The List, by Buck Storm and Bill Perkins is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. The novel falls into the Christian fiction genre and captures the essence of what life must have been like in Israel under Roman occupation at the time of Christ.
The storyline follows the lives of Joseph of Arimathea (a Saducee) and Nicodemus (a Pharisee), both of whom were part of the Jewish religious council called the Sanhedrin. The unlikely pair become friends and secretly set out to prove/disprove that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah. They accomplish this by creating a list of prophecies Messiah must fulfill.
My favorite part of the book was how the authors managed to capture the tension between the people’s love for Jesus and the religious leader’s loathing of him. A must read for people of faith. I was excited to learn there will be a sequel.
I must admit I wasn’t expecting much when I picked up a copy of Crimson Snow by William Kritlow. He’s an author I’ve never heard of. I confess it was the novel’s setting, the Lake Champlain region of New England, that lured me to check out this book.
In the opening pages a murder has been committed at a community church in the small town of Sugar Steeple, Vermont. The body lying in the snow is that of the assistant pastor. The police detectives have precious little information to go on and suspect it could be someone connected to the church.
Meanwhile in Atlanta, Georgia, we are introduced to a socially immature seminary graduate named “Win” Brady who still resides at the seminary three and a half years after his graduation. A Dean at the seminary is pressured by Brady’s wealthy father to force Win’s exit from the safe confines of the seminary, wanting him to do something “productive” with his life. The Dean just so happens to have ties to New England, and you guessed it, the town of Sugar Steeple.
From this point on the book sprouts wings and soars as I watched Win Brady clumsily navigate his first ever assistant pastorate. He becomes enamored with a woman police officer who somehow convinces him to work undercover for a hard-nosed detective. As the book progresses, a spiritual battle unfolds pitting good against evil.
Kritlow has succeeded in creating well-developed characters and an engaging plot that keeps you guessing as to who the real killer is. I’m looking forward to reading the next two books in the Lake Champlain Mystery series.
If I Run is the first book in the latest series by Terri Blackstock. I have enjoyed a number of her fiction novels in the past. This book doesn’t disappoint.
The story opens with Casey Cox fleeing the murder scene of her friend. Evidence at the scene points to her. When the police find the murder weapon in Casey’s car, she becomes the primary suspect. The victim’s parents hire Dylan Roberts, a childhood friend of the deceased to find the killer. While in hiding, Casey risks revealing her identity when she becomes involved in solving a child kidnapping case. Did Casey kill her friend? Will Dylan find Casey? If Casey didn’t kill her friend then who did?
This is a great read with revelation after revelation revealed as the story unfolds.