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Cost of Betrayal – Henderson, Pettrey and Eason

the cost of betrayal pictureI am a complete suspense fan – perfect reading for travels and time away. This offering for review as just that. 3 novellas in one edition, and a chance to “meet” 2 authors I’ve not read before.

The first story is by Dee Henderson, Known for her suspense filled series. “Betrayed” returns Paul and Ann Falcon to the reader. This time, they trip into the mystery of a murder, and the case the woman who’s been convicted of it – all because of an auction purchase. Ann thinks she’s picking up props for a new painting…

It was with this novella that I was reminded why I don’t often read this form of fiction. There just isn’t the space for the development and details that a full novel offers. Dee’s Known for her forensic details, and this presentation just doesn’t allow for it. Perhaps this is just the jumping point for a new trilogy?!

Dani Pettrey is an author I’ve not read before, but I know I’ll be picking up again. “Tenni” and her cousin, Julia have a tradition of racing each other to the buoy off the island as a way to end the season. But this time was different. When Tenni arrives at the marker, there is no sign of Julia, but there are signs that something terrible has happened to someone! A storm requires her return to safety, and the dark mystery begins to unfold. And how well this novella draws you in!

Lynette Eason’s contribution is the final section of the book, and “Code of Ethics” is the tale.  An officer is wounded on duty, and despite surviving the surgery – his life is in danger during recovery.  That threat comes because of retaliation of his having reporting a dirty fellow officer.  Lynette weaves this tale with great suspense and is yet another author to add to my list.

This book is a must for church libraries, as well as the readers who want to read the story quickly or for those who are fans of a well constructed suspense story.  Each author skillfully writes the characters faith into the plot line – without it feeling like an afterthought.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on July 24, 2019 in book reviews, Uncategorized

 

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Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman – a book review

finding meLife has not been easy for our main character, Kelli Huddleston.  As the book opens, her honesty sees her lose her job.  This after her father and step-mother have just died in an accident.  She then learns that the family she thought died many years earlier, is actually alive, and it is she they think died years ago.

Needing to learn about the father’s past life, she heads across the county to the town they live in, and tries to keep a low profile.  She quickly finds a job, meets her mother and sister (but tells them nothing), and finds an apartment to live.  The reader is drawn into the dual life she is trying to live in a town where people think she looks like someone they knew a long time ago, and we warm to the caring relationship that develops between Kelli and her sister Beth.

When more information arrives from an unexpected source, Kelli learns that the life she knew and the past she thought was true, were not the case at all.  Then, a trusted part of her new life shares that they know exactly who she is – her plans fall apart.

I was most taken with the scene where she is learning a new song to be able to sing confidently along with the congregation in church (what a great idea for people who are not used to our repertoire).  Kelli doesn’t understand the concept in the words, but finds herself so moved, that it opens an opportunity for the truth of the Gospel to be shared.

I liked that this book didn’t feel like a formula was being followed.  I was engaged in Kelli’s quest all the way along, and found the last half of the book hard to put down – truly the mark of a well written story for me.

I am thankful that this book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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