The Cost of Betrayal: Three Romantic Suspense Novellas

The Cost of Betrayal: Three Romantic Suspense Novellas

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The Cost of Betrayal: Three Romantic Suspense Novellas by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason

Dee Henderson is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including Traces of Guilt and Threads of Suspicion. She is a lifelong resident of Illinois. Visit her online at www.deehenderson.com.

Dani Pettrey is the award-winning author of the acclaimed and bestselling Alaskan Courage series and Chesapeake Valor series. She lives with her family in Maryland. Find her online at www.danipettrey.com.

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Elite Guardians series and the Blue Justice series. She resides in South Carolina and can be found online at www.lynetteeason.com.

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ISBN-13: 9780764231735
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 31,506
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dee Henderson is the bestselling, award-winning author of the acclaimed O'Malley series, the Uncommon Heroes series, and the New York Times bestselling Full Disclosure. She is a lifelong resident of Illinois. Visit her at www.deehenderson.com.

Dani Pettrey is the award-winning author of the acclaimed Alaskan Courage and Chesapeake Valor series. She lives in Maryland. Visit her at www.danipettrey.com.

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series, as well as the Hidden Identity series. She lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

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CHAPTER 1

ANN FALCON

ANN FALCON EASED TOWARD the front of the crowd. The auctioneer working his way down a line of tables was presently selling off kitchenware. She felt a light touch at the small of her back and glanced around to find her husband had rejoined her. She leaned toward him to be heard. "That was fast — find anything interesting?"

"Most of the paintings are too modern for my taste, but there's one item, a Chicago-skyline print from the '40s," Paul replied. "They'll be starting the art auction in about ten minutes, but it's going to be an hour before they reach that print. How about you?"

"There are some silk scarves and half-used perfume bottles in a box of miscellaneous dresser drawer items that might make a nice painting arrangement. If the box doesn't go over twenty dollars, I'm interested. That dumpy one with the green stripes on the side."

He looked across the tables and nodded when he spotted her choice. "The third auctioneer has finished with the garden and patio items and is moving over to tools. No surprise, the largest crowd is there. I'm going to scope out the furniture, then look through the industrial and professional section. It looks like several businesses are clearing excess inventory. The FBI lab is always looking for the basics in volume. Maybe something there will be useful to the bureau."

"I'll find you," Ann assured him, and with another nod her husband disappeared into the crowd. She liked spending weekends with Paul doing non-crisis things like wandering a big auction looking for hidden treasures. Twice a year this former aircraft hangar near O'Hare Airport filled with merchandise brought in by area auction houses. A day-long sale by professional auctioneers kept the crowd active and buying. She always found something interesting at this December sale to give as a gift, like the odd toy or the unexpected book.

She lifted her number as the box she was interested in got hoisted on high, quickly realized she was bidding against four people, and two dropped out at ten. The woman to her left still had the box when it reached sixteen. Ann hesitated, let the auctioneer call for the raise twice, looking to her for another bid. Ann saw brief regret rather than pleasure on the high bidder's face — she must not have really wanted it at sixteen. Ann nodded to the auctioneer and wasn't surprised when he called it "sold" to her at seventeen.

Three dollars under her limit gave her a nice deal. She accepted the box and the sales ticket from the staff. Twenty dollars on items for herself, now it was time to find something for either Paul or one of his family members with another twenty. She paid for her first purchase at the exit gate, hauled it out to the car trunk, and went back to shopping.

CHAPTER 2

PAUL FALCON

MONDAY NIGHT PAUL FOUND HIS WIFE working at her desk in their shared home office, not surprised she was still up waiting for him. "Sorry I'm late."

"What? Oh, yeah, it is late. You called, didn't you?" She came swimming out of what it was she was doing to focus on him and smiled.

He leaned over her desk and kissed her. The conference call that had cost him a spaghetti dinner and movie with his wife had ended just after eleven. Some aspiring young bureaucrat in Washington, D.C., had thought it worth cutting corners to get a wiretap on a federal judge. Being the neutral party first hearing about the problem now, Paul would be spending the next several days untangling the current NYC investigation mess in order to tell his boss, the director of the FBI, what could be salvaged and who should be fired.

The big black bear of a dog at Ann's feet rolled over and planted his paw across Paul's left shoe, yawned, and shook his head violently. Paul glanced down. "You were dreaming, weren't you?"

The dog merely rested his head across Paul's other shoe and tried to go back to sleep. If it wasn't such a typical greeting, Paul would have laughed. "You've been here awhile if Black has taken up station under your feet."

