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Men Are Disappearing in LaPorte, Indiana In 1907, shy but loyal Ingrid Storset travels from Norway to support her grieving sister, Belle Gunness, who owns a farm in LaPorte, Indiana. Well-to-do widow Belle, who has lost two husbands and several children, provides Ingrid with enough money to start a small business. But Ingrid is confused by the string of men Belle claims to Men Are Disappearing in LaPorte, Indiana In 1907, shy but loyal Ingrid Storset travels from Norway to support her grieving sister, Belle Gunness, who owns a farm in LaPorte, Indiana. Well-to-do widow Belle, who has lost two husbands and several children, provides Ingrid with enough money to start a small business. But Ingrid is confused by the string of men Belle claims to be interviewing for her next husband. When Nils Lindherud comes to town looking for his missing brother, who said he was going to marry Belle, Ingrid has a sinking feeling her sister is up to no good.


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Men Are Disappearing in LaPorte, Indiana In 1907, shy but loyal Ingrid Storset travels from Norway to support her grieving sister, Belle Gunness, who owns a farm in LaPorte, Indiana. Well-to-do widow Belle, who has lost two husbands and several children, provides Ingrid with enough money to start a small business. But Ingrid is confused by the string of men Belle claims to Men Are Disappearing in LaPorte, Indiana In 1907, shy but loyal Ingrid Storset travels from Norway to support her grieving sister, Belle Gunness, who owns a farm in LaPorte, Indiana. Well-to-do widow Belle, who has lost two husbands and several children, provides Ingrid with enough money to start a small business. But Ingrid is confused by the string of men Belle claims to be interviewing for her next husband. When Nils Lindherud comes to town looking for his missing brother, who said he was going to marry Belle, Ingrid has a sinking feeling her sister is up to no good.

