#BookReview “Trace of Doubt” by DiAnn Mills

September 1-30, 2021 Tour



5/5 Stars!

This author never fails to deliver Christian fiction interwoven with page-turning suspense.

Released from prison after serving fifteen years for the murder of her brother-in-law, Travis, Shelby Pearce is looking for a new start in a small town. Shunned by her family and held in contempt by much of the public, she has an uphill battle to show she’s worthy of respect and acceptance. Buoyed by the deep Christian faith she found halfway through her sentence; Shelby knows she cannot fail.

But, she hadn’t planned on a stalker. Though there have been attempts on her life since the day she set foot in town, the ominous phone calls and notes suggest suicide would be a much better ending for the convicted murderer.

Shelby has no idea who wants her dead. Is the self-righteous law enforcement officer determined to send her back to prison or the FBI agent who’d posed as a friend? Is it because of the half-million dollars that went missing after Travis’ death many believe she’s hidden or is it just someone who hates convicted criminals?

I found Trace of Doubt engrossing for the depth of its characters, good and bad. Also, secrets aren’t deeply buried or hidden because it’s the journey to the why and the how that kept me turning pages.

I admired how Shelby’s faith kept her grounded without being center-stage. It was not her words but her character and actions that showed she was a woman of faith and drew people to her, like agent McClure.

The ending isn’t “explosive,” but I don’t feel it needed to be. It is satisfying and perfect for Shelby Pearce.




Bestselling and award-winning author DiAnn Mills delivers a heart-stopping story of dark secrets, desperate enemies, and dangerous lies.

Fifteen years ago, Shelby Pearce confessed to murdering her brother-in-law and was sent to prison. Now she’s out on parole and looking for a fresh start in the small town of Valleysburg, Texas. But starting over won’t be easy for an ex-con.

FBI Special Agent Denton McClure was a rookie fresh out of Quantico when he was first assigned the Pearce case. He’s always believed Shelby embezzled five hundred thousand dollars from her brother-in-law’s account. So he’s going undercover to befriend Shelby, track down the missing money, and finally crack this case.

But as Denton gets closer to Shelby, he begins to have a trace of doubt about her guilt. Someone has Shelby in their crosshairs. It’s up to Denton to stop them before they silence Shelby—and the truth—forever.

Praise for Trace of Doubt:

“Well-researched… with some surprising twists along the way. In Trace of Doubt, Mills weaves together a tale of faith, intrigue, and suspense that her fans are sure to enjoy.” – STEVEN JAMES, award-winning author of SYNAPSE and EVERY WICKED MAN

Trace of Doubt is a suspense reader’s best friend. From page one until the end, the action is intense and the storyline keeps you guessing.” – EVA MARIE EVERSON, bestselling author of FIVE BRIDES and DUST

“DiAnn Mills serves up a perfect blend of action, grit, and heart… Trace of Doubt takes romantic suspense to a whole new level.” – JAMES R. HANNIBAL, award-winning author of THE PARIS BETRAYAL

“Filled with high stakes, high emotion, and high intrigue.” – JLYNN H. BLACKBURN, award-winning author of UNKNOWN THREATand ONE FINAL BREATH

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Romance, Romantic Suspense

Published by: Tyndale House Publishers

Publication Date: September 7th 2021

Number of Pages: 432

ISBN: 1496451856 (ISBN13: 9781496451859)

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ChristianBook.com | Tyndale |

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