The auction-purchased box was on the floor beside Ann, the collection of perfume bottles now on her desk in a basket, the silk scarves neatly folded, along with a jewelry box and some rather unexpected items: a small sewing kit and a bulky pink pocketknife. He'd figured at this late hour he would find her upstairs painting, but she hadn't taken her auction haul up to the studio yet. "Did the jewelry box have anything in it?" It didn't look particularly old, but it had a highly polished cherry finish and a nice appearance.

"A man's ring, probably missed when the box was emptied, as it was in the lower compartment and kind of stuck. There are initials on the jewelry box." Ann closed the lid to show him. "A cursive T.C., which makes me think female. The pink pocketknife has the name Janelle Roberts engraved on it. I got curious and was doing some research."

"Think you can trace where the box came from?" he asked, interested.

"I'd like to return the ring if it turns out to have sentimental value. A woman's dresser items suggest someone who died recently, so I started with obituaries. So far the initials T.C. has yielded only men. Jane or Janelle Roberts has yielded three obituaries, but none who seem likely to have carried a pink pocketknife or used this collection of perfumes. These are on the expensive end of modern fragrances. And the scarves have contemporary patterns. I'm thinking a rather young woman."

"I buy that logic." It was so like his wife to reason out how to track down a jewelry box in order to return a ring, and then go the long route of original research. "Or you could call the auction company tomorrow."

"What fun would that be?" she joked back.

He laughed. "I've got an early call with D.C. that I need to take back at the office. I'm heading to bed."

"I'll be —" she glanced at the items, the screen, and guessed — "twenty minutes?"

He interpreted that to mean an hour if she found something interesting and could live with that. "Sounds good." He kissed his wife good-night and wished the evening had unfolded differently. Then he eased his feet from under the dog and leaned down to ruffle fur. His life had been boring without a wife and a dog in it. He left Ann to her search.

Understanding realities, Paul packed a bag in case he needed to be on a flight to New York or D.C. tomorrow, took a fast shower, and crawled into bed. He was tired physically and mentally. Running the Chicago FBI office had a predictable order to it, but there hadn't been enough Saturdays to just wander around at an auction or similar event and simply decompress. The year always ended hard in the FBI as December brought personnel moves, attempts to tie off investigations so the numbers could be counted in this calendar year, and higher crime rates as criminals seemed to operate with a desire to finish whatever was going on by year's end as well. He put work out of his mind, turned his thoughts toward God. He was asleep before he'd finished his prayer for his large extended family.

* * *

"Paul."

He woke enough to realize his wife was sliding into bed. "Hmm?"

"I found a murder."

If it was anyone other than his wife, he would have struggled to come the rest of the way to full consciousness. This was Ann. She'd worked as many murders in her career as he had before she retired to marry him. "Okay," he murmured.

"I'll show you in the morning."

"That works." He wrapped an arm around her, glad to have her beside him, and dropped back to sleep.

He was more alert six hours later. He thoughtfully didn't turn on the overhead light, though it was dark outside, just shifted the bathroom door so a comfortable amount of light spilled into the bedroom.

"You said 'murder.'"

Ann mumbled something but didn't stir. He finished shaving, and she still hadn't turned over. They had a deal; he didn't wake her on the way to the office, and she would be a wife that didn't get snippy because she was exhausted. On her bedside table was a stack of printed pages that had not been there when he turned off the light. They looked like printed newspaper articles from — what was it? — six and seven years ago. He carried them into the kitchen, popped a bagel into the toaster, started coffee. He read through the material she'd printed, the items she'd underlined. He came back with coffee for both of them and took a seat on the side of the bed, turned on the bedside light. "You did indeed find a murder." He kept his voice low, conversational.

"Give me the coffee," she mumbled. He made sure she was propped up on an elbow and steady before handing over the second mug.

"Janelle Roberts murdered her boyfriend, Andrew Chadwick, the night he broke up with her," he summarized. "Stabbed him once and pushed him down a steep flight of stairs at the beach. She got twenty years for second-degree murder." He set the printed articles on the bedside table. "You found not just a murder, but an interesting one."

"Can you send the pocketknife through the lab for me? I put it in an evidence bag on your desk."

"You think we've got the murder weapon?" Paul asked, genuinely surprised.

Ann shrugged. "It's pink, has her name on it. By Janelle's own admission, she had the pocketknife in her purse two days before his death — she pried a cork out of a bottle for her friend Tanya. The fact she couldn't produce the pocketknife was used against her at the trial because the model was consistent with the blade that stabbed Andrew. It makes sense it was the murder weapon, hidden somewhere cops didn't locate during their search. They turned up her tennis shoes with faint blood traces in the treads, but not the pocketknife."

Paul considered Ann's request. After six years in prison, winning an appeal was unlikely, yet having the murder weapon would impact a DA's decision on how to retry the case should the need arise. "Okay, I'll send it through the lab."