30 review for The Gold Digger

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    I have really,really enjoyed reading the True Colors series. A True crime series by Barbour Publishing. They have put out a new book in this series every month for the past year. The Gold Digger absolutely captivated my attention as I read it or should I say speed read it. The further into the book I got the more it captivated me like when something bad happens but you can't tear yourself away from it and must continue to find out more details about it. I knew how it would turn out but The Gold Di I have really,really enjoyed reading the True Colors series. A True crime series by Barbour Publishing. They have put out a new book in this series every month for the past year. The Gold Digger absolutely captivated my attention as I read it or should I say speed read it. The further into the book I got the more it captivated me like when something bad happens but you can't tear yourself away from it and must continue to find out more details about it. I knew how it would turn out but The Gold Digger brilliantly took my breath away! The author does an amazing job of captivating readers to continue til the last word is consumed. I highly recommend this and every book by this author. Pub Date 01 Dec 2020 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    I think I have heard of Belle Gunness before, probably through some other book or article I was reading. But did not know the extent of it, and this book certainly had my attention from beginning to end. The story obviously follows Belle Gunness, a widow living in LaPorte, Indiana, who advertised in Norwegian newspapers for a new husband. It also followed her younger sister, Ingrid Storset., and Nils Lindherud, the brother of one of the men who corresponded with Belle and disappeared. With Ingri I think I have heard of Belle Gunness before, probably through some other book or article I was reading. But did not know the extent of it, and this book certainly had my attention from beginning to end. The story obviously follows Belle Gunness, a widow living in LaPorte, Indiana, who advertised in Norwegian newspapers for a new husband. It also followed her younger sister, Ingrid Storset., and Nils Lindherud, the brother of one of the men who corresponded with Belle and disappeared. With Ingrid and Nils inching closer to what happened to his brother, Sven, and to all the other men who she corresponded with, Belle becomes increasingly strange, moody, and emotional. But never did Ingrid and Nils expect she would go as far as she did, nor hurt those most innocent. I enjoyed this book immensely and would recommend it to other readers. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    This novel based upon true crime kept my interest from beginning to end. Belle, originally from Norway, has lost two husbands and is running a pig farm in Indiana. To obtain help on the farm, she regularly solicits men to be her next husband. Oddly, they never marry and are never heard from again. Belle's sister Ingrid is a budding photographer with a heart of gold. She loves her sister and her nieces and nephew. Belle's prior farm hand, Ray, seems to be obsessed with Belle. The author does a great This novel based upon true crime kept my interest from beginning to end. Belle, originally from Norway, has lost two husbands and is running a pig farm in Indiana. To obtain help on the farm, she regularly solicits men to be her next husband. Oddly, they never marry and are never heard from again. Belle's sister Ingrid is a budding photographer with a heart of gold. She loves her sister and her nieces and nephew. Belle's prior farm hand, Ray, seems to be obsessed with Belle. The author does a great job of creating tension keeping readers wondering what's happened to the would be husbands. Loved the Afterward which shared what was factual and what was fictional in the pages. My gratitude to publisher Barbour for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    This was such a great thriller and the best book I’ve yet read by this author. The author drew me in from the start with the great cast of characters she gave and the way she told the story. I knew it was based on real events but the plot felt so twisted and gruesome, could it really be true? And then the author had me confused so many times about what happened to the men and who did it, that my head was spinning in circles about what was going on - I could probably have googled these crimes but This was such a great thriller and the best book I’ve yet read by this author. The author drew me in from the start with the great cast of characters she gave and the way she told the story. I knew it was based on real events but the plot felt so twisted and gruesome, could it really be true? And then the author had me confused so many times about what happened to the men and who did it, that my head was spinning in circles about what was going on - I could probably have googled these crimes but then I would have lost the enjoyment of the journey. And the ending was surprising and also did not feel concluded. I kept reading and feeling like something else is probably going to happen. The romance was also secondary to the suspense story which I liked. I’m still a bit shocked about these crimes and would probably not recommend this to sensitive readers. Though, if you love thrillers, you would love this story. For me this was the best yet in the series. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    I am really, really enjoying this series. The subject of this one is Belle Gunness, a story which has fascinated me for years. I enjoy suspense and true crime, anyway, but this woman was a monster. Liz Tolsma tells her story well indeed. If you have not read this series yet, I highly recommend it. I received this book from Barbour Publishing through net Galley and was not required to leave a review. All opinions in this review are expressly my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    I was unfamiliar with the story of Belle Gunness, and Tolsma did an excellent job of bringing this serial killer's story to life. Belle was a large built, Norwegian lady who had emigrated to the United States. Her first two husbands died under suspicious circumstances, and she got life insurance money upon both their deaths. Now she has begun advertising for a mail order groom and includes that if they bring money they can buy into her hog farm. When one man's brother responds to the ad and he d I was unfamiliar with the story of Belle Gunness, and Tolsma did an excellent job of bringing this serial killer's story to life. Belle was a large built, Norwegian lady who had emigrated to the United States. Her first two husbands died under suspicious circumstances, and she got life insurance money upon both their deaths. Now she has begun advertising for a mail order groom and includes that if they bring money they can buy into her hog farm. When one man's brother responds to the ad and he doesn't hear anything more from him, Nils heads to Indiana to find answers. This was a real page turner as more and more suspicious happenings occurred. I loved how Nils and Ingrid, Belle's sister, worked together to try and make sense of what Belle was doing, but Ingrid found it hard to believe her sister could be behind all this. Both Ingrid and Nils had to depend upon their faith to get them through all the strange occurrences. I enjoyed watching Ingrid grow in confidence and speech as Nils supported her. Although this was certainly a creepy story, it was an interesting look at a serial killer from an earlier time period in history. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is a wonderful series for fans of fiction based on real crimes. While I had not heard of this particular historic story, I was fascinated. This story is based on several mysterious disappearances and deaths associated with Belle Gunness. Belle has lost two husbands, and there seems to be an endless string of men answering her ads to become her next husband. Is she responsible? Is there just a lot of unexplained coincidences between these disappearances? Or is someone else involved? Expertly This is a wonderful series for fans of fiction based on real crimes. While I had not heard of this particular historic story, I was fascinated. This story is based on several mysterious disappearances and deaths associated with Belle Gunness. Belle has lost two husbands, and there seems to be an endless string of men answering her ads to become her next husband. Is she responsible? Is there just a lot of unexplained coincidences between these disappearances? Or is someone else involved? Expertly plotted, the author reveals the gory details of this serial killer's story through the eyes of fictional characters, Ingrid Storset and Nils Linderhud. Reader beware, plenty of chills and descriptive gore in this page-turner. Ms. Tolsma handled these details with a graceful pen, weaving in a faith thread of hope amidst the darkness of evil. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    The World is Full of Depraved People A truly horrific tale of greed and deception, Liz Tolsma has given us a look at a horrendous crime from the turn of the twentieth century that many of us have never heard of. The Gold Digger offers a look into not only cultural issues that we might not be aware of (did you know that there were Norwegian papers people subscribed to at that time?) but also shows how blinded we can make ourselves to things we don't want to be true. Certain elements, such as the si The World is Full of Depraved People A truly horrific tale of greed and deception, Liz Tolsma has given us a look at a horrendous crime from the turn of the twentieth century that many of us have never heard of. The Gold Digger offers a look into not only cultural issues that we might not be aware of (did you know that there were Norwegian papers people subscribed to at that time?) but also shows how blinded we can make ourselves to things we don't want to be true. Certain elements, such as the sister's inability to see the obvious, may feel far-fetched until you really look at what is happening and try to imagine someone you only know as loving and caring actually doing something so horrific.  Add to that a world where there weren't TV shows bombarding you with this kind of sensationalism, a life of poverty that prevented you from reading dime novels (there are some advantages to poverty, I suppose), and it starts to make some sense. Many characters ignored the obvious because the obvious was just so implausible. So what about this story?  Good?  Bad?  Indifferent? While it has a few things that bother me (tiny things that either are or feel anachronistic) Liz Tolsma manages to tell a truly gruesome story without the kind of gory details that replay themselves in your mind indefinitely.  Most of the ugliness is off-page in that we don't watch the murders take place, and Tolsma works hard to show the horror without spraying you with the residue of it. Recommended for readers who love true crime, suspense, and mystery as well as those who like a nice dollop of romance at the end.  Very sweet and well-infused romance.  Very sweet. ;) Thrilled I had a chance to read it, and grateful for the free review copy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shaina

