by Robert Whitlow
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Pub Date 06 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 06 Jul 2023
Thomas Nelson--FICTION, Thomas Nelson
Someone stands to gain millions of dollars from a hunter’s accidental death . . . unless that death wasn’t an accident.
Matt and Elena Thompson present the picture of perfection. But their enviable life isn’t all it seems. Their marriage is on the rocks, and financial disaster looms. Then Matt is killed in a hunting accident, and the questions and accusations begin to mount.
Attorney Liz Acosta, newly arrived in the mountains of north Georgia after graduating from law school, plans to get some job experience on her resume before returning home to seek a position with a big-time firm. Intellectual pastor Connor Grantham isn’t sure that shepherding a rural congregation is what he ultimately wants to do with his life. Drawn to philosophy, theology, and nature, he’s beginning to feel more at home in north Georgia—especially after he meets the brilliant and energetic Liz.
While Liz and Connor spend more time with each other and discover just how compatible two people from wildly different backgrounds can be, they’re also being drawn into the shadowy world of Matt and Elena Thompson. As the couple’s marriage counselor, Connor finds himself in the middle of their explosive arguments. As Elena’s attorney, Liz is caught in the tailspin created by Matt’s death.
Together, Connor and Liz attempt to solve the mystery of what really happened to Matt. If his death is ruled an accident, then the double indemnity clause in his life insurance would go into effect, essentially doubling the payout. But as Liz sorts through the legal paperwork of who stands to gain an immense sum of money from Matt’s death, Connor is accused of the unthinkable with much more at stake than millions of dollars.
- Contemporary Christian legal drama
- Perfect for fans of John Grisham
- Includes discussion questions for book clubs
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Average rating from 83 members
This is an intriguing story that captured my full attention right from the beginning. I could barely put it down, resulting in reading mostly straight through.
New attorney, Liz Acosta moved to Georgia, from her home state of Florida. She had no job offers in Florida and felt she got the position at the largest firm in the small town of Bryson, because of her ability to speak and understand Spanish. She often feels more like a translator than a lawyer, although she is pleased that she is assigned a new client, Elena Thompson. Elena is seeking legal advice in the event her rocky marriage ends in divorce and has proven to be somewhat difficult. Her husband, Matthew is a successful businessman with a large bank account.
Connor Grantham is the pastor of a local church in town. He is single and loves the nearby hiking trails and is out nearly every morning taking advantage of them. He has started marriage counseling with a new couple, Matt and Elena Thompson who have some challenging marital issues.
Liz has never been a regular churchgoer; however, her landlord invites Liz to come to her church on a day when there will be a potluck after the service. Liz enjoys church and even sees her new client, Elena. Liz continues to attend, and she and Connor become friends. They enjoy some hikes together, and although they each have a separate relationship with Elena, both are exposed to her never-ending antics and often unreasonable demands.
This is an intriguing, fast-paced story of friendships and faith. There are many twists and turns and unexpected surprises. The characters are truly amazing, and I felt as though I was going through their challenges right along with them.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Another great legal drama by Robert Whitlow! I was so excited to begin reading this and was not disappointed. Well written characters whose personalities fit with the responses they have to events they encounter. Conversations that flow and make you feel like you are listening to real people talking through an intriguing situation. The story itself is also really good! I liked walking alongside the characters as they followed the clues trying to figure out if someone's death was an accident or murder! I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone who likes this author, books about lawyers, and murder mysteries.
What an awesome book!! It captured me from the beginning and didn't let up until the end!! I definitely think this book is in the top 10 books for my year!!
Double Indemnity by Robert Whitlow is a great, enjoyable book that entails, mystery, murder, and suspense, The author weaves the story through the characters as you get to know them the good and the weak parts of their lives.
Connor Grantham is a young, intelligent pastor of church in an area that appealed to his love of mountain hiking. He starts off unsure of just how to pastor a church and lacking in his prayer life. He grows in both through guidance from God and interacting with Christians strong in their faith. Liz Acosta is a successful lawyer learning also under her mentor and boss how to properly deal her legal clients.
Connor and Liz too start a growing relationship as they both deal with a very unstable church member, Elena and the murder of her husband, Matt. Conner had counseling them in their marriage and Elena has hired Liz as her lawyer.
As Connor and Liz both work to help and find out who the murderer is, Connor is steadily being looked at by the law enforcements as a suspect. You see his faith grow as he realizes how God is directing his life.
Good read and I recommend the book.
I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher and the opinion and review is my own.
