Book Review: Murder Under the Mistletoe by Terri Reed

"It's okay to be mad, but your feelings shouldn't dictate your trust of God. " (148)

Title:  Murder Under the Mistletoe
Series: Northern Border Patrol, Book 3
Author: Terri Reed
Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date:  November 3, 2015
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction / Suspense

DEA agent Tyler Griffin must stop a drug cartel that's using an Idaho Christmas tree farm to smuggle narcotics across the Canadian border. But to do his job, Tyler needs the cooperation of farm owner and widowed mother Heather Larson-Randall—whose informant brother died on Tyler's watch. Tyler knows a crucial piece of evidence is hidden somewhere on the property. But getting the protective mother to trust him is the hardest part of his mission. As threats against Heather mount, he vows to keep her and her child safe…and clear the farm of danger before Christmas. 

Northern Border Patrol: Keeping the US-Canadian border safe..

I really enjoyed Murder Under the Mistletoe by Terri Reed. Though it is the third book in the Northern Border Patrol series, it can definitely be read as a standalone, since I didn't read the others either. However, you do get glimpses of the main characters from the other books and boy, they are yummy in terms of character and plot lines.  Back to Murder Under the Mistletoe. First, love the Christmas theme, having it be set in a Christmas tree farm, which is a new setting to me. I find it intriguing in knowing a little bit about the business side of it. The Christmas village and the shipment details are all fascinating. Then there are the characters. At times, I do find the constant denial of the chance of development between our main characters was somewhat aggravating, but I understand. Sometimes, trust and forgiveness are hard to come by, and then the fact that you've lived your life one way for so long. Can God really expect you to change? Then to top of is the simple message of trusting God. There are reminders, mainly verbal between our characters, but reminders nonetheless for readers too. The message is clear, wrapped in with a love story and a mystery that quite frankly wasn't too hard to guess. However, it did provide a little suspense to ramp things up a bit.

In all, a great story worth exploring, especially with the other books in the story too!

"God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow." (148) 

Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book in a giveaway online.  I was not required to write a review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Terri Reed grew up in a small town nestled in the foothills of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains. To entertain herself, she created stories in her head and when she put those stories to paper, her teachers in grade school, high school and college encouraged her imagination. Living in Italy as an exchange student whetted Terri's appetite for travel, and modeling in New York, Chicago and San Francisco gave her a love for the big city, as well. She has also coached gymnastics, taught in a preschool and currently works part-time for a big department store. From a young age Terri attended church, but it wasn't until her thirties that she really understood the meaning of a faith-filled life. Now living in Portland, Oregon, with her college-sweetheart husband, two wonderful children, a rambunctious Australian Shepherd and a fat guinea pig, she feels blessed to be able to share her stories and her faith with the world.

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  1. I always enjoy reading Terri's books. Thanks for sharing about Murder Under the Mistletoe.

    1. Thanks Jackie for stopping by! you have great tastes in books!


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