Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!


Review: Deadly Echoes by Nancy Mehl

I tried another new-to-me author this weekend. Well, not exactly new-to-me. I know Nancy Mehl online through Suspense Sisters. I’m so grateful to her for bringing me in as the senior reviewer there.

But I had never read any of her books. Blew me away to learn she had published Continue reading


Hot Chocolate Season

hot chocolateNo doubt. It’s time for seasonal music, roaring fireplaces, and the smooth, heavenly flavor of hot cocoa. Okay, almost. But with the temperature dipping, I delighted in a few hours of anticipation of holiday spirit.

Yuletide Angel, debut novella by Sandra Ardoin, draws the reader into Continue reading


Cupcake Break

AllsfairinloveandcupcakesI had the delight of sharing a plane ride with Betsy St. Amant almost exactly one year ago when we both traveled from Dallas to Indianapolis for the American Christian Fiction Writers annual national conference. Since she was witty and sharp, I knew her newest story would have the same humor, keen insight, and dedication to the Lord.

So glad I was able to Continue reading


Crazy-Good!

Like Frank Peretti? Well, he likes the writing of Carrie Parks Stuart! Even mentored her on her debut novel and BOY, IS IT GOOD!

Read my full review at the Suspense Sisters Review page today!


Review: Raptor 6

Book cover of Raptor 6 with a buy linkOne of my all-time favorite authors has another series and another layer to her expertise.

Captain Dean Watters has been the operations leader for several missions during the Breed Apart series. Now we get his story in this, the first book of The Quiet Professionals series. Continue reading


New Suspense Sisters Review

Nowhere to TurnHave I mentioned how much I like Lynette Eason’s books? If you didn’t catch my review on her first one, No One to Trust, hit the link.

But today offers a new Lynette Eason book and a new reviewer at SUSPENSE SISTERS Book Reviews. Use the link at the SUSPENSE SISTERS blog.

Make sure you leave a comment and say HI to our newest reviewer, Sandra Ardoin!


Review and Giveaway: Jungle Fire

Book cover of Jungle Fire with a buy linkFree book opportunity! I love getting to share some great books on the Suspense Sister blog, but this one is definitely a FAVORITE. And I have a copy to give away FREE to one of the members on my quarterly newsletter.

Not part of my email list? No problem. Hit the link to sign up for the periodic updates! Simple and you’ll be automatically in the running for many of my other drawings along with getting first notice of Faith~Driven Fiction news.  Continue reading


Review: Undetected by Dee Henderson

UndetectedWarning: This review contains what some might consider spoilers.

Undetected has a great premise. A sonar-mapping prodigy is on the rebound from yet another break up with a serious boyfriend. Her brilliant mind is her greatest curse, Continue reading


Review: Silenced by Dani Pettrey

4 SilencedDid you miss the original post at the Suspense Sisters blog? Well this review is worth your 3 minutes, and Silenced is well-worth your evening!

Dani Pettrey’s fourth book in her Alaskan Courage series stands up to the quality and delight of the other three.

In Silenced, Kaydon, the oldest sister of the McKenna clan deals with hidden fears and longings. An avid climber, she finds a body on the ledge of a cliff. Continue reading


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Review: The Doctor’s Family Reunion by Mindy Obenhaus

ObenhausdoctorsfamilyreunionMost of the books I read contain one strong character arch. Always the heroine’s. A few of those also include a hero arch, though not usually as strong. After all, in Christian fiction, read by and often written by women, the lady holds the leading role in the story.

The Doctor’s Family Reunion strayed slightly from that norm. Maybe I should also use the adjective successfully. In this story, the hero’s arch is easily as strong and pivotal as the heroine’s. Such a treat! Continue reading