Judgment Day

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Sensational journalism has never been so deadly.
 
The weekly cable news show Judgment Day with Suzanne Kidwell promises to expose businessmen, religious leaders, and politicians for the lies they tell. Suzanne positions herself as a champion of ethics and morality with a backbone of steel—until a revelation of her shoddy investigation tactics and creative fact embellishing put her in hot water with her ...
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Overview

Sensational journalism has never been so deadly.
 
The weekly cable news show Judgment Day with Suzanne Kidwell promises to expose businessmen, religious leaders, and politicians for the lies they tell. Suzanne positions herself as a champion of ethics and morality with a backbone of steel—until a revelation of her shoddy investigation tactics and creative fact embellishing put her in hot water with her employers, putting her credibility in question and threatening her professional ambitions..
           
Bitter and angry, Suzanne returns home one day to find an entrepreneur she is investigating, John Edward Sterling, unconscious on her living room floor. Before the night is over, Sterling is dead, she has his blood on her hands, and the police are arresting her for murder. She needs help to prove her innocence, but her only hope, private investigator Marcus Crisp, is also her ex-fiancé–the man she betrayed in college.
                       
Marcus and his partner Alexandria Fisher-Hawthorne reluctantly agree to take the case, but they won’t cut Suzanne any slack. Exposing her lack of ethics and the lives she’s destroyed in her fight for ratings does little to make them think Suzanne is innocent. But as Marcus digs into the mire of secrets surrounding her enemies, he unveils an alliance well-worth killing for. Now all he has to do is keep Suzanne and Alex alive long enough to prove it.
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Editorial Reviews

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“High-octane straight from the start. With breakneck action, high-strung suspense and characters you can’t help but root for, Judgment Day is an irresistible read.”
—Tosca Lee, author of Demon: A Memoir

“The Queen of High-Octane Suspense has done it again! Wanda Dyson takes us on a roller-coaster ride worthy of a whiplash warning. High suspense, romantic tension, and even comic relief will keep you riveted and turning pages as fast as you can read. It’s all in there!”
—Bonnie S. Calhoun, owner and publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine

Judgment Day is packed with action and adventure. Private detective duo Marcus Crisp and Alexandria Fisher-Hawthorne are fascinating and keep the story rolling with their wit, sarcasm, and teamed-up tactical skills reminiscent of many favorite action-adventure movies. Dyson has penned a great suspense with strong Christian themes in Judgment Day!”
—Ronie Kendig, author of Dead Reckoning and Nightshade

“From page one I couldn’t put this book down. Suzanne is a highly flawed individual in the fight of her life. When she’s forced to call in Alex and Marcus to unravel who’s trying to frame her, they instead unravel an evil plot that ends with harvested organs. The pacing is tight, the characters people I want to know, and the plot so intricate I literally could not stop reading. Two thumbs up for those who love tightly written suspense with a very light twist of romance.”
—Cara C. Putman, author of Canteen Dreams and A Promise Forged

Judgment Day is Dyson’s best suspense to date! The current-event woven expertly into the fast-paced plot kept me turning the pages. For a fabulous, edge-of-your-seat, keep-you-up-late novel, Judgment Day is not to be missed!”
—Robin Caroll, author of Deliver Us from Evil and Fear No Evil
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400074754
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Wanda Dyson lives on a working horse farm in Maryland, boarding and keeping a menagerie of critters. She is the author of four acclaimed suspense novels including Shepherd’s Fall and the co-author of Why I Jumped, the true story of Tina Zahn.  
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  • Posted December 29, 2011

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    Suspense At It's Highest

    Suzanne Kidwell, is looking for fame, and she is willing to destroy anyone in order to get it. This is what it seems as she goes about her job, as an investigative reporter for a television series known as "Judgment Day", but is Kidwell about to meet her own "Judgment Day"?
    When Kidwell finds a friend of hers dead in her apartment, she is immediately charged with the murder. Suzanne, seeks and enlists the help of a pair of Private Detectives to prove her innocence. Can these two detectives, Marcus Crisp, a former boyfriend and his partner Alex (Alexandria) Fisher-Hawthorne, from a well to do family, who want her to return home to run the family business.
    As the story develops, there are many instances of crimes being covered up and there is also a twist, when Suzanne Kidwell's fiance is killed while driving her car. Is there a connection there? Maybe.
    I must say that this story peeked my interests right from the start, and Dyson is a wonder writer. My hat goes off to her for your writing ability and the way she weaves a story. "Judgement Day", by Wanda L. Dyson is sure to make the Best Sellers list. Thank yous go out to WaterBrook Press and Blogging for Books, for offering me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful piece of art.
    Once the reader picks up this selection, they will not want to put it down. Bravo to Wanda L. Dyson on her accomplishments. "Judgment Day" is Great.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Not Recommended

