Monday, June 15, 2020

Review of The Mischief Thief by Johnnie Alexander

Johnnie Alexander is a wannabe vagabond with a heart for making memories. Whether at home or on the road, she creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won't forget.

Her award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, is a CBA bestseller and has been translated into Dutch and Norwegian. She also writes contemporary romances, cozy mysteries, and historical novellas. The Mischief Thief is her first suspense novel.

Johnnie is on the executive boards of Serious Writer, Inc. and Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, co-hosts an online show called Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for her Novelists Unwind program. She also teaches at writers conferences and for Serious Writer Academy.

A fan of classic movies, stacks of books, and road trips, Johnnie shares a life of quiet adventure with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon.

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Two wrongs don’t make a right . . . except when they do.

For con artist Chaney Rose, life hasn’t been easy. In desperate need of cash, she readily agrees to find Mischief, a stolen racehorse. Hunting for clues, she breaks into the suspected horse thief’s home only to be caught—with a few pilfered items in her pockets—by the police detective who’s tailing her.

By-the-book Adam Thorne was fired from his church because of his father’s involvement with the valuable thoroughbred. In a burst of Les Miserables-inspired grace, Adam tells the detective that he gave Chaney the stolen items.

Adam wants Chaney to find his missing father. When Chaney learns that Mischief’s owner intends to kill the racehorse, she needs Adam’s help to expose the cruel plan before it’s too late.

Will a con artist with a conscience and a minister without a ministry risk imprisonment to do the wrong thing for the right reason?

My Review

The Mischief Thief had me captivated from the beginning pages.  From Adam, a minister without a congregation, to Chaney, a con-artist with a somewhat confusing moral compass to Tucker, a veterinarian with a complicated association, the author brings their own personal traits together to create an amazing cast of characters that are unforgettable.

The storyline was nothing short of magical. The suspense and twists kept me guessing the whole time.  I enjoyed watching the characters being stretched to their limits and seeing God's influence in their lives testing them. It's a story of trust, learning to forgive, and meaningful relationships in spite of past baggage. 

A very entertaining read. Highly recommended.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Julie! Love the books and cats--so fun!


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