A superb book! A real treat for legal novel lovers. There are enough loose ends, possibilities and unknowns to keep you guessing about the true identity of the perpetrator until the very end. Mr. Whitlow does an outstanding job portraying some incredibly true to life characters who show strengths, weaknesses and growth over time. There is a spiritual part to this book that might leave some readers feeling somewhat uncomfortable. Having had these experiences myself, I can relate and testify that this can truly happen. As always, the author does a lot of showing instead of telling and is able to combine different bits of information into a wonderful sentence such as, “...a soft voice that revealed roots in rural Mexico”. Language like that is such a pleasure to read. I enjoyed “going on hikes” with the main characters and was truly sorry to have to say goodbye. I’d highly recommend reading this story where good wins out over evil.
Thank you Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
The author has once again written a story that defies conventional classification. It blends mystery, murder, romance, and legal issues with a strong spiritual foundation to create a very enjoyable novel.
Robert Whitlow's books are always amazing. His stories have love, mystery, and intrigue all wrapped together and Double Idemnity didn't fail! It was incredibly good and ranks up there as one of my favorites of his.
"Double Indemnity" is another great legal thriller by Robert Whitlow. This book kept my attention the whole way through! I kept wondering how it was going to end, and there was a twist at the end that I didn't see going. The characters were very well developed and it felt like I was part of this story. I highly recommend this book and all of Robert Whitlow's books. He is one of my favorite legal thriller authors.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
What Happens When A Lawyer & a Minister walk into a Death Investigation?
Robert Whitlow places Liz & Conner on a Rollercoaster Ride, with plenty of Loop-de-Loops, in his Great, Christian, Legal Suspense, "Double Indemnity"! The Story starts with a slow pace, that really takes off after a man dies.
Was the cause of death, murder or accidental? How does God show Himself real to Conner in a deeper way, even though he's a Pastor? How does Lawyer Liz come to know Jesus? How does Prayer play a Key Role, in the Truth coming out? What happens personally, between Liz & Conner? I highly Recommend You 📖 this Engrossing, Action Filled 📗, to find the answers!
I really appreciated that RW explains the technical Legal and Insurance terminology, so I wasn't confused. I was surprised at the end of the Investigation; & glad the Story didn't end there! ❤️d 📖ing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I am very happy to be introduced to a new author. Robert Whitlow is the writer of over 15 legal/Christian books and several films. The latest, Double Indemnity, about a couple struggling within a marriage, the pastor that is working with them, and a lawyer that becomes involved after a hunting accident takes the life of the husband. But was it an accident, suicide or murder. The widow seems to be more concerned about how much money she will be getting vs how he was murdered. A very well written, intriguing story with excellent characters. Loved his writing style and am now going to find his other offerings. Highly recommended, Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of this book.
I really enjoyed this book. I have never read this author before & found the book to be intriguing & an easy read.
The book was clean, unlike so many mainstream books these days, so I really appreciated that. The author also showed the main character having a touching experience with God & strengthening his relationship with God.
I enjoyed "getting to know" the characters in the book & see how their stories intertwined & played out. It wasn't super "thrilling", but it wasn't slow either, I felt it flowed well & did keep me coming back for more!
I look forward to reading more of Robert Whitlow's books! Thank you to Netgalley & Thomas Nelson for letting me preview this ARC book! All opinions are my own.
This is a spiritual filled legal thriller.
Liz Acosta has recently moved to North Georgia, from Florida. There were no good job offers in Florida, therefore she took on a position at the largest law firm in the small town of Bryson. She’s a new lawyer and her ability to speak and understand Spanish makes her a valuable asset to the partners. Unfortunately, she often feels more like a translator than a lawyer, that is until she is assigned a new client, Elena Thompson. Elena is in a rocky marriage compounded by her husband Matt’s two daughter and his ex-wife to whom he is still seems to be committed. The ex-wife, Anne lives in Florida with their two children and the two maintain a friendly long distance relationship. Matt has an apartment where the girls can visit him when he goes to Florida.
Elena, the current and desperate wife, is trying to cover her bases before things get ugly, and seeks legal advice in the event, she and Matt do divorce. Her husband, Matthew on the surface is a successful businessman with a large bank account. It may be large but there are a lot of demands on his money.
Then we meet Connor Grantham the beloved pastor of a local church in town. He is single and spends his free time in the woods, hiking trails and is out nearly every morning in meditative solitude. He has started counselling with afore mentioned, Matt and Elena Thompson who have some challenging marital issues. That is said lightly. These two are not compatible.
