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A murder arranged as a suicide ... a missing deed ... and a bereft daughter whose sheltered world is shattered. August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father's murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed -- both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon A murder arranged as a suicide ... a missing deed ... and a bereft daughter whose sheltered world is shattered. August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father's murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed -- both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon realizes she is no longer the hunter but the prey. As things progress from bad to worse, Lily is uncertain who to trust--the China-bound missionary who wants to marry her, or the wandering Texan who offers to protect her ... for a price. Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal? WINNER of the 2012 BEST FIRST NOVEL Spur Award from Western Writers of America AND a 2012 FINALIST for the USA BOOK NEWS Awards - for Fiction: Western


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A murder arranged as a suicide ... a missing deed ... and a bereft daughter whose sheltered world is shattered. August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father's murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed -- both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon A murder arranged as a suicide ... a missing deed ... and a bereft daughter whose sheltered world is shattered. August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father's murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed -- both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon realizes she is no longer the hunter but the prey. As things progress from bad to worse, Lily is uncertain who to trust--the China-bound missionary who wants to marry her, or the wandering Texan who offers to protect her ... for a price. Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal? WINNER of the 2012 BEST FIRST NOVEL Spur Award from Western Writers of America AND a 2012 FINALIST for the USA BOOK NEWS Awards - for Fiction: Western

30 review for Double Crossing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura Mcquillen

    There was a time, long, long ago, when I would devour historicals like candy. Then I got bored. Probably because it felt like I had read damned near every plot imaginable. So to say that I was surprised at how quickly I got sucked into this one is an understatement. This one is like taking all the best things about a former love, combining it with all the best things about a new love and then adding a dash of adventure and intrigue. Don't be fooled - this is not your standard historical. Lily has There was a time, long, long ago, when I would devour historicals like candy. Then I got bored. Probably because it felt like I had read damned near every plot imaginable. So to say that I was surprised at how quickly I got sucked into this one is an understatement. This one is like taking all the best things about a former love, combining it with all the best things about a new love and then adding a dash of adventure and intrigue. Don't be fooled - this is not your standard historical. Lily has been raised well off. She has never had to want for much of anything and has been spoiled by doting parents. This is not to say that she is a spoiled brat. I only point this out because it makes her behavior later that much more courageous. This is also not to say that she hasn't known heartache. Her mother died when she was younger and her father was off fighting in the Civil War. All of this only brings Lily and her father closer and they are friends as well as father/daughter. When Lily's father is murdered in such a way to make it appear as a suicide, Lily knows immediately that this is not the case. After a couple of days in which Lily is lost in a haze of grief, she becomes determined to see her father's killer brought to justice. This sets Lily on a path that will take her across the country in a setting that is rarely seen in a historical romance to the extent that Ms. Mims gives us. Set during the time less than six months after the Golden Spike Ceremony that connected the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads, the unique thing about this novel is that the majority of it takes place on a train. The author does an excellent job in describing not only the railroad cars and what you could expect to experience on a trip with this new railroad but also the surroundings. As you are reading you can visualize the views from the windows, the little towns or stations that pass by and the towns that the railroad stops in. The sheer amount of research that had to be done to accomplish this is mind-boggling. The characters are well developed and enjoyable. Lily is the type of character that I really enjoy seeing in novels. Despite her age, she is very spunky and determined. Despite her fear of a killer, she refuses to back down from her goal. She stands up to an overbearing aunt with admiral aplomb and, realizing that she only has herself to depend on, hires protection for herself. She is intelligent, quick thinking and compassionate. The protection she hires for herself comes in the form of Ace Diamond, a ruffian who almost literally falls in her lap. While the motives, and character, of Mr. Diamond remain somewhat elusive he shows himself to be loyal and quite capable of holding up his end of the bargain. The secondary characters of the aunt and uncle, Lily's suitor Charles and her new friend Kate are each unique in their own individual ways, easily distinguishable from each other in personality, behavior and quirks. The plot is also well developed and the mystery and intrigue will keep you guessing throughout the novel and turning the pages in a hurry to see what happens next. One might think that a train would be limiting in a suspense but given the limitations of the social restrictions of the time period and the fact that the main character is female it only adds to the story. My only complaint about Double Crossing would be that, for a romance, there really isn't much romance in it. The tension between Ace and Lily could have been built up considerably more and earlier on, which would have added quite a bit to the romantic portion of the story. We also don't get the obvious 'happily ever after' that romance novels are known for. We only get a shadow of that. The ending is a bit ambiguous and is unclear as to whether we are meant to imagine the future happy ending for ourselves or if it is being left open to a sequel. Overall, I really enjoyed this book - the uniqueness of the setting, the vividness of the descriptions and the volume of research that it is obvious the author put into it all made the book come alive. It kept me up well into the early morning hours, turning the pages, anxious to see what happened. If you enjoy historicals, especially if you like new settings, you should check this one out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sapphyria

