Trapped by Irene Hannon: A Review

Trapped by Irene HannonHiring PI James Devlin to find her runaway sister, Laura Griffith knows it’s a race against time to find the young girl. As a blizzard shrouds the Midwest, the teen’s trail disappears into the swirling snow. Someone else is determined to cover her tracks. In Hannon’s second installment of her Private Justice Series she ratchets up the tension from the get-go leaving readers biting nails to the quick as the pages turn.
No one disputes Hannon’s ability to write an excellent romantic thriller. However, as Hannon also writes for the inspirational market, too often she is light on the gospel message. Not so in Trapped. Faith and mystery walk hand in hand as Laura’s anchor in God, despite the desperate search for her sister, lights the way for Dev, who’s faith has faltered in the midst of personal loss. Bravo for an excellent read!

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When librarian Laura Griffth’s sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James “Dev” Devlin to help—but the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl’s disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn’t just dangerous—it’s deadly.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

That Certain Summer – Great Summer Read!

That Certain SummerLoved the book. This is may not be a book of suspense, but if you haven’t read it you’re missing out. Hannon hits it out of the park with this contemporary romance. Two sisters at odds come together to care for their aging mother. Deftly handling struggling faith and messy relationships Hannon reveals that both sisters have secrets and both are surprised when love sneaks past their defenses. I have to say that I enjoyed this more than Hannon’s latest mysteries. She graces the pages with a story of lies, loss and love and I couldn’t put it down. makes this book a great summer read.

Karen and Val are family—yet they’re anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her gorgeous sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had darker reasons for leaving town—as well as a secret to keep—and coming home has never been an option . . . until their mother suffers a stroke. Once reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with their past mistakes, their relationship with each other, and their issues with a mother who is far from ideal. When a physical therapist raising his daughter alone and a handsome but hurting musician enter the picture, the summer takes on a whole new dimension. As their lives intersect and entwine, can each learn how to forgive, how to let go, and how to move on? And during this summer of grace, might they also find the courage to love?

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.


Vanished, by Irene Hannon: A Review

Vanished, by Irene Hannon

When you’re the only witness to a terrible accident that no one believes really happened who do you turn to for justice? Irene Hannon introduces a great new romantic suspense series with this first book in her Private Justice series featuring the Private Investigators at Phoenix Inc.  In Vanished, Hannon delivers what I’ve come to expect—a tight mystery with intriguing, well-developed characters who when faced with adversity don’t shy away from it. I’m a bit disappointed that she keeps the faith aspect so light in her books. Hannon sidesteps a perfect opportunity in Vanished to explore a common question that Christians share; why our heavenly father allows bad things to happen to his children—a difficult aspect of faith to be sure, but one that other authors, like Dee Henderson, handle so well. Yet, if you’re looking for a clean modern mystery with a touch of romance you’ve landed in the perfect place. Once again Hannon pulls you in and keeps you reading ‘til the last word.

Reporter Moira Harrison is new on the job in St. Louis, but she’s no rookie to investigative reporting. She knows how to dig for answers and get results. But when she hits a pedestrian on a rainy night in a wooded area—only to have both the victim and the good Samaritan who stopped to assist disappear—she turns to P.I. Cal Burke, an ex-homicide detective, to help her sort out the puzzle. Cal is more than a little skeptical of her story, especially since the police have dismissed it. But as clues begin to surface, bringing them closer to answers, the danger mounts. Because someone doesn’t want this mystery solved—and will stop at nothing to protect a shocking secret that will destroy a life built on lies.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.