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Agent in Old Lace

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  302 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Shannon Tanners perfect life is turned on end when she discovers her boyfriend is not what he seems. Fearing for her safety, she enlists the FBI, who puts its best man on the jobRick Holden, who goes undercover as Shannons female roommate. When Shannons best friend is kidnapped, she makes a decision that may cost her life. Agent in Old Lace is a thrilling combination of ac ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 15th 2009 by Cedar Fort (first published May 5th 2009)
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Jul 04, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it
Reading this book was a life changing experience for me. Not hugely, like having a kid or getting married, more like discovering a new good restaurant or discovering a new type of music you like. I admit, I have said some not very nice things about LDS genre fiction in the past; cliche is probably one of the more moderate words I have used. I was nervously looking forward to getting the review copy of this book because if it lived up (down) to my expectations, what would I write?
But it didn't. I
Rebecca Talley
Jul 22, 2009 Rebecca Talley rated it really liked it
Shannon Tanner seems to have everything, until she realizes that what she's believed about her boyfriend, Mark, is a total lie. He's a creep and he's been embezzling a lot of money from many of his clients. He even believes he can convince Shannon to come with him and revel in the stolen funds. Thankfully, Shannon has morals and won't even consider it. Mark kidnaps her, but she escapes.

Then it's a cat and mouse game while FBI agent Rick protects Shannon from Mark and his obsession with revenge a
May 02, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
I actually got introduced to Tristi Pinkston through an on-line chat group long before I learned that she was a published author. So I was excited to take the opportunity to read one of her books. Agent in Old Lace was released last year to the LDS market. As a fan of mystery books, I really loved reading it, though I had some difficulty at first. The difficulty revolves around the fact that the bad guy was supposedly a good upstanding Mormon. In my brain, that didn't jive. But then I realized, ...more
I really wanted to love Agent in Old Lace, but I found it to be completely and extremely rushed, and when I say rushed, I mean russshed.
On the very first page we enter a scene that, to me, seemed like the height of a main climax. We see the girl go to her boyfriends desk and find a hidden file that he shouldn't have. The boyfriend comes in mad and upset. Girl freaks out, man pulls out the gun, and then it pretty much spirals out of control from there on.
It came out of no where and I didn't have
Mar 15, 2016 Christina rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the storyline and flow of this book. I've actually read it quite a few times. Although I wish there was a bit more to the romance part of the plot, I still find myself enjoying it each time. A great read!
Amanda Thompson
I'll be honest. It was the punny title that made me grab this book. Arsenic and Old Lace is a favorite movie; it doesn't actually have anything to do with this story, but Tristi Pinkston gets bonus points for it anyway. The description made me giggle and since I knew it was by an LDS author, I knew it would be clean, so I gave it a try. That's not to say I wasn't a little leery, because I don't particularly like preachy religious fiction works.
It turned out to be a really fun, fluffy read. I con
Apr 08, 2010 Brent rated it it was ok
The book kept me interested enough to see how it ended but the silly portrayal of law enforcement and the lack of research of the same was disappointing.
Cheryl C.
Jul 06, 2009 Cheryl C. rated it it was amazing
Mystery, suspense and romance create a fast-paced and engaging read in "Agent in Old Lace" by Tristi Pinkston.

Shannon Tanner's world turns upside down when she realizes her boyfriend Mark isn't the Prince Charming she thought he was. When she discovers his secret, Mark turns on her and Shannon's life is suddenly in danger.

The FBI assigns a female agent to go undercover as Shannon's roomate to see if they can flush out Mark. But when this agent is injured right before the assignment, the FBI must
Jun 08, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
Agent in Old Lace by Tristi Pinkston
Cedar Fort, 2009

Reviewed by Heather Moore

Fans of Tristi Pinkston will be delighted with her new venture in fiction: a cozy mystery. Agent in Old Lace is a far cry from Pinkston’s award-winning historical fiction books, but there’s not a disappointed reader here.

