There is a good bit going on in “Murder for the Time Being” which begins with a prologue that provides a bit of background about Lexi and her family. It did take me just awhile to figure out the connection but it clicked for me fairly quickly. The actual story begins with Lexi and her mom being caught in the middle of a bank robbery and the plot picks up its pace from that point on.
The novel contains a large number of characters, many of whom are not exactly who they appear to be – even some of the primary ones. Determined to discover who was behind the bank robbery and whether they were also involved in repeated attempts to kidnap her, Lexi reluctantly joins forces with Drew Sheffield, the town’s assistant undertaker. The danger continues to ramp up and clues are confusing. Are all the events connected to the robbery or is someone from Lexi’s or Drew’s past also involved?
Strong characters, exciting suspense, a difficult to solve mystery, a touch of romance, and steadfast faith combine to make this one riveting book. I enjoyed the way the author brought everything together so perfectly that it was difficult for me to guess how it would turn out. To top it off, there were more than one happy surprises near the end. You can call me a satisfied reader.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
“You’ll pay for this. I’ll get you both.”
Computer expert Lexi Wynn is frightened. Someone is after her, but she doesn’t know why. Is it because of her past or because she was thrust into a deadly bank robbery and might identify the ones responsible? Escaping a failed kidnapping attempt and not sure who to trust, she hopes her specialized skills with computers might flush out the name of the killer. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger rams into her truck with the hearse he’s driving and puts his life in danger to save hers, can she ignore the attraction she feels for him to concentrate on the killers? Or is God the only one who can save her now?
Drew Sheffield is irritated when a cute lady stops abruptly in front of him and he plows into the back of her pickup. After their initial confrontation, flashbacks of honeysuckle and sassy green eyes linger in his thoughts. When Lexi is threatened, he steps in to help the feisty young woman, in spite of agonizing over a past relationship.
Can Lexi and Drew forget the tragedies of the past and embrace the feelings between them or will ghostly memories snub out the promise of a future together?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joanie has a strong passion for reading, and her love for books with nail-biting suspense, inspires her to write contemporary suspense books. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write from her home in the country, she strives to use that opportunity to honor Him in all of her writing. Joanie and her husband, Ben, live in a country home near Madison, Georgia, right in the middle of a pasture full of beef cows. There they raised and home schooled their three children. She enjoys cooking, taking long walks, painting oil portraits, and caring for their home in the country.
GUEST POST FROM JOANIE BRUCE:
Have you ever been devastated by a certain event in your life, and later it turned out to the best thing that ever happened to you? That’s what happened to Lexi Wyn in this book, “Murder for the Time Being.” Something unthinkable happened to her family, but in the end, it changes Lexi’s life forever and introduces her to the love of her life.
In this story, both Lexi and Drew have things in their past that discourage them from seeking a lasting relationship. However, God has a plan for them both, and through His Divine engineering, they are thrown together in circumstances that nurture a growing appreciation and affection for each other.
This book was fun to write because I anchored the story in my sweet little town of Madison, Georgia. I wasn’t raised in Madison, but I’ve called it home for much longer than any other place I’ve ever lived. While growing up in the big city of Memphis, Tennessee, I had definite plans for my future. All I ever wanted was to “marry a country boy and live in the country.” The Lord heard the desires of my heart and gave me what I wanted … a country boy, born and raised here in Morgan County on a dairy farm.
After we married, I adopted Madison as my home, and I love it so much that I wanted to feature some of the fun spots in Madison as the backdrops for the scenes in my books. I hope when you read through the pages of my book, you will get an idea of what a sweet little town Madison is and enjoy reading about Lexi and Drew and how they let God guide them in discovering that murder CAN be “for the Time Being.”
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