So imagine my surprise when I found myself totally involved in this story. The characters were mostly believable and Clark even worked in a storyline involving different Christian views of a particular sin. I won't say which one, to avoid a spoiler. Thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to reading more in the series. This was a good read. At the end I couldn't wait to get to the next book. While reading, I never picked up on who the guilty party was. This book will keep you on your toes.
This was a nice story and seems to indicate that the rest of the series would be nice, too. Although I like Christian fiction, I don't know whether the Christian element in this book added much to the story for me. I think Callie is a nice character and I hope she will meet Tom soon, but I somehow doubt that will happen in the coming books?! I enjoyed reading "A Penny for Your Thoughts. I can honestly say that I was surprised at the ending. This was a well written book with good character development. The only down side is that I now find myself compelled to read the other books in this series because I want "answers.
I look forward to reading more of her books. I had read many of Mindy Starns Clark's other books, and when this series popped up as Kindle bargains I snatched them up! This is the first of the series, "Million Dollar Mysteries". As is the case with her "Trouble With Tulip" series, this was a fast-paced, engrossing read - yet still light enough to be just a good "escape" book. The character is clearly a Christian and there are Christian themes and conversations throughout.
Nothing at all R-rated but still plenty of intrigue, danger and suspense. Can't wait to read the rest of the series! Callie gives money to non-profits in need. Nothing was routine as she was caught up in a murder and theft. Very unpredictable all the way to the end.
I have now read the entire series and was sad for it to end I love the mystery subject but also how things are kept clean I had this on my Kindle and ordered rest if the series in paperback. I want to share them with friends and this was the only one I didn't have, I loved this series!! See all 79 reviews. Most recent customer reviews.
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English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Calli checks out the legitimacy of the candidates and has the great fun of presenting the abundant checks to the recipients. After their jubilant gratitude, she puts the condition the money be spent on furthering their efforts to help others.
But not every investigation goes without a glitch. And the book begins to unfold. Intrigue an Delightfully clean series. Intrigue and plot twists intermingled with prayers fill the pages. Enjoyed the first book so much that I went ahead and bought the 5 book series. Jul 02, Kld rated it really liked it. My book club is reading this as a "llight summer read". It was an enjoyable book with a good twist. I really didn't "know who-done-it" until the end. The story was engaging but I had a hard time getting into the plot, through no fault of the author, but rather my finding time to read more than a few minutes.
Once I found the time to sit down and read I was drawn into the story rather quickly. The suspects were well developed yet mysterious as they should be. There is a Christian element througho My book club is reading this as a "llight summer read". There is a Christian element throughout the book which I didn't mind because Mindy Starns Clark tells a good story. Mar 28, Ellen White rated it really liked it.
A book you start and want to finish, a nice family, all the employees seem like family. Then how could there be a murder, and who found the person but Callie. She was only to be there as a favor for her boss, to drop off a check, and then home. Instead she got pulled in to do the investigating, and the more she did the more she uncovered. How many people were involved, will surprise you. Had a nice flow to it, and meeting the characters, were good. The Dallas Who killed JR? Was it the secretary? But cliche is the only weak part of Clark's tale, which is well written and keeps the reader guessing until the edifying end, lightly permeated with Christian themes.
Soap fans will love it, other whodunit devotees will still find it an enjoyable read. A different twist on a murder mystery with lots of nice twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.
Although it was a bit preachier than I would like, I wouldn't call this book sappy. Attorney Callie Webber investigates nonprofit organizations for the J. Jul 05, Julie rated it it was ok. When the reader thinks it's solved - watch the ending. See all 79 reviews. Read more Read less. Want to Read saving….
Jul 23, Kristin Vaughn rated it really liked it. I loved the entire series and where it takes you. Aug 25, Amanda Forsting rated it it was amazing.
One of the first suspenseful Christian books I ever read and I loved it. It reignited in me a love for a whole new genre and a new love for reading all together after a slump.
Mar 30, Danielle rated it it was amazing. Honestly remember loving this little series. I think I read it in my late teens and had a lot of fun trying getting to know the characters while solving the mysteries. Feb 26, Lelia Taylor rated it really liked it Shelves: Experienced as a private investigator and attorney, she is now employed by the J. Foundation to investigate the integrity, including financial activity, of nonprofit organizations in which her philanthropist boss is interested.
He then decides whether to make donations, often very substantial, based on her recommendations. Oddly enough, Callie and her boss, Tom, have never actually met but they have developed a strong rapport and a feeling of mutual trust over the phone. Working for the foundation gives Callie a sense of making a real contribution to society and enhances her faith in Christ. It also keeps her so busy she has little time to dwell on the sudden and gruesome death of her husband although she treasures her quiet times in her home on the Chesapeake.
What promises to be an easy errand soon turns into something a bit more involved. Tom asks Callie to stay and investigate on behalf of his friend. Solving this murder may carry a very high price. Callie is a refreshingly intelligent and resourceful woman, eminently likable, while Tom is an enigma. Who is this man besides being very wealthy and undoubtedly generous? When will he and Callie meet? What, if anything, will happen when they do? Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, Review first published on murderexpress.
Dec 18, Kathleen Dixon rated it liked it Shelves: This is the first in a series of five about Callie Webber, who is an investigator for a philanthropist who has millions of dollars to give away but wants to make sure that the applicants are legitimate. Callie also used to be a private investigator and still has her licence, plus she is a lawyer. Callie's husband died 3 years ago, and now there's a hint of romance in the air - with her boss. She's never met him, but they have long phone conversations which they clearly both look forward to and va This is the first in a series of five about Callie Webber, who is an investigator for a philanthropist who has millions of dollars to give away but wants to make sure that the applicants are legitimate.
