By Dee Henderson
Published by Bethany House
473 Pages

Book Cover: Ann Silver is a cop's cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region's most trusted investigative positions. 

Paul Falcon is the FBI's top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder. 

Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn't expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention. 

The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former Vice President. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is...

Review: Dee Henderson is back with her new character driven story that has plenty of twists, turns and a few surprises! I was thrilled to receive a review copy.

This novel is written mostly in the POV of leading man Paul Falcon. Paul is a special FBI agent in Chicago at the top of his field in the Midwest.

The leading lady is Ann Silver a Midwest Investigator, who’s called in to help local law enforcement solve their worst cases.

Ann meets Paul when she passes a case off to him to work on. It just so happens the case is linked to a female shooter he’s been trying to track down for years. There’s an undeniable attraction between them. Ann tells Paul the story behind this case. When it’s over Paul wonders if they would ever see each other again. They would if he had a say in the matter.

Ann says to Paul, “Even as a young girl I loved books. In my imagination I as there on those adventures.” Ann writes books to relax and take her mind off the horrific sites she has to see. All the while Ann explains the writing process and how she feels about books I wondered if Dee Henderson felt the same way?

I like how Dee showed Ann and Paul’s passionate pursuit of God’s best for their lives in a very real and non-preachy way. I like that.

Paul says to Ann, “I think you don’t realize how much what you have with lovely (a name Ann called God) flows out to everyone around you, that’s why you are such a good friend. That’s why people trust you like they do. Part of what you are giving back to them is God loving them through you.”

Dee’s new book is filled with mystery, police work and fun. I found it interesting to read about how each of them handles their high profile, stressful jobs. Paul asks Dave about Ann’s books. Paul and his wife are close to Ann and love her novels. “Here’s Ann’s published works Paul. Read the O’Malley series in order!” Surprised! Yes, I was too. I thought having Ann be the writer of this series was cool. It was very interesting to read why she wrote each of these books. I haven’t read this series but they’ve moved up a few notches on my to read list. LOL!

I enjoyed the mystery, suspense and rich characterization in this character driven novel. This author did a brilliant job of giving readers an up-close and personal look at what Paul and Ann’s jobs required and how they went about getting to know each other. I also enjoyed seeing how their faith got them through some pretty horrific stuff.

This book is to be savored, not rushed through. You’ll want to enjoy every word. You’ll smile as you read how creative Paul and Ann are in spending time together and getting to know each other. I highly recommend this as your next book club pick or reading choice. There is so much to think about and discuss. I’m looking forward to Dee Henderson’s next book due out in 2013. You will too!

Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!


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