    Story Synopsis -
    Far from being a story of the end times, or the Judgment day as the title seems to suggest, the book is named after a fictional TV show found within the covers.

    The show, Judgment Day with Susan Kidwell, is supposed to be a factual look behind the scenes of the organizations of highly influential people to show where people have lied, cheated, stolen, murdered, etc. (Honestly, I disliked the idea of such a show, even a fictional one, in the first place. Although the media is supposed to be our watchdog, that does not mean that perpetually looking for "dirt" is a good thing.)

    However, the stories for that show are not anywhere near being well researched, and Susan Kidwell ends up with a lot of enemies.

    After her 'boyfriend' dies in a car bomb meant for her, she ends up hiring PIs to help her, running away from an unknown assailant, and gallivanting all over the place while trying to discover who her enemies are, why they are trying to kill her, and how to evade them.

    My thoughts & rating -
    I'm afraid that I cannot recommend this book at all. The plot was okay in theory, but poorly written in actuality. There were several scenes with ugly content, there was hardly any evidence of Christianity whatsoever, and no real feeling of climax for me.

    Violence: some, although this did not really bother me - the people themselves did.
    Immorality: way too much. The story could have easily been written without this, but it was included.

    Total score: 3 out of 10 stars. Not recommended.

    I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not obligated to write either a positive or negative review.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Loved this suspenseful read!

    Suzanne Kidwell prides herself in her sensationalist tv show, Judgment Day. She exposes a lot of crooked businessmen and politicians. The only thing is, she doesn't check her facts well enough, and her employer is not happy with her. When someone sets her up for murder, she looks to her former fiance, private investigator Marcus Crisp, and his partner, Alexandria Fisher-Hawthorne. In the process of investigating her case, they find a bone-chilling underground operation. Will Suzanne's name be cleared? What will happen with the underground alliance?

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It was the perfect mix of suspense and wit, with a bit of romance mixed in. I do, however, think some of the side story lines could have been developed a bit more. Also, at the beginning I had a hard time going back and forth from Suzanne's story line to Alexandria's (Alex's). I also want to mention that the back of the book has some wrong information. Overall, I loved this quick, suspenseful read.


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

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    A Great Book!

    "As long as there are people out there who betray our trust, there will be Judgment Day with Suzanne Kidwell. Good night America. I'll see you next week." Suzanne Kidwell is a Journalist that hears a rumor and doesn't look for facts, yet reports and convicts people of guilt. This time she has accused the wrong person. Someone is found dead on Suzanne's living room floor. She's accused of murder, yet she's innocent. She thinks she's being framed and thinks she knows who framing her. To find the evidence, she needs the help of PI Marcus Crisp, her ex-fiance, who caught her cheating on him. Will he help her and be able to keep her alive long enough to unveil the culprit? I've read 'Abduction', 'Obsession' & 'Intimidation' by Wanda L. Dyson. I really enjoyed those books, so I thought that I would like 'Judgment Day' as well. I was not disappointed. 'Judgment Day' was really easy to read. It flowed nicely and held my attention. I felt like I was watching a movie when reading this. The characters were funny, yet intriguing. The plot was believable and overall I just really liked it. I found it pretty ironic that Suzanne accused people of being guilty of a crime when she didn't have any evidence, just mere speculation, and then almost the same thing happened to her. What Suzanne's cellmate said summed that up pretty well: "You need to stop judging by mere appearances and make right judgments. If you are without sin, be the first to throw a stone." "Why don't you judge your own faults? You teach others; why don't you teach yourself? A false witness offers nothing but lies and will perish and whoever listens to his lies will be destroyed forever. For out of that corrupt heart comes nothing but lies and slander." When I reached the final chapters, 'Judgment Day' became impossible to put down. I had to know what happened. If you enjoy reading a good suspense/mystery, then I would recommend 'Judgment Day'.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

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    Unputdownable!

