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Buried Secrets (Men of Valor Series #1)

Irene Hannon
Buried Secrets (Men of Valor Series #1)

After seven years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant has hit a wall. Ready for a kinder, gentler life, she takes a job as a small-town police chief. But then the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town brings her right back to detect... Read More

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After seven years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant has hit a wall. Ready for a kinder, gentler life, she takes a job as a small-town police chief. But then the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town brings her right back to detective ways. Unable to accomplish solving the crime with the few resources the town has, Lisa calls for help.

Detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL, arrives on her doorstep, and as they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn't want this dead person telling any tales--and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.

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Product Details:
Pages: 336
Release: 03/2015
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Mar 3, 2015
  • UPC: 9780800721268
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Publish Date: Apr 7, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042060"
  • ISBN: 0800721268

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Dragged in the beginning by Jopat on 9/20/2016

This was a first read of this author. Felt that the romance was obvious from the start and mystery of 'who done it' as well. So a bit disappointed overall.

Did purchase Book 2 of the series's the the same time, but have not read as yet. That will determine for me as to whether I seek out other series written.

Can't wait to read book 2! by grtlyblesd on 8/23/2015

If you like Mystery or Romance, you'll enjoy this great combination of the two. I received this book from Family Christian, and once I sat down to read it, I was hooked! The suspense of the story, the romantic tension between the Sheriff and the Detective, the dramatic wrap up, it was great! I'm glad we'll get to see the characters again in the upcoming books in the Men of Valor series, each featuring one of Mac's brothers.

This was my first time reading Irene Hannon's books. I look forward to catching up with her other titles.

Race for Your Life by Erin S. on 5/30/2015

My thoughts:

I loved this book! Oh my. It's riveting! I loved the medical aspects of the book as well as the danger and suspense. I have to say that I truly could not put this one down. I was very thankful that my husband was home when I started reading because he could then take care of the kids while I curled up with my book!

Lisa and Mac make a great team. They also have some chemistry going on between them that they're determined not to explore until after their case is over. A case that they can't seem to solve. Oh by the end they know who it has to be but they can't prove it. They have no evidence. But they will if they can simply keep each other alive long enough!

I don't want to ruin this book for you, but you're definitely going to have to read this for yourself! It's amazing.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Twists and Turns by Laura Hix on 5/8/2015

This book was better than that!! Irene Hannon has written her best yet!

I was so excited about this book with each word I read! The book starts out as a look back in history and weaves a story that the entire plot is about, but doesn't give you details about a lot of the things that happen in this mystery. Hannon weaves a story so creative that it leaves you wanting so much more.

Each character is created with so much thought and planning that you fall in love with them! Even the bad guy!!! One of the best characters is Talley, the dog!

I love mysteries and I love criminal mysteries even better and this book has it all.

Add to that, the fact that it is basically a clean read, makes this book even better!

without going into details, just let me say that each twist and turn Lisa and Mac fall deeper and deeper in love and know that their personal relationship is off limits until their working relationship is done. She's a City Police Chief, He is a county Officer. Together the two work flawlessly in sync through the entire process of solving 'the bones case.'

The book is beautiful before you even pick it up, when you can feel the dirt.

I have never seen a book like this with this kind of cover that draws you in before you ever open the cover. I am just not that kind of person when it comes to books. I don't care about the cover, I want the substance of the book. This one was different.

I loved this book and had a very good experience while reading it!

It's going to be a long wait till spring 2016 for the rest of the series!!!

Thinking Thoughts Blog Review: Buried Secrets by Emilie on 5/1/2015

One dead body. One hard-working, former Chicago homicide detective. One ex-Navy SEAL.

I don't know about you, but that sounds like a recipe for a great romantic suspense novel, and I'm happy to tell you that it is! I jumped into Irene Hannon's latest series, Men of Valor, with gusto and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed Trapped and Deceived from her A Private Justice series and was interested to see what Buried Secrets was all about.

Lisa Grant is beautiful and smart. She's got an eye toward being the best police chief the small-town of Carson has seen, and brings with her a history of crime fighting from the tough area of Chicago.

Mac McGregor is a former Navy SEAL and tough as nails. Working for County as a detective, he's all about the case until he meets Lisa. Her stunning good looks and no-nonsense attitude surprise and intrigue him. Is she really as independent and tough as she comes across?

