Archive | November 2015

Vendetta by Lisa Harris

  

I used to read every novel in a series of FBI thrillers by a certain author, and I really enjoyed peeking into the lives of FBI agents, even if they were fictional characters.  The suspense and action kept me enthralled while the humor and romance entertained me.  Unfortunately, the author started adding supernatural elements to her plots, and I prefer more realistic fiction.  I had not found anything close to that series until I read Vendetta this week.

Vendetta is the first novel in the Nikki Boyd Files by Lisa Harris.  This fast-paced mystery is filled with action, adventure, suspense, humor, and romance, but the author also addresses grief and a faltering faith in response to the death of a loved one.  While there is some discussion of faith and God, it is not enough to turn off those who are not Christians.  Lisa Harris does not shy away from the tough questions but allows her characters to work through their doubts in their own way.

Nikki Boyd is an agent with the newly-formed Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force.  In Vendetta, Nikki works with state and local authorities to hunt down an abductor before it’s too late.  The race to find the missing person kept me reading late into the night.  This is an exciting mystery, full of plot twists, set in a majestic area.  The characters are likeable and well-developed, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. 

I received this book for free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.  

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Murder at the Courthouse by A. H. Gabhart 

  This is the first installment in Gabhart’s Hidden Springs Mysteries series, which is set in a small town in Kentucky.  Michael Keane is a competent sheriff’s deputy who must investigate a murder committed on the courthouse steps.  His investigation leads to many surprises and prompts more questions. 

The author certainly captured the small-town nuances in this novel and introduced many unique, but familiar, characters.  The plot twisted and thickened repeatedly throughout the book, which made for good reading.  The setting was perfect for introducing this series. 

I have been reading mainly Christian fiction lately, but this book is not classified as Christian.  It is a clean story without foul language or sex scenes, and there are characters who are Christians, but they are not spiritual advisors to other characters.  They just play their part as another small-town character.

This book is full of humor and suspense.  It even contains a little romance.  I stayed up late the last few nights reading this because it was hard to put down.  After I finished the book last night, it took me awhile to process it before I could go to sleep.  There are many layers to the story.

I received this book free from Revell Books in exchange for an honest review.  These opinions are my own.