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Two recovery specialists.
A hunt for the Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine becomes a race of survival.
Former Army MP Landry Parker fell into the recovery specialist role quite by accident—to help her ailing father. Now that she’s on her own, she is determined to prove herself and honor her family legacy.
After being shot in the line of duty, former police officer Nickolai Baptiste became a recovery specialist, and he’s good at his job—maybe even the best.
A potential client pits Landry and Nickolai against one another to find the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine map that was stolen from her murdered husband, and the potential payday is too enticing to pass up. The trail takes them from New Orleans to Weaver’s Needle in Arizona where legend claims the mine is hidden. Landry and Nickolai are no strangers to adventure, but the unlikely partners quickly discover there’s someone after the treasure and there are those who want to ensure the lost mine in Arizona’s Superstition Mountain stays lost forever.
Can Landry and Nickolai work together despite their distrust of each other to save the legend before more innocent lives are lost? Will they find the real treasure isn’t the gold, but something more valuable. . .true love and understanding?
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About the Author
“I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better. Robin’s passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others and come alongside them on their faith journey—aspects Robin weaves into each of her twenty-five-plus published novels. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends quality time with her husband of nearly three decades, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home. Robin gives back to the writing community by serving as executive director/conference director for ACFW. Her books have been recognized in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year. You can find out more about Robin by visiting www.robincaroll.com.
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By Robin Caroll
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Unless you get one of those miracles they're always talking about in church, I don't see how you'll be able to keep the business open into spring."
Landry leaned back in her father's old chair — it creaked, but it didn't comfort her as the sound usually did. "I don't understand."
Her best friend and accountant closed her attaché case then stood. "I'll send you the final audit report next week, but Landry, it doesn't look good." She gave a half smile and squeezed Landry's arm. "I know why you wanted to start your own business, and I understand. I do." Marcie shook her head. "But with taxes and rent and overhead ... it's my professional opinion you've bitten off more than you can chew. I'm sorry."
Landry exhaled through her nose and stared out the dirty window into New Orleans's early February grime. Mardi Gras would come later in the month this year, but right now, it was only rainy and dismal out, just like her financial status. "No, the truth is what I need." She forced a returning smile. "I'll look over what you've given me, but will wait for your report before I meet with Dad's lawyer." How would she tell him that she'd single-handedly killed her father's dream in less than a year?
"Hang in there." Marcie walked out of Landry's office and into the hall. "Are we still working out later tonight?"
"I can't. I have a meeting."
Marcie sighed. "Landry ..."
"No, I really do." She shifted scraps of paper around her desk until she found the pink slip. She carried it with her as she walked Marcie into the front room of the office. "A prospective client. Supposed to meet at her house at six this evening."
Marcie stopped and faced her. "Since when do you make house call appointments? Isn't that the point of having an office?"
Landry gave a humorless chuckle. "Apparently I need to take appointments any way I can."
Her friend didn't smile. "It doesn't sound safe. I don't like it."
This time, Landry really laughed. "You watch too many scary movies."
"No, I watch the news."
"You're beyond serious." Landry waved the pink note again. "Besides, it's Uptown. I think I'm safe."
"Right by Audubon Park, baby."
Marcie raised one eyebrow. "Who, pray tell, are you meeting there?"
"Probably someone who wants me to recover a piece of art their great-aunt somebody sold a hundred years ago." But Landry read the name off the note anyway, snorting. "A Winifred Winslet. Who names their kid Winifred?"
Marcie's eyes went wide, and she slowly shook her head. "Winifred Winslet? Are you kidding me?"
"Uh, no. Do you know her?"
Marcie rolled her eyes and set her case on the reception table. "You really should start watching the news yourself, girl. Winifred Winslet is wealthier than wealthy. Old money. She was born into it, then married Bartholomew Winslet and merged their companies into Winslet Industries. One of the largest private oil baron companies in the South." Marcie perched on the edge of the table. "How do you not know this?"
"I don't keep up with the society pages." But if the wealthy woman wanted to hire her, Landry sure wouldn't turn her away. Not when she needed the money so badly, according to Marcie, whom she trusted more than anyone else. "Socialites don't interest me."
"Two weeks ago, the Winslets were all over the front page of every paper." Marcie lowered her brows. "You really need to stay abreast of the news."
Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. She didn't have time to sit in front of what Dad always called the boob tube. "I'll start, I promise, but tell me why they were on the news."
"Bartholomew Winslet was murdered."
Landry sank onto the arm of the couch in the front room. "Murdered?"
"Yeah. A robbery gone wrong, so the news said."
"Maybe that's why she wants to meet with me." She'd never been hired to recover something that might be linked to a murder.
"I don't have a good feeling about this, Landry. The news said the police had no suspects. You shouldn't get involved."
