As a writer of Christian fiction, I really enjoy Kathy Herman. I feel her books are not only written with the power of the Lord in mind, but also with the power of a great imagination. High Stakes, the 4th book in the Baxter series, was very typical Kathy Herman, and very enjoyable.
Angie Marks, a pierced and tattooed girl of 18, arrives in Baxter with no money, no luggage, and a simple mission. Learn as much about Dennis Lawton as she possibly can. The townspeople of Baxter are very wary of Angie, because of her rough appearance and are not quick to help her. The wealthy Patrick Bailey, Dennis Lawton's grandfather, believes there is nothing wrong with Angie's appearance that would inhibit her thinking and ends up hiring her as his live-in housekeeper, much to the dismay of his family and the rest of Baxter. When people begin suffering rattlesnake bites by strategically placed snakes and a local man ends up dead, the town automatically starts to suspect Angie. She looks the part and just showed up in town recently, leading them to believe she has a hand in all the violence. We aren't given a glimpse into Angie's mission until about 3/4 of the way through the book, but when we do, though it may be somewhat expected, the true creator of violence is also revealed.
I enjoyed this book, as much as it is predictable. It is good, honest Christian fiction, with a nice, clean plot line. I enjoy series novels and as this is the second to last in the series, I'm still liking the Baxter books just as much as with Book 1. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a little light reading, spun with a bit of mystery and thrills.