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Two little girls, frozen in black and white. One picture worth killing for.


The Civil Rights Movement is less than a distant memory to Lisa Waldren—it is someone else’s memory altogether, passed on to her through the pages of history. Her life as a federal prosecutor in Boston feels utterly remote from the marches in the South that changed her father’s generation—and the en
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2014)
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Melissa
Jan 09, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
PROS: Great historical backdrop; personal elements add good depth; fascinating story; nice restraint on the JFK parts; good presentations of civil rights issues

CONS: Needed more environment development; some convenient situations; easy to figure out parts of the mystery

For almost 50 years, Leonard Dubois set on Texas’ death row. Although he was convicted of killing civil rights leader, Benjamin Gray, few believed he was guilty. But in 1965, it was hard for an African American to receive justice
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Skip
Jul 15, 2015 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, e-books
Based loosely on author Lis Wiehl's FBI father and attending a civil rights march in 1965, she writes the story of an estranged father trying to save an innocent man scheduled for execution of a civil rights leader. He reaches out for help from his daughter, a successful federal prosecutor. Together, this formidable pair seeks answers as the execution approaches. One of the highlights of the book is the snapshot of the daughter at age 4 connecting with a 4-year old black girl. A goodly amount of ...more
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Thomas Nelson--FICTION and NetGalley for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

WOW! If I had to describe my favorite genre, and the perfect book—Lis Wiehl’s SNAPSHOT, would be it, wrapped in one unique package. I loved everything about this profound and captivating novel. A mix of a human interest story, family drama, historical mystery, suspense, and a thriller.

When reading the advanced reading copy of Lis’ A Deadly Business (6/10/14)— at the end of the no
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher, Thomas Nelson Fiction via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What's the book about?

Two little girls, frozen in black and white. One picture worth killing for.

Federal prosecutor Lisa Waldren’s estranged father wants her to investigate a cold case from his FBI days. Lisa nearly refuses, even though a wrongly convicted man faces execution for murder. Then her father reveals a photograph: a little white girl playing alongside a little b
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Travis Starnes
Apr 28, 2014 Travis Starnes rated it liked it
I am torn by this book. It is both a run of the mill, middle of the road mystery and a fairly interesting story. Every time I think about the book I can’t tell if I thought it was just ok or really liked it, because it hit me in two completely different ways.

The first way is in how the book is presented. As a mystery novel there isn’t much that got me going. The mystery is not overly complicated, although the book piles on the intrigue to make it seem more intricate, and it strings along the inf
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Terri Lynn
Feb 11, 2014 Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing
I loved this. The author, a former prosecutor, wrote this mystery around a picture her father had taken of her in Texas when she was 4 and he had taken her to a civil rights march where she had sat down next to a little black girl. Lis was a funny looking little blonde girl with chopped up hair that made her look like a boy.

In this story, modern day federal prosecutor Lisa Waldren, daughter of former FBI Special Agent James Waldren, is asked by her dad to leave Boston and come to Texas. He had
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Christian Fiction Addiction
Jan 14, 2014 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it it was amazing
"Snapshot" is utterly fascinating, from beginning to end, made all the more so by the knowledge that the book was inspired by real events and an actual photograph of Lis Wiehl. I greatly enjoyed the twists and turns present in the plot, as murder and conspiracy collide. Wiehl does an excellent job at unveiling the plot through Lisa's efforts to help her father, and the redemption of their relationship is equally as fascinating as the suspenseful scenes. The combination of actual history into the ...more
Lisa B.
Jan 24, 2014 Lisa B. rated it really liked it
Lisa Waldren is a hard working, highly ethical prosecutor who has a very limited relationship with her Dad, retired FBI agent James Waldren. When he calls for help in trying to save a death row inmate from being executed for a crime he did not commit, she reluctantly agrees to help.

This was an enjoyable read. I though the characters were believable and I liked how the different relationships developed as the story progresses. I’ve always liked Ms. Wiehl’s writing and this is a good example why.
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Megan
Sep 19, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing
Suspense is not a genre I often read, but the historical angle to this title really caught my attention--the idea of solving a crime and seeking justice years later, based on a photograph from the past. This book not only caught my attention, but did an outstanding job of keeping me coming back for more. Highly recommend this read.
Rebecca McNutt
Snapshot is a fantastic novel combining mystery with history, the Civil Rights Movement to be exact. It was very realistic, easy to picture and unforgettable.
Victor Gentile
Mar 21, 2014 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Lis Wiehl in her new book, “Snapshot” published by Thomas Nelson introduces us to Lisa Waldren.