Probably not. Then again, she was known for getting involved when she shouldn't. "Won't do any harm to just meet with the poor widow. Hear what she needs recovered. Maybe it's something totally unrelated to her husband's murder."
"Uh-huh." Marcie stood. "I don't like it."
Landry pushed to her feet and chuckled. "If I stayed home every time you got a bad feeling or didn't like a situation, I'd have been broke long before now."
"You aren't broke, Landry. It's your company. You need to sit down with the attorney and go over my report." Marcie grabbed her case. "I still can't figure out why he was so big on you opening your own business. You could've kept doing recovery work for the insurance company."
"Because that was Dad's job." While she'd done a remarkable job, the board of directors hadn't been too happy to find out she'd been doing Dad's job for him in his last months. Without notifying them.
But she hadn't had a choice. Not really.
Marcie smiled. "They should have hired you, and everyone knows it. You're good."
Probably, but she would've had to jump through hoops, and after her discharge, she refused to jump over anyone's hurdles again. "But not good enough." It hurt her to even consider defeat.
"You aren't a CEO, Landry. You excel as a recovery specialist. That's where your strength is."
She nodded and crossed her arms over her chest. "Thanks again for the audit."
Marcie paused at the door and pointed at her. "You be careful tonight."
Landry grinned. "Yes, ma'am."
"And call me when you get home."
"Joke all you want, but I'm serious."
Landry gave her friend a quick hug. "I'll be careful, and I'll call you when I get home. Okay?"
Marcie gave a curt nod then ducked into the mist.
After locking the front door, Landry returned to her office and slumped into the chair. She stared at the mementos of her life, all crammed into one bookcase. The Distinguished Service Medal she'd received just prior to her discharge from the army. The custom-made frame holding her military police badge. Photos of her mom and dad at her officer training graduation. Photos of Landry and her father.
Her eyes burned as she stared at the tattered remnants of her life. She leaned back in her chair — once her father's — and pinched the bridge of her nose. How had her life gotten so messed up? First, Mom died right after she relocated to her first base assignment. She finished up her obligations to the army then moved back home to New Orleans. Then two years ago, Dad's diagnosis.
It was hard to believe he'd been gone almost a year. Not a day went by that she didn't think of him. Miss him.
She swiped her face and glanced at the clock. With traffic being what it was, if she didn't leave now, she'd never make it to Mrs. Winslet's on time for their appointment.
Maybe, just maybe, this job would help her get the financial footing she needed.
God, I need a little direction down here in my life. I think I've made a mess of everything.
* * *
Nickolai sat in front of the clinic director's chair. He crossed his ankles. Straightened his legs out in front of him. Then crossed an ankle over his knee.
"Thank you for coming in, Mr. Baptiste." The doctor entered the office, shutting the door behind him.
Nickolai shot to his feet and extended his hand. "Of course."
After shaking Nickolai's hand, Dr. Bertrand waved him back to his chair as he sat behind the desk. "I suppose you're wondering why I called you in."
Nickolai nodded, jiggling his left leg so that his knee bounced rapidly.
The doctor opened a file on his desk, scanned, and then smiled. "I have good news. We've received approval to go forth with our plans to open a halfway house, so to speak, for some of the patients here."
Where was this going? Nickolai shifted in the chair. "I don't understand."
Dr. Bertrand smiled wider. "Some of our patients have responded very well to long-term treatment plans. Medication. Therapy. They've made great progress."
Nodding, Nickolai remained silent.
"It is our contention that some of these patients can become viable members of the community ... society. In keeping with that theory, we asked to purchase a home just two blocks away. This home will be converted into a halfway house. For patients who exhibit the signs of possible success in society."
Silence thickened the director's office.
"For patients like Lisbeth."
Nickolai's heart thudded double time. "Lisbeth?" Her name caught sideways in his throat, nearly choking him.
"Yes." The doctor kept his focus on the file in front of him. "She's responded well to her medication. She's participating in therapy. She trusts me. And her medication seems to be working at the correct dosage." The doctor looked back at Nickolai. "I think she's a prime candidate for success in the program, and she will turn eighteen next year."
Lisbeth: out of this ... this ... institution. Nickolai almost couldn't imagine it. Yet, he could. He'd dreamt of this so many times, but each time, the doctors had advised against her being released.
"What about her being a danger to others? And herself?"
"As I said, her treatment — medication and therapy combined — has given every indication of working. It is my professional opinion that Lisbeth is a perfect candidate for the halfway house." The doctor closed the file. "She's bright, and I think she could be a viable, participating part of the community. It would be a waste not to try her in the program."
"I — I don't know what to say." It was a dream come true, but it also came with reservations. Justified ones. "You really think she's ready?"
