What was Kate—tall, gorgeous, blond, a CPA for one of the biggest accounting firms in the country, and sister of a rising fashion designer—doing in the museum when it burst into flames? Why was Gus, a retired and disgruntled craftsman, with her at that time of night? What if someone isn’t who he claims to be?

Now Gus is dead, and Kate lies in the hospital badly injured and in a coma, so neither can tell what drew them there, or what the tragedy may have to do with the hunt for a young woman missing for many years, nor can they warn that somebody may be covering his tracks, willing to kill to save himself . . .

Step by step, in a novel of dazzling suspense and excitement, Mary Higgins Clark once again demonstrates the mastery of her craft that has made her books international bestsellers for years. She presents the reader with a perplexing mystery, a puzzling question of identity, and a fascinating cast of characters—one of whom may just be a ruthless killer . . .

My Comments:  I listened to this on my long commute to work (45 minutes).  It sure made the time fly by!  A few twists and turns really kept me going.  I found it hard to get into the listening part at first and listened to the first CD twice, but this was because I was distracted.  Once I really got into the story I kept with it until finished.  I even played with the idea of bringing the CDs into the house to listen, but then I would have nothing to look forward to on my long drive.  I always enjoy Mary Higgins Clark books.  They are full of mystery yet a clean read.  This was no exception.  The reading was excellent with consistent voices for each character.  Even the accents were right on.

Thanks to Simon and Schuster for a free review copy in exchange for my honest review.  I loved it!

The Fugitive -A Love-Inspired Suspense book by Shirlee McCoy

Monday, May 6th, 2013



ve”Help me.” When she opens her door to a wounded, handcuffed stranger, Laney Jefferson is Fugitive”Help me.” When she opens her door to a wounded, handcuffed stranger, Laney Jefferson is terrified…until she recognizes her unexpected visitor. Thirteen years ago, Logan Randal was there for her when she desperately needed a friend. Now the wrongfully convicted lawman needs the widow’s help. On the run from the law and guided only by Laney’s unswerving faith in Logan’s innocence, their mutual attraction begins to break down the barriers around Laney’s heart. But the real culprit is much closer than they imagine…a cunning enemy determined to keep the past—and the truth—buried forever.terrified…until she recognizes her unexpected visitor. Thirteen years ago, Logan Randal was there for her when she desperately needed a friend. Now the wrongfully convicted lawman needs the widow’s help. On the run from the law and guided only by Laney’s unswerving faith in Logan’s innocence, their mutual attraction begins to break down the barriers around Laney’s heart. But the real culprit is much closer than they imagine…a cunning enemy determined to keep the past—and the truth—buried forever.

My Comments:  This book entertained me.  The book was a clean read with Christian principles.  There were some elements that kept me in suspense throughout.  I would have liked more back story into Laney’s life.  I felt like much was alluded to, but this still left me with questions, and I felt it could have been developed more.  Logan was an interesting hero.  He overcame quite a bit in his life.  Overall, an engaging read.

Thank you NetGalley for a free review copy in exchange for my honest review.

Stress Test by Richard Mabry

Sunday, April 21st, 2013




Dr. Matt Newman thought he was leaving his life as a surgeon in private practice for a better one in academic medicine. But the kidnappers who attacked him as he left the hospital at 2 a.m. have no such plans—they just want him dead. Bound and in the trunk of his car, Matt’s only thought is fleeing with his life. He does escape, but at a price: a head injury that lands him in the ICU . . . where he awakens to discover he’s being charged with murder.

Sandra Murray is a fiery, redheaded lawyer who swore she was done with doctors after her last relationship. But when Matt calls, she knows she can’t walk away from defending someone who is truly innocent.

Matt’s career is going down the drain. His freedom and perhaps his life may be next. But with the police convinced he’s a killer and the kidnappers still trying to finish what they started, finding the truth—and the faith to keep going—will be the toughest stress test Matt has ever endured.

My Comments:  I kept reading this book to find out WHY?  I enjoy Richard Mabry’s books and have read several.  I stay engaged while reading and I had a difficult time putting this book down.  Stress Test includes mystery, suspense, romance, and Christian principles in a hospital setting.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program for my review copy.  I have given an honest review.





Double Blind by Brandilyn Collins

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Twenty-nine-year-old Lisa Newberry can barely make it through the day. Suddenly widowed and a survivor of a near-fatal attack, she is wracked with grief and despair. Then she hears of a medical trial for a tiny brain chip that emits electrical pulses to heal severe depression. At rope’s end, Lisa offers herself as a candidate.

