Category Archives: Mystery

All Is Calm, All Is Bright | Colleen Coble

 


Today I am reviewing All Is Calm, All Is Bright, two Christmas novellas by Colleen Coble

Here is a brief synopsis:

All Is Calm

Brendan Waddell needs a place to recuperate. Lauren Everman needs a place to hide. It’s going to be an unexpectedly romantic Christmas at Bluebird Ranch.

Brendan Waddell has always considered Bluebird Ranch a little piece of heaven: an idyllic ranch that pairs abused children with abused horses, run by one of his old Marine buddies. Now, recovering from an on-the-job injury, Brendan thinks the ranch is the perfect place to spend Christmas healing up.

When Lauren Everman was a seventeen-year-old foster kid, Bluebird Ranch was the safest place she knew. Now it’s the perfect hideout for a woman on the run. As the witness to a murder, Lauren needs somewhere to lie low, and her skill with horses means she’ll be able to lend a hand with the troubled kids at Bluebird—without answering too many questions.

Lauren’s rich hair, high cheekbones, and dark eyes immediately get Brendan’s attention—but so does her secretive behavior. This Special Ops Intel man knows a woman on the run when he sees one, and he’s not about to let her put Bluebird Ranch at risk.

But as Brendan and Lauren get to know each other, their suspicions evaporate and romance starts to sizzle. But this would-be couple has more to worry about than each other—there’s a killer on the loose who wants Lauren kept quiet.

All Is Bright

A romantic, Christmas wedding at her seaside hotel gives Delilah a chance to shine with her unique gifts. But will her light be snuffed out before the bride and groom say “I do”?

As manager of the Tidewater Inn, Delilah Carter has been planning a spectacular Christmas wedding for her friends at the grand hotel overlooking the ocean. While picking up still more twinkly lights and some last-minute groceries for the reception dinner, a huge truck runs her off the freezing, wet roads into the dark night. Her car stops just short of an enormous tree and the truck speeds off into the night.

Delilah escapes with her life and has almost convinced herself the whole thing was an accident, but then she begins to receive threatening phone calls. With the wedding just hours away, she’s distracted and anxious. Then Sheriff Tom Bourne stops by the inn and volunteers to help.

Tom has always had a soft spot for Delilah, and he’s determined to protect her. But he is pulled away by a bizarre Christmas stunt that has the neighborhood reeling, and Delilah is attacked again.

Will Delilah have to cancel the Christmas wedding at Tidewater Inn? And will Tom’s protection be enough to save Delilah from the shadowy figure looming in the background?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

These stories are great! Well-written, with interesting characters and plot, the only problem I had was not being able to stop reading – until I finished not just one of the stories, but the entire book!

Never having read anything by Colleen, I didn’t know what to expect, but I had high expectations — and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. Now I’m ready to begin a Colleen Coble collection of my own!

I was expecting  an historical setting, not suspense and mystery . . . and I was pleasantly surprised by both, in two entertaining, suspenseful stories. Although the titles say “Christmas” to me, it wasn’t the main focus, so these stories can be read – and enjoyed – anytime.

If one of your favorite genres is suspense/mystery, without the gore, you will love reading All Is Calm, All Is Bright.

Merry Christmas!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

Lemon Tart Mystery | Naomi Miller

 


Today I am reviewing Lemon Tart Mystery… the third book in the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series by Naomi Miller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s sugar cookies.

Amelia Simpkins may be a great cook, and have a head for business, but sweet treats are out of her league and the owner of the Irish Blessings Cafe says it’s because she adds the tart to the Sweet Shop’s new dessert that Katie Chupp insists is only filled with lemony goodness.

The two shop owners’ constant bickering sends sparks flying through Abbott Creek’s usual calm… and when Andrew’s cafe suffers from some rather unusual pest problems, the town starts taking sides.

This is one mystery Katie wants no part of. But working for Mrs. Simpkins may put her in the middle – whether she intends to take sides . . . or not.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Once again, I’m allowing Naomi to speak for her book…

After Christmas, with yummy, sweet cookies, I think it’s time to switch to something a bit tart — and that makes me think of Amelia Simpkins.

Amelia has a story to share about her past, but I’m not going to reveal too much about it today. It’s something she’ll be sharing with Katie and the man who has had his eye on her for awhile — Andrew O’Neal.