    "Double Crossing" is an excellent historical tale featuring murder, betrayal, and romance that spans across the United States. Lily's father is murdered but it's been arranged to look like a suicide. While dealing with the memorial arrangements, Lily's estranged and disowned aunt, Lady Sylvia and her husband, Sir Vaughn decide to make this event their homecoming. Certain that the man she thinks murdered her father has stolen the deed to the mine owned by her father and her uncle, Lily, and her w "Double Crossing" is an excellent historical tale featuring murder, betrayal, and romance that spans across the United States. Lily's father is murdered but it's been arranged to look like a suicide. While dealing with the memorial arrangements, Lily's estranged and disowned aunt, Lady Sylvia and her husband, Sir Vaughn decide to make this event their homecoming. Certain that the man she thinks murdered her father has stolen the deed to the mine owned by her father and her uncle, Lily, and her would-be suitor Charles, embark on a train ride to California that is full of action and adventure. She hires a protector by the name of Ace Diamond, who is anything but mannerly or virtuous. He's a brawler, drinker, smoker, and classified a ruffian by Lily's aunt; who, along with Sir Vaughn, join Lily on her trip out west. Disaster seems to strike at every depot and throughout the entire trip. Will Lily make it to California in time to stop the murderer from taking what is her family's or is the murderer trying to take her out before she gets there? This novel is very exciting. There isn't one dull moment throughout the entire book. I was captivated immediately and the book kept my attention from cover to cover. The story line was well thought out and solid. The mystery surrounding the murder of Lily's father was well played and the most shocking betrayal comes from an unlikely character. I enjoyed the fact that this novel is written in a time period of propriety; women were modest and their physical attributes were left to the imagination of the men that were courting them (unless you worked in a brothel, then all bets were off). I'm not a prude, don't get me wrong, I love a good sex scene or 30, but there's something to be said for a nice, clean, fun novel. Lily was a very strong heroine. She kept her wits about her regardless of the situations she encountered. She was strong-willed, not allowing anyone to sway her decisions. She knew what she did and didn't want and stuck to her guns. Ace was tough-as-nails but his attitude slowly melted when it came to Lily. She had her doubts about Ace and her level of trust in him was tested time and time again but he passed each test with flying colors. I loved the chemistry and sparks between Ace and Lily. It wasn't over-the-top nor was it nearly non-existent. The secondary characters, Kate, Charles, Lady Sylvia, and Sir Vaughn were cleverly written; each one's position in the story was clearly defined at their due times. They were key players and were vital in the development of the entire novel. Everything about "Double Crossing" worked for me as a reader and as a reviewer. (Book provided by tour company in exchange for an honest review).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacque Stengel

    Fast paced and thrilling to read. The history angle is so well developed and researched that I found myself lost in the train from another century. Even though Lily knew who the killer was there was still so much intrigue from other mysteries that the book kept moving. There were so many smaller added details that made this book leap off the page. A definite page turner as I had to finish it after I started (made for a late night or early morning). The minor characters, from her long lost aunt a Fast paced and thrilling to read. The history angle is so well developed and researched that I found myself lost in the train from another century. Even though Lily knew who the killer was there was still so much intrigue from other mysteries that the book kept moving. There were so many smaller added details that made this book leap off the page. A definite page turner as I had to finish it after I started (made for a late night or early morning). The minor characters, from her long lost aunt and uncle and her new found female friend are all developed to not overshadow the major characters, but enough to make us want to know more. It is classified as a historical romantic suspense, but I found much more suspense than I did romance...which because of the era the book is written in, it makes sense. Plus I talked to the author and there will be a book 2...so maybe the romance will pick up a little for Lily. Meg Mims had originally written a Gone With The Wind esque type book about the transcontinental railroad and she was told to find the story in it. I think she did that and very well!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    InD'tale Magazine

    In this sweet romantic mystery, Ms. Mims has developed a delectably delightful cast of characters reminiscent of an old-time melodrama! Read full review in the 2012 October issue of InD’tale Magazine. In this sweet romantic mystery, Ms. Mims has developed a delectably delightful cast of characters reminiscent of an old-time melodrama! Read full review in the 2012 October issue of InD’tale Magazine.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This little novel keeps the reader engaged from start to finish. Great characters, a mystery, and a budding romance--what more could one ask for! Can't wait for Meg's next book to be available! This little novel keeps the reader engaged from start to finish. Great characters, a mystery, and a budding romance--what more could one ask for! Can't wait for Meg's next book to be available!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alethea Williams

    Hanging-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, non-stop action. A great first novel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne (Fiction Books)

