The Sleuth’s Surprise by Kimberly Rose Johnson – Book Review

Posted September 1, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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The Sleuth’s Surprise by Kimberly Rose Johnson – Book Review

The Sleuth's Surprise

by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Series: The Librarian Sleuth #4
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Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date September 1, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adults
Pages: 224


Mary Daley has been the sheriff of Tipton County for more than two decades, but someone wants her job. When it seems circumstances can’t get more complicated, a murder happens on her watch. Had she been the intended victim?
Deputy Chief Lyle Griffin only wants Mary to be happy, but when he asks her if she’d consider retiring, it sets off a string of events and emotions that muddy their friendship.
Nancy Daley-Malone can’t believe anyone would run for sheriff against her mom. She is onboard to help run the best campaign Tipton County has ever seen until the sheriff’s opponent is murdered and Nancy’s husband joins the race. On top of that, it appears someone is out to kill her mother as well.
Can Nancy, along with the sheriff’s department, find the murderer before it’s too late? Will Lyle and Mary be able to admit their feelings for one another or will the status quo remain?

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 Dilemma, The Sleuth's Conundrum

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It’s hard to believe The Librarian Sleuth series has ended! It’s been such fun seeing Nancy, the librarian, solving crimes that have the sheriff’s office stumped. Driving said sheriff, Mary, Nancy’s mom, crazy in the process.

Well, Mary got to play a prominent role in The Sleuth’s Surprise. It was fun seeing things from her perspective and I enjoyed the older-than-the-norm main characters.

It was interesting to see Mary portrayed in a new light. Where she had been so confident in the previous stories, discovering that someone was set on murdering her had her scared. (Yeah, I can see how that would happen!)

Fear, in fact, and specifically why we shouldn’t, was a major theme of the story. As she saw her mom more vulnerable than ever before, Nancy dealt with fear. I really appreciated how her friend, Anna, helped her to keep her eyes on the Lord through that.

Mostly cozy mystery with an undercurrent of romance and faith, The Sleuth’s Surprise is a sweet story that stands alone, though it is more enjoyable when read as a part of The Librarian Sleuth series.

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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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