When talk show host Jim Fate is killed, a terrorist attack is suspected. FBI agent Nicole Hedges, reporter Cassidy Shaw, and federal prosecutor Allison Pierce face a city in chaos to find the murderer! But this time it's personal---one of the women was secretly dating the victim and has access to his home.
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Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl is the second book in the Triple Threat series. Three women - a TV crime reporter, a federal prosecutor, and a FBI agent - work together to solve crimes and the problems that pop up in their lives. When Jim Fate, a controversial radio personality, is murdered, the three friends come together again to solve the murder. In addition, each struggles with their own personal situation - pregnancy, addiction, and facing the past.I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I love a good suspense novel and this one reads a lot like James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series - not too graphic or scary, but with enough to keep you hanging on. I also liked how the author worked spiritual themes in through one of the characters ... more realistic than many Christian books. And while this is the second book in a series, it seems that each pretty much stands alone. I can't wait to read the other two books in the series.I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy suspense / mysteries. I received a FREE copy of this book from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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Review 5 for Hand of Fate
Date:June 16, 2010
This is the second book in the series featuring three sassy, sexy, amazing female crime fighters. When someone was murdered, the three ladies try to solve his murder and try to piece together his death and uncover the truth. Since this is a mystery novel, I dont want to ruin the ending for anyone. This is a great read, and I highly recommend it, because it is suspenseful, captivating, and definitely not just a subway ride to work read. I stayed up all night to read it, and could not stop turning the pages! I love the female empowerment, and this entire book kept me on alert for hours on end, so this is truly a good book for anyone who is looking for a thrill and a great suspenseful mystery read. Awesome book!
Special Agent Nicole Hedges, Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce, and crime reporter Cassidy Shaw are back in Lis Wiehls second installment of the Triple Threat series, Hand of Fate. When radio personality, Jim Fate, is murdered in what at first appears to be a terrorist attack the three women find their careers and personal lives intertwined once again. Fate, a not-so- veiled replica of the Rush Limbaughs and Glen Becks of the real world, is murdered in his radio booth and the city of Portland is thrown into panic. As before, each of the main characters must face personal issues often more daunting than the murder they are investigating. Cassidy continues to face the reality of younger faces in the television journalism world and the consequences of how she has tried to defy age. Allison has yet to tell her friends she and her husband are finally expecting a child. Nicole is still raising a young daughter alone as she balances her FBI duties with motherhood. Issues of faith are presented through the eyes and hearts of each of these women: the shallow news reporter, the true believer, and the hardened agnostic. Though handled with more maturity than her debut novel, Lis Wiehl and her co-author April Henry give us an ending that still seems hurried. For such a great buildup the conclusion is a bit disappointing. Hand of Fate is what we call in my part of the world, a beach book. If you are looking for intricately woven plots and thought-provoking dialogue you may want to look elsewhere. But if you want a fun read, with strong female leads doing something more than falling for the first hunk that comes along, this one just might be the ticket.With Heart of Ice coming next year the Triple Threat Club isnt finished so perhaps we will still see the satisfying ending I believe this writer is capable of. Until then, grab a chair, find something chocolate, take the afternoon off, and join Cassidy, Allison, and Nicole as they look for a killer.
"Hand of Fate", the second Triple Threat novel by Lis Wiehl (with April Henry), was a race-to-the-finish read for me. I was intrigued the whole way through. Not only does it have an intense murder mystery, but each of the three female friend characters brought her own story line to the pages as well. While telling these amazing stories, Wiehl explores social problems and issues including big government, free speech, terrorism, drug addiction, illegal immigration, abortion, assault, racism, domestic violence, and more. A reading group guide at the end of the book includes questions to help readers further explore their thoughts on these. Characters in the book form and offer their personal opinions, too.I wouldnt classify the book as Christian fiction, but one of the characters is a Christian. She and one of her friends wrestle with the question, If God is loving and good, why does He allow suffering and pain? Also, both of these characters found themselves in a crucial moment, simply praying, "Please." I thought that was beautiful. As you might have guessed by now, Wiehl has packed a lot of ideas into this one great book.Of course, the biggest theme of the series is the friendship the three women share. They knew each other in high school, reconnected later in life, and hold jobs that coordinate and cooperate. They work together often, but also meet regularly to catch up on each others lives, support one another through lifes trials, and enjoy each others company. Their intertwined lives help solve the big and little mysteries of life.
