A few months ago I read Two Reasons To Run by Colleen Coble (my review), the second book in the Pelican Harbor series. Over the last couple of weeks I finally read/listened to One Little Lie and Three Missing Days, the first and third books in the series. I will say that you should read these books in order as the story arc continues across the books. The books feature Jane Hardy, sheriff in Pelican Harbor and Reid Bechtol, a well-known journalist who makes documentaries. Reid originally comes to Pelican Harbor with his teenage son to make a documentary about small town sheriffs, but he stays for another reason.
One Little Lie (Pelican Harbor #1) by Colleen Coble, Devon O’Day (Narrator)
Published March 3rd 2020 by Thomas Nelson
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Jane Hardy has recently been appointed interim sheriff when her father retires. She is happy about it, but is not especially pleased when the mayor informs her that she will have a journalist following her around as he is making a documentary on small town sheriffs and being a female, she is going to be included. Shortly after she begins her new job, bodies turn up and the clues and evidence point to her father. Is someone from their past trying to frame him. Jane and her father escaped from a cult fifteen years earlier. She was told her mother refused to leave with them and that her infant son had died. Secrets from the past have a way of coming back to haunt you. Jane knows her father did not commit any of the crimes he is being accused of, but how can she clear him when it is a conflict of interest to be involved in his case. When she gets suspended by the mayor, she has to sneak around and follow up on information on her own. Reid offers to help her and they work well together, but he also has secrets from his past that could cause some problems.
This is a romantic suspense story with Christian Fiction overtones. It is a police procedural series with a strong sassy female protagonist. I really liked Jane, she was a great role model who had a lot to overcome from her past. There are some officers that don’t think she deserves to be Sheriff and that it is only because of her father that she got the job, but she knows otherwise and will prove it. She doesn’t do relationships and even she and her father keep each other at arm’s length. The mystery was compelling and well paced and kept me guessing as to what was happening and who was behind it. My one disappointment is that this is a romantic suspense, but there really was minimal to no romance. There is a potential love interest in Reid and having read the second book I know where it is going so I am okay with how the author left this one. Remember this is a trilogy, so to be completely satisfied, you will need to read all three books. I did a read/listen with this book and the narrator was Devon O’Day. She did an exceptional job with the voices, emotions and pacing. She was able to convey the suspense and depth of the story. I enjoyed her narration and she made the book much more compelling for me.
Three Missing Days (Pelican Harbor #3) by Colleen Coble, Devon O’Day (Narrator)
Published April 6th 2021 by Thomas Nelson
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is the conclusion to the Pelican Harbor series and what an enjoyable story it turned out to be. This story finds Reid’s ex-wife and Will’s adoptive mother show up once again in Pelican Harbor. She wants money, not Reid or Will, but will do whatever she needs to get what she wants. When she ends up dead after falling off the dock at Reid’s house, Will is arrested for murder. Can Reid and Jane find the evidence they need to prove his innocence. There are all kinds of things happening in this story dealing with Jane’s past, including finding her mother, dealing with figures from her days in the cult and trying to figure out what happened during her Three Missing Days, just before she escaped the cult.
This is a fast paced conclusion to this trilogy. Jane and Reid are tested to the limit in this book. They have to unearth all the secrets from their past in order to move forward. All of their family and friends, especially Jane’s friends in the police department, add to the depth of the story. I like stories with cold cases, and I really liked how Colleen Coble tied the present day crime to past events. There were several tense moments and a lot of suspense. Family had to come together to deal with all the various aspects of this story and it was great to finally see Jane and her father show how they feel about one another. This is a Christian fiction story and there are times where the characters call on their faith to move forward and not give up. I enjoyed this story and I was so happy to see Jane and Reid finally get their happily ever after. I did a read/listen with this book and the narrator was Devon O’Day. She did an exceptional job with the voices, emotions and pacing. She was able to convey the suspense and depth of the story. I enjoyed her narration and she made the book much more compelling for me.