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Caroline Reckoning

Title:  Carolina Reckoning
Author:  Lisa Carter
Pages:  328
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Abingdon
Mike Barefoot is a homicide detective in Raleigh, North Carolina.  He has been assigned the Monaghan case.  Frank Monaghan has been found shot in the head in his car just a few miles from home.  Mike’s first meeting with Frank’s widow, Alison Monaghan, is when she is told for the first time about her husband’s murder.  He soon begins to rely on the God his granny had taught him about and surrenders his life to Him.  As his investigation gets underway, he becomes more and more convinced that Alison did not murder her husband.  He spends more time with her and begins discussing the case and soon they have formed a loose partnership to find the killer.  Mike grows to love Alison and her two teenage children.  However, after months pass, the killer still has not been caught and soon strikes again.
Alison Monaghan has known deep inside that her husband has been unfaithful to her many times, but now she has proof.  Then, the police show up and tell her he’s dead.  Now what is she to do?  Her husband used to take care of everything and now, after reading his will, she discovers their finances are a mess.  She needs a job, so she goes to work at a local historical site where she used to volunteer.  She is incredibly angry and hurt at her husband’s infidelity, but still feels no one had the right to kill him.  She vows to discover his killer.  As her search begins, she realizes she can’t keep doing life on her own and gives her life to the God of her best friend.  She begins reading through the Bible, attending church and praying.  She finds a peace she has never known before.  She finds love with Mike.  She also finds out who killed her husband.
I really enjoyed the plot and the mystery had plenty of twists and turns to hold my interest.  One thing I didn’t like was the two main characters almost simultaneously giving their lives to God.  I thought the chances very unrealistic to happen in this manner.  I read a lot of Christian fiction and am thankful for the Christian themes in this story, just not the timing of the conversions.  I did like the relationship between Mike and Alison’s children and his interest in their lives.  I also liked the conflict between the two males interested in gaining Alison’s affections.  I am looking forward to more mysteries from this author and hope readers will take the time to take part in this mystery.
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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