Tuesday, June 28, 2022


 Why do we hold on to some things even though they have no practical value or monetary value? When I moved from a three story house with a large shop to a condo with a garage, I had to seriously downsize. 

I had to be selective about what I kept. Initially, I said I could keep something that was beautiful/sentimental if it was also practical. That meant the copper bowl that used to belong to my grandfather were in. 

But then I found other things that I couldn't fit into that criteria. The Raggedy Anne doll my mother made for example. My mother died at 52. She was not big on hugging or conversations. She expressed her love through making things for people. One Christmas she made all of her six children pajamas. I could not let go of the doll. It reminded me of my mother and who she was. It connected me to a person and to memories. 

Another keepsake I can't let go of is my mother's silver tea service. My grandmother who died before I was born owned it initially and my mother told me stories of the white glove tea parties my grandmother used to have. The last time the tea service was in use was at my wedding over 35 years ago. It sits in a closet in special bags. It has so much silver in it, it tarnishes once exposed to the air. I can't give it up. It connects me to a woman I never knew but for whom I am named after. My middle name, Frances, was the first name of the grandmother I never knew. 

Stories, memories, connections to the past and people are important. In this era of minimalism, some things are worth keeping. How about you? What are you holding on to? Does the item connect you to an event or a person? Does it bring up memories when you hold it? 

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Wondering what's new in inspirational suspense and mystery? 

Coming July 5, Critical Alliance by Elizabeth Goddard releases!!

Mackenzie Hanson's special set of skills opened the door to a successful career as a professor of cybersecurity at a Michigan university, allowing her to put her criminal past behind her. But when a long-ago partner in crime delivers a cryptic message about her father's tech company being under cyberattack, she heads for Montana to secure exposed assets, close security breaches, and hopefully save lives.

Diplomatic Security Services special agent Alex Knight is back home in Montana to decompress from a mission gone wrong. But even as he's trying to relax, he's drawn into another mystery, complete with suspicious deaths, lethal threats, and whispers of espionage that all have one thing in common--a beautiful cybersecurity expert with a dark past.

When the situation turns deadly, Alex and Mackenzie will have to work together to find the answers they need--before someone silences Mackenzie for good.

USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard weaves a tangled web of nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping romance in this fast-paced conclusion to her Rocky Mountain Courage series.

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Monday, June 27, 2022


We have exciting things planned for you this week on the Suspense Sisters!

On Tuesday Patricia Bradley will tell us What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery.

Wednesday we’ll hear from Suspense Sister Sharon Dunn. She'll be talking about keepsakes and how they connect us to memories and the people we love. She’ll also be giving away copies of CRIME SCENE COVER UP.

Facing the past
is the only way to catch a killer.

After years of chasing the Arson Killer, FBI profiler Arielle Olson follows the trail straight back to the scene of her husband’s death—and into the murderer’s sights. Now she must rely on Sheriff Neil Cobain…even if she suspects he’s withholding info about the night she was left widowed. And they must put aside the past long enough to end a killer’s deadly game.

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On Friday, we’ll kick off our SUMMER OF SUSPENSE contest! Stay tuned for details and instructions. You could win a $100.00 Amazon gift card, lots of books, and all kinds of great summer-themed gifts! 



Friday, June 24, 2022

Elysium Tide by James R. Hannibal

Last Saturday, I stopped by the local Christian book store. My original plan was simply to browse, maybe look for the non-fiction book one of the ladies from my Bible study group back in Oklahoma recommend to me. When my eyes landed on Elysium Tide by James R. Hannibal, I froze in my tracks. This was the book I’d been waiting to read then completely forgot about in the craziness that was my wedding and move to Nebraska. Needless to say, I snatched it off the shelf, bought it, and began reading it right away. 

One of the things I really love about Hannibal’s books are his colorful characters, and Elysium Tide did not disappoint in that area. All of his characters are so different and true-to-life without crossing that fine line into the realm where you think to yourself ‘the author worked way too hard to try and make his/her characters interesting.’ I think the thing I enjoyed most–especially about the male main character–was that he wasn’t nice as a human. Truly, he was arrogant and rude and not in that charming Mr. Darcy kind of way, although his British accent did help me give him a bit of a pass, but he was so determined to do the right thing that I liked him in spite of his way of being in the world. By the end of the story, he’d undergone some change. Enough to make him a Mr. Darcy type but not enough to remove all the rough edges, and I really like that. Because how many of us will reach perfection here on earth? Pretty sure the answer is zero of us, so I felt like his growth in the book was realistic. 

The setting of Maui was amazing, and Hannibal can paint a beautiful word picture. I felt like I was amid the volcanoes. You’ll probably think I’m a weirdo, but Hawaii has never been on my list of vacation destinations. However, after reading Elysium Tide, I may have to reevaluate my travel wish list. 

Not only were the characters relatable and the setting breathtaking, but the action kept me guessing until the end. Without giving anything away, I only had half of the ending figured out before the truth was revealed at the end, and it felt good not having all the answers before I was supposed to. 

My favorite part was in the last few pages when it became apparent that there is more to the story. Unfortunately, that also means that I’ll have to endure an excruciating wait for book two in the series. 

This is my favorite suspense read of 2022 so far, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes fun characters and nail-biting suspense. 

Which vacation destination is at the top of your list? Mine’s England. Answer below for a chance to win a copy of Elysium Tide by James R. Hannibal. 

Linda is the winner of Buried Cold Case Secrets by Sami Abrams! I’ll send you a copy of the book through the email you provided.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Book Review of Know Your Bible ~ One of the best helpers I've found for Bible study

Happy Wednesday, readers of inspirational suspense and mystery. Today I'm reviewing the best book I've found for taking some of the mystery out of Bible study, Know Your Bible. Yes, this isn't an ordinary Suspense Sisters book review. But how many times have you listened to Scripture and wondered when it had been written and by whom. This powerful little book answers plenty of those questions. 95 pages, Barbour Publishing

From the publisher: Know Your Bible is a concise, easy-to-understand guide to God's Word-giving you a helpful and memorable overview of all 66 books. For each Know Your Bible provides data on the author and time frame, a ten-word synopsis, a longer (50-100 word) summary, thoughts on what makes the book unique or unusual, a listing of key verses, and a "So, What?" section of practical application. It's a fantastic resource for individuals and ministries! Quotations are in NIV, ASV, and KJV.

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Happy reading ~ Mary Ellis

Tuesday, June 21, 2022



Wondering what's new in inspirational suspense and mystery? 

I can't wait for Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch to release June 28!

When a cold-case serial killer returns, FBI special agent Fiona Kelly has one last chance to stop him before he claims the prize he’s always wanted—her.

The sight of a goose feather at a murder scene modeled after a children’s poem is enough to make FBI special agent Fiona Kelly's blood turn to ice. Almost two decades ago, a feather was left with her sister's body—and with every subsequent victim of the Nursery Rhyme Killer. Now he's back. Only this time, his latest gruesome murder is a message to the only one who ever got away: Fiona.

Finding “Rhyme” is an obsession that's fueled Fiona's career—and destroyed her marriage to fellow FBI agent Asa Kodiak. Now Fiona and Asa have to put their past tensions aside and work together one last time. But Rhyme is watching, and catching this killer may force Fiona to reveal her biggest, darkest secret…the one only he knows.

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