After an unwanted divorce, FBI agent Kit McGovern needs a getaway. But her vacation is cut short when a body is found on the beach. Teaming up with D.C. cop David O'Connor, Kit's "best" leads are tomato seeds and acorns. With grit, determination, and a growing interest in David, can she bring this killer to justice?
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Linda J. White in her new book, "Seeds of Evidence" published by Abingdon Press brings us into the lives of Kit McGovern and David O'Connor "on a windswept island where no murder has ever occured, someone has started killing".
From the back cover: Tiny seeds, a passion for justice, and a desire for truth...
From the back cover: Shaken by an unwanted divorce, FBI Special Agent Kit McGovern retreats to her grandmother s Virginia island home for a little R & R. But her vacation comes to an unexpected end when the body of a young Latino boy is found on the beach.Kit teams up with D.C. cop David O Connor to investigate the murder with the smallest of clues tomato seeds and acorns found in the boy s pockets.
Using plant DNA evidence, Kit traces the young boy to a huge farm where more than a killer looms. With grit, determination, and a growing interest in David, Kit pursues her case and discovers that, to truly move forward in life, justice has to be tempered with mercy.
Get ready for an up all night thriller. Kit McGovern needs a vacation but what she finds is a murder. Now she has to team up with Washington, D.C. cop David O'Connor to find the murderer before he strikes again. Let me say this right off, Linda White does not disappoint! Ms. White knows how to ratchet up the tension so that your nerves are strung tight as you work with Kit and David to figure out who the murderer is and stop him. "Seeds of Evidence" is filled with intrigue, deceit, mystery, and a deadly killer. On top of everything Ms. White manages to weave a romance into this story that just captivates you. She makes you care for all the characters and their journey. This is also just plain fun and exciting as well. Don't start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep. I look forward to more from this very talented author.
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FBI Special Agent Kit McGovern is taking some much needed, if not really wanted, vacation time on her childhood island. During her time there, she stumbles upon the body of a young boy. With instinct taking over, she commands the case over the objections of her boss, but she is sure that there is more to this case than what's on the surface. Policeman David O'Connor is exiling himself after a shooting in D.C. in which a young kid was killed. Though he was cleared in the case, he was ready to hang up his gun until his boss talked him into time off. David is staying in Kit's grandmother's old house, fixing it up in exchange for his staying there. The paths of these two law enforcement officers cross and nothing is the same again. David works his way into a job with some possible smugglers in an effort to find out how the boy was killed. As the case heats up, another body is found and David gets further undercover. What is going on on this island? Will David's undercover position be revealed? Who was the young boy and why was he killed? And the answer is..... PSYCH! Go buy the book if you're so interested.
What a great story! I picked this up yesterday morning and by this evening I was finished. Ms. White has a terrific way of hooking her ready by putting action in each of her chapters. It gives you the feeling that, "I have to finish one more chapter to see how things end". I'm not much of a romance person, but Ms. White only put so much into this book to provide a deeper story line for her characters. She shows characters that struggle not only with their daily working lives, but with their relationship with Him as well. I love seeing characters that aren't cardboard, ones that have to spend time with Him in order to have a better understanding of Him. The story line is plausible and ties up nicely at the end.
Is this a man's book? Exchange of gun-fire, drug runners, human traffickers, etc. all of the things that make a great story for any man to read. This definitely ranks up there as one of the best books that I've read this year.
This story takes place in the beautiful Virginia Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. The breathtaking beaches, and beautiful waters. I've read about the wild ponies from here, and we do see some in this book. FBI Agent Kit McGovern is here for some R&R, her Grandmother had owned a home on the Island. She is dealing with Job and relationship stress. We also meet David O'Connor a Washington D.C. Police Detective. He is here to decide whether he will return to work after being shot, and being involved in the death of a teen. The two main characters have a horrible chance meeting when they find the body of a young Latin boy, about 7 or 8, washed ashore on the beach. The boy has some acorns in his pockets and some tomato seeds rolled in his sleeves, along with a large amount of seeds in his stomach. Someone so young should not have died. Agent Kit is in turmoil after she has been dumped by her husband Eric, and Det. O'Connor is having a hard time dealing with killing a young man who had his entire life ahead of him. Together will these enforcement agents begin to heal? Will they be able to help each other. What are they in for trying to find answers to the crime they led them to each other. Be ready for a page turning, fast past, never a dull moment read. The story is fictional, but it reads so true, and really could be really happening.
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Just finished reading "Seeds of Evidence" by Linda J. White. What an exciting, compelling, suspenseful read. Once I began it I had a hard time putting it down. Loved how White gives the reader an inside look at the FBI conducting an investigation. I thoroughly enjoyed the integration of action, suspense, drama, romance, justice, forgiveness, and faith in the story line. Loved it and highly recommend it!
