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When Callie learns that the man she loves is somehow connected to the man who killed her late husband, she confronts Tom. But he informs her that his hands are tied by the National Security Agency and he can tell her nothing. Despite the secrecy surrounding Tom and the NSA, Callie decides to find out for herself exactly what is going on and how Tom may have been involved in her husband’s death. Using her investigative skills, Callie throws herself into the most important mystery she has ever attempted to solve. Will their affection be able to stand the strain? And what was God’s plan in bringing Tom and Callie together—marriage or merely answers for her questions about Bryan’s death?

360 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 2004

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Mindy Starns Clark

44 books577 followers
Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 30 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and has received numerous literary honors, including two Christy Awards and RT Book Review Magazine’s 2012 Career Achievement Award. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

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357 reviews
September 20, 2021
This was a fabulous end to a great series! While these are cozy, clean mysteries with Christian main characters, they are never fluffy. I loved that in each book I learned a lot about a new location, another type of charity, and an additional aspect of PI work. The mysteries in each are clever and intriguing and the over-arching mystery of the series came to a satisfying end with this final book. Callie’s journey is an inspiring one and I am so glad I read this series.
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883 reviews11 followers
October 24, 2010
This is probably my favorite of the five books but you have to read the first four (which I loved also!) to really understand this one! It's a real roller coaster of emotions!

Just reread this and I really do love it. Such a great series. This one and Quarter for a Kiss are my favorites but they are best read in order. I recommend these to EVERYONE!
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620 reviews50 followers
March 11, 2019
Okay, it's offical...I putting this series on my shelf along with the O'Malley series. I loved everything about these books! This last one was good. I liked how Clark wrapped up the series (and I like that it was in my part of the country :-)
108 reviews
June 5, 2023
Books 4 & 5 in this series were the best in the series, in my opinion. This book was full of intrigue, and was a satisfying conclusion to the series. Callie didn't always make wise decisions, and she ended up lying quite a bit in the course of her investigation, but she also had a guilty conscience and repented. The theology was a bit weak, and some parts were a bit unbelievable, but overall a good finish to the series. I'm glad I read the whole series, but not a series I desire to have as a part of my own collection.
8 reviews2 followers
May 29, 2008
Totally great! I wish that this wasn't the end of the series. I would really like to know what happens next. Keep on writing them Mindy!
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272 reviews
April 23, 2018
Happy to say that book 5 redeemed the series. Finally, after stringing us along, the book concludes the only way it could after so many near missed opportunities and hints. I began reading this book still feeling agitated at how annoying I found book 4. Did not like the abrupt ending. It took me a few chapters to make peace with the storyline and simply go with it. Several surprising truths were at last uncovered, confessions made and hearts mended. I’m one of the few that enjoyed the visit by the US President. Perfectly written scene in my eyes. Some wish the series went on. My opinion differs. It was too long. I think that the series could have been condensed with book 4 and 5 made into one book. Giving this series an overall solid 4 stars. I do appreciate the cleanliness in language and modesty in behavior and dress that kept this book enjoyable. Giving Mindy 5 stars for the gift of clean writing. And a solid 4 stars for the series.
7,425 reviews28 followers
June 13, 2018
The ball was in Callie's court, how hard did she want to solve it. The man who killed her husband is somehow connected to Tom, the man she now loves. The office, the foundation, is it all a ruse, the money comes for the grants. A different way of looking into a mystery. To solve, then maybe her and Tom could be together. or would the truth and his connection to what happened with her husband, destroy it. Great series, and this was a good plot. Full of enough twists and with the hope of a happy ending.
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115 reviews16 followers
August 17, 2020
3 stars only because it's the end of The Million Dollar Mysteries, otherwise it would be 2 stars. I wasn't impressed with this entry in the series, it was not pleasurable to read about Callie in The Buck Stops Here and it felt like the last couple chapters were cramming in the expected ending.
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194 reviews
February 27, 2021
Read by Ruth Ann Phimister, This was a great finish book to the Million Dollar Mystery Series. I thought it would be boring as it was evident it was going to finish up the series but it is a stand-alone book and Mindy Clark did a good job. Is is a page-turner mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A nice mix of mystery and romance (not too gooey).
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695 reviews5 followers
August 20, 2022
Oh my. This is the best of the Million Mysteries series. Filled with exciting segments and mystery that slowly reveals the events and people involved in Bryan's death. Truly was captured by the escape in the swamp. And Wow a really nice ending.
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Author 7 books209 followers
July 16, 2018
Satisfying ending to the series. It answers all of the lingering questions from the first four books. Going to miss Callie.
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46 reviews
July 17, 2020
I liked how this book wrapped everything up. An excellent series.
33 reviews
November 5, 2020
This series is a must read, if you like suspenseful and lots of twists this series is for you
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33 reviews
May 9, 2021
This was a good series. It was clean and the mystery wasn't too easy to solve.
580 reviews5 followers
November 16, 2013
This was the best book if the series. But I am disappointed that I read someone's review on here prior to reading and it wasn't marked as a spoiler alert, and they did spoil it. I felt that this book did deserve more than a four star, but not enough for a five.
So here is my spoiler alert-
I agree that the meeting of the president was over the top. But I was happy that Callie and Toms relationship ended up on a great note with them getting married. I was surprised that the Cajon guy was James partner. I liked him and was hoping he wasn't the bad guy that he turned out to be.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
941 reviews2 followers
May 7, 2016
This is #5 in the Million Dollar Mysteries series. The story of Callie Webber and Tom Bennett continues for one more book. I believe this is last in the series. This leads Callie to the truth about her husband's death, from Maryland, to Georgia and to Tom's home town of New Orleans. She is given an assignment that leads her to the truth about Tom since his job forbids him to tell what he knows!

danger, mystery, romance, another chance for Callie to give away Tom's money,Christian theme.
last in series???
687 reviews8 followers
November 18, 2008
(Genre: Christian fiction/mystery) This is the final book in the series and the mystery that Callie is solving is a very personal one. I actually guessed part of this while reading the first book in the series (A Penny For Your Thoughts), but it was still a fun mystery and a great way to end it all. The author did a great job of shifting the focus around so that you couldn't quite be certain who was the bad guy or woman. And of course the romantic conclusion was nice too.
Profile Image for Lucy Janowiecki.
21 reviews
March 7, 2013
I finished all the books and enjoyed them thoroughly. So much so that I go to the trouble of looking for this author in 4 different libraries. There is a balanced blend of mystery, suspense, romance, and humor that is rare. The main character is of the Christian faith and it flows nicely throughout without becoming the main focus of the story, rather the same way it is mentioned from time to time by a coworker in my real life.
Profile Image for Ruth.
335 reviews
October 24, 2014
This book stars a lawyer/detective who works for a philanthropist investigating charities who apply for a grant from the foundation. If everything checks out, then she gets to give them a big check. Along the way, she keeps running into mysteries, and solves them while investigating the charities at the same time.
742 reviews1 follower
June 26, 2011
Book five concludes the story of Callie Weber and Tom Bennett and answers all the questions arising in the series such as who is Tom and what is the JOSHUA Foundation. Callie investigates the death of her husband Bryan and why Tom feels guilty about his past. She also experiences a crisis of faith and does things against her better instincts.
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189 reviews
November 3, 2011
Good ending to the series. I appreciated how Callie and Tom handled the fact that she was a widow. It wasn't ignored and even as Callie married Tom she had a rose in remrmbrance of her first love. Some books seem to just ignore it that. I did think the whole meeting w/ the President was a bit overdone, but all in all really enjoyed this and thought it ended well.
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