Award-winning author DiAnn Mills continues her contemporary romantic suspense series on FBI agents in the Houston area.
In Deep Extraction, Special Agent Tori Templeton is faced with a professional challenge: her best friend is the FBI’s prime suspect in the murder of her husband, an oil and gas corporation executive. Someone bombed his oil rigs earlier — was his death part of a larger conspiracy? Did someone hack into his pacemaker to cause his death or was it accidental?
Tori is joined by US Marshall Cole Jeffers to investigate the executive’s business and personal affairs to discover the killer’s motives and identity. The closer they get to the truth, the more the killer is intent on silencing them. Will they unravel the mystery before it is too late?
Mills excels in plot development — the story keeps the reader’s attention until the final page. Flawed but realistic characters, and a realistic plot with plenty of twists are what readers have come to expect from Mills. The faith element and the romance are present but not the main focus–the main characters are attracted to each other but keep the relationship light until the case is solved. Forgiveness and bitterness are themes in this book. Does one get better or bitter under trying circumstances?
Deep Extraction will appeal to readers who like suspenseful romance and carefully-researched details. Fans of Dee Henderson and Irene Hannon will also enjoy this series. An author note and discussion questions are also included. Deadly Encounter (Book 1) was reviewed on this blog in 2016.
Highly recommended for public and high school libraries.
Carol R. Gehringer
— reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2016.