"She hasn't tried to cut herself in months. Nor has she exhibited any type of violent behavior."
Was that only because the clinic limited her access to tools that could hurt herself or others?
"I'm more than pleased with her openness and honesty in therapy. She could be my poster child for psychosocial treatment success."
But what about ... "And her fascination for fire?" Had that affinity responded well to treatment, too?
The doctor stopped smiling. "She has a tendency to focus on fire. Believes it's a source of power."
Hadn't that been what brought on her diagnosis to begin with? If she still liked fires ... liked setting them and seeing the flames eat ...
"Mr. Baptiste, as you know, there is no cure for schizophrenia. We work within the confines of medication and therapy such as psychosocial treatment, illness management skills, education, rehabilitation, and cognitive behavioral therapy." He tapped the closed file folder. "Taking all of that into consideration, I've selected four patients who I believe, in my professional opinion, are candidates with the highest potential to succeed in the halfway house program. Lisbeth is one of the four."
Just the chance for Lisbeth to be out and normal ... "If you think she has a shot, let's go for it."
The doctor smiled and passed a piece of paper across the desk. "Here's the information as well as the tentative timeline. If all goes as projected, the house will be ready by early summer. Of course, we'll go over the authorization forms as the date to move draws nearer. For now, read over the information, and feel free to call me with any questions or other concerns."
Nickolai scanned the first two paragraphs but stopped on the third that had the breakdown of costs. He jerked his stare to the doctor. "Forty thousand a year?"
Dr. Bertrand nodded. "That includes room and board, and fulltime, on-site medical personnel. That's a requirement for the program."
Forty thousand. "How much does our insurance cover?"
The doctor frowned. "As this is a trial program, private insurance companies provide no coverage allowance."
Forty thousand dollars. "What about state or federal funding?"
"I'm sorry. With the economy and the crackdown on welfare, Medicaid, and Medicare, there are no government funds for this particular program."
Forty-k. Nickolai tried to wrap his mind around the amount. That was more than he lived on in a year. "So, you're telling me that I'll have to pay the full forty thousand dollars?"
"If the lump sum is a problem, we have arranged with our board of directors to allow for a payment plan. Of course, that would include interest. I don't have that information on hand at the moment, but I can have a copy sent to you, if you'd like."
Forty thousand. "Please send me the information."
"I will." The doctor stood, extending his hand. "I appreciate you coming so quickly. We'll be talking more very soon."
Nickolai noticed the Rolex as he shook the man's hand. A watch probably worth at least a third of the needed forty thousand dollars. "Thank you. Can I see Lisbeth today?"
The director glanced at his watch. That very expensive watch. "She's in group therapy right now. You know how changes in the schedule can uproot not just Lisbeth, but the entire group. There are many in her group who aren't as stable as she has become."
"I understand." He didn't have time for a real visit anyway. He let the doctor escort him from the office.
"Thank you again for coming in so quickly, Mr. Baptiste. We'll be in touch very soon."
Nickolai gave a quick nod then headed into the parking lot. A heavy mist weighed on his shoulders as he climbed into the Ford F-250 diesel. He rested his forehead against the steering wheel and waited for the indicator light to go off so he could crank the engine.
Forty thousand dollars was a lot of money. Money he didn't have just sitting around.
He started the truck and stared out the windshield. A push of breeze clumped wet leaves against the edge of the concrete median.
The information stated the selected patients wouldn't be moved for at least sixty to ninety days. If he took every case offered and worked overtime, he might be able to come up with a down payment. Enough that he could qualify for the payment plan at least. Hopefully.
His iPhone chimed then flashed his appointment reminder on the screen. He had a meeting with a lady to discuss a job. She was wealthy. Recent widow. Maybe he could get a head start on that down payment. Maybe tonight.
Nickolai steered the truck into the road. He'd already loaded the lady's address into his GPS. He pushed the button, and the driving instructions popped on the screen. He'd arrive within ten minutes.
Images of Lisbeth before flitted across his memory. Her smile. Her hugs. Her dry sense of humor.
Forty thousand dollars was a lot of money, but his sister's recovery would be worth every single penny.CHAPTER 2
Talk about living in the lap of luxury.
Landry parked her VW bug in the driveway of the Winslet house, hoping it wouldn't insult the manor's grounds with its well-worn aging. An elegant two-story house raised on low brick piers with a side-gabled roof sat back from the property line and boasted covered two-story galleries framed by columns supporting entablature. The facade openings were arranged asymmetrically. In one word ... breathtaking.
Something Landry would never be able to afford. But she wasn't here to buy the house. She was here for a job.