Liz has never been a regular churchgoer until one day her landlord invites her to join her at church on a day when there will be a potluck after the service. Coincidentally, Elena and Matt sporadically also attend Rock Community Church. Yeah small town. Complicated everything!
Liz continues to attend, and she and Connor become friends and maybe a little more than friends. They enjoy some hikes together.
The story heats up when there is a hunting event and one of the parishioners is found shot and is dead. Is it murder, suicide? And then the least likely character is suddenly a person of interest.
This is an intriguing, fast-paced story of friendships and faith, jealousy and envy. Mr. Whitlow has well developed characters I could identify with and feel their pain and struggles and their dependency on each other and God. Carefully note each character a# there are quite a few.
I also enjoyed the tangled aspects of the law and how it is used to solve the case.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, although it took me a little time to get into it. As a lawyer, I was curious how the author, a lawyer, would address legal issues like client confidentiality and conflicts. I was pleasantly surprised by the portrayal (mostly....no spoilers). I thought that the character development was well-done, even if the whodunnit wasn't a huge surprise. The book definitely has an overtly religious message, which was fine with me. I recommend for fans of Randy Singer and other Christian legal writers.
Thanks Netgalley and the publishers for a free e-arc in exchange for my honest review.
I wish I could slow down my reading when I’m reading a Robert Whitlow novel. But I can’t. His stories are so good and realistic that I want them to just go on and on. This one is no different. The characters could live on the same street that you live on- or better than that- they could go to the same church you or I go to. I have enjoyed the Robert Whitlow books I have read and I have shared them with several friends and family members. I particularly like the way his characters have the same occupations and interactions that “real” people have. This book is about a young pastor of a small town church. The heroine of the book is a young woman who has been a lawyer for about two years in that same small town. You will have to read the book to find out if you like Connor and Liz as much as I do. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advance copy for my honest review.
Double Indemnity is just what I would expect from Robert Whitlow. I highly recommend for readers and fans of thrillers that are suspense filled. Five stars.
This is a new author for me. The story is a well written murder mystery. There is a lot of legalize description about double indemnity. There are many major characters well described throughout the book.
A smaller town, hunting accident, the widow, a pastor, and law firm must navigate to find the truth.
I do admit I guessed one person of interest before the end.
When a young pastor unwittingly takes a photo of a crime scene and then is charged as a suspect, a young lawyer tries to untangle the situation! Connor is a handsome new pastor in his thirties, he gives a struggling married man a podcast by mistake that saves his soul and that man loses his life shortly afterwards.
Liz is a young lawyer in the area who tries to help the widow settle her estate, but there is an ex wife to contend with and her husbands death is suspicious!
You will have to read the story for yourself to see what happens!
"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
This book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review. Thanks to the publisher and the author. Characters who come alive on the pages…intrigue and mystery…friendship and family…this talented author has written a story that is difficult to put down. When a husband dies, secrets are discovered. This story does come to a resounding ending…
I really enjoyed Double Indemnity! Connor, a local preacher in a small town, loves long hikes. One day, on his walk through the corner of a game preserve, he sees a massive buck, and takes a video. Suddenly, a man carrying a rifle stumbles into view, then races off. Connor thinks nothing of it until he discovers that Matt, one of the church members he’s been counseling, has died in a shooting accident. Matt’s wife, Elena, hires Liz, a young, new lawyer to the area, to help her recover the insurance money.
Soon, it’s suspected that Matt was murdered. Why would someone do this? Who could have done it? What secrets are about to being uncovered?
I loved reading this Christian mystery! The characters are very well-developed, the storyline has depth and keeps you guessing, and an added bonus is that I’m encouraged to grow my prayer life due to Sarah’s influence! I highly recommend this book!
Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers for an ARC in return for an honest review.
DOUBLE INDEMNITY is another brilliant legal drama by ROBERT WHITLOW, with a plot that will keep you guessing, some interesting characters and a Christian message that will really touch your heart. The story takes place in Bryson, a town in the foorhills of the Appalachian Mountains, which gives rise to some lovely descriptions.
When businessman, Matt Thompson, dies in a hunting accident at the hunt organized by his firm at the Burnt Pine Tree Lodge, both Connor Grantham and Liz Acosta become involved with his feisty second wife, Elena, Connor as the pastor who has been giving the couple marriage counselling, and Liz as her lawyer. Elena does not trust anyone, particularly Matt’s first wife Anne, who has custody of his children, and his business partner Winston Boone. She seems more interested in the money that is due to her from his life insurance than is normal for a grieving widow……
I am not going to tell you any more for fear of spoiling the read for you.
