A writer who slants his books pointedly toward an audience of members of the Church is Clair M. Poulson. Other mystery writers, though not all, in this market generally write within Church standards, but without specifically mentioning the Church. Poulson also gives his stories a decidedly rural connection exhibiting firsthand knowledge of ranching, farming, open spaces, and small towns. This latest mystery might be his best yet.
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It has been two years since the Schmidts lost Annie. About a month ago, my friend Angie, who is Michelle’s younger sister, asked if I would review a book they had written about this wrenching experience. I told her it would be my privilege. I knew the book would be tender, but it was beyond tender; it was vulnerable and intimate, an invitation into sacred space.
Rusty Ellis joins the ranks of an elite group of LDS Mystery writers with The Ransom Walsh Series. The first volume, Picture Perfect Murder, starts the series with an intriguing reversal of roles as police officers become victims and a criminal becomes the hunter. Fans of Claire Poulson, Gregg Luke, Stephanie Black, Traci Abramson, and other top writers in this genre will want to give Ellis a try.
When someone you care about suddenly attacks the Church or states that they aren't going to college after all or wish to make a decision you find terrible, the natural man is ready to respond with emotion. It is the saint that can stay loving, listen, and build a lasting connection. This book, though not intended for specifically religious application, helps bring out the saint in us to help us better cope with threatening challenges such as a crisis of faith.
The Shipbuilder's Wife by Jennifer Moore and Breaking News by G.G. Vandagriff do not fit the usual mold for the genre's they represent. The Shipbuilder's Wife is set in the Regency period but in America, not England. Breaking News is labeled Romantic Suspense, but the romance is very low key and there's more mystery than suspense. Both books are the kind of books that are hard to put down and readers will want to keep reading "just one more page."