Thursday, February 25, 2010

Double Trouble by Susan May Warren



It's always a pleasure to highlight books by author Susan May Warren here on Net's Book Notes. She's not only a great author, she's a warm and fun person with a heart to help other writers. And I'm blessed to call her friend.

Let's begin with the back cover copy of this latest PJ Sugar installment:

With one solved case under her belt, PJ Sugar is ready to dive into her career as a private investigator. Or at least a PI's "assistant" until she can prove herself to Jeremy Kane, her new boss. Suddenly PJ's seeing crime everywhere. But is it just in her head, or can she trust her instincts? When she takes on her first official case-house-sitting for a witness in protective custody-Jeremy assures her there's no danger involved. But it soon becomes clear that there is someone after the witness . . . and now they're after PJ, too.

And now, my review:

This general fiction reads more like a mystery or romantic suspense. And Susan sure keeps us in suspense about PJ’s romantic choice throughout this story, but I won’t fault her because the story is fun, and I like going along for this ride.

Readers will follow PJ Sugar, PI in training, as she “innocently” gets into scrape after scrape. Trouble follows her wherever she goes, but readers will feel for her. She’s a lovable character, still trying to determine her own mind, find God’s grace in the middle of everything, and prove herself. Who can’t relate with those goals?

I liked this story because 1) I love Susan’s voice. Humor, great word-smithing, skillful story crafting. 2) She weaves stories that keep you turning pages. This isn’t a nail-biter, but you’ll be intrigued through the end by more than one thread. 3) Her leading characters are too fun to ignore. Susan makes it look easy to write this well.

I recommend this story to anyone who likes romance, mystery, suspense, a light read, and/or Christian fiction with a subtle (yet profound) message. I'm looking forward to the next installment of PJ Sugar’s life and times. Thanks, Susan, for this enjoyable read!

Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Book of the Year. Her larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!. She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!) A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at: www.susanmaywarren.com

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