In fact, I can picture the author sitting with her hands poised over the keyboard, chuckling at the banter between her two main characters—Shannon and Rick, aka Aunt Anita. They are truly funny when tog
G.G. Vandagriff
Jul 03, 2009 G.G. Vandagriff rated it really liked it
Review of Tristi Pinkston's Agent In Old Lace
By G.G. Vandagriff

I read this book all in one sitting yesterday, and haven't stop chuckling over it. Although it is packed with scary suspense from the first page on, it also overflows with humor. Tristi is mistress of the one liner. Speaking of the villain, the FBI agent says, "He's taken a psychological disorder and turned it into a hobby." I roared at that one. These little gems sparkle throughout the story, so be certain you are someplace where yo
Feb 07, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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Aug 11, 2011 Lynnea rated it really liked it
Shannon has the perfect life... she has a great family, a great job and the perfect boyfriend. Or so she thought...

On a date she finds out the Mark is not the man she thought he was, he has been stealing money from her father and making millions from it. When she learns his secret things go from bad to worse as he tries to kill her.

The FBI decides to give her 24 protection but when the agent is hurt and can't work their top field agent, Rick Holden, is given the job to protect Shannon, while d
Candace Salima
Sep 27, 2009 Candace Salima rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Candace by: Tristi Pinkston
Can I just tell all my Blogland friends how MUCH I enjoyed reading Tristi Pinkston's Agent in Old Lace? I'm not kidding, I love the humor and the mystery. It is a work of triumph for Tristi in her first foray into romantic comedy with some great suspense. Congratulations, my friend!

Let's check out the backliner ... for you non-authors that would be the description of the story on the back of the book, hence the term "backliner."

"Shannon Tanner s perfect life is turned on end when she discovers h
Jun 02, 2009 Taffy rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds-authors
This book is a deviation from Tristi's historical work. I was anxious to see how she did in another genre but I shouldn't have been nervous! Agent In Old Lacy is cute, witty, suspenseful and entertaining! Oh! I forgot, romantic. Just a little. Not a lot of mushy stuff (as my kids would say).

Shannon Tanner, our heroine, has a great life; perfect boyfriend, loving parents, great BBF and good job.
We find out almost from page one that the boyfriend, Mark, is not as perfect as he seems. Shannon doesn
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
I really enjoyed this book; it starts off pretty exciting and maintains that same pace throughout the novel. Right at the start Shannon is kidnapped by her boyfriend Mark (who up until this point was her Prince Charming), although the kidnapping was a little lackluster, it still sucks you into the story and you have to keep reading to find out what is going to happen next. I wouldn’t necessarily change Mark’s character, but when he was in the picture, he just never came across as the devious, un ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Jun 02, 2009 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
About the book:

Shannon Tanner has it all a perfect family, a perfect job, and a perfect boyfriend. Or so she thinks. What Shannon doesn't know is that her boyfriend, Mark, is stealing money from her father and making millions doing it. When Shannon learns Mark's secret, he turns on her, and Shannon's life abruptly goes from perfect to perilous.

In an effort to protect Shannon, the FBI assigns their only female agent to go undercover as her personal bodyguard. But when the agent is injured the day
Oct 20, 2009 Cheri rated it really liked it
Fun, fun, fun!!

I love a book I can read in 3 hours. Tristi's style is so fun. And her description of life in SLC so vivid, I could be Shannon--except for the fact she's single, has her own company, served a mission and lives in SLC, of course. Oh, and she's not alive. :)

The book starts right in the middle of the action. There's no need for back story initially; you're caught up in conflict. And the action carries you through to the very end. Sweet, ending, too.

