Wednesday, March 11, 2020

One Little Lie by Colleen Coble: Excerpt & Review!

About the Book
Book:  One Little Lie

Author: Colleen Coble

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Release Date: March 3, 2020

It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth in this gripping new romantic suspense. 

Jane Hardy is appointed interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, after her father retires, but there’s no time for an adjustment period. When her father is arrested for theft and then implicated in a recent murder, Jane quickly realizes she’s facing someone out to destroy the only family she has.

After escaping with her father from a cult fifteen years ago, Jane has searched relentlessly for her mother—who refused to leave—ever since. Could someone from that horrible past have found them? 

Reid Bechtol is well-known for his documentaries, and his latest project involves covering Jane’s career. Jane has little interest in the attention, but the committee who appointed her loves the idea of the publicity. 

Jane finds herself depending on Reid’s calm manner as he follows her around filming, and they begin working together to clear her father. But Reid has his own secrets from the past, and the gulf between them may be impossible to cross—especially once her father’s lie catches up with him.

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About the Author

Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. You can visit her website at
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My Thoughts

One Little Lie by Colleen Coble is the debut of The Pelican Harbor Series.  Jane Hardy escaped a cult fifteen years ago with her father.  They have been living in Pelican Harbor, Alabama where Jane was just appointed the chief of police following her father’s sudden retirement.  Reid Dixon, a journalist who makes documentaries, is making a film on small town police department’s and he will be following Jane around for the next two weeks.  Jane is shocked when the FBI arrest her father for theft and money laundering.  Jane knows that someone is setting him up and she intends to discover who is behind the plot.  She will need Reid’s help if she is to save her father while solving a string of vigilante crimes.  Reid has another reason for being in Pelican Harbor, but he is not yet willing to reveal the truth. But who knows what trouble his silence will cause.  One Little Lie is described as a romantic suspense, but I believe it is more of a police procedural with a little romance.  I enjoyed all the action happening in the book.  It kept the book propelling forward at a quick pace.  I liked that I was pulled into the story right away.  Fifteen years have passed since Jane and her father escaped the cult.  Jane still wonders about her mother who refused to leave with them.  Jane has her hands full with a series of vigilante crimes.  After the first two incidents, a woman is found murdered.  Then a torso is found in a cooler in the bay where shrimpers are known work.  Then Jane’s father is arrested, and she knows that someone is setting him up.  Jane needs help if she is going to help her father and find the vigilante.  I liked the complex crimes with various twists and turns. There are good clues to help readers solve the crimes before the solution is revealed. Those who are avid readers of whodunits will find this mystery a piece of cake.  The take down scene was filled with suspense and action.  I loved the addition of Parker, Jane’s K9 dog.  I like that the romance was just a small part of the book.  It was a natural evolution of Jane and Reid being thrown together.  The Christian element was light but powerful.  I like how the author handled it.  I admit that I was reluctant to pick up One Little Lie because it was written by Colleen Coble (but I really liked the blurb).  I have not enjoyed her books in the past, but One Little Lie was different.  I am now eager for the next book in The Pelican Harbor Series which is Two Reasons to Run.
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Click here to read a sample from One Little Lie courtesy of Thomas Nelson.  One Little Lie is available through Amazon* as well as other major booksellers.  The second novel in The Pelican Harbor Series is Two Reasons to Run which will be out on September 8, 2020. Thank you for joining me today.  I will be back tomorrow to share my review of Hope Deferred by Linda Byler.  I hope you have an outstanding day.  By the way. . . What kind of book dates book to the Jurassic period?  A Thesaurus.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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