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Christmas Countdown (Lost-Inc. #2)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
A simple trip home for the holidays is all former FBI profiler Maggie Mason wants. But a serial killer has other plans. Trapped in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Maggie finds an ally in Lost, Inc. with private investigator Dr. Ian Crane. The handsome widower is reluctant to love again, and the last thing Maggie wants is to put Ian in the line of fire, too. Love could cost ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Love Inspired (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sheila Myers
Dec 25, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
This one definitely fits into the categories listed on the cover - inspirational, romance, and suspense. "Christmas Countdown" is a quick read with enough action and drama to keep the reading turning the pages.
Mar 02, 2017 Janis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspense novel. Not really a page turner for me, but enjoyable enough.
Feb 27, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost Inc.
Book 2

Warning: this is a series you definitely want to read in order. I think I would have been totally lost.

In this book, "Blue Shoes" is still working at tormenting the people associated with Lost, Inc. and "The Nest," a secret military operation. This time, he's wrecking havoc on Maggie Mason (Paul's sister) who has been running since a serial killer attacked her and her brother three years before. Though her good friend, Ian Crane (Doc) begs her to come home where they can help her
Dora Hiers
Dec 13, 2012 Dora Hiers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intense, fast-paced suspense scenes left me holding my breath at times. I'm not a nail-biter, or I imagine mine would have been bitten to the quick. I read it through in two evenings ~while my hubby was home~ but I wouldn't recommend reading it late at night.

The main characters, Maggie and Ian, had been friends while Ian's wife was alive. Since Ian's wife's death, Maggie has helped Ian through his grieving process, mostly over the phone. Their transition from friends to romance progressed natur
Lisa Phillips
Dec 15, 2012 Lisa Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is turning out to be fab-you-las!

Super suspenseful, lots of twists and enough mystery to keep you guessing.
I'm loving the killer's point of view because it's adding to the suspense/mystery. His identity (although we're narrowing it down, thanks to some well placed clues) is the tie between Survive the Night, this book and Torn Loyalties.

Kept me turning pages. And what was going to be a pleasant Christmas pageant scene turned out to be the first part of the book's finale. It was lik
Linda Ortiz
Apr 28, 2013 Linda Ortiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"She punched the number on speed dial". Ian answered. The urger to cry slammed into Maggie. "Ian, it's me." "He was going to kill me, Ian. He's already killed four women." Maggie was running for her life. Trapped in deadly game of cat and mouse. She has been on the run for a long while. It is time to go back home for Christmas and let the ones around her to protect and help her. Maggie's ally Ian, a widower is afraid to love again. "Christmas Countdown" was full of suspense and guessing "who don ...more
Jul 26, 2013 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My retired parents & I all loved Vicki Hinze's Christmas Countdown as well as the rest of the Lost Incorporated series. Christmas Countdown has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Maggie wants so much to protect everyone else. Ian wants her to come home & let those who care about her help catch the guy that's been stalking her the past 3 years. She finally finds home her best option. Can they catch him before he kills again? Maggie & Ian's story is the second in the Lo ...more
Feb 19, 2014 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first line of this book reads: "Something wasn't right." And that pretty much summed up my feelings about the book. I struggled to get into the story. I couldn't understand how this woman could have been running and hiding from this serial killer for so long, why every time she moved to a new place, rented a house, he soon found her and she had to run again. I kept thinking why does she keep getting a new phone when she knows he's gonna eventually trace it? Of course, it was then revealed th ...more
May 31, 2013 Janny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talk about protecting those you love...Meet Maggie Mason, on the run as bait for three years only to discover that what she needed most was those she was protecting in the first place. In all of the three books, I love how Vicki Hinze made the main characters friends before romance to enter their minds. That and the fact that both characters had God as their foundation, even if one of them was lost. It's also fitting how the agency they all work for is Lost, Inc. In Christmas Count Down Vicki se ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Tima rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie is an FBI profiler that has profiled the wrong criminal. Now he has come after her family and she is on the run. But three years of running have taken their toll and she's ready to go home and face the killer on her own turf. Dr. Crane has had her back for years and is willing to help her draw this case to a close.

Way more suspense and a lot less romance than I was anticipating. But it kept me on my toes and while it was the second book in the series, I never felt left out or confused. T
Rosa Cline
This is a suspense book and keeps you on your toes as you read it to keep up with what is going on and the characters. If someone has a couple of hours to sit and read it through is the best way to read it. I, personally, am shelving it for now and will one day return to read it through. It was good but just not the 'bedtime' read a couple of chapters at a time type of book
Mar 15, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie is being hunted by a killer and has spent 3 Christmas' alone, on the run. This time the killer gets too close and Maggie decides to try to get back home. This is a thriller and a love story. The ending leaves a question about Blue Shoes. I have to find the next book!

This is from the Love Inspired Suspense books, on loan to me from my friend Sylvia.
Judine Brey
Jul 05, 2016 Judine Brey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the progress of Maggie and Ian's relationship, especially their surprise when they realize they're attracted to each other. I think I would enjoy this series more without the heavy presence of "Mr. Blue Shoes." Withholding information isn't always best in a mystery series.
Deborah Darsie
Dec 26, 2013 Deborah Darsie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful, strong characters and a double-dash of suspense and antagonists.

A nicely done approach to the kill or not dilemma, personal ethics and code and the value of the human relationship. All this in a 'simple romance novel'...
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Miniseries: Lost, Inc.
Category: Inspirational Romance
Jun 16, 2013 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christmas Countdown by Vicki Hinze
This is the second in the series of Lost, Inc. Great book, loved the characters, and suspense! Kept me reading into the night, loved it.
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: Lost, Inc.
Category: Inspirational Romance
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Aug 22, 2015 08:59AM  
Vicki is the award-winning author of 30 novels, 4 nonfiction books and hundreds of articles. She's recognized as an author and as an educator by Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

Vicki mentors writers through her Writers' Zone program and has for well over a decade.

Currently she's writing faith-affirming thrillers and inspirational romantic suspense. Her latest releases are SURVIVE T
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Other Books in the Series

Lost-Inc. (3 books)
  • Survive the Night (Lost-Inc., #1)
  • Torn Loyalties (Lost-Inc., #3)

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