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!

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Explosive Christmas Showdown (Crisis Rescue Team) by Darlene L. Turner

Explosive Christmas Showdown

A bomber brings terror to Christmas as the presents go tick…tick…boom.

With criminal investigative analyst Olive Wells at the center of a bomber’s dangerous game, she’ll do anything to catch the culprit—even work with her ex-fiancé and his K-9 detector dog. But with the Christmas rampage drawing ever closer, Zac Turner’s convinced the attacks are personal. Can they piece together their ties to the bomber…before another gift explodes?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.


Memories that can't be forgotten, secrets that shouldn't be kept, and surprises that just keep coming. These are just a few of the things that make this book so riveting! Author Darlene L. Turner excels in writing romantic suspense and this may be her best effort. She made my heart race as Olly, Zac, and Ziva frantically try to discover the identity of the Jingle Bell Bomber. I couldn't decide who JB was but he's certainly one of the most devious villains ever, and I can assure you that I will be thinking of him when I hear Jingle Bells playing on the radio in the weeks ahead!

This is a book that definitely lives up to its title! Explosive Christmas Showdown is a terrifying, can't-put-it-down thriller that also has an inspiring faith message woven into its plot. Can we leave our past behind and truly forget and forgive? If you enjoy second chances, sweet romance, and never-ending suspense, you definitely want to read Explosive Christmas Showdown.

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Darlene L. Turner’s love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message. 

Darlene won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense twice and an ACFW Genesis award. She’s represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. Her debut book, Border Breach, released in April, 2020 with Love Inspired Suspense. She has two books releasing in 2021: Abducted in Alaska (March) and Lethal Cover-Up (August).

Darlene met her husband Jeff at the turtle races in Ontario, Canada. She loves flavored coffee and plaid shirts. You can connect with Darlene at www.darlenelturner.com where there’s suspense beyond borders

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