Traci Hunter Abramson
Covenant Communications, 2008
If you’ve ever wondered what a Latter-day Saint would do as a CIA agent
with a little Cinderella thrown into the mix, this is just the book.
Traci Abramson has done a delightful job with this 5th novel of mystery
and intrigue with an LDS backdrop. This is a fast paced mystery that
really doesn’t slow down until the very end. And the wrap up scene is
For the reader with no LDS orientation it might be a little confusing,
but on the other hand, it might also open a door. It does assume that
the reader has an LDS cultural background and knows that not drinking
and dressing modestly and shooting for a temple marriage are understood
by the reader.
Janessa, our heroine, starts out being sent home from an assignment with
the CIA because her superior objects to her refusal to having an
alcoholic drink at a dinner. However, her charm and usefulness keep her
going to another job, guarding a royal family. Janessa and the prince
fall in love in the very beginning, but rather than becoming maudlin, it
adds interest as she tries to ‘do her job’ in spite of the attraction.
The plot is full of intrigue, wondering who is doing what and why. There
aren’t so many characters that it becomes confusing, which is
comfortable, and most of the characters are introduced in such a way
that they are memorable. The characters are well developed and
consistent as the story progresses.
There is one place, however, where a character is sort of introduced and
used for 2 or 3 paragraphs, to facilitate the plot, then disappears
again. Toward the end of the book, the main character needs a double to
make a getaway, and one is produced almost out of thin air.
The plot also leaves the reader wondering why all the girls in town are
after the 2nd son instead of the heir apparent. He doesn’t seem to have
any matrimonial prospects at all. He’s just busy most of the time doing
Other than those two small items, this is a very enjoyable book. It was
definitely a page turner and a quick read. I felt satisfied with it. I
will enjoy reading more of her books.