The Mischief Thief by Johnnie Alexander – Book Review, Preview

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The Mischief Thief by Johnnie Alexander - Book Review, Preview

The Mischief Thief by Johnnie Alexander – Book Review, Preview

The Mischief Thief

by Johnnie Alexander

Series: Rose & Thorne #1
Publication Date May 6, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure, Suspense
Setting: Florida Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults


Two wrongs don’t make a right . . . except when they do.
For con artist Chaney Rose, life hasn’t been easy. In desperate need of cash, she readily accepts a gig from an unethical attorney to recover Mischief, a stolen racehorse. Hunting for clues, she breaks into the suspected thief’s home only to be caught—with a few pilfered items in her pockets—by the police detective who’s tailing her.
By-the-book Adam Thorne was fired from his church ministry because of his father’s involvement with the valuable racehorse. He arrives home to find a detective arresting the young woman who broke into his house. In a burst of Les Miserables-inspired charity, he claims he gave Chaney the stolen items.
Adam needs Chaney’s help to find his father who has disappeared along with Mischief. But when Chaney learns that Mischief’s owner intends to kill the horse, she needs Adam’s help to expose the cruel plan before it’s too late.
Can a con artist with a conscience and a minister without a ministry team up to do the wrong thing for the right reason?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Chaney Rose never expected to shake the world. Yet she did just that. Shook the world of a calloused police detective. Of an out-of-work minister. Of a wannabe mobster. She was an enigma, with street smarts and compassion. With a moral compass slightly skewed and yet was there. Her grandfather had a tremendous influence on her motivations and actions.

Adam’s life over the past few weeks had been one disappointing shock after another. Despite the tumult, he still found it in his heart to respond to the call of God to forgive. To show grace and mercy to the young woman caught red-handed with the contents of his safe. Chaney continued to confound him. As he entered her world, he saw not only a girl who had lived on the streets and could pick the pockets of a pickpocket but also the girl who would do anything to rescue her cousin.

I loved the insight into Chaney’s thoughts and motivations. Despite the things she did, I could see how she thought they were the right things to do. It is strange to think of someone who grew up in a family where everyone was a grifter!

Full of suspense and surprises, this first book in the Rose & Thorne series was wonderful! While Mischief’s situation was resolved, plenty of loose ends await resolution in future stories of the series. I can’t wait to read more!

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About Johnnie Alexander

Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won’t forget. Her award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides (Tyndale), is a CBA bestseller. She writes contemporaries, historicals, and cozy mysteries, serves on the executive board of Serious Writer, Inc., co-hosts an online show called Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. She also teaches at writers conferences and for Serious Writer Academy. Johnnie lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon.

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