||May 15, 2009
Shannon discovers a secret that could end up costing her life.
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Shannon Tanner has it all - a perfect family, a perfect job, and a perfect boyfriend. Or so she thinks. What Shannon doesn't know is that her boyfriend, Mark, is stealing money from her father and making millions doing it. When Shannon learns Mark's secret, he turns on her, and Shannon's life abruptly goes from perfect to perilous.
Agent in Old Lace - reviewed by GG Vandagriff
I read this book all in one sitting yesterday, and haven’t stop chuckling over it. Although it is packed with scary suspense from the first page on, it also overflows with humor. Tristi is mistress of the one liner. Speaking of the villain, the FBI agent says, "He’s taken a psychological disorder and turned it into a hobby." I roared at that one. These little gems sparkle throughout the story, so be certain you are someplace where you can laugh out loud.
The book’s heroine, Shannon Tanner, is a refreshingly honest character from page one. She has no agenda, she reacts from the heart. Tristi wishes she had had more time for development of her minor characters, however with Shannon she did a wonderful job making her unique, and not just another feminist trying not to be a damsel in distress.
The plot has a constant undercurrent of menace, even when it appears the case has been resolved. Shannon is being used as bait by the FBI to lure her ex-boyfriend who has embezzled millions of dollars with impunity over a period of years. Her protection is her "Aunt Anita," an FBI agent in drag. As you can predict, this situation is ripe for comedy and suspense.
I recommend Agent In Old Lace highly as a great read.
Agent in Old Lace - reviewed by Cheryl Malandrinos
Mystery, suspense and romance create a fast-paced and engaging read in Agent in Old Lace by Tristi Pinkston.
Shannon Tanner's world turns upside down when she realizes her boyfriend Mark isn't the Prince Charming she thought he was. When she discovers his secret, Mark turns on her and Shannon's life is suddenly in danger.
The FBI assigns a female agent to go undercover as Shannon's roomate to see if they can flush out Mark. But when this agent is injured right before the assignment, the FBI must turn to their top agent, Rick Holden.
For a while things seem like they will be okay. Rick is by Shannon's side--even though he's wearing a dress most of the time--and Mark might have taken off for good. When Shannon's best friend Tate is kidnapped, Shannon realizes that only way to stop Mark once and for all is to make Rick move out. Can Shannon lure Mark out into the open? And if she does, can Rick save her before it's too late?
After enjoying Tristi's novel, Season of Sacrifice--which we reviewed here--I knew I wanted to read Agent in Old Lace when it came out. This is a decidely different book than Season of Sacrifice, but it is equally as engaging and riveting.
Shannon discovers her life isn't quite as perfect as it seems and she suddenly finds herself in danger from the man who supposedly loves her. In steps Rick Holden, the dashing FBI agent who ends up having to room with her to keep her safe from Mark. That proves challenging because everyone knows Shannon would never have a male roommate, so Rick becomes a woman. This leads to many funny scenes that help to break up the suspense of Mark being on the lose and waiting for the chance to get back at Shannon.
One of the subplots of Agent in Old Lace is that while all this is going on, Shannon's father is fighting for his life from some mysterious illness that the doctors have yet to identify. This raises the stakes for Shannon because she needs to worry about her father's health, her mother's safety, and trying to draw Mark out without getting killed. Pinkston certainly knows how to push characters to their limits.
While the formula has been done before, the extra element of faith that is added to Agent in Old Lace makes this romantic suspense novel unique. All the main characters are LDS, and Shannon uses the power of prayer on more than one occasion to help bring her through her troubles.
Fans of romantic suspense will be flocking to Agent of Old Lace by Tristi Pinkston. Don't miss this one. It's worth every penny!
Agent in Old Lace - reviewed at A Library for Me
Reading this book was a life changing experience for me. Not hugely, like having a kid or getting married, more like discovering a new good restaurant or discovering a new type of music you like. I admit, I have said some not very nice things about LDS genre fiction in the past; cliche is probably one of the more moderate words I have used. I was nervously looking forward to getting the review copy of this book because if it lived up (down) to my expectations, what would I write?
But it didn't. In fact, I will say this is one of the best thrillers (-ish) that I have read in a long time, because it so wasn't cliched. Having the girl not meekly go along with the threatening gunman made me give a shout of joy just in the first few pages. I've never understood why someone would go along with their own removal to a more easily disposed of location.
The heroine felt like a real person, not just a stick figure to get into trouble and then rescued. She jumps out of a car and actually hurts herself. How's that for a departure from regular fiction?
The writing was crisp and fresh. Though that sounds like more of a description of salad than prose, it truly was light and easy to read. Without getting bogged down in horrific descriptions of the evilness of the bad guy (we can figure it out) or of ballistics, or meandering, long passionate monologues about the tormented romance.
Tristi Pinkston has single-handledly convinced me to try more LDS fiction. I might actually start shopping Deseret Book instead of B&N. I'm sure your fellow authors will thank you, I certainly do.
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