About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Last To Know (Hallowed Halls #2) by Mary Alford

The Last To Know (Hallowed Halls #2)

An FBI agent with a dark secret.
A killer on a mission.

A murderous past that unearths an unexpected connection.

BAU Special Agent Hannah London’s troubled past reminds her that life is fragile. And hers has an expiration date that can’t be denied.

When the bottom drops out of Hannah’s world, and a killer ramps up his victim count, Hannah and fellow agent, Cooper Delaney are in a race against time to catch the killer. A bombshell revelation has Hannah and Cooper reeling after the killer’s cryptic messages seem to hint at a connection. . .to Hannah.

As Hannah’s feelings for Cooper deepen, her head tells her to end things before Cooper gets hurt. But her heart, the one that threatens to betray her, doesn’t want to walk away.


I've long been a fan of this author's Loved Inspired Suspense novels but this book takes her romantic suspense to a new level! The Last To Know centers around two FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit agents working to find a serial killer before he/she can strike again. Agents Hannah London and Cooper Delaney are both haunted by tragic pasts and this case is a painful reminder of the evil that they've seen!

This fascinating story is the second book in the Hallowed Halls series and author Mary Alford has never been better! I admit that I was a little disturbed by a serial murderer dubbed the Embalmer who may have inspired a copycat killer but Alford's details are never TOO gruesome. She also introduced me to the fascinating concept of cellular memories. Can transplant patients recall memories from their donor's life? Were Hannah's recurring nightmares rooted in traumatic events that her donor once experienced?

The Last To Know is filled with danger, intrigue, and multiple twists and turns, but there's also a sweet friends-to-more relationship waiting to be explored. Grab a copy of this book if you are looking for memorable characters, a thought-provoking plot, and compelling suspense that keeps you turning the pages!

I received a complimentary copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Mary Alford is a USA Today bestselling author who loves giving her readers the unexpected, combining unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots that result in stories the reader can't put down. Her titles have been finalists for several awards, including the Daphne Du Maurier, the Beverly, the Maggie, and the Selah. She and her husband live in the heart of Texas in the middle of 70 acres with two cats and one dog. 

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Amish Witness to Murder (Amish Country Justice, #18) by Dana R. Lynn

Amish Witness to Murder (Amish Country Justice, #18)

To identify her father’s killer…

she must stay alive

After finding her family’s barn in flames and witnessing her father’s murder, Beth Troyer becomes the killer’s next target. She narrowly escapes death when the murderer turns on her, but now she’s left temporarily blind. She’ll have to rely on former family friend Gideon Bender to keep her safe until her eyesight returns. But with a killer who’ll stop at nothing to find her, staying alive might just be impossible…


Beth Troyer's peaceful Amish existence is changed forever when she returns home to find her family business engulfed in flames and she witnesses a masked assailant fighting with her father. In the blink of an eye, her father has been murdered, she's become the killer's next target, and she's also temporarily blind! How can she protect herself when she can't see?

In her notes, author Dana R. Lynn reveals that this is the final book about the Bender siblings, and all I can say is Wow! This captivating story kept me fully engaged in Beth Troyer and Gideon Bender's race to escape a killer. I felt Beth's fear and I marveled at her strength and perseverance; I admired Gideon's protective nature, but I wondered how he would ever convince Beth that he no longer had feelings for her sister Miriam. Would their long-time friendship become something more?

Amish Witness to Murder checks off all of the boxes for romantic Christian suspense! Danger, mystery, friendship, and faith make this a story that you don't want to miss, and there's also a reunion with the rest of the Bender family. Grab a copy today!

I received a complimentary copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Dana R. Lynn is a USA Today bestselling author who believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. She met her husband at a wedding and married him nineteen months later. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three teenage children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. Dana is an avid reader, loves cats, and thinks chocolate should be a food group. Dana is a Selah Award winner, a Holt Medallion Finalist, and a New England Reader’s Choice Award winner. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She enjoys engaging with readers and can be found on social media or contacted via her website.

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Amish Country Justice

Book 1:Plain Target
Book 2: Plain Retribution
Book 3: Amish Christmas Abduction
Book 4: Amish Country Ambush
Book 5: Amish Christmas Emergency
Book 6: Guarding the Amish Midwife
Book 7: Hidden in Amish Country
Book 9: Deadly Amish Reunion
Book 11: Covert Amish Investigation
Book 12: Amish Christmas Escape
Book 18: Amish Witness to Murder