I cannot recommend this beautifully written, exciting and inspirational novel highly enough.
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Thomas Nelson. The opinions in this review are completely my own.
This book is full of adventure and intrigue. I had never read from this author but was pleasantly surprised. I liked that it is a clean book so I didn’t ever have to worry about the content.
Matt and Elena Thompson present the picture of perfection. But their marriage is on the rocks, and financial disaster looms. Then Matt is killed in a hunting accident, and the questions and accusations begin to mount. Attorney Liz Acosta, newly arrived in the mountains of north Georgia after graduating from law school, plans to get some job experience on her resume before returning home to seek a position with a big-time firm. Intellectual pastor Connor Grantham isn’t sure that shepherding a rural congregation is what he ultimately wants to do with his life. Drawn to philosophy, theology, and nature, he’s beginning to feel more at home in north Georgia—especially after he meets the brilliant and energetic Liz. While Liz and Connor spend more time with each other and discover just how compatible two people from wildly different backgrounds can be, they’re also being drawn into the shadowy world of Matt and Elena Thompson. As the couple’s marriage counselor, Connor finds himself in the middle of their explosive arguments. As Elena’s attorney, Liz is caught in the tailspin created by Matt’s death.
I was introduced to Robert Whitlow through my church book club and have since read several of this novels.
He always writes legal novels that keep me wanting more. I especially like the Christian emphasis he writes into every novel. His characters are so realistic and believable. He threw a twist in this one that I only partly saw coming. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read the latest novel by one of my favorite Christian writers.
Whitlow is one of my favorite authors. His books always revolve around lawyers.
This book was a great read. I recommend it.
Loved this book. Robert Whitlow is a wonderful author whose stories always pull you in and leave you anxiously awaiting the next story
In Double Indemnity you will find mystery as well as a little romance as the two main characters work in figuring out if the hunting accident was really an accident or a way to cover up a murder.
Having read and enjoyed some of Robert Whitlow's previous books, I was looking forward to reading this new one. It did not disappoint me, catching my attention from the beginning and holding it to the end.
Robert Whitlow is always so good at explaining the meaning of legal terms used in his stories. His characters feel so real and speak in a way that makes you understand what they are feeling or going through. Real people in real town USA. Another thing I like about Whitlow's books is that they are clean, meaning no curse words or sexual scenes.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
From the first page this book captured my attention. The characters were very believable and there were several twists that I didn't see coming. He is one of my favorite authors and I can't wait for his next book!
This was a different experience for me. The whodunit part was great, a few times I questioned Liz’s likelihood of sharing what she did with who she did. Overall, the mystery was great. But there will be hundreds of reviews telling you about that.
The part that absolutely blew me away was the prayers. Being a topic I’m fascinated with and currently studying, that was my main focus.
I’ve read so many books with ‘popcorn’ prayers, which have their place, to be sure. So when I come across a novel with deeper prayers that don’t feel preachy, but really like the relationship with God we love to talk about, I sit up and take notice.
The connection, the confidence, the way they left people changed, is what I long for.
This was my first Robert Whitlow, but will NOT be my last. I want to see more of these deep, genuine prayers.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and chose to review it here. All thoughts are my own.
Wow. This was such a great book. I highly recommend reading it . I couldn’t put it down. I feel like a lot of books give away “who did it” in the first couple of chapter . This book did not have that problem. It kept you guessing the whole time .
It starts with the journey of a married couple who meet with their pastor for some marital counseling . The pastor refers them to do homework and meet with them weekly . The wife , Elena obviously is high strung and has some mental health issues . Matt is potentially cheating on his wife with his ex wife . Connor the pastor leads his congregation almost robotically . He prepares sermons and puts a lot of time into serving his congregation but he doesn’t truly seem to know God.
Liz a local attorney meets with Elena as Elena wants to prepare in case Matt files a divorce. Liz’s neighbor invites her to church and surprisingly says yes . Her saying yes brings her to church and meeting the Pastor, Connor.
All these players are in the background and some amazing church members when Matt dies in an accidental shooting , or was it accidental .
Elena has odder and odder behavior. Liz comes across differing ethical issues as Elena’s attorney. Connor realizes that maybe his prayers aren’t really connecting with God and maybe he has missed the mark as a pastor and with his relationship with God.
