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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310273056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310273059
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,827,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THERE'S TROUBLE IN RIVER CITY Matt Hogan's Memphis detective agency has been on the skids since a recent attack of conscience cost him an important case. When a wealthy investor steps in and saves River City Investigations, Matt thinks all his prayers have been answered—until he finds out that with the investor comes a new partner. Fresh out of criminal justice school and a two-year stint in the Tunica County Sheriff's Department, Natalie Tubberville is out to prove she can cut it in the world of private investigations. But her reluctant partner is just as determined to have nothing to do with her—until Natalie makes him an offer he can’t refuse! If Matt solves the next case before she does, she will return her share of the company. And the race is on. As two strong personalities compete, mutual attraction grows…while a simple case of a runaway bride threatens to become an international incident. Will Matt and Natalie call off the competition—or discover an entirely new arrangement? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Elizabeth White (www.elizabethwhite.net) is the author of Controlling Interest, Off the Record, Fair Game, Fireworks, and the Texas Gatekeepers series for Steeple Hill's Love Inspired Suspense line. She lives in Mobile, Alabama.

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Beth White (also known as Elizabeth White!) has written contemporary and historical romances with a Christian worldview for Zondervan, Tyndale House and Steeple Hill/Love Inspired. She is currently working on a French Colonial romance series for Revell. The Pelican Brides will release in January 2014.

Beth's foray into the world of publishing began with a young adult romance written while her son was a baby. When that book failed to find a publisher, she joined Romance Writers of America and within two years landed a contract with Tyndale House. Fourteen books later, she continues to dream up happy endings with faith, warmth and a golden glint of humor. Look for her on the Web at www.bethwhite.net.

Beth usually sets her stories in either her native Mississippi or her current home, Alabama. Though she has spent most of her life studying, performing and teaching music--she plays piano, flute and pennywhistle and sings lyric soprano--she has always been in love with the written word. With a Masters degree in Creative Writing, she has also taught middle school Language Arts, high school English, and college Freshman composition. Her current day job is teaching chorus and piano at an inner city public school on the Gulf Coast.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Hickey on June 18, 2008
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Natalie Tubberville wants to be a detective. Matt Hogan owns his own struggling detective agency. When Natalie's father buys half of the company and leaves a twenty-five percent share to Natalie, Matt wants to hit the roof! Share partnership with a Barbie doll? Never! The two set out on there first assignment together--finding a missing Pakistani bride who doesn't want to be found. Natalie and Matt fall into one hilarious escapade after another.

Elizabeth White has crafted a wonderfully funny, entertaining mystery romance. You'll laugh as you turn each page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Peale on December 27, 2008
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I have read several books by this author, this one being the first. It was by far her best book thus far. The story moves quickly, the characters are interesting and it has a good storyline to boot. If you're looking at this author, so for this book! I love the fact that her characters are Christians with some flaws that we ALL have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chandra Lynn on December 17, 2008
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What happens when a Private Investigator and an ex-cop are forced to work together in order to save a struggling detective agency? What happens when both the attraction and animosity between them sparks on almost every page? You get Controlling Interest by Elizabeth White.

Natalie Tubberville has left the Tunica County Sheriff's Department to try her hand in the world of private investigating. Matt Hogan's detective agency suffered a major financial setback and he was forced to accept partnership with a wealthy investor. With the partnership comes a partner he never expected or wanted, Natalie. Natalie also has no interest in partnering with anyone. So, when a runaway bride is the case they must solve they agree to work together long enough to solve it, but whoever solves it first wins the agency. The sparks fly.

In an intriguing twist of plots and characters, Elizabeth has her readers hoping Natalie and Matt find the bride one second and rooting for the bride to get away the next. The runaway fiancé manages to remain one step ahead of them. And the situations they find themselves thrown into can be humorous and dangerous. Elizabeth keeps you turning the pages from start to finish. As the characters travel from Memphis, down the Mississippi River through Louisiana and Alabama, romance and faith weave an interesting story. While this was the first of Elizabeth White's books I have read it won't be the last. I plan to go back and read her others also. I highly recommend this book.
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Controlling Interest was a really fun story. We first met Matt Hogan in Off the Record. Now he is a changed man but in need of money to keep his agency afloat. Natalie's father buys in and tells Matt that Natalie is his new partner. There first assignment is to find Yasmine(a pakistani woman) who is on the run from her fiance. Her family has issued a reward for her return. Matt and Natalie make a bet that whoever finds Yasmine first gets the reward and the agency. But as they both move closer to finding her, they discover they have feelings for one another. Where will those feelings lead? Who will find Yasmine first...Matt or Natalie? Or...will it be her dreaded fiance? Join Matt and Natalie on their adventures filled with many twists and turns!

The characters in Controlling Interest were delightful! My interest was held from page one to the close of the book. You get a chance to see Cole and Laural from Off the Record and find out what's going on in their lives.

I loved the book and highly recommend it! I think it's one of Elizabeth White's best.
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Controlling Interest was a good relaxing read that made me smile. Just the kind I like. Natalie Tubberville, the heroine, is smart but trouble prone. Matt Hogan, the hero, is street semi-wise. Both have backgrounds they're ashamed of but have given their hearts to the Lord and are trying to live for Him.

I like the Bible verses/discussions sprinkled throughout, the details added in like his vintage ties and her cleaning out her clothes. I also enjoyed the sub-stories of the mission, and her parents. She included a bunch of info about Alabama as the runaway travels with some people in an RV. Fun local color. There's even a touch of secret service included.

Maybe I should admit that I enjoyed Elizabeth White's Texas Gatekeepers previously. I'd definitely like to hear more about the characters in this book, and I'm going to find Off the Recordto read because now that I've learned a little bit about the McGaughan's I want to read more.
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By Winter A. Peck on August 21, 2008
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Controlling Interest tickles your funny bone and your romantic one too. The interaction between Matt Hogan and Natalie Tubberville is priceless. Every time they got close enough you thought they would kiss, someone or something would spoil it. Despite fumbling through the investigation into the disappearance of a Pakistan bride-to-be, Natalie seems to stumble on the right information. The little twist of suspense into why the Pakistan woman disappeared is nice touch to the story. I loved how Elizabeth pulled us into her POV and showed us the fear and bravery this woman had to strike out on her own.

In true romance genre fashion, something has kept Matt and Natalie from ending up together. After solving the case of the runaway bride, they go their separate ways. Or so they think, 'cause God has other plans for them.

A great read and a nice change from the books I normally read that are loaded with suspense.
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