Morning Readers! I’m back today to share some reading suggestions from legal thrillers to crime novels and everything in between. Enjoy (and be sure to comment and share your favorite books of 2012!).
To get your adrenaline flowing:
The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer
Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals. In her three years as assistant DA, she’s never plea-bargained a case and vows she never will. But when a powerful defense attorney is indicted for murder and devises a way to bring the entire justice system to a screeching halt, Jamie finds herself at a crossroads. Known for his twists and turns, Randy Singer brings readers another engaging legal thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.
“Singer skillfully loosens the strings and reweaves them into a tale that entertains, surprises, and challenges readers to rethink justice and mercy.” Publishers Weekly on The Last Plea Bargain
Breakthrough by Jerry Jenkins
In the final installment of the series, the youngest bureau chief and head of the Chicago Police Department’s Major Case Squad, Boone Drake seems to have it all under control. After suffering tragic loss, Boone has finally healed and moved on. But he can’t fight the feeling that something is about to go terribly wrong . . . again. In this high action criminal thriller, Jenkins will put you in the passenger seat of the squad car for the ride of your life.
“This third and final installment of the trilogy nicely balances down-and-dirty crime motifs and Christian themes… A satisfying conclusion to a very interesting trio of novels.”
Booklist on Breakthrough
Deployed by Mel Odom
The first in a three book series, Mel Odom introduces us to Bekah Shaw, a strong willed single mother who feels most comfortable in her Marine Reserves uniform on the battlefield. But when her team is activated and sent to Somalia on a peacekeeping mission, Bekah struggles with being separated from her son and vows to return safely. In order to defeat the terrorists and bring peace to the region, Bekah and her team must convince a misguided vigilante that they are on the same side. Odom will take you out onto the battlefield and while amidst the gunfire, show you the realistic human struggles of a strong willed solider.
“Odom does an admirable job realistically telling a story with a very practical account of the stealth, patience, determination and marksmanship that it takes to be a Marine. Readers will feel like they are fighting alongside both the men and women of the military.”
Romantic Times on Deployed
Accused and Abducted both by Janice Cantore
In Accused, the first novel in the Pacific Coast Justice Series, you embark on a journey with Carly Edwards, a hard-lined Police officer who wants nothing to do with God. But as her investigation into a high profile murder progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But when danger mounts, she begins to wonder if she placed her loyalties with the right people.
In Abducted, Carly Edwards is happy to be back on patrol with her partner, Joe, putting bad guys behind bars. For once, everything in life seems to be going right. But then everything starts going wrong. When Joe’s wife lands in the hospital with a mysterious illness, their baby is kidnapped. As Carly chases down every lead in a desperate search to find the baby, her newfound faith is pushed to its limits.
“The characters are well-drawn and believable and the suspenseful plot is thick with tension. Fans of Lynette Eason, Dee Henderson, or DiAnn Mills and readers who like crime fiction without gratuituous violence and sex will appreciate discovering a new writer.”
“Police officer turned inspirational crime novelist Cantore delivers another round of crime and intrigue to readers”
Booklist on Abducted
For a little bit of everything:
Borders of the Heart by Chris Fabry
Desperate to escape haunting memories, J.D. Jessup travels from Nashville to Tucson and volunteers on an organic farm. The hardened landowner has one prevailing rule: If J.D. sees an “illegal,” call the border patrol. But when an early morning ride along the fence line leads him to a beautiful young woman named Maria, near death in the desert, his heart pulls him in another direction. Longing to atone for the choices that drove him to Tucson, J.D. hides her and unleashes a chain of deadly events he could never have imagined. Soon they are running from a killer and fighting for their lives. As secrets of their pasts emerge, J.D. realizes that saving Maria may be the only way to save himself.
“Fabry has nailed the attitudes of those in Arizona who deal with undocumented people in both humane and inhumane ways.”
Booklist starred review for Borders of the Heart
Tangled Ashes by Michele Phoenix
When Marshall Becker arrives in Lamorlaye, France, to begin the massive renovation of a Renaissance-era castle, he unearths a dark World War II history few in the village remember. The project that was meant to provide an escape for Becker instead becomes a gripping glimpse into the human drama that unfolded during the Nazi occupation and seems to live on in midnight disturbances and bizarre acts of vandalism. Becker explores the castle’s shadowy past as he seeks to cope with an unbearable present. From the virtually mute recluse who lives in the gatehouse to the feisty and enigmatic nanny of the owner’s children, every one of the chateau’s inhabitants seems to have something to hide and something to survive—but none more so than Becker himself.
“Phoenix weaves these two darkly enticing stories together in a fast-paced novel leaving the reader guessing until the very end. Historical fact makes the chateau’s tale that much more interesting, while Phoenix’s characters make the present-day tale richly emotional.”
Booklist on Tangled Ashes
Read any of these novels? What’d you think?
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Thanks for reading!