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Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.

When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.

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Deb’s Dozen: Savvy señorita teams with macho male to solve a muddle of murders. DiAnn Mills has done it again—she’s created a new duo of detectives who have captured my imagination in Deadlock, her newest thriller. Special Agent Bethany Sanchez has been teamed up with Special Agent Thatcher Graves to solve what seems to be several murders by a serial killer. Bethany is by the book; Thatcher thinks outside the box. How will they ever merge their styles in time to catch the villain? Bethany has a very dysfunctional family from whom she’s estranged. Her brother, Lucas, can do no wrong in her family’s eyes despite the fact he’s been in jail. In fact, Thatcher was instrumental in putting him there the last time. Thatcher has the reputation for being a ladies’ man, but has reformed as of late and is attempting to walk the straight and narrow in his personal life. They’ve been saddled with two murders seemingly unconnected. Thatcher thinks a serial killer is on the loose; Bethany doesn’t see enough evidence pointing that direction. Bethany thinks one woman’s husband is the culprit, Thatcher isn’t convinced. More murders ensue ”¦ will they be able to get their act together quickly enough to solve the crimes? More importantly, will they be able to get their act together quickly enough to keep from being the next victims of the killer? You’re not going to be able to put this one down once you get started—or you’re going to keep putting it down because you don’t want it to end. Either way, you’re going to be intrigued, thrilled, and surprised by DiAnn’s new duo in Deadlock (FBI: Houston). Five stars. Hurry up and write the next one in the series, DiAnn! DiAnn Mills is a mega-bestselling author who writes suspense novels with a twist—always a twist, never predictable. She’s been on the Christian Booksellers Association and Evangelical Christian Publishers Association best seller lists. She’s finaled for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, and Carol Awards and won two Christys. When she’s not writing, she teaches and does research through the FBI Citizens Academy. She and her husband live in Houston, TX. Find out more about DiAnn at

DiAnn Mills did it again! This book had me hooked from the very first page. DiAnn Mills is one of my favorite authors, and I highly recommend all her books. Special Agent Bethany Sanchez is new to the violent crimes division. She is partnering with Thatcher Graves. They couldn’t be more different from each other in many areas of their lives. Also, Thatcher Graves was instrumental in arresting and convicting her brother. So there is a lot of tension in this partnership! There are many twists and turns in this book. There is lots of suspense and a little romance. I recommend this book to anyone that like good, clean, suspenseful books. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.

Special Agent Bethany Sanchez and Special Agent Thatcher Graves make quite a team, that is, if you like salt and pepper, oil and water, fire and ice. Thatcher solves violent crime cases based on strong intuitive instincts while Bethany remains a stickler for logic and detail. Remarkably, the two become nearly inseparable when a string of purported serial killings strike the heart of Houston, Texas catapulting the two agents into a vortex of confusing suspects, deadly intent and family violence. Their efforts become nearly deadlocked until pieces of a very complicated criminal puzzle begin falling into place. This latest installment in Diann Mills' "FBI: Houston Series" is quite fast paced, nearly to the point of losing the characters to the story. But in the end, truth becomes a healing balm for wounds both on and off the surface.