The February wind danced through the overstated live oak trees surrounding the house as Landry made her way over the cobblestoned driveway. She carefully took the steps to the front door then took a deep breath, letting it out slowly before she jabbed the doorbell.
A moment passed. Two. Three.
The door swung open, revealing a man in jeans and a T-shirt. A very attractive man with cut muscles and a wide smile. "May I help you?"
"Um, I'm here to see Mrs. Winslet. I have an appointment."
"Right this way, Ms. Parker." He motioned her into the entry.
Her sneakers squealed against the waxed marble floors as she followed Mr. Handsome into the first room on the right from the foyer. A formal study, complete with mahogany built-in bookcases and marble-front fireplace, met her. Maybe she should have changed into something more professional.
He gestured to the seating options. "Please, make yourself comfortable. Mrs. Winslet will be with you directly."
"Thank you," she said to his retreating back. She avoided the stiff-looking Queen Anne's high-back chair, instead choosing the formal and uncomfortable love seat that sat across the coffee table. Brocade fabric. No throw pillows.
Landry scoped out the room. No windows broke up the monotony of the white and wainscoting walls. A painting of a woman, as formal and stuffy as the room, stared down her nose from her place over the fireplace. All in all, it was probably one of the most unwelcoming places Landry had ever been inside.
"I apologize to have kept you waiting."
Landry stood as the lady entered. She was much younger than Landry had expected, probably no more than sixty. Definitely not more than sixty-five. Standing about five feet seven inches, tall for a lady, but with a slim build. She wore a tailored gray dress. Her silver-streaked hair looked as shiny as a child's. Her blue eyes were separated by the hawking of her nose, which stood out from her other features as if it'd been placed on her face by mistake.
"Please, sit." She perched on the edge of the chair, her legs tucked demurely against the piece of furniture, ankles crossed but not touching. "I'm Winifred Winslet. Thank you so much for coming."
"I'm so sorry for your recent loss." Her tongue thickened inside her mouth. Landry had to remind herself Mrs. Winslet was a potential client, nothing more.
"Thank you, dear."
Mr. Handsome returned, carrying a silver service. He set it on the marble table splitting the room in two.
Mrs. Winslet nodded at him, and he disappeared in silence, shutting the study door behind him.
"Would you like some coffee?"
"No. No, thank you." Caffeine this late in the day would keep her awake all night. She needed to get the conversation on track. "So, the message I received was you were interested in discussing my company's recovery of an item?"
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ContentsThe Legend of the Dutchman's Lost Mine,
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Really liked this adventurous story.
Great novel with good ending full of suspense
I received this book a long time ago to review, but had not timeline so it kept getting pushed back and I honestly wasn’t that excited to review it. Now I am wondering why I waited to so long. This book was one I couldn’t put down and easily read. It had an almost Indiana Jones feel to it. The hurt and wounds each character carried was very real and something we can relate to. The mystery surrounding the missing map had me guessing until the end. I will say there were chapters that I didn’t really understand until it all came together at the end and found myself irritated when I got to those chapters and they interrupted the other story. But overall I really liked this book a lot. A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.
This is the first book by Robin Caroll that I have read and I was quite impressed. I love inspirational romantic suspense and have quite a few authors that are my favorites; Ms. Caroll will join that list of favorite authors. The book was well-written, seemingly well-researched (though I don't know much about Apache tribe and its traditions and beliefs), fast-paced with a bit of romance thrown in. The book also had a strong thread of faith woven into the storyline which I appreciated. Anyone who enjoys contemporary romantic suspense would love this novel. The plot is action-packed and left me breathless at moments. The characters are flawed but deeply layered with hurts and mistakes that haunt them. Landry comes off at first as a know-it-all who is prickly just because she can be. She needs a large amount of money to keep her recovery company afloat and she wants to do this for her father's legacy. Nickolai is a retired cop now working in the recovery industry who first acts like an arrogant jerk, full of himself and his abilities. He needs a large amount of money to take his younger sister out of the hospital into a halfway house that is believed to be able to help her reintegrate into the real world. A wealthy patron hires them both and pits them against each other to recover a map to a legendary gold mine that was stolen when the patron's husband is murdered. Throw in a handful of possible suspects for the murder with Landry and Nick's developing feelings for each other, and we have a pretty awesome read that can't be put down. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing via NetGalley. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
I loved this book. It kept my attention. I like the Christian aspect of it. I am not a romance novel fan, but this one was tastefully done and stayed true to Christian morals, with just the right amount of fun and suspenseful.
I enjoyed reading something different--in a good way! Unique characters and setting. Unexpected ending. Mystical. Made me think. Clean too.