With the case spiraling in a direction neither of them expected, Mac and Lisa are tossed together to find a killer that will stop at nothing to cover their tracks! In the midst of all this, sparks fly and Mac and Lisa realize it's more than the summers heat that's warming them up.

I enjoyed this fun read and would definitely recommend it to all fans of Irene's earlier novels as well as those who like a good romantic suspense read. Though there isn't a lot of nail-biting suspense, there is plenty of intrigue and mystery to keep you turning pages late into the night. And did I mention the romantic tension? Because there's the perfect amount of that too!

The only thing I'll say is that there was quite a bit of pointing out how "hot" Lisa Grant was. I understand why in the context, but I fond it a little off-putting initially. Nothing that mars the story or creates a bad dynamic, but I really appreciated when those terms dissipated near the middle to end of the book. It definitely didn't stop me from reading, but it did draw my attention.

Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2015/05/buried-secrets-by-irene-hannon-review.html
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

Nice beginning to new series by Carole on 4/29/2015

Although I'm not naturally a suspense fan, there's a small group of authors in this genre that I really do enjoy, and Irene Hannon is one of those authors. The themes of her stories, at least the ones I've read so far, are police-type dramas that could easily be found in today's headlines. Buried Secrets is book #1 in Irene's new Men of Valor series featuring the three McGregor brothers, and let me just say that romance fans have much to look forward to.

I love cold-case themes and was intrigued by this 24-year-old case, especially seeing guilt's affects on the involved parties over the years. It was the villain - a psychopath who was intelligent, driven, and ruthless - who captured my attention the most, and I appreciated glimpses into her background that showed contributing causes to her behavior.

If I had a minor complaint, it would be that Buried Secrets was a little heavy on romance, especially physical attraction, and that the romance between Mac and Lisa didn't always seem to flow naturally out of the story. Also, the use of descriptive terms like "babe" and "hottie" make me uncomfortable - but that's just me. About a third of the way through, however, the mystery becomes front and center, and this was written really well. The logical, step-by-step gathering of evidence and questioning of suspects was my favorite part.

Mac and Lisa have a godly faith at the center of their lives, which I appreciated. And the physical attraction between them quickly grows into something much more meaningful. Readers of Irene's previous novels will enjoy the appearance of Mitch as he works with Mac. I also enjoyed meeting Mac's brothers, Lance and Finn, and look forward to their future stories.

Irene's novels have yet to disappoint and I enjoyed Buried Secrets very much overall. Recommended.

Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Lies, manipulation, and murder! by J. Augustine on 4/29/2015

This is only my second Irene Hannon book but I can guarantee it won't be the last. I really enjoy her brand of suspense, a little technical, a little spooky, and always keeps you guessing.

Buried Secrets was a little different than most suspense books, in that, instead of the big reveal at the end, the reader knows pretty early on who did it and we get to follow along with Lisa and Mac while they piece things together and prove it.

Buried Secrets is all about motivations and the darker way the human mind works when in self preservation mode. That psychological edge really made the story in my opinion. It kept me on the edge of my seat and trying to guess what might happen next. There was a lot more in the romantic arena, which surprised me. But all in all it was pretty good.

You have to pay attention to the special cover that Buried Secrets has. The designers added some texture so that when you hold it at the right angle it appears 3-D. It gives some delightfully spooky connotations to the booted foot digging the shovel into the dirt. The Revell design team really outdid themselves.

Irene Hannon has started off the Men Of Valor series with a bang and I eagerly await the next book.

(I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)

review from Made by Renee! by Renee on 4/27/2015

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Family Christian Bloggers and they provided me with a free copy of Buried Secrets for this review.

An edge-of-your-seat murder mystery, this romantic suspense story is the first book in her new series "Men of Valor". It does lean more heavily on the romance side of things, with the first few chapters being devoted almost entirely to the relationship forming between the two central characters. This is an interesting read because the reader knows who committed the crime, but the characters do not. Therein lies the suspense - how will they figure these Buried Secrets out?

I was excited to find an author that I felt would allow me the suspense and mystery I crave in reading, while keeping language and gratuities at a minimum. Irene draws the reader into her story and characters with ease. This is the first book I have read by Irene, but I can assure you that I will read more in this series and her others.

Great Plot! by Andrew on 4/27/2015

I’m a member of the Family Christian Bloggers and they provided me with a free copy of Buried Secrets for this review.

