Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Top 7 Reads for May


stack of booksIf you’ve visited my blog at all, you know that my debut novella, Grime Beat, is only a month old. But it isn’t the only new Christian Fiction out there. Here are some good bets that have made it to my reading list. If you like Christian or clean romances, mysteries, or suspense, these books should be on your list as well!

I’ve divided my list into categories depending on what I know of the author and the type of story that their blurb suggests. 

  • Bathtub Reads (Light, fluffy, sweet, and/or humorous. Good books, but easy to set aside until another quiet time.)

Doctor's Second Chance The Doctor’s Second Chance by Missy Tippins – Love Inspired. Sounds like a sweet story of adoption and unexpected romance.

The Most Eligible Bachelor Romance CollectionMost Eligible Bachelor: Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Marrying for all the Right Reasons – various well-known authors are included in this set of short reads including Cynthia Hickey, Erica Vetch and Kathleen Y’Barbo.

See No EvilSee No Evil is a Middle Grade (mid-teen) book, the 3rd of the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp Series, by my friend and agency-mate Mary Hamilton. And yes, I can recommend it as an enjoyable read even for the *ahem* older set. (And my teen-aged daughter loved it!)

  •  Every Moment Reads (Mysteries or romances that beg to be picked up again and again. These stories compel the reader to find moments to read a few more pages.)

SeaSeaside Proposalside Proposal by Narelle Atkins – I almost passed on this one, but the description of the story drew me in. The plot sounds deep with intriguing characters. And even though it is a contemporary romance, it seems to have a thread of mystery throughout and a quite a lot of humor involved.

Fatal Trauma
Fatal Trauma by Richard Mabry (a fellow member of the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of ACFW) – I’ve heard so much about Dr. Mabry’s medical suspense stories, and the information about this one seems as compelling as all of his other hits!

  •  Late Night Reads (No putting the book down until finished or the eyelids are forced shut. These stories are too intense to put off even for a good night’s sleep.)

FalconFalcon by Ronie Kendig – real military heroes don the covers of “The Quiet Professionals” and for good reason. These books deal with the ugly, brutal realities of war. Between the non-stop action and tension, and Ronie’s brilliant writing structure, don’t expect to get a wink of sleep.


ProtectedProtected by Vannetta Chapman – though most often a writer of Amish fiction, which I rarely read, Vannetta Chapman has a romantic suspense series. The first book was reviewed on Suspense Sisters a couple of months back and intrigued me. Protected is the 2nd and involves an animal shelter and an orphaned child. Tugs at the heart-strings without even trying!

Your Turn: Which one of these sounds like a book that would make it to your nightstand???

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

2 thoughts on “Top 7 Reads for May

  1. Thanks for spotlighting Protected. I hope you enjoy it!