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Unveiling the Past by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer’s newest book, Unveiling the Past, is a multi-layered, multifaceted book. However, even though there is more than one story woven throughout the pages, it is not overly complex or complicated.

I’ve never read a mystery/suspense storyline by Sawyer and did not realize this was a sequel. I still enjoyed it very much.

The protagonists are determined to get to the bottom of the mysteries surrounding their own lives and the lives of those who need their help. Their persistence is admirable.

Sawyer also introduces a spiritual element that is hard to resist. She doesn’t browbeat you or use hellfire and brimstone to get her message across. She just gently introduces it as a vital element in the lives of the main characters, then lets their lives speak for their faith. The degree to which she weaves it seamlessly and effortlessly into the story is creditable.

Unveiling the Past has a few unsettling scenes for anyone who has difficulty reading such occurrences or events. (I have PTSD and a few scenes were slightly disturbing to me, but I was able to read the entire book.)

I am now looking forward to purchasing and reading the first book in the series, Bringing Maggie Home.

I received the book from Waterbrook. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

(Releases today!!)

#Waterbrook

Publisher’s Summary

Mysteries, family secrets, and the love of a true Father are found at the heart of this gripping novel from the bestselling author of Bringing Maggie Home

Newlyweds Sean Eagle and Meghan DeFord are no strangers to pain and loss. As cold-case detectives, they know intimately the anguish family members endure after the murder or disappearance of a loved one. But when a new case hits too close to home, it threatens to pull loose the fragile cords of their young marriage.

Sheila Menke was just a girl when her father left for work and never returned. An investigation revealed he had embezzled enough to start a new life elsewhere, but Sheila could never accept the court’s criminalization of her father. Meghan reluctantly takes the case, secretly fearing it will stir up buried feelings about her own biological father. And while Sean investigates the mysterious death of two young brothers, he longs to start a family. But Meghan worries that with a negligent mother and an absentee father as her parenting examples, she might never be fit for motherhood.

As they delve deeper into the past, both Meghan and Sheila must choose to either stumble along the road of bitterness and resentment or walk the difficult path toward forgiveness and healing. When the cases begin to break wide open, these young women are poised to discover that while earthly fathers may fail, there is one in heaven who is a father to the fatherless.

To Be Released June 15, 2018-‘Til Dice Do Us Part (Bunco Biddies Mystery Book 4) by Julie B Cosgrove

Publisher’s Summary

As the Bunco Biddies decorate for a wedding shower, Ethel falls from a ladder, is rushed to the ER, and from beyond the curtained divider, overhears a hushed conversation about a crime.

When the Bunco Biddies get the antsy groom involved in their sleuthing, his chances of making it to the church dwindle, and that’s when the way to the altar gets dicey.

Bunco Biddies Mysteries Synopsis 

Clean, fun reads with a Christian flavor

Three widows who live in a Sunset Acres retirement community host Bunco games every Thursday evening. Betsy Ann, a retired reporter for the Alamoville, Texas community newspaper, considers herself a seasoned reporter, due to her column in the Garden and Home section. Janie is the widow of a police detective. Ethel, a cozy mystery aficionado, can recite each episode of Murder She Wrote and Columbo by heart. She meticulously catalogs all the who-dunnits she has read by how the murders were committed. So naturally, when their neighbors start reporting bodies, the three hop into action, despite the fact that Janie’s son-in-law is Alamoville’s very competent homicide detective,

The Sleuth’s Miscalculation (The Librarian Sleuth Book 1) by Kimberly Rose Johnson

My Review

Nancy Daley, in addition to being a librarian, is also the daughter of the county sheriff. Moreover, she has had some success in her avocation as an amateur sleuth. So, you can imagine her indignation at being paired with the new deputy, who recently transferred from LA. She feels eminently qualified to solve a string of license plate robberies in her hometown of Tipton, Oregon. Sheriff Deputy Carter Malone is even more upset to be told he must work with an amateur who is the town’s librarian!

Tipton is a small town, full of all the characters one would expect to find in a small town. There are the gossips, the do-gooders and those who stick their nose into everything whether it helps or not. Throw in a couple of teenagers, an overly strict father, plus other strange townspeople, and you have the makings of an extraordinary whodunnit!

Kimberly Rose Johnson’s first book in the Librarian Sleuth series, The Sleuth’s Miscalculation, is an exciting mystery, suspense story.

I have read and enjoyed many of Kimberly Rose Johnson’s romance short stories and novellas. Thus, it was no surprise to me when I enjoyed her newest endeavor in mystery and suspense, too!

I received this book from the author, Kimberly Rose Johnson. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Two strong-willed sleuths team up to solve a mystery. Can they work together, or will their differences pull them apart?

Librarian Nancy Daley loves a good mystery and enjoys moonlighting as a consultant for the sheriff’s department. When license plates go missing in Tipton County, she’s on the case. This time things are different—she’s been partnered with the new deputy, and he’s not interested in her help. To make matters worse, she’s angered the wrong person and is now being threatened.

