‘Lethal Legacy’ by Irene Hannon


STORY: RITA-award winning author, Irene Hannon brings the third story in the “Guardians of Justice,” in Lethal Legacy, to a close. As a detective, Cole is used to long hours and stressful work but he’s tired of life in the fast lane. When he meets Kelly Warren, a red-headed beauty who claims her father’s death was no suicide, Cole begins to re-evaluate his life. As time passes and they work together, he hopes that perhaps he has finally found someone to share his life.  

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‘Lethal Legacy’ by Irene Hannon. Review of the 2012 Revell novel, book three in the Guardians of Justice series. All review text © Rissi JC

REVIEW: This is the how the main points of Cole’s story (the final Taylor sibling) plays out, and again feels a bit repetitive. That said, this could be because I read all three in the span of a month. As a reader, I always feel like there is a challenge to write suspense. Taking an idea and making it “new” is something that doesn’t always work in romantic-suspense. Kidnapping the heroine (as is done here) is an old “tradition” that relies (perhaps too much) on edge-of-your-seat chills to climax its story. I can appreciate it and even understand the necessity of it but that doesn’t mean I don’t grow weary of the plot twist no matter the different methods or villains.

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In this story, Hannon writes a strong villain who perhaps isn’t difficult to peg but is the most dangerous despite his double-life. The leads in Cole and Kelly are wonderful characters whose faith is instrumental. It’s suggested that Cole is something of a party-going guy but despite the ribbing of his siblings, I never “get” this vibe. What this does do is demonstrate the closeness of the Taylor siblings. Something that’s been a favorite part of these books. Then there is Kelly. What a charming character. She is such a sweet and genuine woman of character; she has principles and no one is going to influence these. Though it may be sad to say good-bye to these wonderful characters, the conclusion is memorable.

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IN CONCLUSION: Though it ranks second to Alison’s story (Deadly Pursuit), this novel is exhilarating. Full of honorable heroes who aren’t afraid to put their lives on the line every day and heroines who are memorable, this fast-paced story will entice you to stay up late in order to finish it. Its promises and themes should be applied not just in the fictional world but in the real world.

About the Book:

Author: Irene Hannon
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Guardians of Justice Book 3
Genre: Christian Fiction, Suspense
Add the Book: Goodreads
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

Many thanks to the publisher for providing this copy for reviewing purposes

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


  1. I have seen these books in our Christian book store ads or even at the library and I've been dying to read them. After all the covers look pretty interesting. I assume that you have reviewed the other two books and I'll just have to go and find them :) I'm leaning towards them even more now. And I'm sorry for not commenting :( There have been a ton of posts I've wanted to read from all different blogs and I'm only now getting around to them :( Sierra
    Keep growing beautiful!

  2. This was a series I thought was so much stronger by the time this third and last book released. My mother likes this author's style and writing A LOT. I enjoyed books 2 and 3 much more than the first which I just didn't think was well-plotted… or something! Hannon also has a new novel coming this winter that sounds intriguing, so I am sure I'll read it.

    Yes, I do have the other two reviewed on my WordPress blog – you can find the links here though under the "book" page. :-)

    Hope you enjoy if/when you read the series!

    Oooh! That is okay, Sierra. I know how hard it can be to get to everyone's blogs – whenever you stop in, I always enjoy your feedback, so thanks!

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