Riveting Detective Story ~ Perfect Christmas/New Year read

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Fast paced, taught suspense, wry humor.  Dawson Hughes brings his Texas charm to the Tri-State area to work with sassy female PI,  Ronnie Ingels, on an abduction case. This sometimes gritty, suspense-filled story keeps the reader on edge of their seat all the way up until the heart pounding and satisfying end. Evokes a bit of a “007” feeling at times. Prepare to stay up all night reading.

Christmas is just another excuse to read a thrilling crime fiction novel, but who needs an excuse?

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One Night In Tehran by Luana Ehrlich ~ a review

One Night In Tehran


I read ONE NIGHT IN TEHRAN by Luana Ehrlich as a judge in the Grace Awards. Right in the first pages, its authenticity  floored me and made me want to keep reading.  The author has such a vast knowledge of CIA protocols, one wonders if she’s had some type of connection to that highly secretive world.

The story begins in Tehran. Titus Ray, an undercover American CIA agent is being hunted by Iranian authorities, but manages to escape the country. Back in the states, he learns he’s been targeted by an Iranian assassin. The CIA gives him a new cover story (a legend) and ships him to Oklahoma for his own safety. The rest of the story plays out on American soil and is a skillful combination of detective novel and spy story.

This book was a finalist in the Action-Adventure/Thriller/Western/Epic Novel category of the Grace Awards 2014 because it’s main character, CIA agent Titus Ray, was deeply affected by the Christian family who gave him shelter while he hid in Tehran. Thus he began a personal, spiritual search and converted to Christianity. The faith element of the novel doesn’t at all intrude on the action-adventure, spy story. It simply gives the main character depth.

The novel is well written, exciting, actually. It kept me fully engaged. My only criticism is that it seems to end abruptly with a major string untied. This is deliberate on the part of the author, a literary choice she made. I recommend this novel and will indeed be reading the sequel.

Mystery Genre Originated W/Christian World View



I’ve read that the genre of Murder Mystery Fiction, Detective Stories, or “Who-Dun- Its” is being a creation of the Christian west. The history of the Murder Mystery Novel is that of solving a moral dilemma (a deadly crime) – and the guilty party, no matter how smart, is caught and punished.

The classic murder mystery novels of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers had a definite Christian world view. They firmly dealt in “right and wrong” and “good vs. evil.” These classic books were often set in an English country parish, or a city cathedral. They often had a pastor, parson, and/or deacon as a main character. In addition to her murder mysteries, Dorothy L. Sayers left letters reflecting her Christian worldview.

G. K. Chesterton, the noted English theologian, wrote the Father Brown mystery stories. One critic I’m aware of has pointed out that Chesterton’s Father Brown solves murders because he is a Christian. He was compelled by his Christian morality to hunt down the bad guys.

English mystery author P. D. James also presents the Christian world view of good vs evil in her novels. But her detectives present a darker view of the soul than Chesterton’s more cheerful Father Brown. Today, Anne Perry (a modern writer who’s mysteries are set in Victorian England) could be thought to carry the standard of Father Brown. Many of her characters search for the murderer simply because they have a Christian world view and must right a wrong. They’re Christian sense of morality drives them as sleuths.

A few mystery authors of note who have presented a Christian world view are: Isabelle Holland, with her sleuths, Rev. Claire Aldington and Sister Carol Anne O’Marie; Monica Quill who created the amateur sleuth, Sister Mary Teresa Dempsey; Charles Merrill Smith who created the “Rev. Randolph” mystery series with C. P. Randloph, and his ecclesiastical superior Bishop Freddie. There are many, many more of this type of classically written murder mystery with a Christian sleuth and a Christian world view. And of course, there is the murder mystery set in a medieval monastery, The Name of the Rose with Brother Adso of Melk.