Review of HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT by Mary Ellis

This is a Christian fiction book, with enough romance and suspense to satisfy the readers of all these genres.  I enjoyed getting to know Kate Weller, AKA Jill Wyatt.  Since she is running from danger in her past, Kate changes her name to Jill early in the book.  Escaping her past may not be easy but Kate easily falls into her new job as an investigator with Price Investigagtions.  Her first task with them is to find a lost sibling of Charlotte Sugarman, a pathetic individual who is quickly dying of liver failure and needs her sibling to donate to her.  I did not find the Sugarmans very well portrayed: it was like an instant camera picture that is not fully developed.  I did enjoy the interaction between Eric Manfredi, Kate’s landlord, who quickly becomes interested in her romantically.  Kate’s involvement with Eric pulls her into a murder mystery that is very satisfying for mystery buffs.  I certainly enjoyed the setting in Charleston, South Carolina since I was fortunate enough to live there for almost a decade and recognized many of the landmarks referred to in the book.  I was a little disappointed that the ending leaves several things hanging, but knowing that this is a series, my expectation is that these things will be addressed in future books.  I would read the next books in the series and may even go back and read the series from the beginning.  The author is talented in drawing the reader into the story and holding you there with the suspense and romantic elements.

Disclaimer:

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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