Fragile Designs

Thomas Nelson Jan. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780785253822. pap. $18.99. CF
Carly Harris is trying to adjust to life as a single mom after the unsolved murder of her husband. When her grandmother suggests renovating the family home into a bed-and-breakfast, Carly discovers generational secrets in the attic—including a treasure possibly worth millions of dollars. She reaches out to her next-door neighbor, a police officer, for advice, but neighbor Lucas gets more than he bargained for, as burglars and even assassins all turn out to be after what they think Carly has. As Carly and Lucas try to solve the mysteries uncovered in the attic, they also must deal with long-buried issues in their own families. The more they investigate, the more complicated the case gets—even spanning continents and linking back to a cold-case murder.
VERDICT With tons of suspects and plenty of danger, this is Coble (“Annie Pederson” series) at her best. Readers will appreciate a stand-alone offering that’ll keep them up all night with fast-paced and tightly written action. Similar romantic-suspense authors include Irene Hannon and Dani Pettrey.
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