Monday, April 5, 2010

Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl - Book Review and Giveaway!

I recently signed up with, and I am part of their book review bloggers program. I requested and was sent Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl.
Hand of Fate is the second novel in the Triple Threat series, following Allison (federal prosecuter), Nicole (FBI agent), and Cassidy (TV journalist).

The novel opens with popular radio personality, Jim Fate, being murdered in his studio by opening a package that fills his studio with poisonous gas. Chaos ensues not only in the radio studio and building, but in downtown Portland (Oregon) as well. Allison and Nicole are in court a few blocks away and forced to evacuate the building. Allison makes it out and rescues a child on the street. Nicole is trapped in the building. Cassidy hears the news and races to the scene to cover the story.

After the initial dangers pass, the three women team up to figure out who killed Fate and why. Hand of Fate is a great mystery novel. It is fast-paced (just the way I like it!) and the final twist was not obvious.

I also loved the way that Wiehl weaved faith into the novel, and not in a cram-it-down-your-throat kind of way. The three women are at different stages of faith: Allison is clearly a Christian, Nicole had a very religious upbringing but a terrible trauma crushed her faith, and Cassidy is new-agey.

Wiehl never reveals who she based Jim Fate's character on, but some of her friends in the business were sure it was them. I think it's a combination of several radio personalities, but she does call Fate "The Great One" at one point. And, we all know who that is...

Now, on to the giveaway! I am giving away my copy of Hand of Fate to one of my readers!

Rules: This giveaway is only open to residents of the continental US. Enter to win by Monday, April 12, 2010. Winner will be randomly chosen. Please include your email address!

You have three chances to win!

1. Leave a comment with the title of your favorite book or a good book you just read.

2. Friend me on Good Reads, so we can chat books! (I receive no compensation or perks from Good Reads, I just like their website. And books.) Leave a comment that you did so.

3. Tweet this giveaway and leave a comment with a link to your tweet.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. Yeah for a giveaway! You know I love books, and I do love this mystery/detective genre, though I haven't read anything in it since the James Patterson Along Came a Spider series (good books, by the way). I think I can claim "Into the Wild" by John Krakeur as my favorite book, but it's hard to choose just one. I am reading "The Help" right now and enjoying it!

    We'll see if I am lucky in this giveaway!

  2. Sounds like a good story!


  3. madwoman-doing-cartwheelsApril 7, 2010 at 5:43 AM

    Most favorite recent read was Men & Dogs by Katie Crouch. But suspense is still my fave read of all. Thanks for the chance to win your copy.

    bookcat1010 at gmail dot com

  4. I just finished The Wednesday Letters good read. I am about to friend you through good reads and twitter it as well DarkAngelNY is my twitter

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. I'm really enjoying InkHeart (my oldest said i had to read it and its good) but one of my all time faves is Beaded Hope!

  6. added you as a friend on goodreads

  7. tweeted about the giveaway:

  8. I am always on the hunt for new authors, and this book sounds right up my alley. I just read Bitter is the New Black and Not My Turn to Die, both VERY good.

  9. I just recently finished the Study Trilogy by Maria V. Snyder. & I loved it! I picked up the Sea Glass today hoping it will be just as good.
    Thanks for the chance! :D
    tabbylewis at hotmail dot com

  10. What a great novel! sound like awesome Sunday afternoon read..T hank's for sharing~

  11. Am I too late? I listened to Lis Wiehl on Bill O'Reilley's radio program for years, so I've been curious about this book.

    I recently read The Help and loved it. My book club just read History of Love and it was just beautiful.