Friday, June 22, 2007

Reluctant Runaway

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


(Multnomah, March 2007)



Jill Elizabeth Nelson is a member of the CFBA. Her blog, Artistic Blogger, addresses issues about art, art theft, antiquities preservation, and the art of fiction writing. She takes art seriously - when she's not having fun with it, that is. The To Catch a Thief Series combines her love of the written word with her love of other art forms.

The first in the series was Reluctant Burglar , second is Reluctant Runaway. In January 2008, she will reveal the third book, Reluctant Smuggler. Jill is thrilled if the adventures that spill from her imagination can raise awareness about art theft - deemed "a looming criminal enterprise" by the FBI. Jill and her husband, Doug, have four children and live in Minnesota.


Stolen Indian artifacts...A murdered museum guard

A missing woman…A baby in danger

Only Desiree can unearth the horrifying secret that links them all.

Museum security expert Desiree Jacobs doesn’t mean to get in danger’s path. Really she doesn’t. But when a friend is in trouble you don’t just walk away. No matter what your overprotective FBI agent boyfriend says! So when Desi and Tony’s date at a presidential ball is interrupted by a frantic Maxine Webb, Desi doesn’t hesitate to jump in.

Soon Desi is neck-deep in a confusing array of villains. Did Max’s niece run away or was she taken? Is she still alive or the victim of a perverse ritual? And who wants her infant son–and why?

Then Tony’s organized crime case collides with Desi’s investigation, throwing them both into the path of something dark and sinister. Something that craves blood...

From the streets of Desi’s beloved Boston to the mountain desert of New Mexico, Desi and Tony must rely on God to thwart unseen forces–and save a young woman and her baby from a villain more evil than any of them can imagine.

"A fresh voice, strong heroine, and unique plot make Reluctant Runaway a can't-put-down read. Jill Elizabeth Nelson is an author to watch in the realm of romantic suspense!"
----SUSAN MAY WARREN award-winning author of In Sheep's Clothing

My brother's getting married tomorrow, so I haven't had time to read this book yet. But here's my review of the first book in the series:

To Catch a Thief Book One
by Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Desi Jacobs loves her father's company, HJ Securities, and hates the federal agent, Lucano, whose unfounded allegations may ruin their reputation among museums and art curators. But when her father is murdered in Europe, Desi's world turns upside down. A ring of thieves wants the art Hiram Jacobs has stashed without Desi's knowledge, and they're not content with asking nicely. Desi has to face her beloved father being a criminal and any friend of his could be an accomplice. The only person she can trust may be the last person she wants to - Tony Lucano.
The action begins in the first sentence and doesn't let up until the denouement. The characters and their conflict match the plot well, and I loved the unique glimpse into Desi's job. "Stealing" valuable items to prove the need for a security company had been done before in The Jewel in the Crown, but while that novel didn't meet my expectations, this one exceeded them. Intrigue, action, and romance combine for a great catch that I give the Waterfall Books rating of Whitewater.


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