November 18, 2006

InScribers Review: Reluctant Burglar -- Janet Sketchley

Review by Janet Sketchley
Reluctant Burglar by Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Multnomah Publishers, 2006
351 pages, Trade Paperback $16.50 in Canada

Desiree Jacobs inherits more than just the family business when her father is killed. She’s horrified to find a cache of stolen paintings. Should she turn them over to the authorities and ruin her father’s reputation – and the family business? Give them to the menacing “Chief,” who ordered her father’s death? Or carry out her father’s plan to secretly return the paintings to their owners? Dare she trust attractive FBI agent Tony Lucano? Dare she trust her friends, for that matter? But she trusts God....

Desiree is a wonderful character, spunky, determined, real enough to have self-doubts and struggle to apply her faith... and she’s got a quirky humour that I love.

Reluctant Burglar is fast-paced and fun, with some daring antics that had me holding my breath. Full marks to Jill Elizabeth Nelson for delivering a great read.

Bring on the next in the series: Reluctant Runaway releases in March 2007. I’m looking forward to spending more time with these characters.

This is a review of one of the most fun books I've read this year:


  1. Sounds like a fun read!

    Also, congrats to you, Joanna, for landing that story in ByLine Magazine. I used to subscribe to it and their fiction is pretty sophisticated. Good work!!

  2. Thanks for posting this author. Never heard of her! Sounds like fun!
    Pam M.

  3. Thanks Joanna,
    For this succint review. It sounds like a read I would enjoy. I've made note of title and author.
    God bless

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