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Review 8 for Hand of Fate
Date:May 3, 2010
Hand of Fate, Lis Wiehl's second installment in the Triple Threat series, is action packed to the very end. The story opens with the murder of popular radio talk show host Jim Fate. The three crime-fighting colleagues from Face of Betrayal again use their wits and friendship to solve the murder, but even they don't suspect the twist that unveils the killer on the last page. This is not bedtime reading material, but it's definitely a page turner. While not overtly Christian, the author's biblical worldview does peek through the pages occasionally. Overall, I'd give Hand of Fate two thumbs up! I'm a member of Thomas Nelson's blogger club and they provided me with a free review copy of this book.
After I read the first book by Lis Wiehl, I was looking forward to this book. Most second books don't always hold up to the first, but I was surprised with this one. I didn't know who the killer was in this story. When I picked the book up to read, I didn't want to stop reading until I had finished it. Now I am waiting on book three.
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Review 10 for Hand of Fate
Date:March 28, 2010
Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl and April Henry was a great read with action, suspense and personality throughout.The author fleshed out Jim Fate in the first chapter and captured my attention with the immediate suspense and action. The character of Jim Fate often reminded me of various media personalities and though I tried to figure out whom the character was based on, I finally decided it was a combination of many interesting real life characters from Hannity to Levin to Limbaugh. I saw a little bit of each and found Fate likable yet polarizing at the same time.With the central characters in the book, I found myself wishing they were described a bit more. Since I have not read the first Triple Threat novel, I was a bit lost with some of the references to previous happenings as well as the appearance of each character.Though it is definitely a suspense novel, I also enjoyed the underlying plot woven throughout. Each of the central characters are flawed human beings with differing perspectives on life, love and God which made me connect and empathize with each of the women while wanting to help each of them through their individual struggles as they work the case together.Which leads me back to whodunit! I love a twist! Normally, I have a pretty good idea of who the killer is, but not this time. It was definitely a surprise when the murderer was revealed. On one side, it was disappointing that I hadnt figured it out. On the other, it made it more suspenseful to be perplexed until the very end!Overall, I recommend this book. Though it was not a Christian novel, it was not offensive to me as a Christian and I enjoyed reading it very much. It was a great read from beginning to end, and Im ready to pick up the next Triple Threat novel.A free copy was sent to me by the publishers for the purpose of review.
I would like to say that I wish this book was more memorable, but it wasnt. Which I think is very sad, because we need more well written, enjoyable, and memorable Christian novels. Hand of Fate was a well written murder mystery, with the three main characters being friends from high school who have developed a tighter bond post college. The story moved quickly, and was interesting while I was reading it. The problem is that once I closed the book the story disappeared into the mist of generic mysteries. The only thing that really sets this book apart from the other generic mysteries is the fact that while dealing with modern day issues of sex and violence they were not the plot drivers. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that one of the main characters is a vocal female Christian voice, she is the light and salt for her two friends to discover the truth of Christ. Even after she suffers a personal tragedy, she is able to recover and still believe in Gods goodness. All in all, this was a pleasant, uplifting book, just not one that stays with you.
I received a copy of this book to review from the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger Program which is called BookSneeze. So a Big Thanks goes out to Thomas Nelson!Hand of Fate is story is about a talk radio show host who gets murdered and the Triple Threat Team all gets to work on this case just like they were all able to work together in the first book. I read the first book in this series and loved the story itself but the character development wasn't so great for me. However after reading this book, I was very pleased to learn more about the characters that make up the Triple Threat but the story line itself was a little so so for me. Overall though I really enjoyed this book. I think the reason why I had a hard time with this story line was because there wasn't even the first clue to point to the person who done it in this book where in the last one I knew at one point in the book who the person was but by the end of the book I had switched my answer to someone else to who I thought done it.With all that being said I think those who enjoy mystery novels will love this book and I look forward to the 3rd installment of the series!
I absolutely loved this novel. It was a page turner from the first chapter, with great point of view and scene changes with each chapter.The reporter, Cassidy, is not a believer and the lawyer, Allison, is. The author did an excellent job showing how these two characters handled compassion and faith by comparing their actions based on their internal belief system.The main plot, the death of the talk show host, is believable and intriguing. The subplots stick close to the main story, yet add additional conflict and characterization. I highly recommend Hand of Fate a suspenseful read!
Who didn't want to kill Jam Fate - the controversial talk radio host?In this second triple threat novel, a trio of strong female characters who formed a bond of friendship in the first novel of this series are back. One of the women is much closer to the investigation than she would like, having been close enough to the victim to be considered as a suspect herself if she isn't careful. The other two ladies are dealing with their own struggles, one has an ugly event from the past resurface and the other handles a personal crisis with grace, thanks to her strong faith. A faith that isn't shared by her two friends ... just yet. I applaud the authors for their ability to create a thrilling story, full of plot twists and an array of possible villains, yet keeping the personal stories moving along for their three main characters. Their friendship grows tighter. We are able to see how events in their lives have shaped their characters, and how the faith of a friend can inspire hope in the lives of their friends - even if they don't quite understand it.This is one murder investigation that keeps you guessing right up until the end. There are so many possible killers ... This novel is fast-paced and SO easy to get sucked in and unable to put it down!