    "Historical Romance And Suspense That Will Leave You Wanting More" A Western historical fiction and romance, mixed with plenty of suspense, murder and adventure, which had me hooked from the first page to the last. Lily is a girl ahead of her time. Unlike many of her contemporaries she is educated in the ways of the world, intelligent, strong willed and self-sufficient. Qualities which have been instilled in her by a father she loves and whose good name she is determined to see restored after his "Historical Romance And Suspense That Will Leave You Wanting More" A Western historical fiction and romance, mixed with plenty of suspense, murder and adventure, which had me hooked from the first page to the last. Lily is a girl ahead of her time. Unlike many of her contemporaries she is educated in the ways of the world, intelligent, strong willed and self-sufficient. Qualities which have been instilled in her by a father she loves and whose good name she is determined to see restored after his sudden and violent death. Traits which defy the traditions of the period, for a young lady with class and breeding should be obedient, ornamental, educated only in the finer arts and subservient to men in all things. Lily's character is vivid in detail and well defined, even to the point where she is forced to admit that she is not quite as `au fait' in the ways of the world as she has assumed herself to be and that she needs to seek help and advice when it is required. She quickly learns that she needs to be discerning about who she can and cannot trust, but that trust and help needs to be given on her own terms. Her judgement about Ace, her chosen and well paid protector, is called into question on more than one occasion, however her intuitive decision that she can depend on him no matter what, turns out to be well founded and stands her in good stead against both family and friends, who would betray her. Our independent heroine is certainly living outside of her time and must use all her wiles and skills to determine her ever-growing feelings for her new protector and just how to deal with them. All of the characters, including those who only appear briefly, have been developed and portrayed in this same detailed way, affording them all the ability to draw the reader into the story, each with their own self-centred and selfish motives, meaness of spirit and family values, greed and duplicity. Perhaps the surprise amongst the protagonists is Ace Diamond, the one person who would be assumed to be along for the ride, only for what gains he can amass for himself at Lily's expense. Instead we see a man, yes a little rough around the edges, maybe short on temper, a little too quick with his fists and who definitely doesn't suffer fools gladly. We also get more than a glimpse of his inner control, sense of fairness, perceptiveness in his character analysis of those who would hurt or betray Lily, and his genuine growing affection for Lily, which appears to be a surprise even to himself and tests his control to its utmost limits. The plotline, whilst to some degree predictable, is well crafted, with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. There is a good balance struck between romance and suspense, with the underlying romantic and sexual feelings which are growing between Lily and Ace, forming an integral, yet not overwhelming part of the story. The emphasis manages to remain firmly centred around Lily's quest to find the one person she thinks may be able to help her track down the people who meted out such a cruel retribution on her father. The vastness, primeval beauty, changing scenery and vistas of a new and fledgling country are brought to life in clear and vivid detail, as we journey across the breadth of the country by train, from Lily's home in the more prosperous and sophisticated Chicago of the Eastern Seabord; to the wild, untamed territory of the Western Californian lands. "The prairie possessed a luminous glory all its own, mesmerizing and free, unashamed of its naked grassland." Whilst this episode of Lily's quest reaches a natural, if slightly unexpected conclusion, with the storyline drawing to an unhurried climax, we are still left to wonder what is to become of Lily's personal and romantic future and thus Meg has gently paved the way for a sequel, no doubt rich with the promise of what is to come with Lily's impending maturity, and which, I understand, is well underway as I write this post.

  8. 5 out of 5

    J.

