Editorial Review: This was a really WOW! Book. I normally do not read murder mysteries but I was given this book to read and write a review on it. As I have already said, "WOW!" This book kept me so into it and the figures within the book were downright riveting.
I could not read the darn thing fast enough. The religious parts of the book were handled in an excellent manner also. It gave me a good attitude about Jesus and I felt that was a major factor in the book.
A very good written book. I am still not a murder mystery book lover but I am a Barbara Ann Derksen book reader. I do have the second book of the Finders Keepers series and will probably read the second book as fast as the first one.
Lord have mercy. This was an excellent book to read. We can only hope for the future in our regular lives. Bob L. - Wakulla Correctional Institution, FLA
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About the Author
With 17 books to her credit, Barbara works hard to develop a social media presence. Her books can be found on Amazon at http://amzn.to/MPPTst, at Barnes and Nobles, and on her website, http://www.barbaraannderksen.com.
Canadian born, Barbara is a member of The Writer's Collective, and Christian Motorcyclists Association, USA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Who doesn't enjoy a cute mystery? Okay, "cute" may not be the word you normally associate with the Mystery genre but with this book, I think it's a good fit. I'm not saying this book is babies and puppy dogs cute. It does cover a few serious topics. However, it's not presented in a rated R format, more like PG 13. Leaving more of a "cute and well done" taste in my mouth as opposed to an "Intense and messed up" one. If I were to tell you when and where to read this book, I'd say wait until you have a rainy weekend to curl up in your favorite spot and crack this case. Maybe even grab a large mug of your hot beverage of choice. Then, with the sound of the rain tapping on the window, open this book and indulge. Yes, I said open this book. As in get yourself a good hard copy, print edition, real pages, new book smell, book and curl up with it. There is just something different about the feel and smell of a "real" book. This author is quite talented at providing a tale with several different stories going on at once and, wait for it, tying it all together seamlessly. She catches you at the beginning, draws you in with her story, and then you have no choice but to watch it play out. Sure, you can guess what will happen next, but you may be wrong, it is a mystery after all... As well as providing a mystery with 1, 2, 3, and more, things going on, the author provides a Christian theme. Not to mention, she does an excellent job of portraying the Christian life as a relationship with Christ, not a routine, and NOT a checklist. Something we can all be reminded of in our busy lives. All of this and more is tied together and finished with a...Wait, MOST of this is tied together and finished with a...Well, you'll just have to read to find out! If you plan to read this book, I encourage you to. It provides a good weekend tale. Just keep in mind, it is part of a series, and it very obviously sets up for the sequel. Enjoy.
Shadow Stalkers is one the the best recent mystery books I have read. The book keeps you on your toes wondering what is going to happen next from the very beginning. And just when you think you have it all figured out, another curveball is thrown. The book revolves around a girl who witnessed her parents murder when she was little. The murderer is following her without her knowledge. She is currently a private detective looking for a lost little boy. She joins forces with another private detective who was her protector. They together look for the lost boy and a lost elderly man.I will be reading more of Barbara Derkson's books in the future.
"Shadow Stalker" by Barbara Ann Derksen gets 5 stars from me. This book is about Christine Finder, alias Melissa Rompart, who dreams about her parents brutal murder every night. This murder happens when she is just a young child. At the start of the story Christine ( now an adult) returns to her old hometown with an adopted name (she was adopted after the murder) and sets up a business as a PI to find missing children along with her dog Chief. The first case has her partnering with her lawyer's son Jeremy Goodman who is also a PI and there cases are interwoven. While trying to found the 4 year old boy who was kidnapped, Christine is also trying to found her parent's killer but he is still trying to kill her. This is the first book in the "Finders Keepers Mystery Series" and the ending will leave you wanting to read the next story in this series. This stories leaves you asking questions such as what was in the box left on the porch? And will Jeriamiah and Fanny get together as well as Jeremy and Christine and will Christine's parents killer ever be caught If you like mystery you will like this book! This is a story that readers who like and readers who don't like religion in their stories will like even through Jeremy and his father are Christians and let you know it they don't shove it at you ( and yes I am a Christian and I added this sentence because I am thinking of friends who likes mysteries and would like this book but doesn't like to read Christian Fiction). I would be reading more of Barbara's books in the future. I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.
I would bet no one could read the prologue without finishing this book. The author hooks the reader on the first page and doesn't let go until the end of the book. For me, I would have liked it to continue a little longer, but I understand from the subtitle, a sequel will follow. Christine Finder (aka Melissa Rompart, aka Christine Smith) was a young child when she witnessed the brutal murder of her parents. She managed to escape and was taken from her home in Montreal to a ranch in Texas where she grew up with relatives and took the Finder name. The book begins when she is grown and back in Montreal working as a detective who finds missing children. She still has nightmares about her parents. In Montreal she meets Jeremy Goodman, a detective hired by Christine's Texas parents to watch out for her safety. Jeremy's father was the attorney for Christine's parents and now their estate. Christine learns more about them from him. She also learns the killer is searching for her and had tracked her to Texas and possibly back to Montreal. A case Jeremy is working on turns out to be related one she is working on. This brings them closer together and there is a hint of romance in the air. The suspense is strong throughout, but there is a subplot dealing with Jeremy's Christian strength and Christine's lacking in Christian belief. I enjoyed learning more about the use of dogs trained to find missing people.