"Thanks." Ann drank more of the coffee. "The friend Tanya, by the way, is the sister of the dead man. Janelle had a particularly bad night. She stabbed Andrew with a pink pocketknife that has her name on it. I imagine she was afraid to throw it in a dumpster — hey, it's pink! — someone probably retrieves it. She could bury it, but if someone finds the knife years later, it's still got her name on it. If she doesn't get it cleaned well first, there might be traces of blood left, and there's no statute of limitations on murder. She would have needed to melt it down to truly dispose of it safely." Ann paused, thought a moment, and added, "That's not so easy to do. She'd need a blowtorch or something like it, since I don't think putting it in the oven would get it hot enough to reshape metal."

Paul smiled as his wife gestured with her mug. "Anyway, cops are on her doorstep that night," she continued, "serving a warrant to search her place. So now Janelle's afraid to go near where she stashed the pocketknife while cops see her as their primary suspect. She gets arrested, can't make bail, and the trial renders a guilty verdict. Her landlord ends up hiring two guys to box up her apartment because her friends have all deserted her and she's no longer paying the rent. The missing pocketknife falls out of the ceramic Christmas tree she had stored in a neighbor's locker area — or some other similarly odd hiding place. It gets tossed into a box, everything heading toward the cobweb-end of an unused basement, while the landlord sorts out if he can legally sell Janelle's possessions or not. Years later, everything gets cleared out and that box ends up at Saturday's massive sale."

Paul could easily envision the kind of scenario Ann had laid out. "The initials on the jewelry box, T.C., that would be Tanya Chadwick, the dead man's sister?"

"It is. Good memory." Ann shoved pillows around to get more comfortable. "We know from the news articles Janelle and Tanya were best friends since second grade. I can see that jewelry box being passed along. 'I don't need this anymore, as I've got a larger one — do you want it?' and Janelle ends up with Tanya's jewelry box. They reach their twenties and Janelle starts dating Tanya's brother. Then the bad breakup happens, Janelle kills the brother, and there goes the friendship. I haven't tracked Tanya down yet. I don't know if she's still in the Chicago area or not. Not that I plan to say anything if we've found the murder weapon. I just want to hand it to the DA in case an appeal results in a new trial."

"We're of like minds on that," Paul agreed, but wondered how awake she was and proposed an obvious question. "Have you considered the fact this box of items could instead be Tanya's things, rather than Janelle's?"

Ann blinked twice, her face registering her surprise. Then she handed him the coffee and collapsed back, pulling one of the pillows over her face. "I just wanted an interesting collection of dresser things to paint."

He set the mug on the side table with a smile and rubbed her arm. "It raises an interesting question. How did the sister of the dead man come to have the pink pocketknife in her possession? And why doesn't she say anything about it while her friend is on trial for murder and they are talking about the fact they can't locate that very pocketknife?"

Ann sighed as she lowered the pillow. "You figure out if it's the murder weapon. I'll figure out where that box came from — if it's Janelle's belongings or it's actually Tanya's things."

He leaned over and kissed her. "Enjoy your puzzle."

"You're heading somewhere? I saw the bag by the door."

"I sincerely hope not, but if so I'll make it a lightning trip."

"Take a good book for the flight."

"I will. Go back to sleep."

She nodded and rolled over to hug his pillow. He shut off the side table light. The dog was still snoring, resting on his back, feet in the air, guarding the bathroom door. Paul gave him a belly rub and whispered, "Take good care of her today." Black's tail swished back and forth. Paul collected his luggage, stopped in their shared office to pick up the pocketknife now in an evidence bag, and headed downstairs to the waiting car.

* * *

"Miss me?"

The dog darted away to bring back a mangled fuzzy bear that growled when he bit down on it hard enough. Paul set down his luggage, gave the bear a solid tug to confirm its special place as the favorite toy, and rubbed Black's head. "Where is she?"

The dog turned his head and looked toward the office rather than the stairs to the studio. "Thanks."

It had been a long two days. A federal judge was taking bribes to sway his rulings, and not much of a case was left that could prove it, given how tainted the investigation had become. The Chicago office would be taking over the matter from the New York office, which meant he had to figure out who he could give up for the next six weeks from among the best of his investigators. Probably Sam and Rita, as he trusted them to get it right, but it was going to mean that what they were managing now would land back on his desk.

Paul paused in the doorway of their home office. "I'd ask if you missed me, but I recognize the look that says you're not even sure what day it is."

His wife turned from the whiteboard, now a case board, set down the marker she held, and walked into his hug. "Welcome home," she said with a satisfied sigh.

"You've been busy."

"Don't want to talk about it," she mumbled against his chest. "I want spaghetti and a movie and your feet up on the coffee table beside mine."