When she receives her letter of acceptance for the trial, Lisa is at first hopeful. But—brain surgery. Can she really go through with that? What if she receives only the placebo?

What if something far worse goes wrong?

in the relentless style for which Brandilyn Collins is known, Double Blind is a psychological thriller with mind-bending twists. Lisa faces choices that drive her to the brink, and one wrong move could cost the lives of many.

My Comments:  This book was riveting.  I think I related to it because I have suffered from depression.  Lisa lost her husband, had three miscarriages, and was attacked.  She could barely function due to depression and was desperate for a way out.  When she heard about a brain-chip implant which could take away the sadness, but not the memories, she wanted in on the trial test.  Little did she know by getting rid of her depression she signed up for something much worse.

I could hardly put this book down. This book is so different than what I have been reading all summer, yet I enjoyed it quite a bit.  I usually read Brandilyn Collins.  I find her writing good in a quirky kind of way.  Her writing entertains me.  This book is no exception.  I enjoyed more than I usually enjoy her books.  I recommend it.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.  The opinions are my own.


Eyes of Justice by Lis Weihl and April Henry

Friday, June 8th, 2012

The Triple Threat Club has solved intense mysteries before . . . but this time it’s personal.

Cassidy, Allison, and Nicole fight for justice every day-Cassidy as a crime reporter, Nicole with the FBI, and Allison as a federal prosecutor. Together they’re a Triple Threat to be reckoned with.

But never have they faced a case so full of blind alleys-or so painfully close to home.

When a devastating turn of events upsets the balance of the Triple Threat team, they discover an ally in a quirky Private Investigator named Olivia. The women vow not to stop until the case is solved and justice is served.

Yet just when it appears the police have the killer in custody, he somehow strikes again. Not knowing who to trust, the Triple Threat women go undercover for an intricate and deadly cat-and-mouse game where nothing can be taken at face value . . . and nothing will ever be the same.

Success-or survival-isn’t assured in this riveting Triple Threat mystery that will leave readers both shocked and satisfied.

My Comments:  This book contained a couple of surprising twists that kept me engaged throughout.  I like this series quite a bit – women heroes, women friends, and professional women – all interesting and all people I would love to know!  I also enjoy and appreciate the fight to the end for justice.  I find this quite satisfying.  The faith element appears, but is quite subtle.  Not all the characters are believers.  This makes the story and characters true to life.  I’m wondering if Ophelia will be a new member of the team now that she has been introduced in this story.  She definitely adds a  different feel, element, and intelligence to the group.  Overall, this book entertained me and kept me guessing.  If you like mysteries with suspense this book is one you will enjoy!  I look forward to more from these authors.

Relentless Pursuit by Kathy Herman

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Sax Henry left home at seventeen to escape his father’s abuse, leaving his mother and younger sister, Shelby, to fend for themselves. Now, twenty-eight years later, both parents are dead, and guilt compels him to find his sister and make peace.  His quest takes him to the south Louisiana town of Les Barbes where he hopes to find Adele Woodmore, the wealthy woman Shelby once worked for.

Les Barbes is in crisis as a number of people have collapsed and have been taken to the emergency room.  Health officials determine that someone has put cyanide in the food bar and bottled water at Marcotte’s Market. Ten victims are expected to recover. Six others are dead. Sax wonders if he made a mistake coming here, but his fear of dying isn’t nearly as strong as his desire to find peace. Mrs. Woodmore turns out to be his most formidable obstacle. Or is she? Little does he know that he has a divine appointment awaiting him that will propel him toward the God he bitterly resents. A God who has also been in relentless pursuit—of him.

Based on Psalm 34:14, “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it,” this final book in the series is rich with the Cajun flavors of south Louisiana and illustrates what it means to find true peace in an uncertain world.

Rich with the Cajun flavors of south Louisiana, this final book in the Secrets of Roux River Bayou Series is a story of what it means to find true peace in an uncertain world.

My Comments:  I am taking a short break from reading Amish fiction and remembered I enjoyed reading books by Kathy Herman in the past, so I requested this e-book from NetGalley.  I read this book out of sequence in the story, but it can definitely stand alone.  Some of the plot was predictable, but there were also some unexpected twists making the book quite engaging.  Zoe, one of the main characters, deals with some very real un”Christ-like” emotions throughout, making the story believable.  Another character, Emily, frustrated the living daylights out of me with her altruistic behavior.  Overall all, I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it for those who enjoy mystery, suspense, and a strong Christian message.