Double or Nothing by Meg Mims
FIRST PLACE WINNER in the LARAMIE AWARDS for Western Mystery!
A MYSTERIOUS EXPLOSION. A man framed for murder. A strong woman determined to prove his innocence.
October, 1869: Lily Granville, heiress to a considerable fortune, rebels against her uncle’s strict rules. Ace Diamond, determined to win Lily, invests in a dynamite factory but his success fails to impress her guardian. An explosion in San Francisco, mere hours before Lily elopes with Ace to avoid a forced marriage, sets off a chain of consequences.
When Ace is framed for murder before their wedding night, Lily must find proof to save him from a hangman’s noose. Will she become a widow before a true wife?
Review by Coffee Time Romance:
Double or Nothing is like a roller coaster experience. It carries the reader like a steady ride into the story, then bingo, it is off, fast and quick with twists and turns around every corner. The writing is tight, dialogue wonderfully constructed and well-developed characters who keep the audience engaged.
Ms. Mims is an elegant storyteller. She incorporates a landscape the audience can visualize and crafts dialogue that can practically be seen on the player’s faces and conversations that grips the heart. This is a great tale of love and suspense.
Review by ASC Book Reviews:
Double or Nothing is a fabulous book! It’s a mystery with suspense and excitement. There are Bible verses throughout which I loved, and even though this is a sequel it is a stand alone. I have not read the first book in this series and sometimes this can be a problem, but not with this series.
Double Crossing is mentioned just enough to make me want to read it, but not referenced enough to make me feel like I absolutely have to read it to make sense of Double or Nothing. Sometimes the way Lily just lets things happen to her without trying to prevent or stop them bothered me, but this is true to the time the book is set in. Ladies where taught to follow and not argue at every turn, though this does not in any way mean that Lily is not a strong female character.
When she finally stood up to certain other characters I was very happy! LOL! Fast paced and greatly intriguing! This shows God’s provisions even (if not especially) in times of turmoil bringing about ends that are for His perfect plan. Meg has written a really good mystery and, (WARNING possible spoiler alert!!!) while I’m not sure I liked who certain bad guys turned out to be, it make for a GREAT twist that I only figured out right before Lily did!!!
I also love the fact (and this goes back to what I know from the first book) that killing isn’t taken lightly. Be it a friend or bad guy, killing is still a hard blow and difficult thing to deal with. I think this is a GREAT book that is a MUST READ!!! 🙂