I almost didn't read this book, and I am so glad I did. Weaver's Needle, by Robin Caroll, is one of the best books I have read this year. This intriguing mystery pulls the reader into an old Native American legend while following the twists, turns, and dangers of unravelling a crime in the pursuit of a stolen document; and yes, there is a little romance thrown in. Landry Parker, former military police, and Nickolai Baptiste, former city police, are recovery specialists charged with finding a missing document -- an old map passed down through generations. The map was recently purchased, then stolen, and the new owner murdered. The fee is $50,000 going to the one who locates the map. In the process, their competition throws them together in an unexpected way, and they soon realize their distrust of each other has slowly vanished. Caroll, author of twenty-five novels, and winner of many awards for her fiction, weaves both her Christian faith and the faith of the Apache nation into her stories in such a way that the reader willingly goes along on the journey filled with examples of compassion, love, guilt, forgiveness, and second chances. The story is a prime example of the struggle between good and evil, as Nick and Landry risk their lives in trying to solve this crime of theft, murder, and greed. If you enjoy a good mystery, you will love Weaver's Needle. It should be next on your "books to read" list.
Landry and Nickolai, independent recovery specialists, were challenged to locate and return a valuable, treasure map. This challenge placed them in direct competition with each other. Was this a chance competition or a divine appointment? This book began with a competition, various challenges and adventures filled with danger and valuable rewards. There was a murder mystery and a cross-country treasure hunt, complete with an antiquated map. Christianity was part of the ongoing storyline as characters experienced their own individual journeys of faith. Native Americans, along with their unique customs and culture, played a big part in this book. Sacred rituals and beliefs were explored, explained and integrated well into the storyline. Themes of forgiveness, cooperation, compassion, friendship, second chances and good versus evil were well represented throughout this book. Each of the main characters had meaningful, deeply caring relationships with their respective best friends. This book was filled with good storytelling, memorable characters and exciting adventures. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. I also purchased a kindle copy of this book.
I'm really struggling with this review. The description grabbed my attention when I saw it available on NetGalley. Seriously? It's a mystery people! What it had it description however left it lacking in other areas. I choose to read through some other reviews for a bit of inspiration in getting my thoughts to screen. And realizing that I really need to trim my fingernails to help cut down on the typos! I digress. I found reviews I agreed with wholeheartedly. I found reviews that I'm not sure we read the same book. I found reviews that brought up issues I'd never thought about. And then I realized that I was simply procrastinating. I needed to write this review, I was just hesitant to do so because I knew there wouldn't be a good way to get my thoughts to the screen. I'm pretty sure it's all gonna come out sideways and I'm sorta OK with that. I want to end on the positive so I'm going to cram a lot of drawbacks here in the middle. Pace. The book had a few pacing issues. It seemed to drag along, throw in unnecessary details, and things that could have built suspense didn't quite show up to the party. Tires and fires and brakes...weren't quite the oh my they needed to be. While these were dragging down the story the romance between the competitors and main characters was on FIRE! It was just a smidge too fast for me. I get that drama brings people together but I mean for gravy sake they didn't know each other, the are pitted against each other but the 'flame' appears in a week or so? Really? I don't think so! Let's talk about faith for a moment. This is a Christian book from a Christian publisher. That doesn't mean I have huge expectations of faith at every corner, honestly it's hard to tastefully pull that off without feeling like you are being beaten with it. I have a couple problems with the faith elements in this book. First and foremost, the introduction of faith and basically the way it was addressed through easily the first half of the book felt awkward. It's wasn't just sorta sitting there and it wasn't just sorta discovered. It felt abrupt and awkward. It got better in the second half but it felt more like a Bible beating at that point because of the weak introduction earlier on. The other thing that sorta bothered me was the shaman angle with the Apache. Please, don't think I'm judging, as it is a huge part of our cultural history. The fact that it's there doesn't bother me in the slightest. The weird interspersed chapters of this spirit journey kinda bother me as they didn't connect anything until the end, by then it was too late to redeem them. What bothers me about them is that they carry the conclusion. What could have been a converging of faith and ideas became the opposite. I feel like the Apache vision overshadowed what God could have accomplished and detracted from any Christianity that could have been taken from the story. All that said, if you are still with me, I did enjoy the story. Even through the bumps and bruises and potholes and awkwardness this book has the potential to be something amazing. In the right hands it will be a well loved story. The characters grew on me, the intrigue did develop and embrace me, and I have hope for the future of these characters and wouldn't mind another trip through the pages with them. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Inspirational Romance/Suspense at it's best! I'm tellin' you, kids, this one is g-o-o-d! Even people who've never been to Phoenix know about the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains. Countless people have searched for it, always unsuccessfully. If it exists. You know how legends go. Landry Parker inherited her late father's business, Parker Recovery, mountainous debts and all. She accepts an offer from a wealthy widow, Winifred Winslet, to recover a map--a very special map. The original of the Lost Dutchman Mine map. A very costly ($1 Million!) document, and Mrs. Winslet is willing to pay $50,000 to whoever brings said map to her. The other whoever is really the only competition Landry has in New Orleans, one Nicolai Baptiste, a drop-dead hunk of a guy who pushes every hostile button she has. She needs the money to get her business out of debt. He needs the cash to pay for his little sister's psychological treatment. Whoever has the map is probably the one who murdered Bartholomew Winslet. The police haven't a clue who did the deed, but are more than slightly interested in that map too. I really loved this book. I'm pretty darn sure you will, too! (By the way, I really think you should post a review when you're done reading!) I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