He rubbed her back and chuckled. "That sounds perfect. Are you fixing that meal or am I?"

"We'll call your sister and ask for a delivery from the restaurant. You can choose the movie so long as it's not one of the X-men ones."

"Deal."

(Continues…)


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Table of Contents

BETRAYED BY DEE HENDERSON, 7,
DEADLY ISLE BY DANI PETTREY, 153,
CODE OF ETHICS BY LYNETTE EASON, 263,

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HollyMag321 22 days ago
Three great authors, three great stories! Each story provided well written stories with excellent characters and an engaging stories. Dee Henderson brought back Ann and Paul Falcon, so you know it is good. Likewise, Lynette Eason, takes readers to the St. John family focusing on Dr. Ruthie St. John. Dani Pettrey takes us to the Maryland island, Talbot for an excellent mystery story. One of the stories did feel a little "unfinished" to me. I would have liked to have seen justice truly served. However, life isn't always like that so fiction probably shouldn't be that way either. If you enjoy any of these authors you'll enjoy these stories. If you haven't read any of all of them, this is a great introduction to their talents. Disclaimer: I did receive this copy free from the publisher through netgalley.com. I was under no obligation to give a review and the thoughts I express are my own.
KIJERO 23 days ago
A life in danger is always a bad thing but when 3 couples can find their way through to a happy ending it's a great way to end a story. Dee Henderson, Dani Pettry, and Lynette Eason each write a story full of danger, intrigue and betrayal in several different forms. They show that you can find or reconnect with the love of you life through adversity and forgiveness. When your life is in danger you need help and a connection to God to get through. Betrayal by Dee Henderson Ann and Paul Falcon are bargin hunting at alarge auction. Ann's eye is caught by a box of dresser drawer items. She wins the bidding and when she get the box home and is going through it she finds a jewlery box and a pink mongramed pocket knife. She's curious who the box belongs to so using her skills from her former job as an FBI agent Ann starts digging. She brings her husband into the mystery by asking his help, since he heads up the Chicago FBI office. As they dig and find out that there is a murder attached to the box and knife it becomes apparent to them that the person in prison for the murder is wrongly accused. They don't have enough evidence to get the verdict overturned but enough to get her a pardon from the govenor. With the pardon in hand they head to the prison and walk out with Janelle, Janelle is shocked and overjoyed to be set free after spending almost 7 years in prison. Ann flies her to a friend Greg, who helps traumatized people recover and keep her safe from the person Ann believes committed the murder. As Janelle adjusts to her new life and circumstances, it's revealed to her who the suspect is and why but she doesn't believe it. Ann & Janelle can't come to an agreement about the evidence,about the best friend, who happens to be her former boyfriend's sister. They decide to see what the suspect has to say so they set a meeting between Janelle and her friend. When that doesn't reveal any new information only the fact that she lied to Janelle. They try again and Janelle pushes harder and its revealed there is a video tape. Ann tracks it down but there is evidence that could be interrpted either for or against Janelle. They decide to disagree but to keep a watch on the friend. Janelle and Greg, her therapist, keep working on Janelle's recovery and make great progress. Janelle has made enough progress that she's moved off of the therapy grounds and into her own apartment and has been selling baked goods at a bakery Greg has a slient partnership in. He's just returned from a trip on business and brings lunch. He knows Janelle had some men interested in dating her but she's still grieving her dead boyfriend. He doesn't date clients so he's going to wait until the next year to ask Janelle out.He also gives her the news that the old best friend is having trouble with her partnership with her boyfriend and their business. Janelle's life is in a great place. Deadly Isle by Dani Pettry Tennyson (Teni) Kent and her cousin are taking a last swim before the end of the season and to take her mind off her broken engagement.When she arrives at the bouy her cousin is no where around. She starts searching and her former boyfriend comes to her aide. They find her cousin's body and Teni is devestated because she was like a sister, and she doesn't have much family left. Callen made the biggest mistake of his life 10 years ago by letting Teni go after he didn't fight to keep her in his life. He vows to win her back again. She's vo
esosweet 23 days ago
I was intrigued by the idea of "The Cost of Betrayal" by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettry & Lynette Eason. The book is three romantic suspense novellas. I am a sucker for a romantic story and the concept of novellas hooked me. I didn't know if I could handle a full-size novel. This book was perfect. Story One was "Betrayed" by Dee Henderson. This was an incredibly woven novella about a murder. It started with a couple of investigators who stumble upon a murder. What they do with the evidence that reveals itself was fascinating. I don't want to spoil anything, because that ruins the experience. I will say that you will not be disappointed and will be filled with more happiness and hope that you expected at the end.  Story Two was "Deadly Isle" by Dani Pettrey. This story was kind of like a nervous walk in the park during a summer rainstorm. I loved the setting - an island in the Chesapeake Bay. The owner of the island and head of the community is being stalked, but why and by who is completely unknown. Thrown in an ex-boyfriend/childhood boyfriend and you have one delicious story to curl up with. (Best done by a roaring fire, IMO, but a summertime screen porch works too.)  Story Three was "Code of Ethics" by Lynette Eason. This final story circled on a trauma surgeon and her last patient before vacation. He's a cop who's been shot. (Another fun setting for me - the story starts in Columbia, SC). The doctor is from a family of cops and realizes that whoever shot him, isn't happy that he's still alive. He's a sitting duck in the hospital and she has to decide if she should help him escape.  This book was set-up well as story one got me into the darker mood than my usual reading. Story two got me to the edge of my seat and story three kept me there. I thoroughly enjoyed these novellas and had a hard time putting them down. Definitely, fun and exciting reads, even if you aren't a suspense junkie. 
