Some years back, my mom’s Christianity was uncertain but she didn’t want to talk about it. But I discovered she would read Christian fiction, so I sought to find the kinds of stories she would like. I wasn’t into action/suspense/mystery books so much, but she liked them. so I looked for that kind of book within Christian fiction, and that’s how I found Dee Henderson. Though I started reading them to pass on to my mom, I quickly became enthralled myself, and devoured all of the O’Malley series as well as the Uncommon Heroes series.
Dee hasn’t had anything new out for 5 or 6 years, so when I saw that Full Disclosure was due out, I quickly preordered it. And I think she has another winner here.
FBI Special Agent Paul Falconer has been on the trail of one case for years: a lady shooter responsible for thirty murders. One day Ann Silver, the Midwest Homicide Investigator, shows up in his office unexpectedly with a lead on the case.
Though the two are mutually attracted, this isn’t a typical romance. Ann is content to be single, not looking to be married, and isn’t sure whether her past or her secrets would allow for marriage. Since Paul is an investigator, he seeks information about Ann before approaching her directly. He is in line to become the head of the Falcon family and its extensive businesses and industries, and his responsibilities, their different locations, activities, job stresses, and personalities, all make a relationship questionable, but he is ready to try. Now he just has to convince Ann, and she has to decide whether she can fully disclose her secrets to him.
Meanwhile there is unexpected and surprising progress on the lady shooter case as well as unexpected development in a case Ann is writing a book about.
I love the several layers to the title, Full Disclosure: one aspect involves Ann, and both cases are progressively disclosed as well. I liked that this was an older person’s thoughtful romance without silly swooning. I liked the realistic way they had to come to terms with their differences, both having to adjust, and the way their Christianity was natural and impacted everything they did. And there is quite a big “Wow, I didn’t see that coming” moment near the end of the book. I think I may have gasped out loud when I came to it.
It has been a long time since I read Dee’s other books, so it took me a while to recognize that some of her other characters are here as well, but it was fun to do so. Small spoiler here: one unexpected twist is that Ann is portrayed as the writer of the O’Malley and Uncommon Heroes books. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that at first, but it was kind of neat to have the stories within a story. And the fact that Ann wrote books based on her friends’ lives but keeps a low profile herself, and the fact that Dee seems to keep a low profile as well (when we lived in SC near a large Christian bookstore that staged several author events, I mentioned that I’d love to see Dee there for one of them, but I was told she didn’t travel much to public events due to an inner ear problem), well, it all has me hmmming, wondering if Ann really “is” Dee or if the similarities are just for fun.
(This review will also be linked to Semicolon‘s Saturday Review of Books.)