From the inside jacket flap: Two little girls, frozen in black and white. One picture worth killing for.

The Civil Rights Movement is less than a distant memory to Lisa Waldren—it is someone else’s memory altogether, passed on to her through the pages of history. Her life as a federal prosecutor in Boston feels utterly remote from the marches in the South that changed her father’s generation—and the ent
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Sylvia
May 14, 2014 Sylvia rated it it was amazing
The mid-60s were a turbulent time. The JFK assassination, Robert Kennedy’s death a year or two later, and the civil rights movement all contributed to a coming change to American culture. And in that era a murder takes place in the midst of a civil rights parade - a murder witnessed by two four year old girls and a father. Now, the man convicted of the crime asks the father, a retired FBI agent, for help proving his innocence, even as the date for his death sentence has been set.

The struggles of
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Doreen
Mar 04, 2014 Doreen rated it it was amazing
I think this may be my favorite Lis Wiehl book. Part of what makes this book so intriguing are the parallels between the story and the author’s life. She really was in a snapshot like the one described in the book. She was a federal prosecutor and her dad did work for the FBI investigating Lee Harvey Oswald after the JFK assassination. Her real life experiences add so much credibility and flavor to the book.

It was also fascinating to me to see how someone would go about trying to identify a litt
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Gary
Jul 28, 2015 Gary rated it really liked it
I received this book from Net Galley in return for an honest review.
This intriguing book was a little slow at the start but built up gradually and by the end I didn't want it to end. This novel by Lis Wiehl is a very good read and I would be very interested to read more of her work in the future. The book is a mixture of both true events and fiction and the character development is excellent.
I hope to read more of her work soon.
Amy
Jan 09, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book with a bit of history surrounding JFK assassination and the civil rights marches. Very captivating fiction. You can read my full review on my blog: http://myseasonsofopportunities.blogs...
Glenda L
Mar 21, 2015 Glenda L rated it really liked it
I had never read anything by Lis Wiehl before, but I did enjoy this mystery very much and intend to read others by this author. I like listening to her on Fox News ... this made her book seem much more real. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries.
Cheryl
Nov 29, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
History aside this is a interesting fast fasted thriller. I did have problems with the initial premise of the story however. Gray was sentenced to death in 1965-66 and is still on death row in 2014. That is a stretch to believe but unrealistic considering the Supreme Court converted all death sentences to life sentences in 1972. Problem number two is why bring in the Kennedys to the mystery. I saw no reason for this plot line. It could have just been as easily handled with the letter from Peter ...more
Ruby
Dec 02, 2016 Ruby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
National Treasure-ish

This was an interesting read and a great plot. The ending scenes were a little cheesy but the rest was believable. It was a good, clean mystery novel. I would recommend it.
Janka H.
Aug 08, 2015 Janka H. rated it it was amazing
Very interesting mystery novel read with some very insightful historical touch!
And it feels very personal as it is loosely based on some Lis Wiehls real life experience and feelings (as the authoress herself says in the concluding notes).

Lisa Waldren is successful federal prosecutor, attractive blonde in her early fifties (which I love as I like my heroines being believable professionals), single mom (widowed) of a son presently studying in England, friend of Drew who suddenly wants more than f
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Patrice Hoffman
Snapshot by Lis Wiehl is the second book I've read by this author. FBI agent James Waldren is determined to make right his past failings. He is thrown into action once the date of execution for an innocent man accused of killing a civil rights activist in 1965, closes in. He enlists the help of his daughter, federal prosecutor, Lisa Waldren. They've been estranged for some years so she's less than enthusiastic about helping.

James sends Lisa a photo of her when she was young. The picture was tak
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Lisa Johnson
Apr 01, 2014 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: Snapshot
Author: Lis Wiehl
Pages: 274
Year: 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Lisa Waldren is a middle-age, widowed federal prosecutor living in Boston. She has been estranged from her father for many years. He is now retired from the FBI and calls her out of the blue to help him with an old case. The man convicted of killing a civil rights proponent is on death row in a Texas prison and has been given an execution date. Her father is convinced that the man is not guilty. Why has her father kept s
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Renn Shearin
Jan 15, 2014 Renn Shearin rated it it was amazing
Snapshot by Lis Wiehl was a beautiful yet haunting picture of the racial tension that existed in the 1960's and how even two little girls could still be affected by it decades later. I loved how the author used an actual photograph taken of her and another girl, plus the fact that her father was also an FBI agent, to craft this story. These facts make the story more credible and certainly more realistic and helped draw me into the story. The storylines started in the 1960's and then jumped ...more
Miles
Jan 17, 2014 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half years ago I read Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl and I vowed then I would read another title by the author. I have finally managed to accomplish what I set out to do so long ago and boy am I glad I did. My only regret is that it has taken me so long to pick up another book! That won’t happen again.