Sheriff Deputy Carter Malone expects Tipton, Oregon to be a sleepy small-town, but he miscalculated. He’d come to town for a fresh start with his nephew—one without the issues big cities deal with. Had he made a mistake? To complicate matters, he’s told he must consult with the sheriff’s daughter, who is not in law enforcement. When the minor case they are working morphs into something more, things quickly go from harmless to scary.

Can they solve the mystery before it’s too late, and more importantly, what will they do about their growing attraction?

Frozen Notes (Book Four Amazing Grace Series) by Fay Lamb

My Review

I’m once again blown away by Fay Lamb’s writing!

Frozen Notes is book four of the Amazing Grace series. I was assured, since I hadn’t read the other three in this series, that it could be a stand-alone, and it can.

The opening scenes were difficult for me due to PTSD (just a warning for others). However, I wanted to read the story, mainly out of curiosity, to see how an author I thought of as a romance writer handled a mystery suspense novel. I wasn’t disappointed. Fay Lamb has a unique talent for bringing any genre she writes to life.

Once I got past the first chapter, I was unable to put Frozen Notes down! I read it in one sitting over the course of a couple of hours. I was so drawn into the story and the lives of the characters that EVERYTHING in the background disappeared.

Frozen Notes is a hard-hitting tale dealing with addiction, murder, lies and abuse, and that’s just a tiny glimpse into the lives of the major individuals living with Amazing Grace, North Carolina.  Fay Lamb takes gritty, ugly and petrifying circumstances, with no apparent chance for redemption, and turns them into moments of deliverance, recovery and salvation. She masterfully intermeshes the disparate, but linked, lives of each person and brings healing and hope.

I admire how she interposes profound messages of faith and deliverance throughout, in an artless way, never leaving you feeling preached to or beaten over the head with the tenet or belief. Her style opens the way for natural and genuine knowledge of biblical principles.

I received Frozen Notes from the author. However, I was under no obligation to write a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Fay Lamb is a gifted writer who creates wonderful, three-dimensional characters in the midst of an action packed story. ~Margaret Daley, USA Today Bestselling Author

****The author is donating 100% of her royalties from this book to hurricane relief through Samaritan’s Purse.

Lyric Carter’s dreams of fame and fortune in a rock band ended the day Balaam Carter left to pursue their dreams without her. When Balaam’s brother promised to love and protect Lyric and to love her son, Cade—his brother, Balaam’s child—as his own, she believed him. But Braedon turned her dreams into a nightmare by killing Balaam’s best friend, turning the gun on himself, and placing Lyric in the middle of a criminal investigation that could leave her and Cade dead.

Balaam Carter’s every dream has come true, but he’s living in a nightmare of addiction and regret. The famous rock star would give everything he has to return to the girl he once held in his arms—back when his only crime was running moonshine for his father. Now, he’s seeking redemption for all the destruction his dreams have brought to the people he loves.

No one said the road to recovery would be easy, but Balaam is also desperate to protect Lyric and the little boy he left behind from a state full of drug lords who believe Lyric has the evidence that will tumble their lucrative cartels. Balaam’s continued sobriety, his natural ability for finding his way out of trouble, and his prayers to God above for the strength to never let them down again are all that he has to protect Lyric and his son, and still, he doesn’t know if he’s up for the task.

A Love to Treasure by Kimberly Rose Johnson

A Love to Treasure

Publisher’s Summary

School teacher Nicole Davis is on summer break, but this vacation is unlike any other. Her beloved Grandmother’s final wish has landed Nicole smack in the middle of her favorite destination—Sunriver, Oregon, following Grams’s clues on a mysterious scavenger hunt. Unexpectedly, Nicole finds more than just a fellow sleuth in a handsome police officer, Mark Stone. But Mark must return to his job in Portland at summer’s end, and Nicole must guard her heart.

Mark is hoping for a quiet summer in Sunriver as he contemplates his future in law enforcement, but a string of burglaries draws him from his self-imposed break from detective work and thrusts him into the middle of the investigation. To complicate matters, Nicole is in jeopardy, and he knows his growing feelings for her could cloud his judgment. Will their differing career goals be the end of their summer romance—or just the beginning of forever after?

My Review

Nicole Davis is on summer break from her teaching position and vacationing at her favorite place, Sunriver Oregon. However, Nicole is there because of her Grandmother’s scavenger hunt, and not because she really wants to be. Her grandmother set up the hunt, before her death, hoping to curtail Nicole’s workaholic tendencies.

Mark Stone, a Portland police detective, is in Sunriver, Oregon, working as a street cop. Trying to forget what brought him there, he is anticipating an undisturbed summer in a quiet little town. Instead, he finds himself in the middle of an investigation he wants no part of.

I enjoyed how Kimberly Rose Johnson presents a unique twist to her romantic suspense novel. A young, career-focused woman is forced out of her comfort zone by a scavenger hunt. She has few clues, and it seems as if everyone is in on the secrets except her. A career police detective wants to scale back from his duties in a big city and comes to a seemingly idyllic town. All is not as it seems, and when you throw in a troubled teen and his cousin, two self-proclaimed party lovers and a string of burglaries, you have a recipe for mystery, mayhem and magnetism.

I received a copy of this book from the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.