In the meantime, Katie has a decision to make. What will happen if she gets involved with Travis? Will she be shunned by her family, her friends, and her church?

It’s a difficult task to write a sweet, fun mystery, while skating around all the real-life situations in the community. While I want my stories to hold the reader’s attention, I don’t want to follow the path that so many books take. I’m doing my best to follow a path of family, faith, forgiveness… and grace — without showing too much of the harsh side of the world that readers would like to forget for awhile.

I hope after you read Lemon Tart Mystery, not only will you agree that this story continues to follow the “family, faith, and forgiveness” path, but succeeds in bringing you the sweet, clean story you’ve learned to expect from the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series.

If you need something to distract you from the problems we all face, pick up an Amish Sweet Shop Mystery . . . you’ll be glad you did.

Happy Reading!

Naomi

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Christmas Cookie Mystery | Naomi Miller

 


Today I am reviewing Christmas Cookie Mystery… the second book in the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series by Naomi Miller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s Christmas cookies.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Katie Chupp is spending her days catering to the holiday rush. With everyone in town ordering special desserts and treats, will Katie be able to find time to finish making gifts for her family and friends?

With a winter chill settling in and Christmas right around the corner, no one would expect a mystery, but a mystery does indeed appear… when a certain dear family finds an unexpected package at their door.

And this is one mystery that may never be solved…

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Once again, I’m allowing Naomi to speak for her book.

I want Naomi to talk about why Christmas Cookie Mystery is a different sort of book…

Christmas is my favorite holiday… and I want to share it with my readers.

Not only do I want to share some favorite recipes, but I want to share all the goodness and excitement and hope that Christmas brings to so many people.

I believe that Christmas Cookie Mystery tells a sweet story about the folks in the Abbott Creek community; not only their faith and forgiveness, but their resolve to help one another.

There are more than enough books to read about murder and mayhem, not to mention vampires and zombies. . . but sometimes we need a sweet story that gives us hope and faith.

The Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series has has been compared to the Nancy Drew series, and it’s perfect for young readers, but I’ve heard from many readers — young and old alike — who enjoy the stories.

I hope readers will pick up this book (and future books in the series) when they need something to distract them from sadness, worry, and doubt. I hope Christmas Cookie Mystery leaves them with a feeling of peace, love and joy!

Happy Reading!

Naomi

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Blueberry Cupcake Mystery | Naomi Miller

 


Today I am reviewing Blueberry Cupcake Mystery… the first book in the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series by Naomi Miller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s sugar cookies.

Katie Chupp spends her days at The Sweet Shop, taking care of customers and baking delicious treats . . . not exactly a profession where one expects to be thrown into the midst of mysteries and mayhem.

But when the bakery is broken into, someone has to find the thief . . . besides finding another place to do the baking and get the orders to the customers.

Is this a random theft, or is the thief trying to ruin the town’s Independence Day celebration?

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I’m doing something a bit out of the ordinary.

I want to let Naomi talk about why Blueberry Cupcake Mystery is a different sort of book…

My inspiration originally came from books written to make Amish young people look weak and easily manipulated, or worldly.

I was working on an Amish Suspense novel, when I felt God guiding me to write a series of books that show family, faith, forgiveness, and grace — instead of murder, mayhem, and danger — or worse, vampires, zombies, and demons.

I believe that Blueberry Cupcake Mystery accomplishes this task, and I think you’ll enjoy this story. It has has been compared to the Nancy Drew series, and it’s perfect for young readers, but I’ve heard from many readers — young and old — who enjoyed the story.

It’s somewhere between a short story and a novella, but I truly felt that it was complete, so it’s a quick, fun read.

I hope readers pick up this book (and any future books in the series) when they need something to distract them from sadness, worry, and doubt. I hope reading a light-hearted, fun cozy mystery, will inspire readers and leave them feeling happy and content.

Happy Reading!

Naomi

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


Seek And Find | Dana Mentink

 


Today I am reviewing Seek And Find, a riveting inspirational romance, by the amazing Dana Mentink. This is the third book in the Rookie K-9 Unit series.

Here is a brief synopsis:

KILLER HEADLINE

Reporter Madison Coles wants to write an exposé on the crime spree rocking Desert Valley, Arizona—but the small town’s residents and police are tight-lipped.

