July’s inspired three books I’d love to recommend! I’m sure you’ll find one or more of this short list that will capture your attention. Do let us know which you choose and how you enjoyed it!
Sharon A. Lavy‘s Adult Coloring books! They are creative and fun pages to relax and enjoy. Not thinking you’re going to be disappointed in them! Here’s some fun pages I did after a recent surgery:
Relaxing and Fun
Great New Craft!
A recent customer review: ~~I find the art lovely and the experience of coloring them relaxing~~
Give It a Try!
Go here to check out her various coloring books!
Cleansed by Fire by James R. Callan
Blurb: Arsonists have torched two churches in a small Texas town, plunging its residents into a state of fear. Father Frank DeLuca, pastor of Prince of Peace Church, is thrust into an impossible dilemma when he hears that another church will be burned. The disturbing information comes to him via the confessional, and church law forbids him from telling anyone—even the police. Still, he can’t sit idly by, and no law prevents him from looking into the matter himself.
The crimes have set the town’s residents on edge, fraying the bonds of trust. Is the mysterious newcomer with ties to the local drug scene involved? What about the man who says maybe the churches deserved to burn? Or the school drop-out who threatens the priest with a knife. Father Frank digs deeper into the town’s secrets when a man is murdered. His investigation leads him dangerously close to the drug scene and he discovers the danger has come to him. Can he save his own church? Can he save his own life? Cleansed by Fire is the first of the Father Frank Mysteries.
My Review: One of my fastest growing favorite mystery authors! I love the conflict between the local police and Father Frank. Loved the developing plot when a young boy confesses to knowing who is burning down Southern Baptist Churches. Add to that the romance Callan embedded in the story, the teen activities getting a good start, and Frank’s own ambitions in solving the crime, and you have a fast-paced, suspenseful novel that keeps you on your toes trying to solve the mystery as quickly as Father Frank does.
I enjoy unusual twists to novels, and using a priest that is likable and believable is the key to this book. Callan has created a protagonist even the staunchest evangelical christian can root for. Excellent writing, intriguing plot, and interesting characters. Well done, Callan. Recommended!
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What Happened on Beale Street by Mary Ellis
Blurb: What Happened on Beale Street is an exciting addition to the Secrets of the South Mysteries from bestselling author Mary Ellis. These standalone, complex crime dramas follow a private investigator’s quest to make the world a better place…solving one case at a time. A cryptic plea for help from a childhood friend sends cousins Nate and Nicki Price from New Orleans to Memphis, the home of scrumptious barbecue and soulful blues music. When they arrive at Danny Andre’s last known address, they discover signs of a struggle and a lifestyle not in keeping with the former choirboy they fondly remember.
Danny’s sister, Isabelle, reluctantly accepts their help. She and Nate aren’t on the best of terms due to a complicated past, yet they will have to get beyond that if they want to save Danny.
On top of Danny’s alarming disappearance and his troubled relationship with Isabelle, Nate also has to rein in his favorite cousin’s overzealousness as a new and eager PI. Confronted with a possible murder, mystery, and mayhem in the land of the Delta blues, Nate must rely on his faith and investigative experience to keep one or more of them from getting killed.amas follow a
My Review: As usual, Ellis delivers well developed characters and a carefully crafted plot. The tension between Nikki and her boss is believable and real. the setting in a historic hotel in Memphis, alive and rich with musical blues and delicious southern cooking, the reader will sense the placing of the story and will firmly feel themselves a part of the story. With two ongoing mysteries–the death of friend Danny and the stolen jewels, the novel is sure to keep the attention of any lover of mysteries. Well done again, Mrs Ellis.