I love the fact Tristi plugged auth
Apr 12, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It's a great escape for me and I have read and re-read it. Shannon is a totally likable protagonist. She's funny, relatable, and smart. I really love that Ms. Pinkston has written a book with human characters that you can root for. Not once did I roll my eyes at trite dialogue or the stupidity of their heroine. Because there is no trite dialogue and Shannon is not stupid. It is a fun, light read.
Jan 19, 2010 Becky rated it really liked it
This was a really good book! In fact I couldn't put it down because it was quite suspenseful and a bit scary.
The story starts out with a kidnapping, which alone was really scary and makes you take a look at your own life. I wondered if I would be able to keep a cool head and not just panic or freeze out of fright. In the book the lady that was kidnapped does keep her cool and she is scared but still is able to escape. She has a lot of trust in God and prays that she will be able to get through
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Fun, witty, suspense, romance, action, deceit ...this book is packed with great things to read!

I love it when I pick up a book and I am pulled into the story. This book is well written and entertaining. I loved Tristi's writing style. It shows humor in spite of the drama unfolding in the plot.

Shannon is an intelligent woman. She trusted someone unworthy of her affection, leading to a kidnapping and the introduction of an amazing FBI agent. Her life is unraveling and she finds an anchor in Rick,
Mar 02, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
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May 17, 2009 Tristi rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Having written this book, it's entirely possible that I'm biased. But maybe not!

"Agent in Old Lace" is a contemporary romantic suspense. Our main character is Shannon, a young woman who feels that everything in her life is going well until she discovers that her stockbroker boyfriend has been embezzling money from countless clients, her father included. This knowledge puts her life in danger and she comes under the protection of the FBI, specifically agent Rick Holden, who will do anything, and
Kadie Bennion
Oct 29, 2014 Kadie Bennion rated it it was ok
This was so-so. The writing was a little awkward so I am guessing this is one of her earlier books and the relationship seemed really sudden.
Jun 14, 2013 Shannon rated it it was ok
Shannon accidentally stumbles on a file her boyfriend didn't want her to see. The next thing she knows, he's hauling her into the mountains with the ultimatum to marry him or be killed. Soon she's set to testify against him, but the female FBI agent can't be her bodyguard after all. In comes Rick Holden to impersonate a female and to keep Shannon safe.

The idea for the story is good, and the characters are likable, but something just didn't grab me. I guess the romance never seemed well-developed
Mar 08, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it
I love reading a good mystery/love story! I only had to read a page and a half and I had a hard time putting it down. I have to say I felt awkward along with Rick when he was undercover, but also felt the funny side of it coming from Shannon's point of view. The love that surrounds Shannon is one that others would envy. When Mark shows up, Shannon adds him to her list of loved ones, but she never expected his betrayal.
Tristi put every kind of emotion you can think of and peppered you with them
Aug 22, 2009 LuAnn rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I wanted to love this book because I really like Tristi, but in all honestly the novel felt more like a first draft than it should have. Technically, it was perfect with no errors that I saw, but stylistically the characters were not well-developed, the kidnapping in chapter one hit me from out of nowhere, and I didn't buy the way the story worked itself out. I did like the agent and the way he dressed as a woman to go undercover, and I was happy the two main characters worked out their romance ...more
Aug 06, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-novels
This book starts out with a bang. Shannon finds some disturbing information about her boyfriend, Mark, and when Mark sees what she's found, he kidnaps her at gunpoint. He gives her two choices, either marry him or he'll kill her. She does escape, but he keeps finding her. He's finally put in jail, but manages to escape, and is now after her again. So the FBI assigns an agent to guard her day and night, but this woman agent breaks her leg, so Rick Holden takes her place and dresses as a woman. Th ...more
Jun 16, 2009 Daron rated it liked it
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Melody Workman
Jul 03, 2014 Melody Workman rated it really liked it
Soooo good. It is really intense and cute and I loved reading it.
Sarah Southerland
Dec 27, 2014 Sarah Southerland rated it it was ok
Not her best writing. Hard to believe and fairly predictable. I like her later work much better as it is much more polished.
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