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Controlling Interest Paperback – May 27, 2008

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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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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 (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,889,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Hogan is a changed man; his conversion experience has motivated him to "clean up his act"; however, first on his list; saving his fledgling detective agency from bankruptcy. When Eddie Tubberville decides to invest in River City Investigations, Matt is optimistic that his monetary troubles are over; that is, until he learns that Eddie's want-to-be-sleuth daughter has gotten herself in on the offer. And what a package deal! Natalie Tubberville is annoyingly clever, a non-stop conversationalist and just pretty enough to make Matt's insides stay in a tangled mess!

Natalie Tubberville cannot believe that her father has hog-tied her future to Matt Hogan; putting them in competition for the controlling interest in his detective agency based on who can locate a missing Pakistani heiress first. Never mind that it is kind of her fault that the young woman is missing in the first place. Matt and Natalie reluctantly join forces to find the beautiful Jasmine, who clearly does not want to be a participant in an arranged marriage. Within a few short days, it becomes perfectly clear that Matt and Natalie are in a little over their heads, in more ways than one.

This delightful story is a page turner with its clever, romantic jest and an underlying story line seeped in international terrorism and heroism.
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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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By mary on January 7, 2013
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this was a very good book....the comedy was appropriate and the premise was pretty good as well....the writing was well done, however, as I'm noticing with all digital books, the editing is horrible...just skip over the extra words and insert appropriate words where they are missing and you can almost make up your own part of the stories!
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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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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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Natalie Tubberville is determined to make it on her own without her dad's money. After her dad buys an Memphis Detective Agency, Natalie is going to prove her investigative skills to all.
Matt Hogan hasn't had much luck with his clients lately. His last client turned out to be a crook which hurt his pride and his pocketbook. So, he feels that he has no other alternative than to accept Eddie Tubberville's offer to finance his detective Agency even with the stipulation that Eddie's naive, wanna be daughter is to be his partner.
When Natalie and Matt have their first case together it turns out o be anything but fun! Their first case, Yasmine Patel, has decided to run her own life and choose the man she will marry and now Yasmine is running for her life! Her fiance wasn't the upstanding man she thought him to be so now she is running scared. She has asked Natalie and Matt to help her get out of this mess.
This turns out to be a mess of an escapade for all involved!
This in a great, fast read! I love the story line! Toss in unusual relatives, Yasmine's disappearance and a romance of two unwilling.to.bend individuals. All the characters are well rounded and fun to read about!
*This book was provided for review by Zondervan*
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