Murder for the Time Being

Murder for the Time Being

by Joanie Bruce
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Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce

""You'll pay for this. I'll get you both."

Computer expert Lexi Wynn is frightened. Someone is after her, but she doesn't know why. Is it because of her past or because she was thrust into a deadly bank robbery and might identify the ones responsible? Escaping a failed kidnapping attempt and not sure who to trust, she hopes her specialized skills with computers might flush out the name of the killer. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger rams into her truck with the hearse he's driving and puts his life in danger to save hers, can she ignore the attraction she feels for him to concentrate on the killers? Or is God the only one who can save her now?

Drew Sheffield is irritated when a cute lady stops abruptly in front of him and he plows into the back of her pickup. After their initial confrontation, flashbacks of honeysuckle and sassy green eyes linger in his thoughts. When Lexi is threatened, he steps in to help the feisty young woman, in spite of agonizing over a past relationship.

Can Lexi and Drew forget the tragedies of the past and embrace the feelings between them or will ghostly memories snub out the promise of a future together? "

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156848928
Publisher: Ambassador International
Publication date: 10/27/2016
Series: Murders in Madison , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 677 KB

About the Author

Joanie has a passion for reading, and her love for books with “nail-biting suspense” inspires her to write contemporary suspense novels. Thankful that God gave her ability to write from home, she strives to honor Him in her writing. Joanie and her husband live in Georgia on a cattle farm and there they raised and homeschooled their three children. She enjoys cooking, taking walks, painting oil portraits, and caring for their home in the country.

