Book Review: ‘A Wicked Conceit’ (A Lady Darby Mystery Book 9) by Anna Lee Huber

Soon-to-be new parents Kiera and her husband, Sebastian Gage, have been hoping for a respite from their inquiries, but murder and mayhem have a startling way of dropping into their laps in the all-new historical mystery in this national bestselling series.

Edinburgh, Scotland. March 1832. Kiera and Gage have been eagerly awaiting their bundle of joy but trouble has been brewing in the form of the roguish criminal Bonnie Brock Kincaid. A new book and subsequent play features some of Kincaid’s daringly heinous exploits, although he swears he had nothing to do with it or the characters which are obvious representations of Kiera and Gage. While the scoundrel’s fury seems genuine, as well as his determined quest to uncover the real identity of the author, the Gages still hold doubts about his innocence.

A rash of crimes break out across the city, seemingly inspired by the play and book. When the publisher is found brutally murdered–in an imitation of a gruesome scene–the finger not only points to Bonnie Brock as the possible culprit, but also the Gages, who have been outspoken in their condemnation of the tale. Now, the Gages are on a hunt to unmask the killer. Between the infamy garnered by the play, the cholera outbreak still wreaking havoc throughout the city, and the impending birth of their child, they will need all the resources they can garner.

But family quarrels and the revelation of a secret Kiera has been keeping from Sebastian threaten to undermine everything they have overcome. When they find themselves in the crosshairs of the killer, trapped in the squalid underground vaults of the city, they will soon discover that the truth does not always set you free, and death can lurk around any corner.

About Anna Lee Huber

Anna Lee Huber is the Daphne award-winning author of the national bestselling Lady Darby Mysteries, the Verity Kent Mysteries, the Gothic Myths series, and the forthcoming anthology The Deadly Hours. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on her next novel. Visit her online at

My Rating: 4 Stars!

I am a huge fan of the Lady Darby Mysteries! This time around, in the ninth book, Anna Lee Huber again brings readers a great experience. Kiera and Gage are greatly anticipating the birth of their first child and are at their home in Edinburgh. There is a cholera outbreak and they are having to be very careful. Then a publisher puts out a book about their friend/nemesis Bonnie Brock Kincaid, a criminal extraordinaire, but a very likeable one. This notorious book also has Kiera and Gage in it, albeit with different names, and it casts quite a huge shadow on their lives. And Kiera is keeping a large secret from Gage, too, and it’s eating at her. Then there is a murder and of course, Gage and Kiera must get to work to solve it.

‘Death is sometimes racing right on your heels.’

I was captivated by Huber’s first book in this series, ‘The Anatomist’s Wife’. These books must be read in order, I’ll say that right up front. Huber takes great pains to delve deep into Kiera’s personality and the reader feels they know her very well.

Incredibly well written and impeccably researched, the books in this series are full and rich and will capture your interest throughout. Huber’s vivid descriptions are one of the things I enjoy most about her books. Well done!

I thank the publisher for a copy of this book. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is solely my own.

Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: April 6, 2021

Book Review: ‘Present Danger’ (Rocky Mountain Courage Book 1) by Elizabeth Goddard

About The Book:

Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He’s committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn–one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he’s failed her before. And if he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

Join bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Goddard as she plunges you into a web of deceit made of hidden crimes, open threats, and long-buried family secrets in this gripping first book of an explosive new series.

About Elizabeth Goddard
With over one million books sold, Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling, award-winning author of over fifty romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES–a 2011 Carol Award winner. Four of her six Mountain Cove books have been contest finalists. Buried, Backfire and Deception are finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and Submerged is a Carol Award finalist. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of writing full-time.

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My Rating: 4 Stars!

‘How had he ever walked away from this woman? How many times would he think about what a fool he had been?’

Elizabeth Goddard begins a new series, Rocky Mountain Courage, with this book, and she’s off to a great and exciting start, featuring a mountain plane crash, disappearing pilot, a dead body, ancient artifacts, numerous family secrets, and long-held hurts. Talk about pulse pounding! And some serious guessing as to the culprit’s identity! All my guesses were wrong. She adds layer upon layer, eventually pulling it all together in a dramatic conclusion. Well done! I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I received no compensation and the thoughts in this review are expressly my own.

Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Length: 381 pages:
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
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Book Review: ‘All That Really Matters’ By Nicole Deese

About The Book

Molly McKenzie’s bright personality and on-trend fashion and beauty advice have earned her an impressive social media following, as well as a shiny monthly paycheck. When her manager-turned-boyfriend tells her of an upcoming audition to host a makeover show for America’s underprivileged youth, all her dreams finally seem to be coming true. There’s just one catch: she has little experience interacting with people in need.

To gain an edge on her competitors, she applies to volunteer at a transitional program for aged-out foster kids during summer, only the program’s director, Silas Whittaker, doesn’t find her as charming as her followers do. But since forfeiting a goal has never been her style, Molly’s only option is to accept the terms Silas lays out and submit to his rules–even the most ridiculous ones pertaining to social media.  

Soon as the residents of the home become more than a means to pad her career resume, and Silas becomes more than an obstacle on her path to fame, her once-narrow focus expands to include the deep needs of those she’s serving… and perhaps the ones she’s neglected inside herself as well. It took years to build her platform, but only one summer to discover what really matters most.

bout Nicole Deese
Nicole Deese is a Carol Award winner and a RITA and INSPY Award finalist. When she’s not working on her next contemporary Christian romance novel, she can usually be found reading one by a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She lives in small-town Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two rambunctious sons, and princess daughter with the heart of a warrior. Find her online at
My Rating: 5 Stars!

How do I even begin to write a review for this book? Reading it made my heart smile. I wept through portions of it and nearly prayed for characters are points. I have long enjoyed Nicole Deese’s work, but this was so stunningly profound. God’s hand at work is all over this book.

‘I’m not sure I can say what feeling close to God feels like exactly…..’

I will readily admit that the character of Mollie was not my favorite at first. She seemed a little self absorbed. But sometimes you have to delve below the surface to what lies beneath. She learned some very important lessons in this book and her growth astounded me.

‘I suppose that’s something we all want in life, no matter how old we get, to find that special place where we fit.’

And Silas….well, Silas was just off the page amazing. His love for these kids and for God deeply touched me. I want to be like him. But still, even with his integrity, he could still learn from the Lord.

Ah…how I wanted to be standing there during this book at times! These kids, their mentors, their lives. Deese has written a winner here in every way. This one is destined for the keeper shelf and to be read again and again. I am actually getting teary eyed writing this review. Not to be missed, folks. Powerful and heart moving. Highly recommended.

My thanks to Bethany House Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is expressly my own.

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Length: 416 pages
Genre: Women’s Inspirational Fiction
Buy Link:All That Really Matters – Kindle edition by Deese, Nicole. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @

Book Review: ‘Blackberry Beach’ (Hope Harbor) by Irene Hannon

About The Book

Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted–fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn’t she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she’ll be able to calm the storm inside.

Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a traumatic loss–and he has no plans to change the life he’s created. Nor does he want to get involved with his reticent new neighbor, whose past is shrouded in mystery. He’s had enough drama to last a lifetime. But when Katherine and Zach are recruited to help rehab a home for foster children, sparks fly. And as their lives begin to intersect, might they find more common ground than they expected . . . and discover that, with love, all things are possible?

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites you to come home to Hope Harbor–where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

About Irene Hannon
Irene Hannon is the best-selling author of more than 35 novels. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Reviewer’s Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine and the Daphne du Maurier Award for mystery/suspense. Irene and her husband make their home in Missouri, USA. Irene invites you to visit her at her website,
My Rating: 4 Stars!

I love Irene Hannon’s fictional town of Hope Harbor! She has created a wonderful little town and taken her readers there a number of times now. I so very much enjoyed meeting these new characters and getting to see old friends again. Such a precious place. I want to visit and get a fish taco from Charley. I do believe he is an angel unawares. Don’t miss this latest offering in Hannon’s series.

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I received no compensation and the opinion here is my own.

