by Lynn Bulock
Steeple Hill, 2006
Second in the Gracie Lee mystery series, after Love the Sinner.
Frank is a crooked businessman and no-good husband. When he turns up dead from a single bullet wound to the head, it comes as no surprise to anyone who knows him. The only question is which of the several suspects was the trigger man.
Gracie Lee's son, Ben, was seen arguing with Frank the morning of the murder. Gracie Lee knows that her son would never kill anyone and needs to figure out who did it before the handsome and infuriating detective, Ray Fernandez, charges Ben with the crime.
While Bulock tends to ramble at times, she has created likable characters and a reasonable plot. Not the calibre of secular authors M.C. Beaton, Robin Hathaway, Jill Churchill, or Joanne Fluke, but enjoyable nonetheless. I will read the next book in the series while I continue to seek out the best mystery authors who write with a Christian slant.