    Author Meg Mims describes her historical Western mystery-adventure, Double Crossing, as a sort of True Grit on a train. It’s an apt description, with a determined heroine, Lily Granville, setting out from Chicago in 1869 to track down her father’s murderer and hiring an unknown tough guy, the Texan Ace Diamond, to help and protect her. The deed for a California quicksilver mine has also gone missing, with neither the killer nor Lily knowing where it is, and presumably the mine’s ownership is the Author Meg Mims describes her historical Western mystery-adventure, Double Crossing, as a sort of True Grit on a train. It’s an apt description, with a determined heroine, Lily Granville, setting out from Chicago in 1869 to track down her father’s murderer and hiring an unknown tough guy, the Texan Ace Diamond, to help and protect her. The deed for a California quicksilver mine has also gone missing, with neither the killer nor Lily knowing where it is, and presumably the mine’s ownership is the motive for the murder. To thwart the plan, Lily boards the newly completed First Transcontinental Railroad to join her uncle, now her legal guardian, in Sacramento. The train serves as the story backdrop, with the dangers of wilderness travel heightened by the killer’s ongoing attempts to locate that deed (as no one seems to believe that Lily doesn’t have it hidden away in her luggage or corset). Lily must also learn to work with and trust her former Confederate cavalry protector, a task Diamond does little to assist. Double Crossing is a classy debut for Mims. Although the mystery is a hair too simple, the adventure plotline is well drawn, with twists and turns like a mountain railroad, and the characters are a crafted balance of believable, historically accurate, and sympathetic. Mims treats the setting as an extra character, with well-crafted descriptions of actual places that are accurate to the time period. Her writing is elegant and easy to read, a testament to her MA degree from Seton Hill University’s excellent Writing Popular Fiction program. (No, I’m not biased.) The interspersed Bible verses and inspirational elements are historically accurate, help define the characters, and enhance the plotline. The romance is kept out of center stage and enough plot elements remain unanswered at story’s end to assure this reviewer that a series, or at least a sequel, is in the works. With most current historical mystery series confined to the Regency or Victorian England, and with the current tendency to ignore historical elements that don’t fit the author’s agenda, an accurate series set in the American West is a welcome addition. Normally this reviewer would not assign a five-star rating to a mystery that I solved, but here mitigating circumstances include: a) the book’s high quality, with the usual grammatical lapses and substituted words kept to a bare minimum, b) the excellent adventure plotline, characters, and historical accuracy, and c) the multiple “mini-mystery” plot elements that I didn’t solve, including the mine deed’s hiding place. The good easily outweighs the mystery’s simplicity and overturns that rule.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Review by April: Vivid historical fiction mixed with murder, suspense and a lovely dash of romance makes Double Crossing by Meg Mims an out of the ballpark hit. I have to admit that for me, Double Crossing is a bit different than the books that I normally read. However, I was curious to give it a try and can honestly say that I would have missed out on an amazing book if I had not! Author Meg Mims delivers a story that is not only amazingly vivid, clear and engrossing, but she takes readers into Review by April: Vivid historical fiction mixed with murder, suspense and a lovely dash of romance makes Double Crossing by Meg Mims an out of the ballpark hit. I have to admit that for me, Double Crossing is a bit different than the books that I normally read. However, I was curious to give it a try and can honestly say that I would have missed out on an amazing book if I had not! Author Meg Mims delivers a story that is not only amazingly vivid, clear and engrossing, but she takes readers into a another time and place with her details. It truly never ceases to amaze me to read what life was like centuries ago for women. They were to be “looked after” by a man (or a chaperone) and to become learned was out of the ordinary. In short, women were to be obedient and more or less a puppet of sorts. The main character in Double Crossing, however, is nothing like this. Lily Granville is an incredibly intelligent and strong willed woman, whose courage and perseverance is highly admirable. When Lily’s father is murdered, she happens to catch a glimpse of his murderers as they flee from the house. It is her desire and heartfelt duty to find and confront the killer. This, however, is anything but simple and Lily quickly learns that she can trust very few people. As I mentioned before, Meg Mims does an outstanding job in her descriptions. As I crossed the countryside with Lily and her friends (and unknown foes), I was thrilled to learn and read what the land once looked like. The fact that peppermints and fruits were such an amazing treat made me stop and think how different things were in that time compared to now. The way the lifestyle of that era was brought to life sucked me into the book deeply. The majority of the story takes place on train and during its stops. This was another aspect that I found interesting and fascinating. The suspense was drawn out throughout Double Crossing perfectly and the blossoming romance between the “bad boy”, Ace (who Lily hired to help her get to her destination and keep her safe), was enthralling. I truly cannot think of a single aspect of this story that I would change. It is perfect and wonderful. The ending was also written in an excellent manner that leads the reader to believe that a sequel is on its way (fingers crossed very tightly!). I highly recommend Double Crossing by Meg Mims to anyone looking for a superb story – whether a lover of historical fiction or not!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    Meg loves to tell tell you of her love for True Grit (the original book, the movie in 1969 and the recent version also) and goes on to say how much it influenced her during the writing of Double Crossing. (In as much a lot of the action takes place on a train, I hear whispers of Agatha Christies Murder on the Orient Express._ Make no mistake Ms. Mims writing it tight, fast and a historical delight. You’ll find no historical info dump in Double Crossing. Yet you cannot fail to realise how much res Meg loves to tell tell you of her love for True Grit (the original book, the movie in 1969 and the recent version also) and goes on to say how much it influenced her during the writing of Double Crossing. (In as much a lot of the action takes place on a train, I hear whispers of Agatha Christies Murder on the Orient Express._ Make no mistake Ms. Mims writing it tight, fast and a historical delight. You’ll find no historical info dump in Double Crossing. Yet you cannot fail to realise how much research the author has done while creating Double Crossing and savour the way Ms. Mims weaves the facts through her tale of murder, mystery and suspense with a skill that sometimes takes your breath away. By her own admission the author’s heroine took her time in revealing her true character and strength. Women in the middle 1800’s did not enjoy the independence women enjoy today, and while wilful, yet loving, upon her father’s murder Lilly makes some life-changing decisions, and in so doing puts her own life at risk. She has to decide who she can trust and whether she’s made the right choice in Ace Diamond. To quote the author “I rolled Rooster and the Texas Ranger LaBoef into Ace Diamond, an ex-Confederate cavalry soldier, poker-player and wanderer...” Lilly and Ace dance an emotional fandango while avoiding their pursuers. Will Lilly and Ace live long enough to reach their destination in California? Of course they will, that’s a given, but it is the conflicts and goals that the author sets out for her characters that will keep you turning the pages. If you enjoy a tightly written murder, mystery and suspense, then treat yourself to Meg Mims’ Double Crossing. If you enjoy American Western History, then don’t forget to add this to your list of ‘must have books’. If you enjoy reading new and exciting authors, then Meg Mims is a must follow author.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    The authorities are convinced Lily Granville’s wealthy father committed suicide; she’s equally convinced he was murdered as part of a scheme to obtain control of a California gold mine. Accompanied by a missionary who intends to overcome her misgivings and marry her, the strong-willed socialite embarks on a cross-country quest to find her uncle and the mine’s missing deed. Deceitful relatives, the late tycoon’s attorney, and a rowdy Texan drifter—along with nearly everyone else Lily meets as she The authorities are convinced Lily Granville’s wealthy father committed suicide; she’s equally convinced he was murdered as part of a scheme to obtain control of a California gold mine. Accompanied by a missionary who intends to overcome her misgivings and marry her, the strong-willed socialite embarks on a cross-country quest to find her uncle and the mine’s missing deed. Deceitful relatives, the late tycoon’s attorney, and a rowdy Texan drifter—along with nearly everyone else Lily meets as she wends her way westward on the new transcontinental railroad—could be friend or foe. Dare she trust anyone? Double Crossing won the 2012 Spur Award for best first novel, and with good reason. The level of historical detail is astonishing, but author Meg Mims establishes such a seamless atmosphere that the tale never bogs down under the weight of what must have been mountains of research. If for no other reason, the story is entrancing for the virtual experience of riding the rails in 1869. But there are plenty of other reasons to enjoy Double Crossing. With very few stumbles, Mims creates believable suspense by constantly shifting suspicion from one character to another, until everyone in sight looks guilty. In fact, almost everyone is guilty of something, though perhaps not what readers might suspect at first glance. Agatha Christie, eat your heart out: Double Crossing is Murder on the Orient Express with western-genre sensibilities and without Hercule Poirot’s pompous interference. Read this book. The history lesson is enjoyable, the characters are mesmerizing, and the twists and turns in the plot are more than worth the price of a Pullman ticket. The sequel, Double or Nothing, bowed March 13 promising to plant Lily in the middle of another life-or-death caper.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Trust is a thing that is earned, not given, to those in our lives. Unfortunately, sometimes those who seem closest to us are the ones who will stab us in the back if given the means and opportunity to do so. The idea of trust is put to the test in Meg Mims’ historical fiction mystery novel Double Crossing. Through trials and tribulations the main heroine learns these difficult lessons about trust, as well as the old adage that one should keep their friends close, but their enemies closer. Lily Gl Trust is a thing that is earned, not given, to those in our lives. Unfortunately, sometimes those who seem closest to us are the ones who will stab us in the back if given the means and opportunity to do so. The idea of trust is put to the test in Meg Mims’ historical fiction mystery novel Double Crossing. Through trials and tribulations the main heroine learns these difficult lessons about trust, as well as the old adage that one should keep their friends close, but their enemies closer. Lily Glanville lives in Evanston, Illinois in post-Civil War America and seems to be at a crossroads in her life. She can get married to Charles Mason and join a missionary trip to China, or she can get married to another suitor and stay near her recently widowed father. One night near her birthday, her father is unexpectedly murdered and deeds to a California gold source are stolen. Lily suspects her father’s friend Emil Tadaro, who happened to be at the house when her father was murdered. While receiving condolences at the funeral her Aunt Sylvia, along with her husband Sir Vaughn who she hasn’t seen in years, approach Lily and plan to take care of her. They prove to be too much for Lily, and she escapes one night with help from Charles. She plans to go to California to intercept Tadaro, who was planning on meeting up with Lily’s Uncle Harrison. Along the trip, she meets a Texan named Ace Diamond who she pays to help protect her and Charles on their mission to California. By the end of the trip, she discovers who can be trusted and who has been acting the whole time. Read my full review at http://lifeand100books.com/2012/05/30...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Stiles

