Reluctant Burglar, To Catch a Thief Series #1   -     By: Jill Elizabeth Nelson
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Reluctant Burglar, To Catch a Thief Series #1

Multnomah Books / 2006 / Paperback

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After her father's murder, Desiree Jacobs stumbles upon an ugly truth---her father was an art thief. Should she turn over the stolen paintings to the feds or surrender the artwork to the bad guys? A death threat warns her not to cooperate with the law. Will she trust God's leading---even if it isn't safe? 350 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1590526864
ISBN-13: 9781590526866
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 12/26/15.
Series: To Catch a Thief

Publisher's Description

The Art of Art Thievery When Hiram Jacobs is murdered, the responsibility for his internationally renowned security company falls upon his daughter, Desiree. But a container full of stolen paintings screams the ugly truth - that her father was a thief. Option A: Turn the goods over to the law, disgrace her father's name, destroy their business, put people out of jobs, and embarrass international museums with the fact that they have been displaying clever forgeries. Option B: Surrender the art to the bad guys. But then she becomes an unwilling accomplice to the thieves, and her father's murderer would walk free. Worse, a death threat warns her not to cooperate with federal agents. Can she trust God to guide her down the right path when no option seems right...let alone safe?

In Reluctant Burglar, Jill Elizabeth Nelson blends suspense, mystery, and romance to give readers a glimpse into the widespread, though often unacknowledged, world of art theft. Desiree Jacobs is a professional, independent woman. She works for her father’s security company, dealing directly with priceless works of art. The only problem is she soon encounters Tony Lucano, a composed and calculating FBI agent investigating an art theft ring operating in Boston. Tony is certain that Hiram Jacobs, Desiree’s father, is involved and that she probably is, too. When Hiram is murdered, the FBI is given a new lead in what had appeared to be a standstill case. Convinced of her father’s innocence, “Desi” vows to uphold his memory with honor. Then she discovers a clue that leads her to a container holding enough evidence to give Tony’s claim validity. Now Desi must figure out her father’s role in the theft ring and why he even began stealing art in the first place. When the criminals who killed Hiram come after her, Desi must make the hard choice of whether or not to trust Tony Lucano.
The story is told from both Desiree and Tony’s points of view. While the circumstances they face are extraordinary, their faith is tested in ways that readers can relate to. Tony attempts to witness to his stone-hearted, giant of a partner, Steve Crane. Though his masculine nature fought against it, Tony followed divine guidance and shared a broken part of his heart that no one else had known about, which proved beneficial for both men.
Nelson’s diverse range of characters adds substance and even humor to her overall story. Her characters and their relationships are the novel’s greatest strengths. Seeing the relationship between Tony and Desi unfold is both painful and entertaining. Though each feels attracted to the other, uncertainty causes them to try to unnerve each other with audacious schemes.
Reluctant Burglar is Nelson’s first novel. She has written professionally for many years as a journalist, columnist, essayist, poet, storyteller, and book reviewer. Her style is fast paced and flavored with humor, action, and emotion. Her description is carefully worked into each scene so that readers not only get a sense of background, but they also see the characters’ emotions reflected in their appearance and actions. Reluctant Burglar has depth and spirit; it would be a great book for those who love mystery, action, or romance. – Bridgette L. Oakes, Christian Book

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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Page Turner
    November 16, 2010
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    The "Reluctant Burglar" was a book you couldn't put down. It kept you intrigued and surprised. Desiree Jacobs was put in a very difficult situation and her faith was tested. Torn between doing the right thing and being faithful to her father, Desiree discovers what God has in store for her and the strength to make it through. A definite must read!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 21, 2010
    Virginia Ferrell
    I love Christian mystery and was looking for a new author since I had read all the books written by my favorite authors. I was not disappointed. Jill Nelson did an excellent job of keeping you in suspence with constant action. I had a hard time putting it down. Loved it! Can't wait to read more of her writings.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 4, 2010
    Nonna Wagner
    This was an interesting book. Certainly worth the price.An interesting concept although sometimes a little uneven in the story line. A surprise ending.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 25, 2010
    Joan Lynch
    Loved the characters, writing and pacing of this story. Not an everything-solved-in-the-last-chapter rush of events but a steady building read. Even though she is fictional, Desiree is a believable person who rushes in to "save the day" like we all want to and gets real-world results i.e bumps, bruises and hurt egos.
  5. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    July 20, 2010
    Maureen Smith
    A good mystery with the mixture of a family not aware of what is going on in the business.
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