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Murder for the Time Being 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce is a fictional mystery suspense novel with a bit of romance that would appeal most to a mixed audience of young adults and adults who enjoy clean reads with no explicit language, sexual situations, or graphic violence. Lexi Wynn is a young computer expert who is terrified for her life after a bank robbery, knowing that someone is after her. Her life is heading downwards fast, with her only hope hinging on her computer skills being enough to help her bring a killer to light, but a car collision with handsome Drew Sheffield might just be enough to turn her life around. Drew Sheffield walks away from the collision with Lexi Wynn lingering in his mind, so when he sees the chance to help her, he seizes it with both hands. Amidst danger and mystery, will these two be able to seize the moment and allow their love to blossom or will it all go down the drain? Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce has a very vivid cover that hinted at the inner plot of the book without giving anything away; I really liked that Lexi was on the cover as it gave me a clear picture of what she looked like. I only wish Drew could have been on it as well. I personally felt that the author did a good job of balancing the elements of the plot with the attraction between Lexi and Drew. Lexi quickly became my favorite character as she had a sassy personality, good morals, and was willing to fight back instead of giving up. Overall, it was very pleasurable to read a book that had an enjoyable plot, with action that was not bogged down with needless violence and gore!
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. I did not want to put this book down. I loved Lexi and Drew. They both have pasts to overcome and figure out. Lexi does not know if this tragedy has anything to do with what her parents had gone through many years ago. Loved the intrigue and romance. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review that I gave of my own free will.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I was hooked from the first electrifying sentence until the exciting conclusion, and all the surprises in between! The book was full of action and fast-paced. The author effectively created a scenario in which the characters, hence the reader, didn't know whom to trust, which heightened the suspense. The main characters were well-drawn, and the minor characters were believable. The worlds of banking, law enforcement, medicine, and science all came together to make this an interesting book. I also think that it is authentic that in this book the romance had to be suspended while Lexi and Drew dealt with staying alive and solving the mystery. Men and women who enjoy suspense will certainly enjoy this book. I received a copy of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lite, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Murder for the Time Being was an interesting addition to the suspense genre. It had fewer heart pounding thrills than some other books I have read, but made up for it with its complex plot and mystery. I found myself surprised by some plot twists a few times. Nothing is as it seems in this book. Not the bad guy’s motives, not Lexi and her mysterious past, and certainly not Drew, the extremely handsome funeral director with a murky history. In this book you are given lots of different point of views to help you unravel this peculiar medical mystery. The characters were believable, and likeable, especially Drew who was my favorite. The faith elements in this book were strong. All around the story was very interesting, and lovers of Christian suspense books will certainly enjoy this one. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all opinions and views expressed are my own.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book from the get-go. Joanie had me hooked in the Prologue. It took me a few chapters to really get a handle on the characters in the book, though. Who they were and how they related to each other. There was a pretty large mix of good-guys/ bad-guys. Lexi's family has been in the Witness Protection for 18 years, when unexpectedly they end up in the middle of a bank robbery. Her mother foils the bank robbers plans, and pays dearly. This draws quite a bit of unwanted attention to the family, both positive and negative. Local police and U.S. Marshalls are not quite sure if the current situation is related to the past or not. Local funeral home manager, Drew, also has a past he would like to keep under tabs. But, certain circumstances seem to prevent that from happening as time and time again, he is also in the spotlight. After a slight fender bender with Lexi in a drive-through, he continues to have run ins with her until he ends up involved knee deep in her dangerous situation. And then there's Fizz. All he wants to do is get his brother Rob, the only family he has left, out of prison. Does it really have to be this complicated. Can he do it without getting caught? A notorious gang is going to kill Rob in two weeks if he doesn't do something fast. But things just aren't going as planned. How does it all tie together? Well... you'll have to read the book to find out. Once you get the feel of the characters, you'll likely enjoy this novel. There were some parts that seemed a tad far fetched, but hey, it's fiction for goodness sake, so personally, I appreciated the author's creativity in the story line. Though I do enjoy authenticity, it wasn't so off the wall, that it couldn't have happened. It was just more of a believe-it-or-not type story. I also enjoyed the suspense and the touch of romance, without it being overtly mushy ( which is not my style). And figuring out who-done-it and who could be trusted was not easy! She does a wonderful job weaving in faith based elements without being too pushy with it. This is the first book I have tried by this author. I think she has great potential and I would certainly read more of her books. I received a free copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit to read. I was not required to review this book in a positive manner. All opinions are my own.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce. If you love suspense then you are going to love this book. This is the first book that I have read by Joanie. It sure won’t be my last. I loved this book. Grab a drink and kick back and enjoy this wonderful book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4.5 stars!
MAHake More than 1 year ago
This mystery has an interesting concept, which I won’t spoil by giving many details. The novel is filled with suspense and danger, and keeps the reader guessing about who is guilty and who can be trusted. Lexi’s family thought they has fine new life away from the threats of the past. Now their world is overturned and the future uncertain. The characters seem very realistic and the plot is exciting and well executed. This author is good at intrigue and weaving together the lives of the people involved in the tale. It’s easy to follow even with the layered stories. The characters must deal with serious issues in their struggle for survival. For those who like medical mysteries, that element is included, as is some romance. I received this copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce is quite the suspense story, one that lures the reader in immediately and doesn't let up. We are caught up and compelled by the lives of the characters and their stories. And they each definitely have a past story that is driving life in the present. Bruce has permeated her story with mystery, drama, and emotional tension as the intense action is seen from both the good guys' and the bad guys' points of view. As the lies, attempted murders, kidnappings, and train accidents keep piling up and the mysteries are revealed, there is a solid message of faith in a gracious God of second chances who cares and who hears prayers. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
DaphSelf More than 1 year ago
Joanie Bruce wrote an intriguing suspense. Although there were a few inconsistencies that I found and some parts pushed the boundary of reality, I still found that the book kept me interested enough until the end. If you like books that are suspenseful without the violence or fights, or books where the gory scenes are practically nil, then this is a good book for you. I feel as though women readers will enjoy this book immensely. The characters were well developed and the character arc was superb. The ending was a little surprising. I wasn't expecting that to happen, and it had me smiling. I do look forward to seeing what else is produced by Joanie.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
A roller coaster ride of suspense with a new romance budding, lots of twists and turns, a few surprises, and Faith with scriptures to back up their viewpoints. What more could you want. Joanie Bruce knows how to grab your attention from the beginning and keep you involved until the last page. This is definitely a page turner. I love the grit, determination, and relying on God that Lexi exhibits and the way Drew grows in this story. There are many characters to keep straight, but it is written in a way that I had no problem following. This is a top notch romantic suspense novel. I look forward to reading more by this author. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Blogeman More than 1 year ago
Exciting! Suspenseful! Mysterious! Intriguing! Author Joanie Bruce takes us on an adventure as a community comes together to solve a bank robbery that ties to a hidden past. Caution – you won’t be able to put it down.