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Double Crossing Paperback – September 1, 2011
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"Vivid historical fiction mixed with murder, suspense and a lovely dash of romance makes Double Crossing by Meg Mims an out of the ballpark hit." Romancing the Book
5 Stars! "...a thrill to read. A gripping story of adventure and mystery. Ace was a fabulous smoky hero straight out of a movie. Lily is spunky and determined but still ladylike. The various side characters fill in a world of intrigue..." Clean Romance Reviews
"...no matter the genre or age group, Double Crossing spins an entertaining and suspenseful tale best described as "True Grit on a Train"... history buffs will enjoy every accurate and fascinating period detail.... This is a rollicking adventure that never lags..." Lake Effect Living
From the Author
The 1969 movie True Grit with John Wayne inspired me as a young teen, and I loved the Charles Portis' book even more -- true to life dialogue and a spunky heroine in Mattie Ross. Because I love history and the transcontinental railroad always fascinated me, I researched and then started thinking, "What if..." Lily's story took root, and like Mattie Ross, she is bound and determined to track her father's murderer. Unlike Mattie, she is quite the sheltered young lady - and I rolled Rooster Cogburn and LaBoef into one hero, Ace Diamond, the Texan drifter Lily hires to protect her on the journey.
I hope you enjoy the ride while reading Double Crossing -- and keep a spur handy!
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Top Customer Reviews
Double Crossing won the 2012 Spur Award for best first novel, and with good reason. The level of historical detail is astonishing, but author Meg Mims establishes such a seamless atmosphere that the tale never bogs down under the weight of what must have been mountains of research. If for no other reason, the story is entrancing for the virtual experience of riding the rails in 1869.
But there are plenty of other reasons to enjoy Double Crossing. With very few stumbles, Mims creates believable suspense by constantly shifting suspicion from one character to another, until everyone in sight looks guilty. In fact, almost everyone is guilty of something, though perhaps not what readers might suspect at first glance. Agatha Christie, eat your heart out: Double Crossing is Murder on the Orient Express with western-genre sensibilities and without Hercule Poirot's pompous interference.
Read this book. The history lesson is enjoyable, the characters are mesmerizing, and the twists and turns in the plot are more than worth the price of a Pullman ticket. The sequel, Double or Nothing, bowed March 13 promising to plant Lily in the middle of another life-or-death caper.
Violence: a couple of murders, a couple of attempted murders
Language: no offensive language
Sex: some kissing, slightly descriptive
There's a sequel, but this is fine with a Happily For Now
I did not know there was a sequel called *Double or Nothing*
Wow! What a heroine! No simpering miss here! She's powerful and is a Christian, godly woman. Not overbearing or preachy, just quietly secure in her beliefs. There is a Bible verse at the beginning of very chapter. The ending is satisfying enough, but why settle for a HFN when you can have a HEA?
This book has it all. It has murder, mystery, action, and even a little romance all mixed together. The characters are really likable. Lily and Ace are great together. This book was so great that I really don't want to go into detail for this review because I don't want to ruin it for you.
Give this wonderful book a try. You will not be sorry that you did. It is a very fast-paced story that will definitely keep your attention.
Lily Granville is a strong protagonist with pluck, up against a missionary with designs on her inheritance, and a greasy lawyer trying to do her in. All the characters are colorful, including Ace Diamond, the strong male lead.
Mims gets the details of the period right, from dress to train travel and geography. In this exciting setting from America's past, she ratchets up the suspense and keeps you guessing until the very end. Well done and recommended.
Lily is a strong female who is determined to find out the truth behind her father's death. Author Meg Mims seldom resorts to the predictable when unrolling her tale. A great delight for western fans.