    I won this wonderful book in a Goodreads kindle version giveaway and was so happy. This True Colors series of books is truly outstanding so far. This is my second read in the True Colors stories and I adore them. They really do stick with you and give you a good mixture of mystery, crime, true crime, a bit of clean romance, and a bit of faith and inspiration. I can't wait to read the others as well! My review is my own opinion and was written of my own volition. I won this wonderful book in a Goodreads kindle version giveaway and was so happy. This True Colors series of books is truly outstanding so far. This is my second read in the True Colors stories and I adore them. They really do stick with you and give you a good mixture of mystery, crime, true crime, a bit of clean romance, and a bit of faith and inspiration. I can't wait to read the others as well! My review is my own opinion and was written of my own volition.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "I need to tell you something really serious. And kind of scary." The last words spoken from the mouth of an extremely frightened young girl, and she had every reason to be . . . . at least that is what her Aunt Ingrid determined after the fact. When Ingrid Storset meets newcomer Nils Lindherud, she cannot believe that her sister Belle would withhold any information about his missing brother Sven; yes, Sven had answered Belle Gunness' ad for a husband, yes Sven had been in LaPorte, India 3.5 stars "I need to tell you something really serious. And kind of scary." The last words spoken from the mouth of an extremely frightened young girl, and she had every reason to be . . . . at least that is what her Aunt Ingrid determined after the fact. When Ingrid Storset meets newcomer Nils Lindherud, she cannot believe that her sister Belle would withhold any information about his missing brother Sven; yes, Sven had answered Belle Gunness' ad for a husband, yes Sven had been in LaPorte, Indiana, but yes, many men came and went who didn't end up marrying Belle. After racking up more questions that answers, Nils Lindherud is convinced that hog farmer Belle Gunness is up to no good; however, proving it is an entirely different matter altogether. Her lovely younger sister is cooperative, but Ingrid believes the best of others and unfortunately Nils is thinking the worst. Based on some terribly gruesome, grizzly history, "The Gold Digger" pulls back the dirt (so to speak)on what really went on in LaPorte, Indiana. Thankfully Nils and Ingrid provide readers with some sweet moments and thoughtful prayers, for both characters end up leaning heavily on the Almighty's everlasting arms. A fascinating (in a morbid sort of way) addition to the "True Colors" series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cathy B

