Double Indemnity

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Pub Date Jun 06 2023 | Archive Date Jul 06 2023

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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

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...


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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Whitlow is one of my favorite authors. His books always revolve around lawyers.

This book was a great read. I recommend it.

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Loved this book. Robert Whitlow is a wonderful author whose stories always pull you in and leave you anxiously awaiting the next story

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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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I have never been disappointed in anything written by Robert Whitlow. This one is another winner. I would give it ten stars if that was a possibility. Connor Grantham is pastoring the local church in Bryson, Georgia. He chose to pastor a small church in a smaller community because he loves nature. He is an avid hiker which is something he can do daily in his town. He is counseling a young couple, Matt and Elena Thompson. After each session he is completely worn out, and he is not really certain he can help them. Both Matt and Elena are sharp tongued with one another and it seems that they only try to outdo the other one in every argument. Elena is so paranoid that her husband is going to leave her desolate that she decides to quietly hire an attorney. Liz Acosta is a new attorney in her firm, but Elena is drawn to her because she wants a female attorney. When Matt is killed in a hunting accident, the stress levels, intrigue and tension are ramped up. Someone is about to get rich due to Matt's death, but everything is not as it appears on the surface.

Liz and Connor have been getting to know one another, and now they are thrown together in a way in which they never dreamed possible. Both are being tugged from one side to the other due to the demands of Elena Thompson. You will be engrossed into this story from the first few pages.

Robert Whitlow's legal expertise is evident in his writing, but you will fully understand everything that is going on even if you know nothing about the legal system. His writing style flows easily and draws you into the story. This is an explosive and exciting legal drama with moral dilemmas, unexpected twists and a rich faith thread built throughout the story. The inspirational message is strong and touching with a strong emphasis on prayer. You will be glued to the pages of this book until you can finish it because you will just have to know the ending.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson Books and NetGalley for this ARC. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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By far one of the best books I have read in awhile! At first I was sort of iffy about it but after reading a chapter or two I was hooked and could not put it down! Literally kept me on the edge of my seat. I will definitely be reading more books by this author!

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** “God knows the end from the beginning, whether the path in between is long or short, complicated or simple, and how everything fits into the destiny and destination he has for each person’s life.” **

Robert Whitlow offers an intriguing legal thriller with “Double Indemnity.”

While Pastor Connor Grantham is counseling Matt and Elena Thompson, who are struggling with their marriage, Matt dies while on a business hunting trip. As Elena continues to seek support from Connor, she also seeks legal assistance from lawyer Liz Acosta.

As police look into Matt’s death — was it an accident, suicide or murder — Connor and Liz keep getting put into the position to look into the situation. While dealing with the pushy and demanding widow, they find themselves drawn to each other while searching for the truth — and possibly finding themselves in harm’s way.

Whitlow does an incredible job of creating a legal thriller while aptly including romance, spiritual growth and the immense power of prayer. He creates deeply real and relatable characters, including extremely likable characters like prayer warriors Lyle and Sarah and their son Josh, and some that raise your hackles.

He also includes several great themes, like God knows the end from the beginning; God is with us, even in the difficult times; and God will meet with us personally.

Fans of authors like John Grisham, Randy Singer, and even a little bit Frank Peretti will love “Double Indemnity,” which is due out June 6.

Five stars out of five.

Thomas Nelson provided this complimentary copy through NetGalley for my honest, unbiased review.

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This is the first I’ve read by this author and was not disappointed. I look forward to reading more!

Full of twists and turns with a strong God theme is right in my purview when reading.

I was given a complimentary copy via Netgalley. My opinion is my own.