Buried Secrets is a romantic suspense series that features three brothers who all have military background. A dead body is discovered buried deep underground by a construction crew in Missouri. The chief of police and former homicide detective, Lisa Grant and Detective Mac McGregor is called in to investigate the troubling case. Detective McGregor is an ex-Navy SEAL who left the force for a safer career choice. The two first meet while investigating the deadly crime and they are determined to find who out who the person is that was murder. Meanwhile, they also are slightly attractive to each other and there is a budding romance that they are trying to put on hold until after they solve the case. The person who committed the crime is also trying to stop them from discovering the hidden truth. Will they survive and get justice for the person killed?

I would recommend this amazing suspense packed series to anyone who enjoys mystery mixed with a little romance. This is the first book that I have read by Irene Hannon and I will definitely be checking out her other books. I immensely liked how Irene Hannon described the dramatic scenes as they were unfolding and I was instantly captured into the storyline. While reading it, she begins the book by revealing who committed the crime but not why until later. I thought this was a unique approach in this mystery novel, since many novels expose a little bit at a time to let readers guess who might have committed the crime. My favorite character was Mac McGregor because I liked how he had an intense charm about him and how he was desperately trying to win Lisa’s love. This book also included an excerpt from the next book in the series and this one is about Mac’s brother, Lance McGregor. I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series! If you’re seeking a new summer read, then this is the book to pick up!

Discovering a New-To-Me Romantic Suspense Author by Meghan on 4/27/2015

Few things in life are as exhilarating as having a new book to read. People within the pages are waiting for me to get to know them, settings are ready to be explored whether it be a leisurely stroll or a race against time, and the questions of what-comes-next challenge me.

But I confess to you today that even though I write romantic suspense, I have never read a book by Irene Hannon, bestselling author of more than forty-five novels. {I know, go ahead and gasp.} I was happy to fill my coffee mug, curl up on the sofa, and get to know Chief of Police Lisa Grant and detective Mac McGregor.

Lisa was a homicide detective in Chicago, but a health issue plus a desire for a slower life filled with family motivated her to take the Chief of Police position in a small suburb in Missouri. Mac is an ex-Navy SEAL who also wanted to get out of the line of danger and live a quieter life as a detective. They meet over a shallow grave unearthed by a construction project.

I loved the attention to detail. Irene Hannon has done her research, and it tells in the story. The archeology and forensics of unearthing a 24-year old skeleton and then finding clues to the identity of the poor soul are fascinating to me. I would have gladly spent more time with the forensic anthropologist, but the story needed to move on.

Unfortunately, I didn't think the story moved on enough in the beginning. The suspense was slow enough in coming that by page 130, the suspense was mostly just the wondering of where the suspense was. However, once the story got moving, that lack in the first half of the book was more than made up for in the second half.

In the meantime, I got to know the characters. They were rich and developed, and I particularly appreciated the family interactions. Lisa's well-intentioned mother teases her about the handsome county detective. And Mac's two brothers, both in the military, come for a visit with plenty of good-natured banter and ribbing. {This is the first in a series called Men of Valor, and I suspect the next two books will be about Mac's two brothers.}

The villain was particularly interesting to me, her motivations and the level of preparation and attention to detail. I found myself grieving for the skewed vision of the world by the villain. What a contribution to the culture she could make if she would just accept Jesus Christ!

{This post is sponsored by Family Christian. All opinions are honest and my own.}

Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of Buried Secrets by @AmandaGeaney on 4/24/2015

I didn't know what to expect when Buried Secrets, the first book of Irene Hannon's new Men of Valor series, came in the mail. This is the first title I've read by this particular author. What I've discovered is a talented writer whom I would gladly read again.

The prologue of this novel was pretty telling and therefore yielded a two-fold effect on me. First, it was an exciting way to start the book and it gave me, the reader, an immediate glimpse of the personalities of those involved. The second, and maybe not quite as positive, is that it took some of the mystery out of the story by revealing how many people are involved in the incident and their motives for covering it up. Nonetheless, I was hooked!

We meet Police Chief Lisa Grant and County Detective Mac McGregor on a construction site where human remains were recently unearthed. Mac and Lisa don't exactly get off on the right foot, but it doesn't take them long to smooth things over. I admit to having been worried when their initial thoughts towards one another were so juvenile. However, Hannon quickly redirects her characters to more substantive thinking while maintaining the flirty banter you would expect from a romance novel. In time, I found myself enjoying Mac's charm and persistent attempts to woo Lisa.