    I normally don't read this kind of book. But I do love a good mystery and this book blew me away!!!!! Wow! Gold Digger is about 2 sisters from Norway. One had been established, married and had a couple of children but paid for her younger sister to come join her in Chicago from Norway. When Belle's husband suddenly dies and their house and business burn down they decide to move to LaPorte, Indiana. Belle surprises Ingrid with a business she can turn into a confectionery, (which Ingrid isn't thril I normally don't read this kind of book. But I do love a good mystery and this book blew me away!!!!! Wow! Gold Digger is about 2 sisters from Norway. One had been established, married and had a couple of children but paid for her younger sister to come join her in Chicago from Norway. When Belle's husband suddenly dies and their house and business burn down they decide to move to LaPorte, Indiana. Belle surprises Ingrid with a business she can turn into a confectionery, (which Ingrid isn't thrilled about she would rather sell her photographs) and she will have her own apartment above the confectionery and the basement to use as a dark room to develop her photos. Ingrid is very nervous because she doesn't speak English very well and it's hard to speak to customers. Belle advertises in the Norwegian papers in the lonely heart section of the paper for a husband. Many men have shown up but leave after a few days. This story shows 2 stories in 1. The life of Belle and Ingrid and the life of Nils Lindherud from Detroit. His brother Sven answers Belle's ad for a husband and is excited about leaving his brother Nils auto dealership to work on Belle's pig farm. After 6 weeks of not hearing from Sven his Mother and brother Nils become nervous. Nils does write Belle but gets no response, so he goes to LaPorte to investigate. He meets Ingrid, and becomes interested but gets very suspicious of Belle, especially after he goes with Ingrid to Belle's farm and she kicks him off the property right away. For months Nils travels between Detroit and LaPorte. There is an old farmhand Belle let go, Ray who is very suspicious. This book will keep you on your toes the entire time, you think you know what's going to happen and then something else happens and you question what you think really happened! The author's notes are wonderful, especially with the historical facts of this book. The whole thing blew me away, especially after I found out it was based on a true story. I couldn't put the book down and read this quickly because it sucked me in! I want to thank NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for the advanced copy. I was not asked to give a positive review, just give my honest opinion, this is my honest opinion of the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susan F

    It has to be quite a challenge to write a fictional account of a true crime story. Liz Tolma has done a good job capturing the horror of this heinous crime from the early 1900's. She is able to build up tension as the mystery progresses concerning the disappearance of several men after they were in contact with a widow with children who had a farm she needed help with. Fictional characters blend with true life people from the historic records. The story is captivating and well written. I don't w It has to be quite a challenge to write a fictional account of a true crime story. Liz Tolma has done a good job capturing the horror of this heinous crime from the early 1900's. She is able to build up tension as the mystery progresses concerning the disappearance of several men after they were in contact with a widow with children who had a farm she needed help with. Fictional characters blend with true life people from the historic records. The story is captivating and well written. I don't want to give anything away. If you find true crime and stories based on history fascinating, as I do, I think you will find this account quite intriguing and sad. I believe the story is written in as tasteful a way as possible considering the acts perpetrated on innocent victims and their families. It is also written as Christian fiction and gives hope during a terrible time in the lives of several people. I like how the author handled such an awful series of events. I want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for my copy of the book. I remember hearing about this historic crime and appreciate how the story is told.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Candy

    I really enjoyed this story! I had never heard about this crime until I happened across it a few days before starting this book. Belle is a widowed woman who puts personal adds in the newspaper to have a man come to her farm and marry her to take care of her and her three children. The problem is many men come but none of them stay. Why do they leave? Belles sister Ingrid can’t understand why none of these men can see what a loving caring woman she is. One day a man comes to town searching for h I really enjoyed this story! I had never heard about this crime until I happened across it a few days before starting this book. Belle is a widowed woman who puts personal adds in the newspaper to have a man come to her farm and marry her to take care of her and her three children. The problem is many men come but none of them stay. Why do they leave? Belles sister Ingrid can’t understand why none of these men can see what a loving caring woman she is. One day a man comes to town searching for his brother who answered one of Belle’s adds who has not been heard from. The book tells an incredible story of disappearance, arson, murder, and theft! I give this book 5 stars and was given a copy from Netgalley for an honest opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my honest thoughts. Right away, the creepy undertones of this story grabbed me by the throat. In some ways, this story reminded me of a darker version of Arsenic and Old Lace—except Mr. Cary Grant’s trademark humor and dashing good looks were absent. When I read the author’s note at the end, I found it was very eerie how many of the details within the novel were based on cold, hard facts. Rather than being the plot for an epi FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my honest thoughts. Right away, the creepy undertones of this story grabbed me by the throat. In some ways, this story reminded me of a darker version of Arsenic and Old Lace—except Mr. Cary Grant’s trademark humor and dashing good looks were absent. When I read the author’s note at the end, I found it was very eerie how many of the details within the novel were based on cold, hard facts. Rather than being the plot for an episode of Criminal Minds, this story was one that real-life people unfortunately had to live out. My heart aches for the victims and their loved ones. This novel had a lovely cast of characters (despite the evilness of a couple of them). Ingrid was delightful in her innocence and hope for the brightest future possible. Her devotion to her family was remarkable and, at times, overly naïve. While the leading man thought she “had blinders on” when it came to certain events and people, I found the farther along I got in the story, the more outlandish and unrealistic it was that she would so adamantly stick to her belief that a certain person had “the most caring heart of any [person] on the planet.” By that point, it was clear as glass what had happened and who had done it—the person she very stubbornly refused to believe could ever hurt a flea. Denial is one thing; that would have been believable. Utter refusal to accept facts and evidence is completely something else, especially when the person in question had been nothing but surly, grumpy, and rude to a variety of people—including Ingrid herself—throughout the entire story. However, I still liked Ingrid. I loved that she loved baking but shied of the public, found passion for photography and wanted to make that her living, and saw the best in people. Nils was amazing. I liked that his regret was palpable and his determination to uncover the truth tangible. I really connected with him and the journey he was on. Plus, he had a cool car. Ray was a surly sort, but he played his part well. At times, he was nothing more than a cliché, but there were certain things that made him unique to other bad-guy sorts of characters. The kids were lovely. Energetic, rambunctious, adventurous. Just lovely. The tension throughout kept me reading long into the night. I fell asleep before I could finish, but I remedied that first thing the next morning. This story captured my interest on every page. I especially enjoyed the fantastic Gothic atmosphere of this story. It had mystery and creepy undertones, stress and tension, a hopeful leading lady, and a dashing and heroic yet still vulnerable and imperfect leading man. All the ingredients of the Gothic genre were well used to tell this unusual and horrifying tale.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elysian Fields