    "...Because you see something, and you immediately make a judgment based on your own desire to be better than everyone else. You look for the worst, so you see the worst and condemn everyone you don't like." pg. 166

    Suzanne Kidwell thought of herself as an investigative reporter, but the quote above was uttered about her and her show "Judgment Day." Suzanne wanted so badly to get the jump on others that she didn't always check the facts before destroying someone's life or reputation. Now, the shoe is on the other foot. Suzanne is accused of murder and with the evidence stacked against her, she turns to a former boyfriend and his PI partner. Marcus and Alex agree to find the real murderer and free her, setting in motion a series of events that they may be powerless to stop. Murder, extortion, deceit, kidnapping, organ harvesting, and more await the reader of this thriller! Come along as Marcus, Alex, and Jazz attempt to solve this case and make things right. Who will survive is anyone's guess!

    This book was unputdownable for me! While I pegged the main murderer early on, the twists and turns kept trying to point me in a different direction and tell me I was wrong. This is a book I will read again and recommend to many of my friends and family. I think it makes a great read for an individual, but think groups would have a lot of fun dissecting it. I want to thank the Book Blogging program for my copy of the book! It was a pleasure to read and review.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

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    Nice mix of mystery ethics and TV ratings

    Suzanne Kidwell has a weekly cable news show, Judgment Day, where she exposes criminal doings among businessmen, politicians and religious leaders. She may not be quite as ethical as she portrays herself, but she's certainly queen of the ratings, and cutting a few corners to get more viewers is nothing more than standard practice. Unfortunately, others cut corners too, and when a dead body's found in Suzanne's living room, she's hoist with her own petard.

    Author Wanda L. Dyson creates some very plausible and interesting characters in Judgment Day and carries them through many twists and turns. There's the rich girl who doesn't want to follow in daddy's footsteps, the jilted fiancé who's trying to be fair, missing runaways, shady dealings, and mobsters out to get their share. Self-centered Suzanne might yet be redeemed, and smug manipulators condemned. Meanwhile the body count rises.

    The novel delves into society's morals, family relationships, romance, ethics, and even faith, but all serve the purpose of a story that keeps the reader glued to the page. Exciting fight scenes, the roller coaster of capture and escape, the misery of prison, the view from a penthouse suite, all are convincingly portrayed through the eyes of a group of characters the reader really comes to care about. An exciting novel, quickly read but neatly inspiring too, Judgment Day tells a scary tale and just might offer some light on the judgments we make every day.



    Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2011

    Great read!

    I was excited to get this book, I have read a few of her books in the past and really like her style of writing. At first the book started out a little slow, but once I got into it, it was a page turner. With these suspense/thriller books, I try to figure out the plot before I actually read it, but this one I was second guessing myself all the way to the end.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Book Review: Judgement Day by Wanda L. Dyson

    Suzanne Kidwell is a journalist for a cable news show Judgement Day with Suzanne Kidwell. She is a selfish journalist who uses investigation tactics that have no regard for others. She soon finds herself in a world of trouble when she starts investigating the wrong people to mess with. She must turn to her ex-boyfriend, Marcus, and his partner Alex for help. As they dig into the case and secrets are revealed, an alliance between important community people proves this to be a deadly case for all involved. Can Suzanne, Marcus, and Alex stay safe long enough to uncover the truth? This an an interesting novel for me. I love suspense stories and I love a good mystery. Some of my favorite TV shows are about crime cases, so books are the same. However I was torn in who to cheer for as the person who should be the victim is also not a very nice person. This book is very well written and has a great plot. The characters are well written, entertaining, and realistic. There are bits of humor in the book, which breaks up the suspense. I enjoyed this book, although it is not one of my favorites, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good, clean suspense novel. **I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I would like to thank Wanda Dyson and Waterbrook Multnomah for this opportunity**

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    I received a courtesy copy of this book from Watermark Press and loved it! I will find other books by this author for future reads. It was a great book! I read this book in 6 hours.. I just couldn't put it down. My teenage daugther also read this book. She too loved it. I recommend this book to you for your library!

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Excellent Crime Novel!