Author Irene Hannon is gifted at scripting a super villain! From start to finish one character from the conspiracy trio grew progressively more cunning and evil. As this character earnestly strives to bury the past, the novel's suspense intensifies. This results in the last third of the book being a "don't-stop-can't-put-it-down" page turner. The suspenseful and dramatic ending clenched a 4/5 star rating.

**I received this book for free as a member of the Family Christian bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 4/22/2015

What could be better than a new series from a favorite author? Not much if you ask me! Irene Hannon introduces us to the first of three brothers in Buried Secrets which is book one in her new Men of Valor series. Mac McGregor is an ex-Navy SEAL that has had enough of the crazy life and just wants to settle down, find a wife and raise a family just like his good friend and fellow SEAL Mitch Morgan has. Mac makes the move to Carson, Missouri a suburb of St. Louis where Mitch lives and becomes a detective.

During a routine call Mac meets Lisa Grant. Unfortunately he doesn't realize that she is the Chief of Police and winds up sticking his foot in his mouth. Because of that their relationship gets off to a bit of a rocky start. Luckily the case that they are working on together keeps them in contact enough to let the attraction between them blossom.

The case that they are working on is a cold one. They don't have much to go on except some human bones that have been uncovered and a mysterious stone. But that doesn't stop the tenacious Chief Grant. She has the nose of a bloodhound and is determined to see this mystery solved.

One of the interesting things that I really like about this book is that you know right from the beginning how those bones got there and who aided in getting them there. The story that unfolds is fascinating as you watch the detectives unravel the mystery and the subjects scramble to cover up their deeds. Irene does a masterful job of keeping the story racing along to an exciting conclusion.

The next book in the series is about Lance McGregor, Mac's younger brother. The teaser at the end of this book is so enticing. It is scheduled to come out in the Spring of 2016. I can hardly wait!

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

an exciting story where faith is the root of characters' hearts by Vera on 4/20/2015

As this story begins, a trio of young folks are involved in the stealth burial of another of their group. Circumstances surrounding the "why" they need to dispose of the body in secrecy are not revealed. That leaves the reader spinning reasons throughout the story. We are brought forward in time to the current day when the three are again brought tenaciously together because of their buried secret.

While this is one of the "Men of Valor" stories, it seems to me that the primary focus is on the female protagonist as she seeks to unravel the clues for the recently unearthed body.

Personalities and flawed characters are fleshed out by the author as Lisa Grant uses her formerly used skills honed by her position with the FBI in Chicago to solve this long time secret. As Lisa and "Man Valor," Mac McGregor, team up to bring justice for the person so long buried. Draw together further by romantic feelings toward each other, they determine to table this interest until they are finished working the case.

As usual, Irene Hannon has written an exciting story where faith is the root of her characters' hearts.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group, to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review.

Successful mix of chilling suspense and romance begins a new series by Hannon by Sue on 4/19/2015

Irene Hannon has earned a spot as one of my favorite suspense writers, right next to Mary Higgins Clark, Dee Henderson, Terri Blackstock, and Lisa Wiehl. BURIED SECRETS, the first book in her new Men of Valor series, features ex-Navy SEAL Mac McGregor, a St. Louis detective who has been sent to assist small town police chief Lisa Grant when a shallow grave is discovered at an excavation site. Mac and Lisa soon find they have much in common; both have left behind intense, dangerous careers in hopes of finding balance between work and personal lives in smaller communities. Although both like their new, somewhat less stressful jobs, they have not managed to carve out any meaningful personal lives. That is, until they meet at the unmarked grave.

Professionalism demands that they set aside any personal attraction and focus on identifying the body and cause of death. When it appears that the body is a college student who disappeared two decades earlier, Mac and Lisa question the former roommate and two other acquaintances. Across the country, real cold cases are being opened and new forensics methods are finally providing both justice and closure, and our fictional heroes are on the same quest for the family of the young coed. Little do they realize that their efforts are upsetting the carefully orchestrated life plan of one person who never wants the truth known.

BURIED SECRETS begins with panic and a chilling decision that will hook readers who like suspense. Hannon keeps the tension throughout the book, even while interspersing a more pronounced romantic vein than other titles I've read. And for fans of this book, she lays the groundwork for Mac's brothers to show up in the next Men of Valor books. I know I will be looking forward for book two. I received a copy of this title from FAMILYCHRISTIAN for my honest review.