    Men Are Disappearing in LaPorte, Indiana If that line isn't enough to hook you, well then hold on. This story is perfect for mystery lovers and those looking for a spooky read. I loved that this story grabbed a hold of me from the first page and didn't let up. The story is set in 1907 in Indiana. A widow and quiet and pleasant lade named Belle Gunness as had her share of tragedy in her life, and is looking for her next husband. When her sister comes to visit she starts to notice things about Bell Men Are Disappearing in LaPorte, Indiana If that line isn't enough to hook you, well then hold on. This story is perfect for mystery lovers and those looking for a spooky read. I loved that this story grabbed a hold of me from the first page and didn't let up. The story is set in 1907 in Indiana. A widow and quiet and pleasant lade named Belle Gunness as had her share of tragedy in her life, and is looking for her next husband. When her sister comes to visit she starts to notice things about Belle, her way of life and the mystery of her past husbands comes to light. While I want to give you more I think this story is best being discovered at the pages turn. I loved that this story was more involved in the true crime aspect, the details of the crimes, mystery and secrets really made the story bloom. The characters are well developed and I really felt them as real people. The mix of true crime and fiction also made this story not only enjoyable but also really fun. The author takes a few privilege's within the story and it only adds to the suspense and outcome. I couldn't help but turn age after page trying to figure everything out. Another wonderful story to add to this True Colors series and a new author for me to follow. I would recommend this story to all fictional, true crime, mystery and character driven readers. I received an ARC via Netgalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. and I am leaving my honest review. 4.25 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    A riveting tale of mystery and suspense based on a real crime spree in 1907 Indiana. Men go missing after answering an ad placed by a widowed hog farmer. One man's determination to find his missing brother just might uncover the truth. "Family was family and always came first." This mystery seemed to unfold quickly, but with each turn, had me changing my mind as to who was the real culprit. Family loyalties and growing desperation made things more complex as it went along. The tension builds and h A riveting tale of mystery and suspense based on a real crime spree in 1907 Indiana. Men go missing after answering an ad placed by a widowed hog farmer. One man's determination to find his missing brother just might uncover the truth. "Family was family and always came first." This mystery seemed to unfold quickly, but with each turn, had me changing my mind as to who was the real culprit. Family loyalties and growing desperation made things more complex as it went along. The tension builds and had more than a few nail-biting scenes. The notes at the end shed light on the real crime and the historical details the author included were mind boggling. Nils is a steady, but conflicted hero. He was under so much pressure to find answers, while juggling financial responsibilities at home, and striving to succeed in both. I like how the author used his circumstances to show how we need to rely on God for help, and the trap that making money can become. "When he tried to rely on himself, he was a miserable failure. He needed God's strength." Recommend for readers who enjoy a Christian mystery with romance and some grit, based on real history. 4.5 stars (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Continent78yahoo.Com

