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About the Author

Award-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed suspense-filled novels. DiAnn’s first book was published in 1998. She currently has more than fifty books published. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction riter’s Carol Awards and Inspirational Reader’s Choice awards. DiAnn won Christy Awards in 2010 and 2011.

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  • Series: Crime Scene: Houston
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310333172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310333173
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America's Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Iola on March 21, 2012
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Kariss Walker is an ex-TV news anchor-turned novelist who wants to move from women's fiction into suspense against the wishes of her agent. But she has a long-held desire to protect the children, and an unsolved crime from her TV days is calling to her. She calls in a favour and finds herself working in the Houston FBI office with Special Agent Santiago Harris (Tigo), reopening the Cherished Doe case. But Kariss is soon involved in Tigo's gang case, and things only get worse when Kariss witnesses a shooting and finds herself a target.

Christian Romantic Suspense is my favourite genre, and The Chase ticks all the boxes - likeable and intelligent heroine, hardworking and heroic hero, with a lot of action, some humour, a growing relationship, a strong cast of supporting characters and an underlying Christian theme.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Petrino-Salter on March 25, 2012
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DiAnn Mills is a prolific bestselling author. You don't get to be either of those things without having a solid and abundant audience. The Chase is my first Mills' novel, and in reading this romantic suspense, not heavy on the romance, I can understand why she has steady readers. The Chase keeps what starts out as two simple plotlines evolving into complex issues with two primary conflicted characters leading the way.

FBI Special Agent Santiago Harris (Tigo) is the classic rogue player who will if necessary barge headlong into situations that could easily take him down. Successful author of women's fiction and former news anchor Kariss Walker has pursued the case of a young Hispanic girl coined "Cherished Doe" found starved to death near a Houston low-rent apartment district for several years. A now cold-case, she wants to write a novel about the girl, making it a suspense, and her uppity New York literary agent refuses to back her new effort. In order to re-investigate the case and do the proper research, Kariss engages her old friend in the FBI. He assigns her to the reluctant agent Tigo who's way deep in an investigation of gun running by a powerful Houston gang. Trying to figure out all the players through his informant turns out badly. When Kariss is inadvertently involved in a gang shooting at the hospital, Tigo now has to figure out how to protect her along with everything else.

A mutual admiration develops between the two with each one recognizing certain likable qualities in each other while respect forms. It isn't heavy-handed or silly attraction but it's there for both of them to fight off and deny.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Antigone Walsh VINE VOICE on July 5, 2012
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While The Chase promise to be a fun summertime read, it fails to deliver. Bestselling author and former TV anchorwoman Kariss Walker wishes to change genres from women's fiction to suspense. She is hoping to fictionalize the tragic and brutal case of the death of a little girl into a suspense story. To do so,she uses the good will she generated while an anchor to get embedded with an FBI agent. The agent assigned to shepherd her is Tigo Harris, a manly man focused on eradicating a violent gang run gun cartel. Their initial antagonism merely masks a strong attraction and begrudging respect. As they begin with differing agendas, they end up with love and resolution of both the cases and all their clumsily contrived obstacles.

What I did like about this book was that the author was not afraid to imbue her characters with some values. Kariss is unembarrassed by her christianity and Tigo assumes responsibility for his ailing mother without whining or resentment. Both characters demonstrated restraint in their budding romance. Many romantic suspense novels read more like soft core porn and I, for one, prefer the less is more approach.

Unfortuantely, the rest of the novel is just dudmb. Kariss is one of the stupidest heroines in recent memory. She drives into a crime ridden ghetto with a new jaguar and then gets out of the safety of her car. Is it any surprise she is accosted and mugged? Stupidity is not an attractive feminine characteristic. She sticks her nose in where it doesn't belong and inteferes with Tigo's more dangerous investigations. Moreover, her problems are unbelievable. Few agents and publishers would drop a bestselling author because they want to try something new. It is far more likely that they would capitalize on it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Katie Garvin on March 30, 2012
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Diann Mills has done a fabulous job with her newest release, The Chase. Set in contemporary times, and with the two main characters an author and FBI special agent, this book had great potential, in my mind, before I even read the first page. And it fulfilled that potential!

I always think it's so funny/neat when the main character in the book is an author--maybe because I am an author, but it's cool to read about a character struggling to write a scene or get inspiration for the storyplot. I only wish I had Kariss's skill in becoming a bestseller so quickly! Tigo, in my opinion, was pretty awesome. With that (really neat) name alone--Tigo--I knew I was going to like him. And as I got to know him, I only grew to like him more. A very strong hero for this suspense!

The middle of The Chase moved kind of slow--not a lot of action and a lot of detective work--but it picked up pretty quickly towards the end and rushed onward to a very tense climax. The scenes with Tigo and his mother were really endearing...and something I hadn't expected to see in a suspense book. But it really brought the personal lives of FBI agents to focus. Made me realize that while they are fighting crime and stopping the criminals...they often have tough/sad lives just the same as we all do.

Out of all the books I've read by Mills, The Chase is by far her best! (At least, in my opinion!) I can't believe I have to wait till 2013 to read the next book in the series. I am such an impatient reader! Haha! But, I know the wait will be worth it--I am looking forward to reading more about Tigo and Kariss!! DiAnn Mills has found her talent in writing FBI suspense novels!

I reviewed this book for the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. Thanks to the publishers, Bethany House, for sending me my review copy. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
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