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I read Double Indemnity until about midnight when I forced myself to be an adult and go to bed and then thought about the characters for 1/2 hr. or more! I don't know how to classify this book. There are interesting legal angles, mystery, romance, suspense, faith, and strong friendships. I loved the main characters, Liz and Connor, and their supportive friends. I enjoyed reading how Connor the pastor came up with ideas for his sermons and that he was interested in nature and philosophy. The plot has twists and turns with little surprises hiding around the corners. Robert Whitlow is a new to me author. His writing flows well and is easy to read. I would definitely read more by him and recommend him to family and friends.
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This is the second Robert Whitlow book I've read, and I enjoyed both of them very much. I like the way he writes his characters and since my career was in the legal field myself, I love following his legal analysis! Even if you figure out the culprit, it's fascinating at how you get to the ending! Connor is a pastor in a small Georgia town in the mountains. He's very smart in many areas and loves nature. Liz is a legal associate who isn't religious and a newbie in the legal field. She relies on her boss a lot on how to proceed in legal matters. Matt and Elena are receiving marriage counseling from Connor but Connor constantly finds it challenging because the two of them are so different and are so demanding of Connor's time, especially Elena. Suddenly, Matt dies in a hunting accident and Elena's behavior is wacko in my opinion! She's all about the money she'll receives, never acts sad and her personality is strange. Pretty soon, Connor and Liz are sucked into Elena's life and boy is she demanding! I was curious as to why they pandered to her all the time and didn't seem to know the word "no"! There is a strong element of faith in this book so be prepared for that. I loved the secondary characters and they brought a lot to the story.

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This was such a good book! It captured me from the opening pages and kept me engaged throughout.

I loved watching the main characters, Conner and Liz, develop in their faith as the story unfolds. I loved many of the supporting characters as well. Even Liz's boss had more depth than I originally thought.

The story itself was well paced and had some subplots that made it endearing. Lyle and Sarah's story was especially touching on how they impacted Conner and his faith journey.

This story reminded me of the style of writing from Robert Whitlow's earlier books.

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In the book Double Indemnity, author Robert Whitlow writes about Liz Acosta, who is a new bi-lingual attorney in a small community in the mountains of north Georgia. She is looking for some experience to land her a position with a larger firm in back in her home state of Florida. Pastor Connor Grantham is not sure pastoring is for him. He loves the outdoors of the area and studying, but does not like dealing with all the problems of people. When Liz and Connor are put together and Connor is accused of murder, will their time together lead to a deeper relationship with God and each other?
This is a great read with excellent character development. The message of prayer and the power of God in our everyday lives is great! I would highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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The person "laid the memo on the corner of the desk. 'I didn't know what double indemnity meant, but it seems simple enough. If "the" death was accidental, I receive twice as much from the insurance companies.'
'Correct.'" (Key words substituted out to avoid spoilers.)

As a pastor, Connor is used to counseling others experiencing trouble. Matt and Elena came to him for input and advice on how to save their marriage. He hoped they were making progress. What he did not anticipate was that their crisis would precipitate on of his own.

Despite his attempts to be careful, Connor finds himself in the middle of a battle. He wants to support his parishioner, but some boundaries need to be drawn. When Liz is asked to be the client's lawyer, everything becomes even more complicated. Can the truth be discovered?

I so enjoy reading Robert Whitlow's legal mysteries. I am not sure that they are quite thrillers because I can read his books at night and still go to sleep. But his books always include intricately woven plots that weave into actual life. I feel like I am watching the stories play out down the street. I like the slower paced, small-town feel of the books. But I also have to keep reading to see how the story is going to play out. There are always many unpredictable elements.

Thanks to NetGalley, I did read an advanced copy of this book. I wanted to read it. All opinions are my own.

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This was a stunning legal mystery. I didn’t want to put it down.
Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Fiction and to Netgalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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This book is a great read that you don't want to miss. It hooks you on the first page and doesn't let go. It has just the right amount of mystery, suspense and drama to keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson--FICTION via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Whitlow is a great writer. Every book I have read of his holds your interest from the very first chapter… “Double Indemnity” derives it’s name from a death that occurred from a hunting accident Is that really what 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. Of course the beneficiary is his wife. The only problem, that only Matt’s pastor knows, is that the couple was having marital problems. They were in counseling when he died. The wife hires a lawyer to make sure she receives the double indemnity that is in the policy. When the young minister is brought into it, he will learn to trust God as never before. I love the way that Whitlow brings Christian faith into his books. There are many twists and turns in this mystery that will keep you turning the pages until the final one. You will not regret reading this interesting book…I was given a copy from the publisher and this is my review.