Heavy on the "romantic," lighter on the "suspense" by RMMcDowell on 4/17/2015

Buried Secrets is the first in Irene Hannon’s new series about the three McGregor brothers, all members of elite military branches. Mac McGregor, the oldest brother, has stepped down from life as a Navy SEAL and is easing into a new role as a county detective. Similarly, Lisa Grant is ready for a quieter existence than what she experienced as a detective in Chicago’s homicide division. She is now the chief of police in a small town in Missouri. When human bones are unearthed, Lisa’s and Mac’s paths cross as they partner to solve the decades-old mystery.

The premise of Buried Secrets was very promising to me. I enjoy detective stories—I like to see how the detectives interact with each other, how the evidence is discovered and the clues are planted, and how the good guys take down the bad guys. This is a romantic suspense, however, so the crime and its solving take a backseat to the romantic sparks flying between Mac and Lisa. As each chapter unfolds, Hannon moves from a third person focus on Mac to a third person focus on Lisa. This allows a glimpse inside Mac’s head and Lisa’s—the dual focus can be appealing to people who enjoy romances and like to see how men think (though, written by a woman it’s hard to know if this is actually how men think).

It was entertaining enough. Since I prefer my mysteries with a side of romance rather than the other way around, it took me a while to get into the book. I had to slog through the mutual attraction and the “we can’t be together because we work together” until I got to the meat of the mystery. Once I was there, I really enjoyed the way Hannon broke it down. Because of the prologue, we never truly wonder who buried the bones. In a way that made the story interesting—instead of trying to guess who did it, I got to wonder how they would be caught, and I got to enjoy that process. For lovers of romantic suspense, I can see that this is a well-written book and would recommend it for them. For lovers of crime fiction, it’s probably worth the read as long as you don’t mind romance in the form of lingering looks, fingers accidentally brushing, and racing hearts.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads (http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/revell/revell-reads) program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.

Great Mystery/ Romance by Belinda on 4/13/2015

I like mysteries and I'm also a fan of crime type shows so this book sounded really interesting. It got my attention from page one and kept it til the end! I liked that there were parallel stories going on. First you have the mystery of the bones unearthed at a building site. Then you also have the relationship between Chief Lisa Grant and Detective Mac McGregor. The author did a good job of weaving the two together. I gravitated towards the murder mystery aspect but appreciated the taste of romance as well since it helped develop the characters and made them feel more real. The characters are current and strong. As the mystery unfolded, I didn't want to put the book down. I couldn't wait to see how certain characters handled the situations they were in. Hannon writes from both the perspective of the good guys and the bad guys, which I liked. It helped give insight in their motives. Hannon also does a good job of incorporating the characters' faith in a subtle but evident way. Overall, this was a really well written, interesting story. Buried Secrets was the first book in the series and I definitely intend to check out the ones to come!

Great for fans of forensic science by SavingsInSeconds.com on 4/9/2015

In true Irene Hannon style, this book is full of mystery and intrigue! Fans of forensic mystery shows, like Bones and CSI, will love Buried Secrets. It also reminded me of Mary Higgins Clark’s style, with the romantic suspense. Since the series is called Men of Valor, Buried Secrets has some predictability to it. Still, there are enough twists to keep it fresh. You’ll be siding with certain characters and chagrined at the behavior of others. Hannon includes small details like Starbucks and familiar news channels; these small details make the story seem so of-the-moment. I received this book to review through Family Christian bloggers. Opinions shared here are mine.

More romance than murder/mystery in this book! by Jeri's Real Reviews on 4/8/2015

I was excited to get this book and begin reading it. I like the title and what it could mean for a murder mystery read. "Buried Secrets"-it sounds exciting! After I started reading it, I was disappointed with enough of the book that I did not finish it through, page by page. I skimmed it and read the last chapter to see if it was brought to a satisfactory end. It was. My first twinge of discontent began with chapter one, after an intriguing prologue. The two central characters spent the first four chapters dancing around their attraction to each other. The author gave us their every thought as they became acquainted and sized one another up out of the corner of the eye. The buried secret is unearthed in Chapter 1, but it seemed to take forever to get to the identification of said secret, let alone solving the crime. By the end of Chapter 4, I was beyond ready for the action to begin. I like romance with mystery, but just that-mystery that has romance that happens during the mystery and is unveiled and discovered while the crime is being solved. I did appreciate that the faith of the central characters was woven into the story and that prayer to God for guidance was evident. If you lean more toward romance with a murder and mystery thrown in, you will probably like this book. It was well written from the grammar and punctuation standpoint and the sentences did flow pretty easily. All good things for ease of reading. This was my first Irene Hannon novel and I am not sure I will check out others. That remains to be seen. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing, in exchange for my honest review. These words are my opinion. I give Buried Secrets three stars.