Christianfictionandmore 25 days ago
The Cost of Betrayal consists of three novellas focused on betrayal. The first of which is Betrayed by Dee Henderson. Ann Falcon, a retired police investigator, unearthed a murder weapon in a box of miscellaneous dresser drawer items she had purchased at an auction. Looking into the case convinced her that an innocent woman was behind bars. Once she had convinced her husband, who ran the Chicago FBI office, of this they pursued the release of the wrongly convicted woman and justice for the victim. While this story is set in America rather than Europe, fans of Julianna Deering's Drew Farthering series will likely enjoy this story. It had a fresh plot and was well written. While I would like to comment on the ending, I will avoid the spoiler. The second novella is Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey. Tennyson Kent, better known as Teni, owened Talbot Island which had been passed down in her family through generations. Members of the community leased their property from her. While Teni had the best interests of all the residents at heart, it was impossible to please everyone. The stress this caused, however, was currently second to the stress in her personal life as her engagement was unexpectedly broken. That coupled with the presence of Callen, her former boyfriend, who had betrayed her and fractured her heart, was just the background noise to the clamor inside her head wanting to know who was responsible for her cousin's death and the attacks on her own life. Even with the restrictions placed on her by a novella's length, Pettrey fleshed out a wonderful mystery with characters one wants to root for, and others one wants to see taken down. The final novella is Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason. It was great to be back with the St. John family, this time focusing on the only person in the family with a non-law related career. Fortunately, Ruthie has picked up a lot from her mother and siblings over the years, and could therefore handle herself in dangerous situations. After surgically removing a bullet from a police detective, Ruthie interrupts someone in his room with murderous intentions. Detective Isaac Martinez is no longer sure who he can trust as he investigates corruption within the police department. Knowing his life is in danger, Ruthie chooses to spirit him away from the hospital thus becoming embroiled in his case. As always Lynette Eason hits the mark. The Cost of Betrayal with its three novellas based upon that theme is a good read. All three award winning authors live up to their reputations. I recommend this book to their fans and to those mystery fans who have yet to discover these talented writers. I thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
More_Than_A_Review 26 days ago
Dee Henderson is an author to have on your must read list. I always tell people her books are so intentional. She creates characters you fall in love with and that you can relate to. I was thrilled that this was a book of Ann and Paul Falcon. Jannelle had been incarcerated for a crime she did not commit. Ann is able to get her out. Dee delivered a fascinating look into the world of someone who gets out of prison and how they adjust. I think Greg could have his own series. What he did for a living was truly fascinating. Dani Pettrey created a terrifying opening when Teni and her cousin, Julia are swimming and someone plans to kill one of them. This is just the beginning of violence against Teni. Her childhood sweetheart helps her try to find out who killed her cousin and who is trying to kill her. Lynette Eason is a phenomenal romantic suspense author. She has the perfect balance of romance and suspense. The theme of betrayal continues. One of the police officers may be taking money and drugs and is under suspicion by one of his peers. It was so fun to see Rachel who is the only sibling not in law enforcement to be put into these situations and see how she handles them. The developing relationship between the two was adorable. He wouldn’t dress in front of her because she was a pretty lady. Even though she was his surgeon. Sexual content - 1 kissing violence - 2 kidnapping, murder, etc, nothing disturbing language - 0 drugs/alcohol - 0 I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Heidi_Reads 30 days ago