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Robert Whitlow is an author who has made a great impression on me with his writings! This sharp legal story was mixed with murder, suspense, romance and faith, with a strong leading to see things how God sees them. I was especially impressed with Connor, a well-rounded pastor, and was quite interested in reading how he determined what to preach, and how he treated even irritating church members. He becomes involved with counseling a couple who appear to have a rocky marriage. He meets Liz, who is a successful lawyer. She wonders if she was newly hired to her new high-powered legal company for her translation skills. However, her legal skills and abilities are put to work as she is assigned to work with a lady whose husband dies and is discovered to have been murdered. There was no way to stop reading this book because it is so gripping, and the ending was very satisfying!
I very much enjoyed reading this book, compliments of the publisher. The thoughts expressed are my own.

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This is another one of those books that you can't put down. It starts with a small town minister who givers marital counseling to a couple in the church. He becomes involved in both of their lives, the wife who is fanatical about everything. He is able to relate more to the husband who is an outdoorsman the same as himself. When he is accidently killed in a hunting accident, there is the question of murder. Even the minister himself is implicated. The events and proceedings following are most interesting reading. The minister even develops feelings for the lawyer in the case. You'll want to read to the end to see what develops and how the case ends.

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Robert Whitlow never fails to deliver a wonderful legal thriller. And this one had me guessing until the very end to figure out who was guilty of murder. The characters are well developed and the mystery was handled well. There is a hint of romance, but it is not over the top and basically has you smiling by the end of the book. The Christian focus was not too much “in your face” and I appreciated the faith aspect. I appreciated the way the church was forced to handle an unfortunate situation and could understand the various opinions of the members and people in leadership. This is definitely one to put on your to-read list.

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Every reader has their favorite authors. Robert Whitlow is one of mine. Whitlow has written another legal thriller. Connor Grantham, pastor of the Rock Community Church, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation now suspected he had killed a member of the church. Connor, his lawyer, Liz, and his friends would need to locate the evidence to demonstrate his innocence and locate the guilty party.

The process would also require Connor to undergo a spiritual transformation. God was using church members, nature, and His Own presence to accomplish that change in Connor’s heart - a change that would ultimately change Rock Community Church as well.

During the course of the book, we see God working in Connor’s relationships - both with God and with the people in Connor’s life. The result is a 5-star book worth taking the time to read and learn from.
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Robert Whitlow is a master story teller when it comes to suspense and mystery. However what makes his writing so unique is that amidst a good suspenseful tale that draws you in - you are also confronted and led to ponder issues of the heart and soul. Whitlow’s characters are navigating deep relationship challenges as well as asking the bigger questions of life. Such a great combination.

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Dynamic characters and interesting plot make for a fantastic read! This was my first book from Robert Whitlow and he has made my TBR list. I love mystery and suspense and this book did not disappoint.

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Double Indemnity is a fast-paced novel that will keep you reading and never sleeping until the end. It’s an amazing novel! This novel was so very intense. You’ve got a pastor accused of murder and a lawyer who isn’t sure her client is not guilty. Something fishy is going on!

Follow along as an attorney and a pastor set out to prove that he is innocent. See what life is like for a pastor accused of murder. And why was he accused of murder? Did they really have the evidence to suggest it was him? Is there someone close to him that is really behind this? What is his real role in it all?

I could not put this novel down. It really was intense. But also a fun bit of romance thrown in. And some characters with some issues that you have to watch be worked out as well.

There were definitely some plot twists thrown in and some unexpected character roles. Add in that it’s a legal thriller with plenty of teaching of legal actions/terms as well.

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

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Double Indemnity

by Robert Whitlow

Connor Grantham, a graduate of Princeton Divinity School, is from a family of highly successful professionals. He loves reading, studying, and hiking. His job in Bryson, Georgia, allows him to do all three in the low stress environment of Rock Community Church. When Matt Thompson is killed in a hunting accident on the property where Connor is hiking, life becomes complicated. Matt and his second wife, Elena, had been consulting Connor for marital counseling. With her interest in her husband’s will and insurance policies, she hardly fits the profile of a grieving widow. There are, however, several other characters who could also benefit from Matt’s death. Complications arise when a video surfaces of Connor at the hunting lodge. Believing he is innocent is far from having evidence that he is innocent.

