Title: Kate’s Capitol
Author: Sarah Holman
- Date read: July 4, 2017
- Rating: 5 stars
- Genre: Christian / Contemporary / Mystery / FBI
- Age: YA? (The characters are technically adults, but I feel like teen readers would love it too, and it’s entirely clean. :))
- Year pub: 2016
- Pages: 175 (Kindle)
- Series: Kate’s Case Files, #2 (I also reviewed book 1, Kate’s Innocence, awhile back.)
- Fave character: Patrick
- Source: Amazon
- Notes: Read for 10/10/10 challenge
- Links: Goodreads • Amazon • Author’s Blog
Another thoroughly enjoyable mystery story from Sarah Holman!
In a way, Kate’s Capitol was quite different than the first one. Kate’s Innocence (book 1) had a lot of action and peril; this one has more of a political/office/spy sort of feel, so there was still tension, just of a slightly less life-threatening sort for most of the book. It was interesting watching the FBI team tracking trails of paperwork etc. This one is somewhat tense but not as high-stakes as the first book, so they feel rather different, although it got exciting and perilous at the end there for a bit—eep!
Overall it was a good modern mystery/thriller. Even the office parts, of which there were many, kept me absorbed, even if you’d think they wouldn’t be as interesting. But it seemed very authentic and well-researched; I felt like I was in the Austin capitol building and other settings. The attention to detail was fabulous! (I know the author worked there for awhile, and it shows; I was totally pulled into the place!)
This novel was a quick read, which I absorbed in an afternoon, and was fast-paced and enjoyable. I felt like I was watching a TV show, actually. 😀 As if each book is like an episode (or maybe a pair of episodes), self-contained with full storylines, but with a few ongoing threads continuing from book to book—what’s in Kate’s past that she doesn’t like to think about? Are Kate and Patrick ever going to realize they’re perfect for each other? Is Thomas going to have a character arc? Etc. I really liked this feeling. 😀
I love this cast of characters, this close-knit team of FBI agents who are friends, and have enjoyed getting to know them. 🙂 Brian, Logan, and Kim seem more side-character-ish, with not as much focus on them, though they are still lovable, while it’s mostly about Kate and Patrick (I really like him!) and maybe a bit about Thomas sometimes—perhaps because he’s the superior who’s kind of in the shadows and not around as much; I’m curious to learn more about him. They all have a very well-drawn individual “feel” to their characters, like people I know, and I’m extremely fond of them. ^_^
I thought I was going to be sad that Kate and Patrick were working separately for a lot of the story, but I actually ended up loving it! It was super fun to go back and forth in their POVs and see them working separate angles of the case, and talking through email or phone calls—it was unique and fun and upped the tension sometimes. 🙂 I love their story and so enjoy reading about them.
At first I was disappointed in some of the ending, until I recognized the point of it ending that way, realizing it illustrated a moral point, so I decided I was okay with it. It had some good Christian themes and thoughts as well. 🙂
For readers who enjoy clean Christian fiction with an FBI twist and a light dash of possible-romance—or even just an enjoyable mystery-type read, well-written and with a fun cast of characters—I highly recommend these books!
I’ve so enjoyed these first two books in the Kate’s Case Files series, and I look forward to more adventures with this team! 🙂
It was much easier to snoop when you weren’t trying to look like you weren’t snooping.
“Like there is more to life then solving crimes and catching the bad guy.”
Patrick lifted his head. “Such as?”
“Tsk, tsk, you are a sad man, Patrick Connor.”
“One day, we are sitting in the office, getting ready for the work day.”
“I think you were making paper airplanes out of your reports,” Brian interjected.
Thomas tried to push in after her, but Patrick held him back. “You flashed your badge at that poor nurse, didn’t you?”
Thomas grinned. “It saves a lot of time and paperwork.”
Patrick shook his head. “I think that you could charm your way into the White House without an ID.”
“Why do you think they made me boss?” Thomas said, entering the room.
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Do you enjoy mysteries? Have you read any agent-y FBI-ish stories? Do you have a favorite agent-y book (or film/show) that you could recommend to me?? 😀
Thanks for reading! 🙂
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