Wow! Each of these stories is amazing, yet so different from each other. I enjoyed them all equally and felt they complemented each other so well. The first story "Betrayal" from Dee Henderson is so fascinating, I loved seeing the process of a cold case break wide open at the hands of a couple of FBI agents who were in the right time at the right place. I thought it was interesting how it switched perspectives to show a broader view of the story. I appreciated that the conclusion was so realistic and didn't take the conventional approach that I expected. "Deadly Isle" by Dani Pettrey was intense and had great romantic tension! The pace was swift yet the characters felt fully developed as they work to investigate and solve the mystery so tragically close to home. Teni and Callen have a history and the memories that surfaced while they helped each other during the raging storm brought a sense of belonging and relief. "Code of Ethics" by Lynette Eason also had a fast pace and the sense of working against the clock. I liked that Ruthie was comfortable with law enforcement and their procedures because of her family, even though she is a doctor. There are twists and turns as she and Isaac dodge the killers while searching for the evidence that will prove his suspicions correct. I loved the attraction and bits of romance that were slipped in as Ruthie and Isaac got to know each other while also depending on each other for their lives. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
train_lady 3 months ago
Cost of Betrayal: 3 stars. I must say I was very disappointed that this story did not have a desirable ending. While the style of this book is typical of Dee Henderson, it lacked a destination. As with many of Ms Hendersons books, this one was very cerebral. Unfortunately, it did not have any action at all. If you are looking for a lot of suspense, and a story that moves along quickly, this one is not it. I should say that I've read many of Ms Henderson's suspense books and I've loved most of them. She is a very accomplished writer. But my expectations were for more drama and action then were presented in this book. If you're looking for just a love story this will probably suffice. Deadly Isle: 4 stars. Dani Pettrey is a great author of Christian suspense. This book is no exception. There is plenty of action from the beginning to the end. And lots of romance as well. Dani Pettrey is one of my favorite authors, ever since I read her Alaskan Courage series. Code of Ethics: 5 stars. There is no doubt in my mind that Lynette Eason has the best novella in this book. It is really a part of her Blue Justice series. Ms Eason weaves a great mystery with action throughout. The characters are believable, and the St. John family that Dr. Ruthie is a part of comes through for her and Isaac Martinez as they run from some bad cops on the force, then bring them to justice. And of course, there is a surprise perp at the end.
Fala19 3 months ago
The Cost of Betrayal features three novellas from some of the best romantic suspense authors out there right now. I really enjoyed these author's first collection, Sins of the Past, and was excited to hear about this new one. Betrayed by Dee Henderson – Three Stars This was my second time reading anything by Dee Henderson. It was good, but probably my least favorite of the collection. By no means was it bad, it was just a bit slower moving than I was expecting and had an unresolved ending that was kinda disappointing. But it was still an interesting read that kept me intrigued. Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey – Four Stars I've read and loved many of Pettrey's books, so I was excited to start reading this one. It was action-packed right from the beginning and didn't really let up. I do wish it had been a bit longer though. I know it's a novella, but the whole story felt rushed. Though the characters were great and it did hold my attention the whole way through. Code of Ethics by Lynnette Eason – Five Stars I've been loving Eason's Blue Justice series and was very eager for Ruthie's story. She's a trauma surgeon and the only member of her family not involved in law enforcement. I loved every pulse-pounding moment of this novella. It had everything I love in a good romantic suspense: nonstop action, intrigue, great characters, and a little bit of romance. I finished it in one sitting. It was unputdownable. All in all, The Cost of Betrayal was a good collection of stories that I'd recommend to anyone who loves romantic suspense. I hope these authors team up again for another collection! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
BrittanyMc 3 months ago
A great choice for romantic suspense fans, The Cost of Betrayal truly is the perfect name for this collection. All of the stories deal with people who have been betrayed in some of the worst ways. The first novella, Betrayal by Dee Henderson, moves at a much slower pace than the other two stories. I really enjoyed the build up as the main characters worked through new evidence to determine what really happened years earlier. I enjoyed the entire story, but ended up feeling like I was left hanging at the end. I personally needed more closure for the entire situation. The second novella, Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey, was absolutely fantastic. It was fast paced and full of danger. I loved that the two characters used to be an item and their love for each other had obviously never faded away. There were many twists and turns in this story, keeping me anxiously reading to find out who was behind this betrayal. The last novella, Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason, was also really good. There was plenty of danger to go around as well as questions about who to trust. I enjoyed the way the author wrapped up this story, including the sweet romance that developed. I definitely recommend this collection to fans of romantic suspense. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
MelissaNC 3 months ago
Deadly Isle is a novella by Dani Pettrey. It is her contribution to the Cost of Betrayal Collection along with Dee Henderson and Lynette Eason. Readers will be hooked from page one of this romantic murder mystery. Teni and Callen, the main characters, are right in the middle of the action as they are on the hunt for a killer who seems to want them dead as well. I enjoyed this quick murder mystery that kept me guessing until the end. Although this is a novella, readers will still get to know the complex relationship the main characters have, be on the edge of their seats as Teni and Callen search for the killer on a stormy night on an isolated island, and enjoy a Dani Pettrey story with the perfect balance of romance and action! At this point, I have only read Deadly Isle. I look forward to reading the other two very soon and will update my review at that time. I was given a copy by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
