Dee Henderson is the
author of 14 best selling novels, including "Taken," "Undetected,"
"Unspoken," "Full Disclosure," and the acclaimed O'Malley and
Uncommon Heroes series. Her books have won or been nominated for several
prestigious industry awards, such as the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and
the ECPA Gold Medallion.
She is back on the charts with her latest book, "Threads of Suspicion:
An Evie Blackwell Cold Case." It currently is #1 on the Christian
Bookseller's Fiction (Suspense/Mysteries) list.
Threads of Suspicion continues Evie
Blackwell's story from Traces of Guilt.
You're continuing in more a mystery than a suspense tone with this novel.
Are you enjoying that change?
I am. I like the puzzle a
cold-case mystery presents, how the investigation unfolds, the questions
that investigators consider, what they find and where that leads them. By
bringing two puzzles into the story that are very different at their core,
as the first reader of this book, I had the pleasure of trying to solve them
along with the investigators, something I enjoyed a great deal.
I think readers will as well. I like the nature of a cold case, where the
answer to a puzzle is there and can be found if enough details are put
together in the right order, but it's not going to yield the truth easily.
personal life has taken some unusual turns. Do you envision creating a
tapestry of continuing characters with these stories?
Yes, I would like to
introduce my readers to all the task-force members over the course of this
series. David and his famous girlfriend have a fascinating story, and the
questions Maggie is dealing with regarding faith are common to many people.
I think her perspective and way of thinking about the topic are important to
hear, which is why I chose to introduce David first. I like the love story
unfolding between them.
Speaking of how a love
story is unfolding,
tell us a bit more about the romantic side to this story.
There's a marriage
proposal on the table for Evie from Rob Turney, one where he'll ask if she's
ready to say yes. Evie is mulling over her decision - stressing over it,
The stress of whether to say yes or no to a marriage proposal is more
common than movies like to present.
I like the fact Evie's at
a decision point in her life. She's working through threads from her
personal history as well as the dynamics of who Rob is. She'll make a
decision, tell Rob her answer, and have a different life as a result of
whichever choice she makes. She'll have to deal with that new reality.
To avoid the decision has
been the easier course until now, but it's time for the decision to be made.
How people approach personal decisions is always a fascinating puzzle of its
Evie is naturally taking me into some interesting places just by being
herself. And the flow of David and Evie's personal lives made for a nice
romance layer the mysteries could rest upon.
What has the response to the
been so far?
I loved reading the
Publishers Weekly review! This was a book that worked on many layers, and
I'm pleased the reviewer agreed. I was trying to weave together two
mysteries, create compelling missing persons as well as fascinating
suspects, explore some faith questions while also unfolding the dynamics of
Evie and David's personal lives, and keep a light touch with all those
That's a long set of hopes for a book, and with the help of a wonderful
editor who helped smooth out how to present the details, it led to a good
outcome. I'm pleased with this book.
describe what you felt like the
theme of this series has been?
The underlying message of
these books is that, what is hidden in the past will always come to light,
that crimes will eventually be revealed showing the real truth about who
people are. It's taken from a Bible passage - "For there is nothing hidden
that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or
brought out into the open."
It's a caution, a warning,
that what people think they got away with, God has already seen, and He will
bring those hidden things into the light for everyone else to see. I think
that's one reason we like crime fiction so much, when justice is done by the
end of the story. God has a heart for justice, and He made us to value and
appreciate the same thing.
Do you plan to
write more Evie Blackwell
stories in the future?
I'll leave that up to
God's direction. I started on a story January 1, and I'm often surprised by
where my research takes me and what story gets discovered. I've enjoyed
writing about Ann and Paul Falcon, and now Evie Blackwell and her circle of
connections. I like coming back to old friends and bringing to a story
something old and something new. I can see several Evie stories ahead as her
life continues - the same with Ann.