Forget a terrific cast of characters and a well thought out story, take that as a given, the winner for me here is the racial backdrop of 1960’s America. Brutal at times, unforgiving and
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Julie Graves
Mar 09, 2014 Julie Graves rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
In 1965 Lisa Waldren's father, an FBI agent, takes his daughter to a Civil Rights rally. While there she meets another little girl her age. Her father takes a snapshot of the two little girls enjoying each others company. Then the unthinkable happens and all chaos breaks out.

Jump ahead several decades and Lisa is now a successful Federal Prosecutor estranged from her father who is now retired. When he contacts her to help him solve a murder that he has never been able to forget, Lisa at first is
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Beckie Burnham
Nov 11, 2014 Beckie Burnham rated it really liked it
Lis Wiehl has become a favorite author of my book club, By The Book. We love suspense, so we chose Snapshot for our November selection. Inspired by Wiehl’s father and a real-life snapshot of Wiehl as a child, this novel has all the elements for those who love suspense –fast-paced plot, smart and savvy characters, and conspiracies galore. It also has a tie to real events in our nation’s history. Perfect for history buffs and mystery/suspense fans.

Federal prosecutor Lisa Waldren has had a strained
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Sandra
Oct 16, 2014 Sandra rated it it was amazing
A really good read and based on a photograph of the author, during the time of civil rights in Dallas and a key that fits a specific drawer from JFK era. I really like this author's writing and will definately read more of her books.

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Two little girls, frozen in black and white. One picture worth killing for.

The Civil Rights Movement is less than a distant memory to Lisa Waldren—it is someone else’s memory altogether, passed on to her through the pages of history. Her life as a fede
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Gail Welborn
Jan 15, 2014 Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
***An exciting mystery mired in tangled relationships and a dash of history***


Lis Wiehl, author and Fox News legal analyst releases Snapshot January 14th, an exciting account of murder and conspiracy with a dash of historical narrative. While past events, photo and Lis's FBI agent father are real, the rest are constructs of this author's remarkable imagination. She begins her fictionalized account years after the original photograph was taken, a picture the main character Lisa now holds in her
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Becky
Apr 10, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Snapshot is a fast-paced mystery that takes the reader through several twists and turns before ultimately being resolved. It's written well, and the story is very compelling as it examines race relations in the 1960's and today.

I enjoyed Snapshot very much, even though it never quite reached the I can't put this book down until I know how it ends stage for me. As for what kept it from being a 5-star book, I'd say that sometimes the author told rather than showed what she wanted to get across. (A
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Trinity Rose
Mar 12, 2014 Trinity Rose rated it really liked it
Snapshot by Lis Wiehl is an excellent Mystery/Suspense novel. Lis’s dad gave her of photograph of her and another little girl at Civil Rights Movement. So Lis took that photograph and made a fictional story out of it. What an amazing idea to tell a story from a real photograph. What a wonderful job she did.
This story is also a story of the relationships between father/daughter and man/woman. I love the characters and the scenes. Even the evil characters are quite intriguing. You will be captiv
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Joanie Bruce
Jun 27, 2015 Joanie Bruce rated it really liked it
This book was fun to read. The author started the suspense thread in the beginning of the book and kept it flowing until the end. It wasn’t a “sit on the edge of your seat” suspense, but just enough to keep your mind wondering.

What I liked: The characters are authentic and likeable, and they act completely in sync with their professions. The historical facts only added to the interest of the story, and the mystery behind the original murder unfolds gradually. I like the way the main character an
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Lis Wiehl is the author "Face of Betrayal," a New York Times Best Seller.

She has also written "Winning Every Time: How to Use the Skills of a Lawyer in the Trials of Your Life" and "The 51% Minority: How Women Still Are Not Equal and What You Can Do About It."

In addition to her written work, Wiehl is currently a legal analyst for Fox News. She has been with the network since 2001.

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