Beginning with a murder, Lis Wiehl along with April Henry deliver another great suspense novel titled, "Hand of Fate." If you enjoyed the first "Triple Threat Novel" you will not be disappointed with this one! Picking up soon after the last case is resolved, three friends Nicole, Cassidy and Allison are thrown back into working a case together as fear and panic take over the city while these three women are going about their daily lives. This panic begins when Jim Fate, a controversial talk radio host, is poisoned by a gas in his studio while delivering his daily show. While the novel focuses on finding Fate's murderer and the cause for this horrid incident, the three women are dealing with secrets of their own. They will realize that they really do not know each other that well and that often friends do need to be relied on in order to make it through trials that are faced in life. This book is very well written and holds the reader's attention right up until the last page. Wiehl and Henry kept me intrigued and guessing through the last page!
If you are looking for a suspense-filled thriller to read in a weekend, then, you need to read the book, "Hand of Fate", by Lisa Wiehl, a second book in her series of books, by Thomas Nelson Publishers. One thing that truly made me want to initially read the book was that it is a Christian novel, that alone is a plus in itself. The story setting takes place in downtown Portland. Outspoken radio talk show host Jim Fate tragically and unexpectedly dies, while his own show is on the air! Throughout this twist of irony & mystery, three women find themselves looking to each other, as one of them was secretly dating Jim, therefore one of them had unlimited access to his home and personal life, as well as possible evidence. In the days following Jim's death, it must be decided who is telling the truth and who killed Jim. this mystery was exciting and will keep you on the edge of your seat while reading it; you definitely won't want to put it down! Although this is the second of Lisa Wiehl's books in this series, it was the first that I had read and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from "Booksneeze", through Thomas Nelson Publishers, in exhcange for my review. My opinions are my own and were in no way influenced positively or negatively. Disclosure statement made as per FTC guidelines.
The book begins with the death of outspoken talk show host, Jim Fate, during a broadcast of the Hand of Fate. The Triple Threat Club, Allison Pierce, Federal Prosecutor, Nicole Hedges, FBI Special Agent and Cassidy Shaw, crime reporter, work together to decipher the circumstances of Fates death. One of the ladies had been personally involved with Jim Fate, further complicating the solving of the crime. The story unfolds as they search for the killer while dealing with personal issues they are each facing, some devastating. Will they discover who the killer is? And the motive behind the killing before it is too late?This book is fast paced and suspenseful. There are a few twists and turns as Nicole, Cassidy and Allison seek the answers to the many questions. The characters are well rounded and intriguing. I could not recommend this book as a Christian novel. There are too many references to drinking, immorality, and shallow Christianity. We often allow our teens to read adult fiction but not this book. As a Christian publisher, should I not expect a strong moral content? I realize characters need to develop and learn but there was little content that would lend itself to a change brought about by Scripture. I would not recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.
Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl was a complete and pleasant surprise. From the first page to the last I was completely taken and read it almost in one sitting! Lis Wiehl is a storyteller. The characters are compelling and believeable. I found myself on the local library website looking for more novels by her.The book is about a popular radio host who is murdered by sarin gas in his studio. Murder mysteries are not my genre of reading but this was fabulous! The best part...I didn't figure it out ahead. It was not predictable or boring, just the opposite.Disclosure of Material Selected: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review 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
I had the opportunity to review Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl early. I was not familiar with the series before I received this book, so I have not read Face of Betrayal. Even so, I felt like the author did a good job at introducing the characters without assuming you had read the first book. Reading this book was a nice change of pace for me, a suspenseful novel starring a trio of female characters: Nicole Hedges, an FBI special agent, Allison Pierce, a Federal Prosecutor, and Cassidy Shaw, a crime reporter. Though the characters have worked together before and have a history (all three went to private school together) this book probes their relationships and challenges their ability to trust each other. Hand of Fate tells the tale of a popular and controversial radio talk show host who is murdered. The radio host, Jim Fate, is a very polarizing character, so the list of suspects is not short. There are a few nods to the headlines, and I appreciated how it made me reconsider how I interpreted those events. Though I have read crime novels before, I was pretty ignorant of the TV and radio behind the scenes, and I felt Wiehl did a great job of making you feel like an insider. The plot keeps you guessing, though I wish the twist had been developed a bit more (the middle was a little slow). Overall, it was a good read and I'm interesting in picking up the rest of the series! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.