    "Sensational Journalism has never been so deadly. The weekly cable news show Judgment Day with Suzanne Kidwell promises to expose businessmen, religious leaders, and politicians for the lies they tell. Suzanne positions herself as a champion of ethics and morality with a backbone of steel--until a revelation of her shoddy investigation tactics and creative face embellishing puts her in hot water with her employers, calling her credibility into question and threatening her professional ambitions." (taken from book back cover) This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat! Wanda Dyson is a new author to me, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I received this book. Christian fiction is my main genre of choice, but I am a fan of TV shows such as NCIS and NCIS LA, so I was hoping this book would be a mixture of the two. From the beginning of the book, I was intrigued by Suzanne's behavior. She is a hard core "journalist" with no time for friends. But then again, with her business only attitude, I'm not sure friendships are on the top of her priority list! Enter Marcus and Alex, private detectives who have been friends since college. Marcus is Suzanne's ex-fiance, but little time is spent on that relationship connection. Alex, a gun toting super-model, loves her job and everything they stand for. She comes from a wealthy family, whose house servants, private jet, and vacation homes leave her wanting for little. But those are not things she strives for, instead, justice and truth are what she stands for. Missing runaway teens, murder victims, corrupt politicians, and ties to the Russian mafia, the list goes on. This book is full of twists and turns, and will have you flying through the pages. If you are looking for a good romance novel, then this book is not for you. If instead, you are looking for a crime fighting novel, I highly recommend this 5 star book! I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group and was not required to post a positive review.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

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    Great Read!

    This was a very quick read for me, I read it in about a day. The characters were nicely developed and interesting. The author provided "profiles" with out being too wordy about it. The main story was well written and easy to follow. The book was very interesting because there were several subplots. The author tied the whole story neatly together at the end. I tend to like this type of ending because I don't like being left with questions!!

    My favorite character was Alex. She is a partner in the PI firm that takes the case. She was a tough as nails debutante but she didn't seem fake. Matched up with Marcus, it made for a great story!

    I really can't think of anything I would change in this book. Just a nice, quick read.

    Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    An easy beach read

    I opened this book hoping for a suspenseful read. I hoped for a riveting storyline and engaging characters. As the Rolling Stones sang: "You can't always get what you want."

    Ms. Dyson puts forth a good effort but there are details that are oddly disjointed: For example, why does Alex always mess up colloquialisms? Because she's a blue blood? It doesn't add to the character, it's just annoying. What happens to the bodies at the end?

    Many things fall neatly (almost too neatly) into place but some things are left untied and those are the things I wanted double knotted. The characters are one dimensional and, especially in the case of Alex, stiff. The motive behind all the mayhem is sketchy.

    However, if you are looking for a great beach read; something to keep you on the towel for a couple of hours, this is your book. The relationships are compelling to the extent you will get a good, even tan and, when it's time to go inside, you won't be loathe to put the book down and it will be easy to remember what was going on when you pick it up again.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    High-action page turner!

    I was given a copy of "Judgment Day" by Wanda L. Dyson to review by the publishing group Waterbrook Multnomah. This is the first book that I have reviewed for them and if they continue to be this good, I will be reviewing a lot more! From the moment I opened this book it was a complete page-turner and I could not put it down. If I would not have had to work the past few days I assure you I could have sat and read this in one sitting.

    Suzanne Kidwell is a sensational journalist with her own show, Judgment Day, in which she 'investigates' the top stories out there right now whether it's murders, sex crimes, or any kind of scandal. She prides herself on being the first person to get the scoop and therefore she sometimes cuts corners in order to do so. A sudden turn of events begins to expose those corner cutting tactics.one thing leads to another and Suzanne is on trial for a murder she did not commit.

    She hires the best private investigative team in town, which happens to include her ex-fiance whom she betrayed in college. Throughout the story you find out more and more about those that Suzanne was investigating while Suzanne begins to find out more and more about hers.

    There are great themes throughout the book that help not only the main character find out more about herself but can also help the reader to see how our everyday lives can come back around to us in the end if we are not careful. Judgment Day is full of suspense, action, and plenty of plot twists to keep you on your toes.

    I would highly recommend this book and intend on passing it along to a friend who I know will highly enjoy it!