dhiggins4 3 months ago
“The Cost of Betrayal” by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason was a fantastic read! I already knew it was going to be since three of my all-time favorite authors are who wrote this book! I loved the last one that these authors teamed up in, and I loved this one just as much, if not more. The first novella is by Dee Henderson. It has some familiar characters from some of her previous books, Ann and Paul. Ann comes across a woman who has been in jail for six years and is serving a twenty year sentence. Ann believes she is innocent, so this story centers around that. The second novella is by Dani Pettrey. The setting for this one is on an island. Tennyson Kent is trapped from the mainland during a storm surge. There are some mysterious things happening. It’s up to her and a previous boyfriend to try to find the murderer. This one had a twist. I didn’t expect the ending! The last novella is by Lynette Eason. This one has some familiar characters in some of Lynette’s previous novels, the St. John’s. When a detective ends up in the ER, Ruthie St. John is there to help him. But there is a lot more to the situation than what Ruthie realized. The detective and Ruthie work together to solve this mystery. I definitely recommend this novel! You won’t be disappointed! I received this from Bethany House and the author for my honest opinion.
lolly-pops 4 months ago
In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayed" Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal. My thoughts: BETRAYED is a drama that played out in thought and mind, reliving events of the past when an innocent person is jailed for a crime she didn't commit. When the murder weapon is found causes the FBI and a retired detective to sit up and take notice. They went through records and found evidence to get the case overturned. But is there enough evidence to convict the real killer? A slow suspense that is more mind-engaging than most. The romance is very weak, and the only dead body is in the past. It is all mind-games. Which was engaging as they worked through different scenerios. If you read this story, I would love to know what you think. In Dani Pettrey's "Deadly Isle" Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer bent on betrayal before they become the next victims? My thoughts: DEADLY ISLE starts with Ms. Pettrey's usual bang. Teni breaks up with her boyfriend on almost the eve of their wedding, but a race by her teasing cousin, Julia, in hopes of cheering Teni up turns into murder when Julia disappears and is discovered with her head bashed in. Callen is quick to come to Teni's rescue, but he's the last person Teni wants to help since he was the first to break her heart. As the day progresses, an attempt is made to kill Teni and succeeds in destroying all she holds dear. Not only that but Julia's body has gone missing! Who is behind this? This story moves a LOT faster than Ms. Henderson's and I was able to read it in mere hours. I greatly enjoyed getting to know Teni and Callen and even researched some things Ms Pettrey referred to in her book to see what they were. If you like romantic suspense, do not miss this novella. In Lynette Eason's "Code of Ethics" Trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John saves the life of Detective Isaac Martinez. After a betrayal leads to him getting shot and then attacked while in recovery, Isaac is now a key witness determined to testify. But someone is intent on silencing him--and those around him--forever. Together, Ruthie and Isaac go on the run, desperate to escape the killers hunting him. My thoughts: Ms. Eason writes fast and furious suspense novels and CODE OF ETHICS is no different. Even though this is a novella, it is based on the St. John family and has a police officer who works at that department. But, there are some corrupt cops and Isaac's life is in danger because he violated the cop's code of ethics and reported that someone had been stealing evidence. I couldn't put the book down and put off my own jobs to read to the end. I enjoyed reading Ruthie's story and it was nice seeing characters from her other books making an appearance in this story. Really, if you love romantic suspense you'll want to read CODE OF ETHICS. And you'll want to have a copy of COST OF BETRAYAL. This is a collection not to be missed. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own
MKWD52 4 months ago
The Cost of Betrayal is a collection of three novellas by some favorite writers in the romantic/suspense genre. Each novella deals with the theme of betrayal. Betrayal by Dee Henderson - We first meet Paul and Ann Falcon in Dee's previous novel "Full Disclosure. Reading the previous novel in which we meet the Falcons is not necessary to enjoy this book. It has been several years since I had read the novel and had forgotten except their names. Paul and Ann attends an auction and she wins a bid on a box of interesting items. She finds an expensive ring and a pink knife in the box with the name on it. She finds out the knife is trace to a murder that have a few years ago. She and husband study the case and decide the person convicted was innocent. I like how Paul and Ann put their heads together to determine the character's innocence. I didn't like it that part of the plot was left hanging. The innocent person was freed but justice was not really served for the guilty party. Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey - Tennyson's cousin is murdered while swimming. She is left wondering if she is the target. Tennyson reconnects with a former boyfriend. Her life is further put in danger and Callen seeks to protect her. Lots of suspenseful moments in this book that keeps the reading turning until the last page. Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason - This novella is part of the Blue Justice series. The St. Johns are six siblings where all but one sibling is in law enforcement. This book featured Ruthie, the only sibling not in law enforcement. She is a trama doctor. Just because she didn't go into law like her mother and the rest of the family doesn't mean some of the crime fighting skills didn't rub off on her and she shows her skills in this books. This book deals with a group of dirty cops and she has to help Isaac Martinez stay alive long enough to expose the corruption. Like any Lynette Eason novel espect lot of suspense and moments where the characters barely escape with their lives. There was a twist in the novel that I wasn't expecting. Off the three novellas this one was my favorite. Thanks to Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me an ecopy of this book to read and review. This book was released on September 4, 2018.
TheBeccaFiles 4 months ago
The Cost of Betrayal is a set of 3 stand-alone novellas with a common theme of betrayal. Dee Henderson’s novella features the Falcon’s, seen in Full Disclosure and a few of her other stories. I don’t know if the others are featured characters in any of Dani or Lynette’s other novels. If they are it’s not from ones I’ve read yet. For Dee Henderson’s novella, I have to admit I struggled through it a bit. I just felt things came a little to easily. It was a good story overall, but I feel it would have been better if the characters had to fight more for their answers. I remember the Falcon’s from some of Dee’s other books, so I enjoyed reading about familiar characters. Individually I’d give it 3.5 stars. If I had to pick a favorite of the three I’d have to say it’s Dani Pettrey’s novella. There was plenty of suspense and action, and the story-line held my attention. The knowledge that Teni would have to know the killer due to the seclusion of their island added to the adrenaline. I felt both highly engaged and a desire to get to the end quickly so it would all make sense. Individually I’d rate it 4.5 stars The final novella was by Lynette Eason. It was fast-paced and loaded with plenty of action as well. I felt similarly to the first book that certain things came to easily, but there were also more twists and turns. The one thing I still can’t get my head around was Ruthie’s ability to walk out of the hospital the way she did during the middle of her shift and stay in the drama until the end. I feel like her connection could have been a little better developed. Individually I’d rate this one 3.5 stars. What’s really unique about this collection of novellas is that the reader is able to get a taste of each of the author’s styles and can look them up individually for more. All three authors are very popular in the Christian suspense world, so these are great introductions. I am personally a fan of longer stories because I feel like I have more time to get to know the characters and get into the story. I prefer seeing the characters having to fight and persevere through their experiences. I’m not a fan of everything coming easily. This doesn’t mean I never enjoy a novella, but I’m admittedly more picky about them. having said that, I have read full novels from each of these authors and would consider myself a fan of all three of them. *I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. I was not required to give a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
MaureenST 4 months ago
What a journey you are about to begin, from one novella to the next, these do not disappoint, and in two of them I was reunited with old friends. Filled with mystery and suspense, we travel in our minds from a woman in jail for a crime she didn’t commit, back on an Island with people being murdered, along with a storm, and then we are back with the St. John family and trouble with some of their own. What a great pairing of authors, and each story can be read alone, but it is really hard to read just one. Don’t miss this one if you enjoy a good mystery, you will get three! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
Madhupal2486 4 months ago
It's been a while since I read a book (about 10-15 days). I was pretty busy with my personal stuff. I got my hands on the book 'The Cost of Betrayal' by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason via NetGalley. This is a book with three short stories. Each story is a masterpiece in itself and Betrayed by Dee Henderson is my favorite. As the title says, the stories are about betrayal by your loves ones or someone you trusted deeply. I loved the line from Betrayed which goes like this.. 'If you want to betray someone, the best person to target is the one who trusts you the most.' All the three authors were amazing at the way they narrated their stories. The details were catchy. I didn't feel bored at all since the pace was just right. Betrayed is about the betrayal by best friend. Deadly Isle is about the betrayal by family member and Code of Ethics is the story of betrayal by colleagues who are considered almost like a second family. While I'm talking about the book, I also want to add that, the stories are not just about betrayal but also about trusting again, second chances, faith and hope. The stories tell how evil brings out some good out of it, how we must do our part and leave the rest to God and how there is always light beyond darkness. I totally loved this book and I feel refreshed after reading it. Thank you Bethany House and Chosen Books for letting me be part of their reader crew. #theclippednightingale #bookreviews #bookreviewer #booklover #christianfiction #thecostofbetrayal #deehenderson, #danipettrey #lynetteeason #netgalley #plumreview #indigo #chapter #bethanypublishinghouse #kindle #storyofbetrayal #bethanyhouseandchosenbooksreadercrew