Monday, May 11, 2015

Double Cross by DiAnn Mills

FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead.

Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force inter-agency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.

As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more
extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

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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.

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 sites listed at

I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Thoughts: 
This book starts out action packed. Laurel is FBI, working on an elderly insurance fraud scam case. After discovering an encrypted e-mail, in which the encryption matches the type a felon from a  previous undercover case used, Laurel has a suspect - the man she put away five years prior. 
Meanwhile, Wilmington, the felon she arrested is still serving time in prison. He now claims to have found Christianity, and is seeking parole based on good behavior. 

Officer Daniel Hilton's elderly grandparents, one of which suffers from Alheizmers, have been scammed at the location where they reside during the day while he is working. He is doing some side work trying to figure out who the scammer and get to the bottom of it.

With a little help from FBI, Wilmington is released early, pending his help with the elderly scam investigation. Together these three begin their undercover assignment. The question being; Can they trust each other? Has Wilmington really turned a new leaf? Can Daniel and Laurel keep their growing feelings in check so their cover isn't blown? Will the real criminals trust them enough to reveal the silent partner?

I have mixed feelings about this book. Although, I enjoyed the plot, the action, and the romance, I felt like some of the details in the book did not add up well, and some of it was not very believable. I hate to give away the story, because it really was good, so am not going to expound on the cons. I do want to mention though that I would recommend the book. I especially enjoyed the character of Abby, the grandmother. She was a godly mentor, and friend to Laurel. Some of the self-condemnation she and her husband suffered due to a prodigal son, as well as, how they dealt with it,  is also an interesting and worthy part of the story. And the ending was certainly not what I had expected. 

This is the second book in the Houston FBI series, but can be easily read individually. I read the first book, which I thoroughly enjoyed by the way, and the characters are not the same in both books. You can read my review  Here

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