Linda J. White has given us a fast paced story, well researched and well written. I fell behind a little in the first pages, but quickly connected and found the story hard to put down.
Linda invites us into the psyche of FBI agent, Kit, who has suffered relational disappointment she cannot successfully analyze. Her divorce along with her rocky professional relationships drives her to her preferred vacation spot, Chincoteague, VA, hoping to gain perspective during her time of rest.
David, homicide detective, on leave following a shooting incident that leaves him troubled and distracted. He too is in need of perspective. He ends up on on the quiet, provincial island of Chincoteague, VA. for an extended sabbatical.
Our heroes cannot resist the call for justice when they come upon the body of a Latino boy on the Assateaugue beach. Their investigative journey will challenge their professional skills as well as their personal struggles. They must meet their "demons" head-on and emerge from this season with a matured understanding of themselves and the Savior who will never let them go.
Accurate description of the beautiful Chincoteague/Assateaugue scene which I know well. I love the god-conscious feel of the story journey. Linda's story is realistic, yet faith filled.
I recommend Seeds of Evidence, an exciting, encouraging read.
Seeds of Evidence by Linda J White is a suspense readers treasure trove. Chincoteague, one of Virginia's most idyllic locations, is painted in intrigue when the body of a young boy washes up on the beach. Kit McGovern, an FBI agent on vacation struggling with the big questions in life, dives into the case which expands from the death of a boy into the tawdry world of human trafficking. All the while she is wrestling with her insecurities and questions about life and relationships and an unexpected attraction. She collides with a Washington DC cop David O'Connor who is seeking healing for his shoulder and his heart in the quietness of the sleepy island.
White creates convincing characters and a setting that you can see, hear, and smell. Chincoteaugue comes to life. Her knowledge of world of FBI agents is evident throughout the book. The she deals with real life issues from a Jesus perspective that is true to my own questions in life. She has compassion for her characters and there is hope in a story that others might write as hopeless. The issue of human trafficking is obviously something that White is passionate about and something readers should be more deeply aware. And the plot is constantly moving forward, unlike some other suspense novels I've read lately!
It's a story that's complex enough to keep you turning pages, but light enough to sweep you away while listening to the lapping of the waves at the beach.
I am a mystery lover. I know a great story when I read it. I know good writing when I see it. And I know that whatever Linda J. White writes in the future, I intend to read it. Consider this a full endorsement of Seeds of Evidence.
This is one of those books that pulls you in from the first page, whose pace requires you to read really fast to keep up, but you know that if you keep reading like the this the book will end sooner, and you don't want it to end.
In Seeds of Evidence, the mystery rings of reality and the characters ring of authenticity. This is a book whose suspense level raises your heart-rate multiple times as you read.
The setting is Chincoteague Island, sister Island to Assateaugue which is home of the famous wild ponies. Linda J. White describes this beautiful island in all its wildness yet tranquility: the egrets stalking in the marches, the smell of grass and salt, the fierce thunderstorms that roll in in minutes and the rain that falls in sheets. The crunch of oyster shell parking lots, the purple and orange sunsets.
The characters are superb and the spiritual theme is perfectly done. It makes me so joyful when a Christian book is written so well!
The Main Characters: David, homicide detective who was told to take a six month break after a shooting incident when a teen boy was killed and he was injured. David is still waiting for the scar on his shoulder to heal, and he is convinced the ones in his mind never will. He is "resting" in an old house on Chincoteague, working to paint its siding to reduce his rent, listening to his Ipod to distract his wandering mind and trying to relax and enjoy the kayaking and surfing that the ocean offers.
Kit is an FBI agent come back to Chincoteague on vacation, hoping to find peace if not answers after her husband divorced her in a particularly cruel way.
Kit and David meet on the beach on the morning a little Latino boy is found dead, washed up on shore. In his pockets are half a dozen acorns, and in his rolled up sleeves are tomato seeds. Strange, small seeds of evidence, that lead to a mystery by no means simple.
My review in two sentences? Read Seeds of Evidence. It is on my favorites list.
Linda J. White is a journalist by day and a novelist by night. Seeds Of Evidence is her second book, and is published by Abingdon Press. I am now doing fist pumps, because her website says her next novel will Lord willing be released in early 2014. I am now waiting for Words of Conviction. Standing by my mailbox. Hoping it will somehow come sooner. And go, right NOW to her website and read about why she writes. Then go there again after you read this book and you will be agreeing heartily that she succeeded at her mission. To write great fiction.