Publication Date: April 6m 2021
Publisher: Revell
Buy Link: Blackberry Beach: A Hope Harbor Novel – Kindle edition by Hannon, Irene. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @

Book Review: ‘Three Missing Days’ (The Pelican Harbor Series) by Colleen Coble

About The Book

Book Three in the gripping romantic suspense series from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

A chilling murder.

Chief of Police Jane Hardy plunges into the investigation of a house fire that claimed the life of a local woman as well as one of the firefighters. It’s clear the woman was murdered. But why? The unraveling of Jane’s personal life only makes the answers in the case more difficult to find.

Her son’s arrest.

Then Jane’s fifteen-year-old son is accused of a horrific crime, and she has to decide whether or not she can trust her ex, Reid, in the attempt to prove Will’s innocence—and whether she can trust Reid with her heart.

Her stolen memories.

Three days of Jane’s past are missing from her memory, and that’s not all that has been stolen from her. As she works to find the woman’s murdered and clear her son’s name, finding out what happened in those three days could change everything.

It all started with one little lie. But the gripping truth is finally coming out.

Praise for Three Missing Days:

“Colleen Coble is my go-to author for the best romantic suspense today . . . a stay-up-all-night page turning story!” – Carrie Stuart Parks, bestselling and award-winning author of Relative Silence

  • Full length romantic suspense
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs
  • Perfect for fans of Allison Brennan, Terri Blackstock, and Dani Pettrey
  • Part of the Pelican Harbor series
    • Book One: One Little Lie
    • Book Two: Two Reasons to Run
    • Book Three: Three Missing Days
About Colleen Coble
Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 4 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at
My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘Where was God right now? She couldn’t feel him. Forsaken. That was the feeling rising in her chest.’

Colleen Coble brings us the conclusion to her Pelican Harbor series with this fast-paced novel. Jane Hardy, chief of police in small Pelican Harbor, dives into an investigation of a fire that has claimed two lives. And it’s not accidental. At the same time, Jane’s personal life has taken a most dramatic turn. Her fifteen year old son is arrested for a murder and Jane must trust her ex, Will’s father, with both her heart and to prove Will is not guilty.

‘Can’t you feel it? I sense walls closing in around us, hemming us in, trying to get us to make a mistake.’

Three days are missing from a very traumatic time in Jane’s past and if she could only remember those days, it would go incredibly far in solving both these cases.

Coble has written a best series since her Rock Harbor one with these three books. She creates multiple layers in each book, ramping up the excitement and intrigue every few chapters. She saved the best for last because I had trouble tearing myself away from this story to do life. She ratchets up the suspense, keeping the reader guessing. I did not have a clue who the culprit was, even though I was constantly trying to figure it out. I loved every single minute and Coble brings it to a very special closing. Loved this series so very much. Well done!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Length: 352 pages
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Book Review: ‘Cold Case Takedown’ (Cold Case Investigators Book 1) by Jessica R. Patch

About The Book

Exposing a murderer

is a deadly game.

When cold case podcast host Georgia Maxwell’s investigation into her friend’s decade-old murder unveils corruption in small-town football, she’s thrust into a deadly conspiracy. And it’s put her on the radar of Colt McCoy—cold case unit chief and her high school sweetheart—who wants her help solving the crime. But every clue brings them one step closer to someone who will kill to keep the truth hidden…

From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Cold Case Investigators

About Jessica R. Patch
Jessica R. Patch is known for her dry wit and signature twists whether she’s penned a contemporary romance or romantic suspense. When she’s not hunched over her laptop (or in physical therapy because she’s been hunched over her laptop), you can find her cozy on the couch in her mid-south home watching way too much Netflix with her family, going on “adventures” in the name of book research, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. Sign up for her newsletter “Patched In” at Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.
My Rating: 4 Stars!

‘Forgiveness wasn’t for the offender. It was for the offended.’

Jessica Patch is back with another great inspirational suspense novel. One that will keep you guessing till the end! With many twists and turns, several crimes going on, this cold case, combined with a present case, will ratchet up the excitement for everyone! And a powerful spiritual theme is here also. One that ministered to me, in fact. Well done!

My thanks to the author and publisher for a copy of this book. I received no compensation and the opinion here is my own.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Publication Date: April 1, 2021
Length: 181 pages