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Reminds me of Tami Hoag

    It was well-written and had a strong plot. The characters were entertaining and realistic. It was free of foul language and scenes. It was suspenseful and thrilling, there was a touch of romance and bits of humor. Somehow, for me, it just fell flat. I'm going to honestly say that I think it was more me than the book. At just about any other time, I would have really enjoyed this book. It was what I typically enjoy

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    I enjoyed the story.

    I just finished "Judgement Day" by Wanda L. Dyson (Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group). It's a mystery/crime/suspense novel. Those are one of my favorites!


    Susanne Kidwell is a selfish journalist that will do anything to make it. Soon she steps on the wrong toes and finds herself in a whirlwind of trouble. Exposing notable members of society is never easy.


    Susanne finds out that her boyfriend is linked to a horrible scandal. A dead body finds it's way onto her kitchen floor. Will she go to jail or worse? And, of all people, Susanne's ex-fiance and his partner take her case.


    I love the chemistry between Marcus (Susanne's ex) and Alexandria. Alex comes from a wealthy family but is a tough cookie. She kicks butt and takes names, while Marcus is her sidekick. They reminded me of any famous pair like Abbott and Costello or Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.


    I enjoyed the story. There is comedy, suspense, crime, etc. The characters were well developed. I didn't notice any blatant errors in the book.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    Excellent book! As an avid reader of mystery and suspense novels this was one of those books I literally did not want to put down! Author, Wanda Dyson, writes an intriguing story of journalist, Suzanne Kidwell. Suzanne, who by reputation uncovers and exposes the "bad guys" finds herself facing murder charges. This after stumbling across a huge organ donor black market scheme with several prominent people heading it up. Private detectives, Marcus and Alex, add some excitement to the story as they try to uncover the truth about who is setting Suzanne up for a fall. A quick and exciting read - highly recommended!

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    A Page turner

    Judgement Day by Wanda L. Dyson is a page turning, thought provoking book that keeps you guessing until the end. The story is about a woman named Suzanne Kidwell, who is the host of a show called Judgement Day. She makes quick judgements and sensationalizes stories in order to get ratings. She gets caught up in a story that threatens her life and gets her accused of murder. She is not your normal protaganist because she is irritating and shallow. I enjoyed reading the book because I like to be kept guessing and for a book to not be too predictable. In my opinion I think Wanda L. Dyson has written a great book that can appeal to Christians and non-Christians. I would reccomend this book to anyone who likes suspense novels. There are so many twists and turns that you won't really know what happened until the end. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2011

    An Enjoyable Read

    I really enjoyed this book. I can't say it was a particularly deep or challenging or life-changing book, and there were times where it made me think of a "cozy" -type mystery with how neatly things fell into place and were resolved. However these were minor drawbacks compared to how much I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and and to the author's pleasant story-telling style. Overall it was a suspense novel even though it was on the lighter end of the genre. Sometimes you don't want to have to read and reread a paragraph to make sure you got the point and this was the perfect book for that mood. I will look for more books by Ms. Dyson.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

    Christian fiction that packs a real punch

    Judgment Day by Wanda Dyson is a fast-paced thrill ride with lots of twists and turns. Suzanne Kidwell has achieved some notoriety with her television show Judgment Day, but after the mysterious death of her fiance, Guy Mandeville, she's accused of playing fast and loose with her stories and not doing enough research. When she is framed for murder, she hires former boyfriend Marcus Crisp, whose heart she broke in college, and his partner Alexandria to find out who wants to take her down. Marcus and Alex take the case with no idea what they are getting themselves into, and as the bodies pile up and the secrets come out, they just may discover that the truth is more than they can bear. Dyson's writing is full of thrills and chills, and frighteningly believable. The novel is Christian fiction, but the faith is never in your face. Marcus, Alex, and partner Razz are fantastic characters with complicated backstories and plenty of potential; I hope that Dyson uses them again soon.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

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    Framed for Murder

    This multi-layered suspense novel has an unusual protagonist. Suzanne Kidwell is not a nice person. She is the television star/host of a tell-all show by the same name as the title: Judgment Day. Getting on top of the ratings heap and staying there are far more important to Suzanne than reporting the truth. She knows how to stretch the truth and keep her vast audience of followers.

    When Suzanne finds herself framed for murder, she has so many enemies that she barely knows where to turn. She faces death more than once.

    Short chapters keep the pages turning. Characters are well-written and people I'd like to meet.

    Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and WaterBrook Press for my copy.

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