    I love historical fiction and that is one thing that made this book so interesting. The story begins when Lily hands her father a message from her uncle about a mine in California. She distrusts her father’s lawyer, who saved his life in the war. A short time later she hears a shot, sees the lawyer running out of the house and finds her father dead. If that isn’t bad enough her father’s disowned sister shows up and makes life miserable. Lily decides she is headed to California to her uncle’s. Un I love historical fiction and that is one thing that made this book so interesting. The story begins when Lily hands her father a message from her uncle about a mine in California. She distrusts her father’s lawyer, who saved his life in the war. A short time later she hears a shot, sees the lawyer running out of the house and finds her father dead. If that isn’t bad enough her father’s disowned sister shows up and makes life miserable. Lily decides she is headed to California to her uncle’s. Unfortunately someone is following her. She isn’t sure who to trust. Although she makes friends with Kate and a ruffian she has hired to protect her, named Ace. The character’s were so believable. I felt so sorry for her when her aunt showed up. I felt even sorrier for her with Charles trailing around like a lost puppy dog. I loved Lily. She never said she wasn’t afraid. She did however focus on what was happening and take control of situations the best she could. I loved the way the book ended leaving it open for another book. Hello, I still waiting for the next one, (tapping my foot with impatience in anticipation of the next work from this author). I will definitely look for more from this author. I am a sentimental person. I wonder if Meg in her research came across Turkey Run in Indiana? I know exactly where it is. I am from a farm in Indiana and my family and I spent many happy summers camping at Turkey Run which became a state park in 1916. Well done Meg. You hooked me with that little tidbit.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Juliette Townsend

