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The Advent of Murder by Martha Ockley December 9, 2013

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The Advent of Murder

by

Martha Ockley

Book Description:

Faith Morgan, former policewoman and vicar of Little Worthy, visits Oliver Markham’s farm in the run up to Christmas, only to discover the house surrounded by police cars.  A body has been found in the local River Itchen, which turns out to be that of Lucas Kemp, a local boy and chorister. Markham is charged with his murder.  Through her connections with Winchester Cathedral Faith is drawn into the investigation, discovering that Lucas had dropped out of college and that his mother had died a few months previously.  There is a question of drugs, and a rivalry over Lucas’s distraught girlfriend – the choir is a hotbed of tensions. Lucas’s unsavoury uncle, and a local drug dealer, both come under suspicion, and Ben, Faith’s police inspector ex-boyfriend, has to rescue her when the drug dealer turns nasty.  But the actual murderer is none of the above …

My thoughts:

This book took me a little while to get into but once I gave it a couple of chapters I really got wrapped up in the story.

Martha (the author) did a great job of keeping me guessing who was involved in the murder of Lucas (the boy who is found by the river). I really had no idea who the murderer was until the last few chapters where things start to come together.

Faith, the main character, is very likeable but she is so disorganized it drives me crazy. I knew she would forget her commitments as soon as she made them. I say all this to say she is very human and very much like the rest of us.

Faith has an ex-boyfriend who seemed arrogant at times but still cared for Faith which made for some interesting,and tense scenes.

This is the second book in a series but I didn’t feel lost, just wished I knew what happened between Faith and her ex, you can read this book without reading the first.

If you like a bit of  mystery with Christmas flavor you will enjoy this book.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Christianbook.com.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review and Giveaway: Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris October 14, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 4:29 pm
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Dangerous Passage

by

Lisa Harris

From the back cover:

When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common–a tattoo of a magnolia on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. But it doesn’t take long for them to realize that there is much more to the case than meets the eye. As they venture deep into a sinister world of human trafficking, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities–and their hearts.

My thoughts and giveaway:

A read a review on this book by another reviewer before I read Dangerous Passage. I find I usually agree with this reviewer so when I read a not-so-great review I was expecting not to like this book very much.

I was wrong.

I really enjoyed this book and think Lisa Harris is a great author. She had me flipping pages to the point that I was surprised when I was halfway done and then when I only had fifty more pages to go I was dying to know how she would wrap this up.

Both of the main characters are great. Avery is a strong, career-minded woman who is very busy (what woman can’t relate?) but wants to give time to her daughter and to Jackson, the guy she has been dating.

Jackson adores Avery and will do whatever it takes to protect her and win her heart.

This book has romance, action and suspense and I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this type of read.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Visit Lisa’s website here.

To win a copy leave a comment by October 20th  at 5:00 pm to be entered in the drawing. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.