Then Connor gets charged with murder and everything falls apart and comes together at the same time .
I really enjoyed this book and plan to read it again!
Thank you for the publishing company and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review .
Double Indemnity by Robert Whitlow is a real page-turner. When I told my daughter I was reading one of Whitlow's books, she was excited. She had already read a book by him and enjoyed it. She was correct, I was enthralled with the book. I could. not. put. it. down!!! A marriage on the rocks, a pastor who counseled the couple, a lawyer who advised the wife, and a murder were all entwined to lead to this suspenseful novel. Faith strengthened, faith received, and prayerful support gave Double Indemnity an important component to pull together the characters of Connor (pastor) and Liz (lawyer) into a deep friendship resulting in romantic feelings. I will definitely search for more Robert Whitlow books.
A copy was provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
I always enjoy Robert Whitlow’s book and as usual, this one did not disappoint. If you enjoy a good legal “whodunit” then Double Indemnity is for you.
The book is set in the picturesque mountains of Georgia where a hunting accident takes place. Was it really an accident? Who stands to gain from the death of Matt Thompson? The cast of characters that grows as we see who really would benefit the most.
I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest opinion of the book. Thank you Netgalley for my ARC.
I enjoyed reading Double Indemnity by Robert Whitlow. While I never thought I'd like reading legal thrillers, I'm glad I gave them a chance, because this author gave me an intriguing look at the lives of lawyers and the intricacies of the law.
While the book doesn't start out as a page turner, after I got to know the characters and what they were going through, especially Connor and Liz, I really wanted to see how it was all going to turn out. I didn't have a clue what really happened to Elena's husband, Matt, but I was inclined to believe that someone murdered him.
This is a Christian fiction book, and the author demonstrated throughout the story that he wasn't afraid to add scenes that were appreciated by me, and I'm sure by others who like to see Christianity in books like this. Some claim to be Christian fiction, but fail to deliver anything of value. That was not the case with this one.
I've read several books by Robert Whitlow and have always found them to be fast paced, interesting and hard to put down. This one was no different. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Double Indemnity, by Robert Whitlow, is a stand alone Christian who done it story. This story grabbed my attention from the very beginning and held it to the very end. This is a story that kept me guessing who the killer was. The story is fast paced and full of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. I enjoyed the descriptive writing with the views Connor saw on his hikes.
It was interesting to read of the legal aspects of the story and the fine line attorneys have to do their jobs. Liz was committed to putting her priorities to Elena, even when the client was overly demanding. Liz had to fine a way to keep Connor as a friend yet help him legally.
I especially enjoyed the characters of the members of Connor’s church. I enjoyed the importance of prayer in this story. It was nice to see the support he received from some, while others turned their backs on him and the church.
I enjoyed this book so much. I voluntarily received it from Thomas Nelson Publishing through NetGalley. This is my honest review.
This book is an interesting look into the world of lawyers and the legal system. We are taught (which I believe to be true) how complicated it can be for lawyers to stay honest and not put themselves in a state of "conflict of interest". The twists and turns keep the reader engaged. It has you rooting for the minister. as you wonder how all of the things could be happening. The take away lesson to be learned is that God can use anything for his good, and he can meet you anywhere.
Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy for my honest opinion.
What can I say about this book? You have got to read it! It is hands down one of the best crime novels I’ve read, Christian or otherwise, period.
The characters are fleshed out in a way that makes it easy for the reader to connect. I found myself going through a gamut of emotions anxiously awaiting what would happen next.
The story revolves around Connor a young minister who seems to struggle with his calling. Through the course of the book we are shown the power of prayer to change his heart and circumstance. His faith increases as he sees God’s faithfulness bring him through his difficulties, insecurities, and relationships.
Liz is an attorney who becomes Connor’s friend. Tied up with her own client as she tries to help Connor she finds herself walking a thin line between loyalty to him and avoiding a conflict of interest. She believes in the power of justice, but she begins to see the only power Connor needs isn’t what she expected.
Double Indemnity has everything I love in crime drama including a complex antagonist that I loved to hate. I highly recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book through NetGalley courtesy of Thomas Nelson. This is my honest opinion of the book.
Double Indemnity is a very interesting “who done it” book. I highly recommend it.
I love how the author used a small town pastor in the hills of Georgia as the center of the mystery. In doing so, he could add matters of faith that are important to this and any story that one will read.
It’s a fast paced read that has good writing, and very strong characters,. Innocence, this is a character based story.
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