    This book completely surprised me. This isn't the kind of novel I would normally pick up. While I do read the occasional mystery, it definitely isn't my favorite genre, and Westerns would really not be my first pick either. But I devoured this novel. It sucks you in and continues to bring the action and suspense that makes you want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. Lily is one of the strongest heroines I have read about recently. She's the kind of person that you really en This book completely surprised me. This isn't the kind of novel I would normally pick up. While I do read the occasional mystery, it definitely isn't my favorite genre, and Westerns would really not be my first pick either. But I devoured this novel. It sucks you in and continues to bring the action and suspense that makes you want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. Lily is one of the strongest heroines I have read about recently. She's the kind of person that you really enjoy reading about and don't mind spending time with her. That isn't always true with main characters. While I may not be a big fan of Westerns, I do enjoy historical novels and the I loved the way that this book really puts you in that time period. The writing is fantastic and it completely immerses you. I didn't figure out everything in this mystery, but I loved reading this book trying to and again, that's not normal for me. Normally I sort of just let mysteries play out and don't get as absorbed as I did in this one. In case you couldn't tell, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read through it in almost one sitting and enjoyed every second of it. So whether or not you're a mystery and/or historical fan I would suggest this to you if you're looking for a book that's going to keep you on the edge of your seat. It's a great ride. :) Read this review here: http://paperbacksandfrosting.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Rogers

    Set in America during the Gold Rush era, this historical suspense novel is layered with details that sent me back in time. After Lily's father is murdered, her greedy aunt descends to wrest Lily's inheritance away. Lily flees, heading west on the transcontinental railroad in order to escape her aunt and bring her father's killer to justice. Unfortunately Lily is now a target herself. The grasping aunt and her husband manage to tag along to keep an eye on Lily. Of course you know they are up to n Set in America during the Gold Rush era, this historical suspense novel is layered with details that sent me back in time. After Lily's father is murdered, her greedy aunt descends to wrest Lily's inheritance away. Lily flees, heading west on the transcontinental railroad in order to escape her aunt and bring her father's killer to justice. Unfortunately Lily is now a target herself. The grasping aunt and her husband manage to tag along to keep an eye on Lily. Of course you know they are up to no good. Lily is accompanied on her journey by a sappy suitor who's useless and annoying. I rather hoped the aunt, husband and suitor would get trampled by a passing herd of buffalo. Fortunately, Lily crosses paths with manly Ace Diamond...and chaste sparks fly. I really enjoyed Double Crossing. The ending is particularly satisfying and left the door open to a sequel. In Lily Granville, Mims creates a plucky heroine I liked very much. Her cross-country journey was so authentic and harrowing I found myself wondering how the west was settled at all. Meg Mims finds a way to weave descriptive details onto every page without the story losing momentum. I look forward to reading more of her work.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I absolutely loved this book, I felt that I was swept away from the very start. I was constantly trying to figure out who did what and I did figure some of it out but not all of it. The book was packed with action, betrayal, mystery and had a little love mixed in. I really think a lot of men would enjoy this book. When Lilly's father is killed she see's one of the killers which sends her on this wild quest to find all who are involved and bring them to justice. Lilly never realizes that she is th I absolutely loved this book, I felt that I was swept away from the very start. I was constantly trying to figure out who did what and I did figure some of it out but not all of it. The book was packed with action, betrayal, mystery and had a little love mixed in. I really think a lot of men would enjoy this book. When Lilly's father is killed she see's one of the killers which sends her on this wild quest to find all who are involved and bring them to justice. Lilly never realizes that she is the next target and that she should trust no one. A murder arranged as a suicide … a missing deed … and a bereft daughter whose sheltered world is shattered. August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father’s murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed -- both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon realizes she is no longer the hunter but the prey. As things progress from bad to worse, Lily is uncertain who to trust—the China-bound missionary who wants to marry her, or the wandering Texan who offers to protect her … for a price. Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Markson

    Double Crossing by Meg Mims My thoughts on the book Double Crossing by Meg Mims was a very good book.  After the death of Lily Granville's father who she feels was murdered she is sent in to a journey with danger, intrigue, and unbelievable surprises.  Her fathers estranged sister makes a appearance with her husband on the day of his funeral.  Her aunt tries to take over and tell her what to do, but Lily will have nothing to do with it.  She thinks that the man responsible for her fathers death i Double Crossing by Meg Mims My thoughts on the book Double Crossing by Meg Mims was a very good book.  After the death of Lily Granville's father who she feels was murdered she is sent in to a journey with danger, intrigue, and unbelievable surprises.  Her fathers estranged sister makes a appearance with her husband on the day of his funeral.  Her aunt tries to take over and tell her what to do, but Lily will have nothing to do with it.  She thinks that the man responsible for her fathers death is heading to California.  So she sets her mind to follow.  She convinces Charles to accompany her on the journey by train.  Along the way she meets up with a woman by the name of Kate and they become fast friends.  After some rather disturbing incidents she meets up with a drifter by the name of Ace Diamond and she hires him for protection because he used to be in the military.  Lily finds out that things are not always as they seem and that sometimes you have to go with your gut feeling.  Meg did a great job keeping the story flowing at a great pace.  There are man surprises to be had in this book.  DO NOT under estimate the drive of a woman.  Thank you Meg for introducing me to a first in Historical Romantic Suspense.   I highly recommend this to everyone to read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie Weston