Don't Keep This Book a Secret! by Claudia on 4/4/2015

From the moment one picks up this book, all of his or her senses are engaged in the author’s tale. I say that because the publisher has gone the extra mile to add texture to the cover allowing the reader to feel the dirt, and the sole of the shoe on the shovel as secrets are buried. We know though, that secrets seldom stay buried, and in this case twenty-four years later they come back to haunt those that would prefer they had.
Police Chief Lisa Grant and Detective Mac McGregor, a former Navy SEAL, may not have been the ones to unearth the human skeleton, but they are the ones who will seek to discover the secrets buried with it. Along the way they also may discover the type of relationship they have both longed for in their lives. Neither discovery will occur without a price exacted by someone desperate to keep the two plus decades secrets buried, the motivation to for doing so stretching even further into the past. Lisa and Mac’s future hinges on solving this mystery.
Buried Secrets is the first book in Irene Hannon’s Men of Valor series. While the book serves well as a stand-alone read, the epilogue definitely sets the stage for the story to continue, much to the reader’s satisfaction. The author has included the first chapter of book two in the series; reading it indicates that Lisa and Mac’s story may continue as a subplot to that of Mac’s brother Lance’s story. Lance, like his older brother, has left military service to go into law enforcement, leaving Finn as the only McGregor brother in harm’s way in the Middle East.
Hannon’s protagonists are real and contemporary in their outlook on life and emotional reactions to the situations they find themselves in and to one another. However, they remain true to their Christian convictions, and do so without falling prey to stereotypes. Hannon also balances a strong female character in a career that includes a fair amount of danger with a male character who feels both protective of her and respectful of her abilities. Hannon’s antagonist is equally well developed, demonstrating the difference between having a strong character and strength of character.
I recommend Buried Secrets not only to fans of contemporary Christian fiction, but to all fans of romantic mysteries. I will be anxiously awaiting book two in this series, and will be looking for other books previously written by this author. I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing Buried Secrets for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

Thriller by Maureen on 4/1/2015

This is one can’t put down thriller, a real page-turner, and happily there are more books to come in this series! I can’t wait!
I can imagine the pain of a family of not knowing where their daughter is, she had come to the States to learn, and then disappears? Now twenty-four years later her body has been found, and through modern technology she has been found and identified. The questions are flying now, how did the body get under that tree and how did she die?
We meet some interesting people here, a small town Sheriff Lisa Grant, and a former Navy SEAL and now Police Detective Mac McGregor. Now thrown together in this investigation, and what they find will put them in danger. Someone does not want this dead person talking and will go to any measure to stop it, including murder.
What a lot of surprises you are going to be in for, and they are shocking and conniving, and so much evil. A psychopath on the loose, and will stop at nothing to achieve what they want and feel is their due, no one is going to be safe here.
We do experience some happy family reunions and the start of budding romance, and I see that there will be another book including the McGregor family.
If you enjoy mystery and intrigue and never wanting a book to end, and yet you want to know what is going to happen, then this book is definitely for you. Don’t miss this amazing read!

I received this book as part of the Revell Book Bloggers Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.

SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER LEFT BURIED . . . by Steve on 3/30/2015

Lisa Grant, former Chicago Homicide Detective, and Mac McGregor, former-Navy-SEAL-turned-detective, have quite a bit in common. Both are used to defusing stressful situations, both are fearless in the face of danger . . . and both are professionally offended when lives are in danger.

And right now . . . lives are in danger. Theirs.

A human skeleton, recently unearthed by construction workers at the edge of town, taxes the resources of the small town of Carson. Mac McGregor is assigned to assist Lisa in what they hope will be an open-and-shut case. But there are some secrets better off left buried.

Don’t open this book. Unless you have plenty of coffee or tea, plenty of time, and a well-lit reading area. Irene Hannon has done it again.

Weaving fully developed characters that one is immediately drawn to, attention to detail that doesn’t bog the story down, and edge-of the seat suspense that will keep you guessing until the last beat of the climax, Irene Hannon, “The Queen Of Inspirational Romantic Suspense,” lives up to her legend.

5 stars for sizzling inspirational romantic suspense

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