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Trade Paperback
256 pages
Apr 2005
Moody Publishers

Mountaintop Drive: A John Smyth Mystery #3

by James R. Coggins

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Mountaintop Drive is a white-knuckled ride! Readers better hold tightly to these pages as the mystery unfolds with an abundance of curves and clues!

Attending a church convention puts John Smyth and his wife, Ruby, right in the middle of a murder investigation. While they are staying in the home of an old friend in an exclusive neighborhood, a beautiful woman is murdered. Everyone seems to be under suspicion, yet the field narrows to someone who is above reproach. Readers will carefully follow the homicide investigation every step of the way, but may delightfully stumble over some of the clues. This reviewer was quite pleased to have figured it all out in the opening pages, only to discover that the author was in the driver’s seat the whole time.

The setting brings another dimension to the story. The city of Abbotsford, British Columbia, in Canada’s Bible Belt, is real. Although the rest of the places in the story are fictional, the author captures a sense of reality in these pages. Most impressive is the integration of Christian beliefs, ideals, and issues throughout the book. Readers will be confronted with contemporary scenarios and will see how Christianity can connect in a genuine way. In essence, there are two mysteries in this book: the first is the physical homicide investigation and the search for the murderer; the second is spiritual as it seeks to place a living faith in a dying world. The author gets high praise for writing a story that gives the reader so much to think about.

Mountaintop Drive steers to new heights! -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

It is just like a second honeymoon when diminutive editor John Smyth and his wife, Ruby, are invited to stay in a beautiful mountaintop house while attending a church convention in Canada’s Bible Belt. Everything seems perfect—until the woman next door is murdered. Has trouble from the impoverished streets of old Abbotsford invaded the upscale community of Mountaintop Drive?