Weaver's Needle has ample action and attraction to satisfy romantic suspense fans yet perhaps the most intriguing element of the story is the Native American culture and traditions. Although the storylines feel disjointed and sluggish at first, it gives readers a solid foundation of familiarity with the main characters before the turmoil kicks in. Landry is a hard-core version of the girl next door. Although Landry lost her family, she has a steadfast faith and her vigilant and compassionate best friend to draw strength, hope, and support from. Nickolai is the New Orleans Indiana Jones version of Mr. Darcy. Nick often carries the weight of the world on his shoulders keeping everyone except his best friend/former partner at arm's length. Readers who enjoy treasure hunt adventure, suspense, mystery, and romance will be pleased with this book. I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
Weaver's Needle is the first book I've read by Robin Caroll. When I read the summary about two recovery specialists and Native American folklore and myths, I knew I had to read it. Landry and Nickolai are both recovery specialists in New Orleans. They are summoned to the home of recently widowed Winifred Winslet to recover a document that her husband had with him at the time he was killed, but is now missing. The first to recover it and bring it to her will receive $50,000. Each one, having specific reasons the money is needed, agree to the terms. Let the competition begin. There's non stop adventures, mishaps, threats and a mystery that kept me reading and not wanting to put it down. I recommend everyone read this if mystery and intrigue with a little Native American shaman folklore is your cup of tea. I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing via Net Galley. All opinions and views are my own.
Deb’s Dozen: Each needing cash, Landry and Nicolai take an assignment fraught with danger. Weaver’s Needle was an interesting book. Part adventure, part whodunit, part romance, the book leads the reader down a somewhat predictable path. The story starts slowly, with Landry and Nicolai needing money for different reasons—Landry to rescue her business; Nicolai to restore his sister to normal life. Enter a murder and a widow determined to recover the property stolen from her dead husband. Landry and Nicolai both run property recovery businesses and Mrs. Winslet has decided to pit them against each other with the successful person earning a $50,000 fee. The property to be recovered? An ancient map to the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine. And they’re off! Landry to Apache Junction, Arizona, with Stan Hauge, Mrs. Winslet’s representative, and Nicolai to research the murder trying to get info from his former partner, Chris. Of course, the trail leads him to Apache Junction as well. I found the story very slow at the beginning—so slow I almost stopped reading the book, but I’m glad I continued. The character of Nicolai was more believable to me than Landry’s. I also found Stan Hauge well drawn. Landry is the Christian in the story, praying before every meal. Nicolai is the sceptic—how could God have allowed the death of his parents and the hospitalization of his sister? The Christian elements were more of a diversion than an asset to the plot. Even with the sketchy character development and the distraction of the Christian elements, Caroll draws you into the story and makes you want to know the outcome. Add in the Apache Thundergod mystique and you’re entrapped—enticed to read the book to the ending. Three-plus stars. Robin Caroll says she “loves to keep you on the edge of your seat with her Southern-style, romantic mysteries/suspense.” Her passion is storytelling and presenting the faith element to her readers. She’s married with three daughters, two grandsons, and a menagerie of pets. You can find out more at RobinCaroll.com. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Landry Parker and Nickolai Baptiste have three things in common. They are both recovery specialists, they both have been hired to recover a stolen map that leads to a legendary gold mine in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, and they both distrust each other. A lot. Landry Parker is a better recovery specialist then she is a business woman. Needing the payoff from this case to get her business solvent again, she’s beyond frustrated when she finds out Nickolai has also been hired to find the map. Nickolai Baptiste, a former police officer, debates the wisdom of taking a case that is still an active police investigation. But, needing the extra income to pay for his sister’s special therapy, he decides to take the case. Knowing Landry has no intentions of backing down, fortifies his determination as well. As both Landry and Nickolai work their investigations, they each find clues the police and each other have overlooked. But, when someone threatens Landry, Nickolai’s defenses go on full alert. Deciding that working together would be safer, Landry and Nickolai team up. Navigating personal threats, Indian folklore, and a near tragedy, Landry and Nickolai’s feelings for each other turn personal. As their attraction for each other grows, they piece together their clues. But is it too late? I really enjoyed WEAVER’S NEEDLE. This is the first book I’ve read from author Robin Carroll, and I will definitely be looking for more. Landry and Nickolai were great characters, made even more attractive by their love for their family. I liked them as individuals, but so much more as a couple. The story definitely had some unique twists due to the superstitions surrounding the map at its rumored fortune. The ending was definitely unexpected. It left me wondering what was truth and what was Landry’s imagination. Good characters. Good story. Good read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Weaver’s Needle fascinated, surprised, and delighted me with characters diverse, scenery extraordinaire, and intrigue so compelling that I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished the book. Although not the tale of a loom, as an unsuspecting reader might assume, this well-woven story kept my attention throughout. I enjoyed getting to know Landry and Nickolai, and found their changing relationship quite appealing. Other characters played important parts in the story as well. As you read this mystery based on a Southwestern legend, be sure to pay attention to the chapters with special titles instead of just numbers. I loved how the divergent viewpoints came together at the end.