    Lily Granville grew up in a home with money, taking most of her comforts for granted. Her mother died early and when her father was murdered in order to get a deed to a mine in California, Lily challenged herself to follow the trail of the murderer out West. With a companion male, someone who wants to marry her for her money, she jumps on a train, hardly knowing the dangers she will face or the discomforts. Along the way, she befriends a young woman going to meet a fiancé in Cheyenne, and she hi Lily Granville grew up in a home with money, taking most of her comforts for granted. Her mother died early and when her father was murdered in order to get a deed to a mine in California, Lily challenged herself to follow the trail of the murderer out West. With a companion male, someone who wants to marry her for her money, she jumps on a train, hardly knowing the dangers she will face or the discomforts. Along the way, she befriends a young woman going to meet a fiancé in Cheyenne, and she hires a reluctant ruffian named Ace Diamond to come along to protect her. Lily becomes the pursued as well as pursuer when she discovers her pocketbook has been rifled, she is almost pushed off a train, she is pushed off a railroad trestle, and finally ends up on a mining hillside, fighting for her life. Meg Mims fills Double Crossing with details of the period, and makes the reader feel she/he is riding the train herself across the prairies, up the Rocky Mountains and down and up the Sierras, ending in Sacramento. This is a wild ride and an exuberant and entertaining one. The title names the story as Lily finds out who are friends and who are enemies, and, sometimes, who are both.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Romanceaholic

    This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic. Expected Release Date: August 9, 2011 Publisher: Astrea Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.megmims.com/ My Source for This Book: Won In A Contest Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Double Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm I’m not usually a big fan of “mystery” novels, but I admit, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. While this story was far more focused on the mystery than the romance, and was very li This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic. Expected Release Date: August 9, 2011 Publisher: Astrea Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.megmims.com/ My Source for This Book: Won In A Contest Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Double Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm I’m not usually a big fan of “mystery” novels, but I admit, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. While this story was far more focused on the mystery than the romance, and was very light on the sensuality, I have to admit that this added some delicious chemistry to the few kisses Lily did get. I cannot wait to read the sequel when it is published, even though I suspect any action (if it occurs at all) will be behind closed doors. Overall, a very enjoyable post-Civil War era mystery/suspense; highly recommended for fans of historical mysteries with a (PG-rated) romantic twist. 4/5 Stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    The Book Breeze

    Double Crossing, by Meg Mims (Astraea Press, 2011, $13.95) introduces Lily Granville, left bereft in 1869 when her father is murdered in cold blood, almost before her eyes. The motive? The deed to a gold mine in California! Lily is sure she knows who the killer is, but she has to catch him first. With this in mind, she heads west on the newly-built Transcontinental Railroad, with her very proper fiance to give her support, her Aunt Sylvia as chaperon, and a bodyguard hired en route for protectio Double Crossing, by Meg Mims (Astraea Press, 2011, $13.95) introduces Lily Granville, left bereft in 1869 when her father is murdered in cold blood, almost before her eyes. The motive? The deed to a gold mine in California! Lily is sure she knows who the killer is, but she has to catch him first. With this in mind, she heads west on the newly-built Transcontinental Railroad, with her very proper fiance to give her support, her Aunt Sylvia as chaperon, and a bodyguard hired en route for protection, to find Uncle Harrison and the gold mine. The journey takes several detours, as Lily rescues a mail-order bride from “a fate worse than death”, braves a train wreck, and realizes that her heart does not belong to the very proper fiance, but to the scruffy Texan, Ace Diamond. A final showdown, and a surprising discovery make for a climactic ending, that leaves at least one dangling end that is covered in the next book in the series. This review was provided by Roberta Rogow for her column in the January edition of The Book Breeze

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Disclosure: I'm not the biggest mystery reader. I also know the author. That being said, I found myself quickly pulled into this novel and had trouble putting it down! The plot hits the ground running, and never lets up. I did figure out one of the plot twists ahead of time, but not the others, so the unveiling near the end did surprise. The novel is a fascinating view into the past, as well. We tend to view the past though a glossy lens, but Meg Mims gives it to us straight-up. Little details li Disclosure: I'm not the biggest mystery reader. I also know the author. That being said, I found myself quickly pulled into this novel and had trouble putting it down! The plot hits the ground running, and never lets up. I did figure out one of the plot twists ahead of time, but not the others, so the unveiling near the end did surprise. The novel is a fascinating view into the past, as well. We tend to view the past though a glossy lens, but Meg Mims gives it to us straight-up. Little details like the tension post civil-war, the quality of the trans-continental rail line--that it was, like many things now, rushed in place. Lily is a very likable heroine, tough as nails, but still graceful under pressure. Or at least, more graceful than I would have been! What I liked most was the very vivid and colorful picture Meg painted with words. I felt like I could have walked into this past world. On the whole, the novel was a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor Jones

