Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce

About The Book

Author: Joanie Bruce

Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance

Release Date: November 29, 2016

“You’ll pay for this. I’ll get you both.”

Computer expert Lexi Wynn is frightened. Someone is after her, but she doesn’t know why. Is it because of her past or because she was thrust into a deadly bank robbery and might identify the ones responsible? Escaping a failed kidnapping attempt and not sure who to trust, she hopes her specialized skills with computers might flush out the name of the killer. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger rams into her truck with the hearse he’s driving and puts his life in danger to save hers, can she ignore the attraction she feels for him to concentrate on the killers? Or is God the only one who can save her now?

Drew Sheffield is irritated when a cute lady stops abruptly in front of him and he plows into the back of her pickup. After their initial confrontation, flashbacks of honeysuckle and sassy green eyes linger in his thoughts. When Lexi is threatened, he steps in to help the feisty young woman, in spite of agonizing over a past relationship.

Can Lexi and Drew forget the tragedies of the past and embrace the feelings between them or will ghostly memories snub out the promise of a future together?

About the Author

Joanie has a strong passion for reading, and her love for books with nail-biting suspense, inspires her to write contemporary suspense books. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write from her home in the country, she strives to use that opportunity to honor Him in all of her writing. Joanie and her husband, Ben, live in a country home near Madison, Georgia, right in the middle of a pasture full of beef cows. There they raised and homeschooled their three children. She enjoys cooking, taking long walks, painting oil portraits, and caring for their home in the country.

My Review

There were intriguing elements to Murder for the Time Being that kept me on the edge of my seat. It started off with a chilling scene that kept you riveted and made you start guessing, but the plot development slowed down for a bit. The mystery was well plotted with relatable characters. From the beginning, I wanted to know more about Lexie and Drew, but the author kept you curious for a little while before filling in the pieces.

From the blurb on the back, I expected more romance.  There was chemistry and tension built between Lexie and Drew, but only in a few scenes. That’s fine if you prefer more suspense and less romance, but I struggled with it. I think it would have been better had there not been so many point-of-view characters. It made it difficult to keep track of who was who and it slowed down my reading. There were some medical details that seemed unbelievable and a few too many coincidences.

In my opinion, this book will be a perfect fit for those who prefer suspense novels with a beautiful story of grace. There were nail-biting scenes where you feared for the characters’ lives, twists along the way, and characters you grew to love.

I would give this book 3.5 stars. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions are my own.

Guest Post from Joanie Bruce

Have you ever been devastated by a certain event in your life, and later it turned out to the best thing that ever happened to you? That’s what happened to Lexi Wyn in this book, “Murder for the Time Being.” Something unthinkable happened to her family, but in the end, it changes Lexi’s life forever and introduces her to the love of her life.

In this story, both Lexi and Drew have things in their past that discourage them from seeking a lasting relationship. However, God has a plan for them both, and through His Divine engineering, they are thrown together in circumstances that nurture a growing appreciation and affection for each other.

This book was fun to write because I anchored the story in my sweet little town of Madison, Georgia. I wasn’t raised in Madison, but I’ve called it home for much longer than any other place I’ve ever lived. While growing up in the big city of Memphis, Tennessee, I had definite plans for my future. All I ever wanted was to “marry a country boy and live in the country.” The Lord heard the desires of my heart and gave me what I wanted … a country boy, born and raised here in Morgan County on a dairy farm.

After we married, I adopted Madison as my home, and I love it so much that I wanted to feature some of the fun spots in Madison as the backdrops for the scenes in my books. I hope when you read through the pages of my book, you will get an idea of what a sweet little town Madison is and enjoy reading about Lexi and Drew and how they let God guide them in discovering that murder CAN be “for the Time Being.”

1 Comment

  1. joaniebruce

    Hey Christina, thank you for the honest review. I appreciate you agreeing to review my book, and thank you for participating in the blog tour. Happy reading! 🙂

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