She's never met him, but they have long phone conversations which they clearly both look forward to and value enormously. This was recommended to me because I was saying that, apart from The Shack, I'd never read a decent Christian novel. Any I'd tried had been terribly preachy, or poorly written. This one is neither of those.
The little element of religion it does have is just a normal part of an average Christian's life - the desire to do good for others; the occasional or more frequent, depending on the person reference in one's thinking to Jesus or the Bible; a bit of earnestness popping through every now and then usually embarrassing oneself. Somebody who's anti-Christian might find it annoying, but really it's not different to any other protagonist's self-talk telling the reader something about who that person is.
I liked the style - quite typical of an American detective story, being punchy and with lots of action. I've only marked it with 3 stars, and often I'll not bother in such a case to read the sequels, but I will read the other 4 in the series. I got them from the library all at the same time because they're in the Stack i.
I expect to enjoy them too. A Penny for Your Thoughts is the first in Clark's Million Dollar Mysteries and draws the reader in quickly with strong characters and a mystery that seems deceptively easy to follow. Callie Webber is a wonderful character with a lot of depth and facets to her storyline beyond the gumshoe sleuth. Callie works for the J. The money belongs to her boss, the mysterious Tom, who like Charlie of Charlie's Angel A Penny for Your Thoughts is the first in Clark's Million Dollar Mysteries and draws the reader in quickly with strong characters and a mystery that seems deceptively easy to follow.
The money belongs to her boss, the mysterious Tom, who like Charlie of Charlie's Angels, is extraordinarily well connected and likewise, never seen by Callie herself. Callie's job is to research the non-profit looking for the grant and make sure everything's on the up-and-up. Her previous background as a criminal PI has her well equipped for the job, but she didn't expect to have to go back to her old skills until she finds herself up to her neck in a murder mystery involving none other than Tom's old friend who runs a hunger relief charity called Feed the Need.
For the majority of the book, I really enjoyed the story and liked the natural way Christianity was part of many characters' lives, including some who struggling to live it. The only area I started to stumble a bit was in the final chapter. Others have praised Clark for the sudden twists at the end.
I felt it was a bit too many twists for me and maybe even a few twists for twists' sake. I'll be checking out more of the series in the future though. Aug 15, Vicki rated it it was amazing. This series main character, Callie, investigates nonprofit organizations to verify that the grant application reflects the truth. The grant money comes from her rich boss, Tom, whom Callie has never met. In each book Callie stumbles across a mystery while fulfilling her assignment. The characters are easy to love.
Learning about Tom only by his phone conversations with Callie keeps the story interesting though they do meet in person before the series ends. Tom helps Callie solve the mysteries and supports her in her activities.
The fast-paced plots of each book entertain. Callie approaches all of her assignments with integrity and honestly reports her findings. The premise of the series is intriguing. Callie, a young widow and lawyer who was formerly a PI, now works as an investigator for a wealthy young man who wishes to remain anonymous as he gives large grants to non-profits.
Callie's job is to investigate the non-profits to make sure they are worthy of her boss's donation, then she delivers the money on his behalf. In this first book of the series, Callie is asked to deliver a large check to a group founded by a wealthy businessman, who is a dear f The premise of the series is intriguing. In this first book of the series, Callie is asked to deliver a large check to a group founded by a wealthy businessman, who is a dear friend and mentor to her boss.
When there is a murder at the organization, practically under her nose, Callie is called on to use all of her investigative skills to solve the crime. The mystery is a good one, with several sub-plots and numerous suspects, and a nice twist to the resolution. Callie is a very likeable and well-developed character.
I look forward to reading more of her adventures and also hope to see more revealed about her anonymous boss, a man whose identity she doesn't know herself. Callie, a researcher for the philanthropist group the J. Foundation, has been busy. She is looking forward to getting home and spending time with her dog, and rowing in her canoe. However her boss Tom has a special errand for her.
An errand that really does NOT want to do, but because he promises her it will just mean a trip to Philadelphia, deliver a check and straight back home, she agrees. What was supposed to be a simple errand to an old friend of Toms, turns into a m Callie, a researcher for the philanthropist group the J. What was supposed to be a simple errand to an old friend of Toms, turns into a murder investigation.
Tom's friend Wendall is murdered in his office by a lethal dose of insulin, and now Tom wants her to stay and investigate. She is reticent about doing so, but agrees because after all this is Tom. I enjoyed this book so much, it was very good. Fast paced with a great storyline, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good quick mystery.
No payment was received for this review. May 07, Caitlin rated it really liked it. The main character is a little rough around the edges, but for a first book by the author it was easy to overlook. The most interesting part for me was callie's job. She is an investigator for a charity organization that gives out grants to non-profit organizations. She investigates the charities to check their credibility and integrity.
If they are doing the things they claim to, they are approved the grant which she hand delivers personally. In this book she comes across the murd I liked this. In this book she comes across the murder of her boss's friend who was to receive a grant, in which case her boss has her stay to help with the murder investigation.
The rest is your typical murder mystery though more mild as this is a Christian read , but it was still interesting enough. I hope her job becomes even more prominent as I read the rest of the series.
Oct 19, Cielo rated it really liked it. This is definitely what I was looking for. Picking up a random book from the school Library, I found my one of my favorite series. A licensed lawyer, a former private investigator and now investigating non-profit organizations to decide whether to approve or deny the grant they requested from the J. A very interesting book with a very surprising twist on every chapter, "A Penny for Your Thoughts" is definitely a page-turner.
Clark, with a fast-paced plot, just gives me the th This is definitely what I was looking for. Clark, with a fast-paced plot, just gives me the thrill and enthusiasm to continue on reading, I couldn't take my hands off it!