Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Deadlock by DiAnn Mills

Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.

When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.

My review:
   DiAnn Mills is still an author I haven't read many books by, but I have enjoyed each one I have read. She hasn't disappointed me yet, and this newest novel of hers is even better than the others I have read.

  Book #3 in the FBI Houston series, Deadlock is pretty much a stand alone title, as the other two are. There is no continued story line in the books, though some of the characters from the previous books make an appearance in this one, and the setting is the same as the other two books.

  Deadlock is a "who dun it" sort of novel in ways. There is a bad guy, and though the FBI find a lot of clues and people connected to the killer, the identity of the top guy is kept a secret until the end, and I was totally surprised.

 The book has plenty of suspense, drama, and action in it, and also family problems and threats and intimidation tactics. There is a Christian message throughout the book, but those who don't like "preachy" novels should still like it.

  The most stars you can give a book is 5, but I enjoyed this novel so much that I would give it 6 if I could. I had a hard time putting it down, and found myself turning the pages as fast I can read. I highly recommend it, and readers of Christian suspense will enjoy it.

About the author:

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at

Deadlock is available from Tyndale Publishing.

Thanks to Tyndale for the review copy.