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Dangerous Illusions (2017)

by Irene Hannon

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Trish Bailey is made to feel that the normal stress of dealing with her mother's illness and job are causing forgetfulness. Trish knows she's stressed, but she isn't that stressed. However, after her mother dies and an autopsy reveals that she received lethal doses of one of her medications, Trish begins to wonder if there may be some truth to her forgetfulness. Fortunately, Detective Colin Flynn isn't as sure about the circumstances. After getting to Trish a bit better, Colin launches an investigation into Trish's mother's death and finds too many warning signs to ignore, especially when all of those warning signs are tied to the accountant for Trish's family charitable foundation. Then a missing person's case gets linked to that same accountant and the warning bells begin to clang.

I found DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS to be a fast-paced and enjoyable read. Once again, Ms. Hannon has crafted a story filled with intrigue as well as inspiration for the faith-centric reader. I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you enjoy reading well-written inspirational intrigue, then look no further. It truly doesn't matter what your faith system is, you're sure to enjoy reading this story. (Hey, I'm Muslim and I enjoy reading her books because the primary characters put their faith and trust in their Creator first). I was pleased to note that DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS is the beginning of a new series, Code of Honor, and look forward to reading the next book. ( )
  BookDivasReads | Oct 9, 2017 |
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The title of this book says it all – the book is about not being sure exactly who is the ”good guy” and who is the “bad guy”. The author gives enough clues that I was constantly wondering exactly what was going on with the “bad guy.” I thought I had it figured out – but didn’t!
The story is a pretty straight-forward mystery. When her mother mysteriously dies, Trish Bailey finds herself in charge of a large trust – and in the midst of a con to get the money from the trust from her. The efforts of the con man become deadly – and Trish finds herself turning to a local detective for help. A romance could happen between the two – if they can get through the current problems in her life.
There is a great blend of suspense, action, and romance in this book. This is the first book in a new series by Irene Hannon. I look forward to reading the rest of the series! I was given this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an unbiased review. ( )
  peggy.s | Sep 20, 2017 |
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Irene Hannon is a gifted storyteller of inspirational romantic suspense, and she begins her “Code of Honor” series with “Dangerous Illusions”. Trish Bailey has endured a series of tragedies which have left her in a somewhat fragile state. An accident took the life of her husband and her father and left her mother with serious injuries which later took a further toll on her health. Trish has her hands full with her work, caring for her mother, and helping with the charitable foundation set up by her parents. The attractive accountant, Matt Parker, who manages the finances of the foundation, seems to want to be more than just friends with Trish, but she doesn’t share his sentiments. Her mother’s sudden death at home under Trish’s care leaves her shaken, especially when a cloud of doubt settles around the medication Trish dispensed for her mother. When Detective Colin Flynn is called to the scene, he finds it hard to believe that Trish could be responsible for her mother’s death. An immediate connection is felt by both Trish and Colin, but each has serious issues to resolve. As more facts come to light, “dangerous illusions” are bound to be exposed, and that could lead to deadly revelations. Trish and Colin must trust each other, and find a steadfast faith, in order to reach out for a future filled with lasting love and happiness.

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  gincam | Sep 16, 2017 |
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This was a good intense read.

Matt is a quiet, church going accountant, highly recommended by his church pastor. He leaves in the country by himself and works for Trisha Bailey's mother as accountant for their charitable foundation. One night he receives an unexpected visit from someone in his past.

Suddenly Matt's behavior changes, Trisha's mother dies and things get weird. Is Matt involved? Why? What does he want?

On the side note, Trisha falls for the detective sent to investigate her mother's death. Can things work out for them?

I found it hard to put down and really enjoyed reading this book. Has a smattering of romance and religion, but not too much to ruin it and definitely plenty suspense ( )
  JosieRivers | Sep 12, 2017 |
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Trish lost her father and husband in an accident two years ago. Now, while on a date, her mother dies. Not only must she deal with her grief, but she is also a suspect in her mother's death. When her date tells the detective that she has been forgetful lately, and the toxicology report shows too much of a prescription medication in her mother's bloodstream, she is suspected of giving her mother the overdose. As Detective Colin Flynn works to find the truth, he learns that there is more to the case than meets the eye as well as an attraction to Trish which he cannot deny. Trish also finds herself in increasing danger as more of her accountant's past is revealed.

This is a fast-paced, fun book which will appeal to many readers. It primarily a mystery/thriller with some added romance. As the first in a promising new series, a master of Christian fiction combines the elements to show how blessings can come from hard times. The theme is well-presented without being preachy. I would have given this a 5 instead of a 4.5 if I had not guessed the ending. ( )
  milibrarian | Aug 29, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0800727673, Paperback)

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps--and figure out what they missed!

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