The Sleuth’s Dilemma by Kimberly Rose Johnson – Book Review, Preview

Posted January 30, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

Ephesians 4:26-27

We all get angry at times, some more often than others. Elisha apparently had quite a temper – he called bears down to attack teenagers who were harassing him and called fire down on soldiers who were going to bring him to the king! Yet he was a man who heard from God in a way few did and had incredible faith.

The problem is not the anger. The problem is what we do with it. According to the verses I’ve quoted from Ephesians, we are to not hold on to the anger because when we do, we allow the enemy another way to lead us to sin.

When you get angry, take it to the Lord. Tell Him all about it and ask Him for wisdom in how to deal with it. And let it go.

The Sleuth’s Dilemma by Kimberly Rose Johnson – Book Review, Preview

The Sleuth's Dilemma

by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Series: The Librarian Sleuth #2
Series Rating:
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date February 1, 2019
Genres: Mystery, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 35-60
Written for: Adults
Pages: 172


Anna loves her job as a high school English teacher until everything goes sideways. The one bright spot in her life is Titus Gains, the school counselor, who is there for her at every turn. Titus’ boss complicates his ordered world when she tasks him with running a meeting that changes everything. How had he not noticed Anna earlier? Someone is out to destroy her, and he can’t let that happen.

As the head of the English department, part of Luke Harms’ job is to make sure everything runs smoothly. Things went haywire when Anna was put in charge of the big writing contest. Entries are missing, Anna appears to be in danger, and her job is on the line. Luke is investigating and wants to make things right for this woman he’s starting to care about.

Can a trio of school officials along with Nancy Daley, the town sleuth, stop the saboteur before it’s too late? And will Anna choose the right man, or lose them both?

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

Also in this series: The Sleuth's Miscalculation, The Sleuth's Conundrum, The Sleuth's Surprise

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Lies, threats, and turmoil. Someone is angry with Anna, and “he” is making her life miserable.

I really loved the characters, as I seem to do with this author’s books. They are richly developed with an emphasis on their character. It was fun that the author had two men at the school with an interest in Anna and that they were both so full of great Christian traits that I didn’t know which of them I wanted her to end up with.

This cozy mystery kept my interest throughout and the clues were dispensed at just the right pace that I was able to figure out what was going on before the characters did (yay me!) but they were not presented so obviously that there was no challenge.

While the main theme of the story was not about anger, there was an important lesson learned by the one who was causing all the problems because of anger directed at Anna. Giving in to anger and letting it fester is never the right solution and will always lead to problems.

The author’s heart for the Lord shines clearly in this story as she teaches her characters to draw closer to Him.


About Kimberly Rose Johnson

Faith Hope and Love Reader’s Choice Finalist, Kimberly Rose Johnson, married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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2 responses to “The Sleuth’s Dilemma by Kimberly Rose Johnson – Book Review, Preview

  1. Thank you for your review! It’s funny, I hadn’t thought about the anger issue, but it is so true and something I think all of us deal with. Thanks for pointing that aspect out.

    • It’s always fun to try to come up with something to use for an intro. And when I was reading, that kinda jumped out at me. . .

      As always, it is such a pleasure to read your stories! Keep them coming, please. 🙂