“Weaver’s Needle” is the first book I’ve read from Robin Caroll in quite a while and I was so excited to get started! I loved her “Evil” and “Justice Seekers” series and was super stoked to see she had a new book coming out, so of course, I had to read it! I can happily say that I enjoyed this book, though I do confess that there were a couple things I might’ve liked done differently. I really enjoyed Ms. Caroll’s writing and definitely the mystery aspect of the story. I was very intrigued at the story line, two Recovery Specialists pitted against one another to find a missing map first and I appreciated how she wove the story, keeping me on my toes and guessing “whodunit.” Though it’s more of a treasure hunt than a murder mystery, the two were so intertwined that they often overlapped and had me playing out the same scenarios as Landry and Nickolai, trying find motive and wondering who was attempting to force them off the case. The story did seem a bit convoluted, with several rabbit trails and side trips in their search for answers. I also found myself getting lost a time or two, trying to keep up with all of the names and how each person fit into their role. There were also a couple things that were restated, as though the author had forgotten that she’d already brought up a topic, so it was mentioned again. Despite that, I definitely enjoyed the mystery side of things and was right there with Landry and Nickolai, wanting to search for the mine and see the hunt to it’s conclusion. The characters are usually my favorite part of any book, but in this case, I didn’t quite connect with them as well as I would’ve liked. Landry Parker and Nickolai Baptiste are both interesting characters, but they sometimes felt almost secondary to the mystery. And I’m not entirely sure about the overall time line, but I do have to add that their romance felt a bit rushed, with how quickly everything was happening. It also seemed that something would happen, such as a fire or a car accident, and instead of following that up, the suspense would taper off and the story would move to their personal lives. I appreciated that the author was working to build characters that I would care about, but at the same time, it caused a bit of a lag in the story and I didn’t find it holding my attention as well as I would’ve liked. This story focuses around a Native American legend and discusses their beliefs quite a bit, something that I found both interesting and a little difficult to read at times. Some of their rituals are described from the perspective of someone going through them and there is some debate regarding what they believe, verses Christianity, and the author chose to leave it as a bit of a gray area. I can appreciate her tact regarding a different belief, but at the same time, part of the ending left me a bit uncomfortable with the whole thing. Overall, this was an interesting read that dealt with some unique topics and is one I would recommend if you enjoy mystery and treasure hunts. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Weaver's Needle by Robin Carroll is a book whose pages are infused with drama, suspense, and unexpected romance. Nickolai and Landry, both recovery specialists, have taken on a case to find a missing treasure map. One that pits them against each other as the only one to get paid is the one who finds the map first. But the competition becomes complicated and convoluted. Warnings are given but each decides to continue the search. Who will find the map? Will they even survive the search effort? Who is out to stop them? The author does a fantastic job telling the history of Weaver's Needle and the American Indian legends surrounding the map and the cave to which it leads. Shamans, shadow warriors, dream visions, all to protect the site. The story moves quickly with lots of action, several twists to the plot and an earth-shattering, world-spinning, steal-your-heart kind of kiss. Whew, where's my fan? Tough subjects such as mental illness, death and the whys of illness and disease are briefly touched on throughout. Woven with the themes of strong friendships, restoration, guilt, and grief is Landry's faith in a God who loves and cares through out difficult times. Nickolai, though, is of a different bent--if there was a superior being, it didn't play fair. The tension mounts and where will these contrary beliefs lead these two characters. Weaver's Needle is a story full of strong energy and great descriptive writing, making one feel like you are right there in the scene. A story lovers of mysteries and romance will not want to miss. I received a complimentary copy of thi book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Weaver's Needle by Robin Caroll is an amazing read. This book captured both my imagination and my interest. This is the story of two recovery specialists who are hired to compete against each other to find a special item. This book includes mystery, Christian values, suspense and even begins with a murder. The struggles and family connections in this story are heart-moving. The action, while frequent, is interspersed with funny moments, tender moments and just two people connecting with themselves. The tragedies the two main characters endured prior to meeting each other are heart-wrenching. Also, their best friends add an element of interest to the story. The characters and their struggles are real and believable. I was so captivated by this book that I literally finished it in one day. I definitely recommend this book. I would love to see additional books including the characters from this story. The combination of Christianity and Indian traditions was done exceptionally well.
