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Maddie Baxter is the forensic expert running DNA tests from the crime scene. When they come back without a match, Nick asks her to do a familial DNA run that yields a shocking ...
Maddie Baxter is the forensic expert running DNA tests from the crime scene. When they come back without a match, Nick asks her to do a familial DNA run that yields a shocking result: the prime suspect is Adam Alexander, the very same guy who broke Maddie’s heart when she was in college.
But do scientific advancements tell the whole story? Strand of Deception offers romance, suspense, and a lively debate about the impact of DNA testing, for better or worse, on the United States justice system.
Posted January 4, 2014
Strand of Deception is probably one of THE most enjoyable books I have! The heroine, Maddie is one of my all-time favorite characters mostly because of her love of Elvis which I just happen to share with her. Throughout the book she sings Elvis songs to calm herself. For an Elvis fan this is a must read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2013
I previously reviewed the first book in this series, Injustice For All, and I was very disappointed in it, but this book was great. Robin Caroll is back to great suspense writing here! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Maddie is a forensics expert and works with the FBI to solve the murders. This is similar to a CSI episode or NCIS but with more detail. The author has obviously done her homework and crafted a believable tale.
The one thing I found irritating throughout the book was Maddie's obsession with Elvis. She's constantly singing Elvis songs in her head and the lines are thrown in there along with whatever else is going on. It's distracting, but not the end of the world. I don't think it adds to the story at all.
All in all, if you like a good mystery I'd definitely recommend this book!
I received this book from Netgalley and B&H Publishing for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you B&H Publishing.
Posted March 31, 2013
This was a good final installment to the series, especially when the main character isn't shot for a change. It was a little predictable but after reading the rest of Robin Caroll's books it's expected. This is NOT a stand along book. You need to read the other 2 in the series to understand what is going on on the periphery. Ready for the next series already.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 25, 2013
One of the things that makes a great mystery suspense novel is not being able to guess who did it and this one kept me guessing! The story involves Maddie, a young woman guarding her heart to avoid being hurt again and Nick, the FBI agent assigned to the case who is searching for peace in his life. I liked the light romance between them and the spiritual aspect which is sometimes missing in Christian novels.
Maddie's love of Elvis is fun and lets us get to know her better. The author gives us a peek into what happens in a crime lab which I thought was very interesting. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a mystery that is difficult to solve.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted March 14, 2013
Maddie Baxter is a Tennessee Bureau Investigator, she has a gun and a badge. She is a forensic scientist, and helps put the bad guys away, and occasionally helps get the innocent out of jail. Science doesn't lie.
We have met Maddie's sister Riley, and her brother Rafe before. We catch up with them in this book, but this is more focused on Maddie.
When a Senator's daughter is murdered, the FBI is called in. So Maddie and her brother's former boss Nick Hagar are put together. Maddie has collected samples and is working diligently with Nick, and they begin to date.
This story has several cases in it, and many twists and turns. You guess, and guess again. Things keep changing. Through it all, Maddie and Nick keep working to bring justice, but can their relationship go any further if Nick is not a Christian.
Things have happened in Nick's life that have made him doubt his faith, also will Maddie be able to trust Nick? She has had her heart broken a couple of times.
If you enjoy mysteries, and there are a few here, this is the book for you!
I received this book through First Wild Card Book Tours, and Net Galley, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted March 11, 2013
Nick Hagar—Rafe’s boss in book one of the Justice Seekers Series—is the main character in this novel, together with Maddie Baxter—Riley’s sister from book two in this series. It was really nice to see these two people meet in this latest work by Robin Caroll.
The senator’s daughter is murdered and Nick is working the case. Maddie, as a forensic scientist, is collecting the evidence. This is how the two meet again. They already knew each other because Nick used to be Rafe’s boss and they went out on a date once. They feel attracted to each other, but Maddie is afraid to get hurt in a relationship again, so she tried to avoid him after their first date. But since they are working on the same murder case she can’t avoid him any longer. Will Nick be able to win Maddie’s trust and love?
It was quite interesting to read about familial DNA testing. I had not heard about it before.
There are many twists and turns in this story. It was not easy to figure out who the killer was. At first I thought I knew who did it, but while reading I changed my opinion several times.
If you are looking for a good mystery with a flavor of romance, then you should pick up one of Robin Caroll’s books. She’s a master in spinning a suspenseful tale!
Posted March 6, 2013
This Christian fiction is the third in the Justice Seekers series, but it's a stand alone work. I received my copy Monday afternoon and had it finished by Wednesday evening. It's a real page-turner.
I like the two main characters: Nick Hagar and Maddie Baxter--who become romantically connected. They both share tragedy in their past lives: Nick's brother died while serving overseas with the Marines, and Maddie's parents were killed by a drunken driver. This causes Nick to doubt God, while Maddie leans on Christ.
Nick's hard work at finding and following leads has the reader jumping from one conclusion to another. "Science doesn't lie" is the motto that Maddie lives by, as she manages the DNA testing. Their struggles of work on a murder case makes for some interesting and complex issues.
Maddie, a super fan of Elvis and his music, creates a lighter theme that runs throughout the novel. As a long-time lover of Elvis, I really enjoyed the references!
Discussion questions included.
Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and B&H Books for my copy.
Posted March 3, 2013
Strand of Deception by Robin Caroll
Justice Seekers Series Book 3
Maddie Baxter is a forensic expert. She believes strongly that, science does not lie. Even if that means finding a creepy looking, dead eyed guy innocent and allowing him to go free. It’s part of her job. She wants justice and fights hard in her lab to find it through the DNA she tests. Now she needs to find out who killed a young woman, maybe two. And who is threatening her. On top of that, the handsome FBI agent she dated only once, is thrown into her path. She has two negative strikes with relationships, does she dare go for the third?
Special Agent in Charge Nick Hagar has his work cut out for him. A woman has been killed and her father is high profileand the man is also running his mouth off to the public. Along with calling the mayor and governor enough to put all kinds of pressure on Nick and his agents. Along with the agency testing for DNA matches. Every suspect they get is making it hard to find the truth, but the truth will prevail.
Robin Caroll has the reader going from one suspect to the next in this book. They look guilty at first until you meet the next one who looks a bit guiltier. Never giving away who really murdered the two young women until the end. And it comes with a surprise to the reader, at least this reader. This is a great series that you can see the author has put a lot of time into researching and describing different areas that are brought up in the book. Like the DNA testing process. Book 1: Injustice For All, Book 2: To Write a Wrong.
**Received through NetGalley for review