Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

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Aurelie Harcourt grew up in debtor’s prison, but when her father dies suddenly, she moves in with her wealthy relatives. However, Aurelie has nothing in common with these distant relatives, so to pass the time, she assumes her father’s pen name, Nathaniel Droll, and continues to write his stories. She relishes his parting story, the story about her mother’s disappearance from the home where she now lives. To finish the story, she will have to seek the secrets from the walls of the old manor and the gossip of her relatives.

The premise and storyline of this story is certainly interesting. I enjoyed the elements of mystery woven throughout. I liked Aurelie but I also occasionally became frustrated with her because she was not as strong and determined as I wished her to be—that being said, she has deep compassion and a gentle heart that are endearing and sweet. Initially I very much enjoyed the complex descriptions and sentences of the novel but after some time, this seemed to slow the plot down. The creative nature of the storyline is definitely worth the read, however. The writing is a little modern for Victorian England but nonetheless there are interesting topics of history such as debtor’s prison in the 1860’s about which to learn. I recommend this novel and look forward to future stories from this debut author.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

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Trish Bailey is feeling overwhelmed with caring for her ailing mother and managing a stressful job, not to mention doing her best to navigate her love life. But when a series of events occur, all related to Trish’s lapse in memory, she realizes that perhaps she is taking too much on at once. When one such event causes a death, she becomes an object of a police investigation. Detective Colin Flynn is methodical in his methods of uncovering a crime scene. After being assigned to an investigation involving Trish, however, he finds his usual tactics of uncovering clues somewhat hindered by his uncertainty over Trish’s involvement. As he and Trish start to work together to uncover clues, the game turns even more deadly.

I really enjoy Irene Hannon’s contemporary suspense and this novel once again includes fast paced action, intertwining mysteries, and devious villains. The characters are complex and have great development and the romance is tastefully intertwined among the action. I thought perhaps some of the later plot points worked out in an unrealistic manner, but this does not detract from the overall creative nature of the story. I also liked how I got to read from the villain’s perspective every now and again as it provides a chilling look into the killer’s mind. I recommend this novel to all lovers of contemporary suspense and cannot wait to read more in this new series!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

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Miss Gertrude Cadwalader may be simply a paid companion, but working for the eccentric Mrs. Davenport is never dull. From wearing odd costumes that her employer creates to returning random stolen goods the woman pilfers, Gertrude is rarely bored. However, when Mrs. Sinclair catches Getrude in the act of returning items to the Sinclair yacht, a misunderstanding may cost her the friendship of the dashing and successful Harrison Sinclair, a friend of hers and a man who is becoming quite dear to Gertrude despite his lack of fashion sense. As one misunderstanding leads to another adventure, Gertrude must attempt to solve the mystery of other stolen goods before her friendship and her livelihood are destroyed.

I love Jen Turano’s novels because they are always full of hilarious escapades and laugh out loud adventures with eccentric, extraordinary characters. This book is no exception! I loved Gertrude from page one, with her dear generous heart and kind thoughtful spirit. She may be cast as a wallflower in society, but her fortitude and tenacity demonstrate a stronger soul beneath her exterior. I also loved Harrison and his ability to see the deeper Gertrude as well as his laughable sense of fashion and close relationship with his family. Indeed I quite enjoyed all of the characters although I do have to admit that I found Mrs. Davenport less than desirable, even though her antics were explained well with her history. Nevertheless, there is great history and wonderful spiritual growth. I do most heartedly recommend this novel to all lovers of books everywhere—I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

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Garrett Anderson is excited to leave behind his life as a lawyer and work instead for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, but his job is challenging from day one when he is assigned to a case of a missing girl. This girl appears to be another victim in a stream of serial killer crimes. Garrett soon realizes that this case is bigger than the TBI and works alongside the FBI to solve the mysteries. He is surprised when is assigned to Special Agent Jordan Lambert, an old flame and a love from which he has not yet recovered. As yet another girl goes missing, Garrett and Jordan must team up to attempt to solve the case before the killer aims at them.

This book contained great action and suspense. From page one, there is intrigue and mystery surrounding the murders of the young girls. The plot takes unexpected twists and turns and results in startling events. Although the suspense and action is superbly written, I thought the romance was a little lacking and did not like how the romance spanned so many years. Despite this, the novel is still very enjoyable, particularly because the romance is not central to the story. We finally see a conclusion to Nikki Boyd’s mysteries as well, although reading the first three books in this series is not required as it is a different perspective and time reference than the others. I thoroughly enjoyed this final installment and recommend it to lovers of contemporary suspense!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.