Suspense readers will especially enjoy this trio of novels written by three top writers, Julie Coulter Bellon, Kathi Oram Peterson and Julie Daines. Second Look is contemporary, Bloodline begins with the death and mystery left behind by a medieval queen, and From Ash and Stone takes the reader back almost four centuries. All three are well written, carefully researched "stay up all night reading" books.
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'Healing Hearts' by Sarah M. Eden and 'White Out' by Brett Cain are outstanding novels that will touch hearts and invite introspection. They focus on different time periods. Eden's novel is told from a woman's point of view and is classified as an Historical, while Cain's a man's point of view and is Contemporary Mystery/Suspense.
The few Westerns such as Sarah Eden's 'Hope Springs' and 'Savage Wells' series that have drawn wide attention in recent years were more often classified as Historical, Pioneer fiction, or even Romances. But Kate Palmer has gone a step further in creating Contemporary Westerns with all of the horses, cowboys, outlaws, cattle, vast tracts of land, and small town sheriffs of the Old West updated to the present time.
Pauline Isaksen is new to the ranks of novelists who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She's European and writes within the framework of English law. Her first book, Dying for Justice, is a suspenseful mystery. Readers will notice differences in her style from that of more familiar American suspense writers, but will enjoy a style more reminiscent of the English classics most of us grew up on.
Today's column covers three novels, all different genres, different authors, and different publishers. They're all great for starting the new year with a bit of variety.
Each year new Christmas stories are added to long time favorites. Books and stories are part of loved Christmas traditions for most of us. Some of the stories that capture our hearts at this season are based on real experiences and some are sheer imagination. Whichever is the case, they all touch on some aspect or lesson learned from the greatest story of all, the miracle of our Savior's birth.
Two writers who ventured into the arts world deliver both romance and mystery with satisfying realism. Sian Ann Bessey, author of The Gem Thief, takes the reader from New York to the Mediterranean, from a high class New York jewelry store to tiny Greek shops and world famous gem auctions. Julie Wright invites the reader backstage to the world behind the glittering Hollywood lights.