Liz Acosta is a young American lawyer of Cuban descent. She has been hired for her Spanish speaking abilities, but when she is assigned Elena as a client, she demonstrates skills far beyond translating. She is eager to learn and her boss encourages her talents.

The plot is complicated, and the characters are interesting. I had not read a legal novel in a while so I enjoyed returning to that genre. Even more, I saw what a legal mystery could be when told from a Christian perspective. Author Whitlow takes a character who has basic Christian beliefs, but not much actual experience in communicating with God, and places him in circumstances where he needs to do just that. He also positions him near a family that is suffering through extreme hardships but nevertheless can model prayer and faith to him in a way he has never experienced. Connor sets out to minister to Lyle and Sarah Hamilton and their son Josh. He does that, but he also receives blessings that help him through an ordeal that he never expected to endure.

Double Indemnity has many opportunities for character development. Which church members will rally around Connor and who will turn their backs on him? Connor has always been careful to be above reproach in meetings with female members of his congregation. Will tongues wag anyway when a meeting in a public place becomes a topic of gossip? Can Liz help Connor when her first obligation is to her client Elena? Why is the Georgia Bureau of Investigations so concerned about this case? What role does ex-wife Anne play? Matt claims to love both women! Matt’s company is in trouble. Could his business partner be trying to rescue the business through an insurance claim? Double Indemnity answers these questions and more while engaging the reader in a page-turning plot.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery, Christian, Fiction

Notes: References to Cuban cuisine give this book both culinary and multicultural appeal.

Publication: June 6, 2023—Thomas Nelson

Memorable Lines:

“What should the topic for my message be on Sunday?” he asked. Michelle raised her eyebrows. “Shouldn’t you be asking God, not me, about that?” “I did and didn’t get an answer.” “Maybe that’s your message: “What to Do When God is Silent.”

Sarah Hamilton prayed. The woman’s words reminded Connor of a freight train slowly pulling out of the station. They carried a weight and power that couldn’t be ignored. Something big and powerful was on the move. Sarah spoke as one who knew what she believed and expected God to listen.

“God knows the end from the beginning whether the path in between is long or short, complicated or simple, and how everything fits into the destiny and destination he has for each person’s life.”

If prayer is a weapon, Sarah’s words weren’t bullets, they were artillery shells.

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Double Indemnity
by Robert Whitlow
Pub DateJun 06 2023
Thomas Nelson--FICTION |Thomas Nelson
Christian| General Fiction \(Adult\)| Mystery & Thrillers


Through Thomas Nelson Fiction and Netgalley, I am reviewing Double Indemnity:




Millions of dollars maybe made from a hunter's accidental death, unless it wasn't an accident.


Elena Thompson and Matt Thompson are the picture of perfection. But their enviable life isn't what it seems. The couple's marriage is on the rocks, and financial disaster looms. After Matt was killed in a hunting accident, questions and accusations began to fly.



Having just graduated from law school, Liz Acosta plans to gain some experience before returning home to seek a position with a big-name firm. Pastor Connor Grantham isn't sure shepherding a rural congregation is what he ultimately wants to do. His interests in philosophy, theology, and nature are drawing him to north Georgia-especially after he meets Liz, a brilliant and energetic woman.



Liz and Connor spend more time together and discover how compatible two people from wildly different backgrounds can be, but they're also drawn into the shadowy world of Matt and Elena Thompson. As the couple's marriage counselor, Connor is caught in the middle of their explosive arguments.



Connor and Liz work together to solve the mystery of Matt's death. The double indemnity clause in his life insurance would kick in if his death is ruled an accident, effectively doubling the payout. As Liz sorts through the legal paperwork of who stands to benefit from Matt's death, Connor is accused of the unthinkable, with much more at stake.


I give Double Indemnity five out of five stars!


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Such a great book!! Kept me up all night turning the pages! Passed it down to my daughter to read. She also loved it and finished quickly and excited to read more form Robert Whitlow.

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