I love Robin Caroll's stories so much that, having ordered Weaver's Needle in November 2016 as soon as I noticed it was available for pre-order on Amazon, I then turned around and pre-ordered a second copy in March 2017! A best selling author, Robin Caroll is a master storyteller and it shows. Beginning in New Orleans, the storyline moves the main characters to Weaver's Needle in Arizona, on a search for the Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine map. Hired by recently widowed, Mrs. Winslet whose husband was recently murdered, Landry Parker and Nickolai Baptiste, recovery specialists race to find the only item stolen at the time of the murder, a map to the Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine. Easy Peasy, yes? No, Landry and Nickilai work for their own recovery business and have a bit of an adversarial relationship. But Mrs. Winslet really wants that map found as she hires both recovery specialists, with a payout of $40,000 to whoever finds it first! Question is who will find it first? Both Landry and Nicolai really need the money. Intrigue, suspense, romance, history, Indian folklore, and the Superstition Mountains; what more could a reader want? While the author has not indicated such, another page turner with Landry Parker and Nickolai Baptiste would be fantastic!
Blending mystery and lore, Weaver’s Needle is an engaging story! I was intrigued by the premise and enjoyed the contrasting personalities of the two recovery specialists hired to recover a missing map. Their treasure hunt leads them to unexpected discoveries and is filled with drama, danger, and romance. I enjoyed this unique suspense and look forward to reading more stories from Robin Caroll. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Suspense, a hunt for a legendary treasure and it's full of twists and turns! This is a clean romance with good Christian aspects and loaded with action. A page turner! If you like romantic suspense... check out this one! "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
Weaver's Needle By, Robin Caroll So good! I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Weaver's Needle, written by Robin Caroll. What an incredible read! The story, in a nutshell, is about a murder revolving around a map that supposedly leads to a hidden cave and fortune. Two recovery specialists are hired to help find the cave and fortune. Quite expectedly, the recovery specialists are a man and a woman who at first, work against each other. As is expected, throughout this book, this dynamic changes. But that's the only thing that I was able to guess! This is a perfect blend of mystery, romance and intrigue, with a bit of humor thrown in. I was caught up in the story to the very end, and enjoyed the plot twists and turns. I will most certainly be reading more by Robin Caroll. This would make a wonderful beach or poolside novel for the summer! Loved it! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, and was under no obligation to post a review
Escape the summer heat with a mystery..... Weaver's Needle By Robin Caroll When a murder results in a missing map - a map that could lead to the rumored Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine - a hunt is on. When Winifred Winslet, the widow of Bartholomew Winslet, calls two different recovery specialists in to locate the map that may have cost her husband his life the race is on and only one of them will be paid. Landry Parker and Nickolai Baptiste are both drawn against their better judgment to locate the map. Landry needs the money to save her father's business while Nickolai needs the money for his sister. With two very determined and stubborn people on the case the map - if it exists - is sure to be found. There is just one problem - someone wants the map to be lost forever and the rumors about the long lost gold may be a key factor in this case. Landry and Nickolai are both determined to find the answers that will lead them to the killer and the map, but that may be difficult when someone takes a personal interest in stopping them. And where one murder has been committed what is a couple more? With danger closing in on them and the clock running down will they solve this case or will they become yet another casualty of a doomed expedition for gold in the Superstition Mountains? Joining forces seems to be the best way to stay alive unless the competition is where the true danger lies. Can Landry and Nickolai trust one another with their backs? Weaver's Needle takes the reader back and forth between the quest that Landry and Nickolai find themselves on and mysticism of the Indians who call the Superstition Mountains. The spiritual aspects of the Apache portion of the story was presented in such a way that the reader wasn't sure if it was in the present day or in the past until the end of the book (you'll have to read the book for yourself to know the answer for this). This added another layer of complexity to the story and the mystery surrounding the quest for the map and the powerful pull of greed upon the human spirit. This was an interesting book that gave several potential suspects as to who did it and why. If you are looking for a mystery with a unique twist this may be what you are looking. There is mystery aplenty within these pages and the suspense will keep you flipping the pages if you aren't careful. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.