Even when Madison herself is attacked, the only help she can get is protection from rookie K-9 officer James Harrison and his trusty bloodhound.

Suspicious of the reporter’s motives, the handsome cop keeps her at arm’s length.

But the more Madison’s life is threatened, the more focused she is on finding the truth—and the closer she gets to James.

Can he help her find the story without them both ending up in the obituary pages?

Rookie K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Hawk and James to the rescue!

When Madison Coles tries to discover what is happening in Desert Valley, Arizona, she is attacked. What on earth is going on? Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately) Madison is about as stubborn as I am, and refuses to give up!

K-9 bloodhound Hawk — and his partner James Harrison — are just as determined . . . to protect her, while finding the bad guys and putting them away!

I don’t want to give anything else away. Just read it for yourself. Now I’m wondering if the other Rookie K-9 Unit stories in this series is as good; if they are, I’ll be on the lookout for the others, too.

Dana knows just how to write a heart-pounding suspense novel . . . don’t expect to be able to put it down until you reach the end.

Happy reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

Seaside Secrets | Dana Mentink

 

Today I am reviewing Seaside Secrets, the second book in the Pacific Coast Private Eyes series by one of my favorite authors, Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

IN THE LINE OF FIRE

Navy chaplain Angela Gallagher wants to put the past behind her, but she’s still haunted by the wartime death of her assistant.

So when his brother claims he’s in danger and pleads for her to use her family’s private detective company’s resources to help him stay alive, she can’t turn him down.

But someone will stop at nothing—even murder—to keep her from revealing their secrets. She’ll have to depend on a military colleague to keep her head above water.

Dr. Dan Blackwell was in the field with her when her assistant died, and he’s determined to keep her safe. Can they sift through the web of lies to find the truth without losing their lives?

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MY THOUGHTS:

This is such a cool new series . . .

Pacific Coast Private Eyes: Sisters Fighting Crime

Although this is the second book in the series, you could easily read it first — or as a stand-alone. But to really get the big picture, I’d suggest you read the series in order. I’ve read a few books out of order, but whenever possible, I wait until I have the entire set and read them in order — it’s so much more fun that way!

Angela and Dan get involved quickly in an investigation that just might be too much for them to handle . . . or is it? Well, that’s up to you, the reader, to decide. I’d rather not say too much, so you can be surprised at all the right places!

I’ve said it before — and I’ll say it again, that Dana excels at writing great suspense novels . . . with twists and turns everywhere! Just don’t stop reading . . . until you’ve reached the end and the mystery is solved. And don’t miss out on this fantastic read.

Find it. Get it. Read it.

God bless you!

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Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

A Dolphin Wish | Natalie Grant

 


Today I am reviewing A Dolphin Wish, book #2 in the Glimmer Girls series, by Natalie Grant.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Join twins Mia and Maddie and their sidekick little sister, LuLu, as they travel the country finding adventure, mystery, and sometimes mischief along the way.

Together with their famous mother, singer Gloria Glimmer, and their slightly wacky nanny Miss Twist, the sisters learn lessons about being good friends, telling the truth, and a whole lot more.

In A Dolphin Wish a three-night stop in the city of San Diego seems like it might be just the break the girls need—lovely weather and great sights to see.

That is until they hear animal handlers at “Watery World” talking about the trouble they’ve been having keeping the animals in their habitats.

Mia and her sisters cannot resist a challenge and they talk Miss Twist into another visit to the educational amusement park to search for clues as to what or who is helping the animals escape.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

When I saw the cover for this book, I was excited. My granddaughter loves dolphins – and I was certain she would enjoy this cute story.

Upon reading over the story myself, I have decided not to pass the book along to her, for several reasons. I am not comfortable with the premise of a young girl making a wish and having it magically granted. I expect to find things like that in secular novels… not Christian fiction.

I am also concerned about the way this book is written. My grandchildren are both quite advanced in their reading skills, but I am not at all convinced this book is written with young children in mind. It reads more like a young adult novel.

The story even feels more like one you would find in the pages of a teen read, just not as long.

If you enjoy reading YA secular stories, and you like dolphins, you’ll probably love this story!

God Bless You!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

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