    One way to get to know people really well is to ride across the country on a train with them. This book proves that serves for fictional characters as well. Not only does this book have a really terrific plot, the scenario is dropped very neatly into the timeframe of the 1800s and I had no problem imagining myself there. I enjoyed both the historical touches and the characters tremendously, especially the hint of bad boy in the role of Ace, who is a diamond in the rough. If you like trains, myst One way to get to know people really well is to ride across the country on a train with them. This book proves that serves for fictional characters as well. Not only does this book have a really terrific plot, the scenario is dropped very neatly into the timeframe of the 1800s and I had no problem imagining myself there. I enjoyed both the historical touches and the characters tremendously, especially the hint of bad boy in the role of Ace, who is a diamond in the rough. If you like trains, mysteries, suspense and surprises around every curve, grab this book; you'll enjoy the ride. To say more would be a spoiler. There's a sequel called Double or Nothing and I'll be getting that next.

  23. 5 out of 5

    CoffeeTimeRomance andMore

    What a hang on to your seat read. With greed taking the forefront, Double Crossing will keep you turning the pages. Mystery and suspense along the railroad of yesterday, Ms. Mims paints a picture of what life was like back then from one coast to the other. A dash of romance is peppered in, and this reader is curious to know just what will happen to the strong-willed Lily. Perhaps a sequel is in the works? Matilda Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More https://www.coffeetimeromance.com/Boo... What a hang on to your seat read. With greed taking the forefront, Double Crossing will keep you turning the pages. Mystery and suspense along the railroad of yesterday, Ms. Mims paints a picture of what life was like back then from one coast to the other. A dash of romance is peppered in, and this reader is curious to know just what will happen to the strong-willed Lily. Perhaps a sequel is in the works? Matilda Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More https://www.coffeetimeromance.com/Boo...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tarrin Lupo

    This was a enjoyable read, I really liked it. The Heroine was born in a period of time where women were property, but she does not accept this custom very well. It was full of wonderful descriptions and makes me want to travel by train across the country. The author did a wonderful job of capturing the time period and the twisted relationships between all the characters was just plain fun. The surprise at the end was worth the wait. Mrs. Mims has done a wonderful job.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Englishrose

    This book was a thrill to read. A gripping story of adventure and mystery. Ace was a fabulous smoky hero straight out of a movie. Lily is spunky and determined but still ladylike. The various side characters fill in a world of intrigue despite the limitations of travel by train. The romance is sweet and exciting. The adventure keeps you reading until the very end, anxious to see how it all turns out. A wonderful read and one I would recommend. http://cleanromancereviews.blogspot.com This book was a thrill to read. A gripping story of adventure and mystery. Ace was a fabulous smoky hero straight out of a movie. Lily is spunky and determined but still ladylike. The various side characters fill in a world of intrigue despite the limitations of travel by train. The romance is sweet and exciting. The adventure keeps you reading until the very end, anxious to see how it all turns out. A wonderful read and one I would recommend. http://cleanromancereviews.blogspot.com

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Pierce

    Nice to find a Western written by a woman. And the main character is a woman who is out to avenge her fathers death. She heads out west by train to California to find the deed for the gold mine her father left her. Other people are interested in the mine so she has hired a young drifter, Ace Diamond, to protect her since her life is always at risk. I enjoyed the train ride and also the main character was very determined and ready to defend herself.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mirah W

    Just finished this western adventure and I really enjoyed it (thus the 4-star rating). Lily is a spunky, independent-thinking young woman who is trying to find answers in the death of her father. There are some double dealings (and double crossings) and double trouble while Lily searches for the truth. I like the character of Ace but wish he would have been a little more prevalent in the story, I think the ending would have fit a little better. Good start to a new series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne Kenrick

    Historical fiction is not my usual cup of tea, yet still I really enjoyed Double Crossing. Mostly, I feel it's because of the beautiful descriptions used; I really 'felt and saw' everything going on in the pages of this book. Beautifully written, with characters that really grew on me and a mystery that had me gripped til the very end. Historical fiction is not my usual cup of tea, yet still I really enjoyed Double Crossing. Mostly, I feel it's because of the beautiful descriptions used; I really 'felt and saw' everything going on in the pages of this book. Beautifully written, with characters that really grew on me and a mystery that had me gripped til the very end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Double Crossing is a fantastic read. I've rarely seen an author craft chapter endings with such gripping suspenseful moments that force you to turn the page, breathless to know what is going to happen. The characters are layered and intriguing. I hope there is a sequel because I want to know more about sexy, fascinating Ace Diamond, the honorable Texan gunslinger. Double Crossing is a fantastic read. I've rarely seen an author craft chapter endings with such gripping suspenseful moments that force you to turn the page, breathless to know what is going to happen. The characters are layered and intriguing. I hope there is a sequel because I want to know more about sexy, fascinating Ace Diamond, the honorable Texan gunslinger.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    I really enjoyed this historical fiction. I won it in a contest and was very happy to be able to read it! The characters were well-rounded and interesting. The plot made me want to keep reading! It also left me wondering if there will be a sequel, since not all of the loose ends were tied up. I would love it if there were! Highly recommended.

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