One little lie

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leader



One little lie


Colleen Coble


Thomas Nelson






339 pages


Jane Hardy is the new sheriff in town, hired to replace her retiring father. She jumps into the job fast and furiously with a murder immediately and her father soon being a suspect. At the same time, Reid Dixon, a well known documentarist, is interested in following her around town and making a video of her first weeks as the new law officer. Jane is not happy about that situation but the mayor is boss and she insists. Both Reid and Jane once lived in a cult and have escaped from that life but Jane is unaware of Reid’s background and his connection to her and her family.

The story is well written and compelling, yet parts are rather improbable and the ending leaves the reader unsatisfied as it is written with the next book in the series in mind, leaving you hanging. There is a touch of romance to this mystery as well but that will be left to book two, I am afraid. A strong Christian worldview is contained in the story as well as the admonition of speaking the truth, whether that is outright or merely avoidance of certain elements.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of Christian suspense or mystery

Christian Impact:

One of the main ideas in this book is to speak the truth.

Other Notes:

-includes book discussion questions

-includes an excerpt from the next book in the series

One Little Lie (The Pelican Harbor, #1)

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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