    I have read all the books in this true crime series to date. This is the second one where I familiar with the details. The author does a great job weaving the bone chilling tale of one evil woman into a read that will keep you turning the pages. The deaths and suffering caused by Belle Gunness is almost unbelievable. And yet, even the most evil can dupe so many around them. Personally, I can’t see her committing suicide and always believed she escaped her own fire and continued her evil ways, bu I have read all the books in this true crime series to date. This is the second one where I familiar with the details. The author does a great job weaving the bone chilling tale of one evil woman into a read that will keep you turning the pages. The deaths and suffering caused by Belle Gunness is almost unbelievable. And yet, even the most evil can dupe so many around them. Personally, I can’t see her committing suicide and always believed she escaped her own fire and continued her evil ways, but it can’t be proved one way or the other.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    The Gold Digger was another great book in the True Colors series. I love that these are based on real-life crimes. In this book, especially, it made the sinister nature of the crime so much more haunting. Despite the dark premise of the story, Tolsma still includes hope and happy moments that will warm your heart.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Liz Toslma has done it again! She's simply a fabulous writer most especially with this weird part of American history. This series is one of the best I've read in quite sometime. Each author brings to life a character that I've never heard of and have thoroughly enjoyed learning about. This story didn't disappoint either. Like most readers I pretty much figured out where this was heading but I kept reading to see what Belle would do next. She soon didn't disappoint. I think my mouth dropped open i Liz Toslma has done it again! She's simply a fabulous writer most especially with this weird part of American history. This series is one of the best I've read in quite sometime. Each author brings to life a character that I've never heard of and have thoroughly enjoyed learning about. This story didn't disappoint either. Like most readers I pretty much figured out where this was heading but I kept reading to see what Belle would do next. She soon didn't disappoint. I think my mouth dropped open in some parts of this book because I was truly astounded! Soon I was all in and sitting on the edge of my bed eagerly turning the pages and before I knew it I was at the end! Oh no! I wasn't happy that it was over so quickly! That's how much I enjoyed it. I hope this author writes another book in this series. I can't wait to see what comes next! I highly recommend this series and especially this book. I think it might be the darkest one in history yet! 5 stars hands down! My thanks to Netgalley/Barbour publishing for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Bryant

    The Gold Digger is another can’t-put-down, read-in-one-day thriller penned by Ms. Tolsma in the True Colors Crime series. It exceeded my expectations which were very high since I love all of this gifted storyteller’s books! The real-life characters are seamlessly meshed with the fictional ones, and all are well-developed and unforgettable. The evil of the horrendous crime portrayed in this story is tempered with a strong faith element and a touching romance. The fast-moving, suspenseful plot kee The Gold Digger is another can’t-put-down, read-in-one-day thriller penned by Ms. Tolsma in the True Colors Crime series. It exceeded my expectations which were very high since I love all of this gifted storyteller’s books! The real-life characters are seamlessly meshed with the fictional ones, and all are well-developed and unforgettable. The evil of the horrendous crime portrayed in this story is tempered with a strong faith element and a touching romance. The fast-moving, suspenseful plot keeps you turning pages and anxiously anticipating the outcome! The historical notes at the end of the book are especially helpful in differentiating the true elements from the fictional ones. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it and the series. I received a copy of this book in e-book form from the publisher via netgalley but am under no obligation to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Wow! I have never read anything by this author and this book was not what I expected. It is a true crime story set in LaPorte, Indiana. Although it is not a genre that I usually read, the author spun the story in such a way that I couldn't stop turning the pages. I definitely did not expect the outcome at the end of the story. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the copy of the book. The opinions are my own. Wow! I have never read anything by this author and this book was not what I expected. It is a true crime story set in LaPorte, Indiana. Although it is not a genre that I usually read, the author spun the story in such a way that I couldn't stop turning the pages. I definitely did not expect the outcome at the end of the story. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the copy of the book. The opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Wow! I have never read anything by this author and this book was not what I expected. It is a true crime story set in LaPorte, Indiana. Although it is not a genre that I usually read, the author spun the story in such a way that I couldn't stop turning the pages. I definitely did not expect the outcome at the end of the story. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the copy of the book. The opinions are my own. Wow! I have never read anything by this author and this book was not what I expected. It is a true crime story set in LaPorte, Indiana. Although it is not a genre that I usually read, the author spun the story in such a way that I couldn't stop turning the pages. I definitely did not expect the outcome at the end of the story. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the copy of the book. The opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tena

    The Gold Digger by Liz Tolsma is a must-read! This is a can't put it down type of story. The story is based on true events that happened in the early 1900's. Ingrid and Belle are sisters that have immigrated from Norway. Belle goes the mail-order route to find a husband to help her on the farm she inherited from her deceased husband. Without going into too much detail, the story takes a very dark path. But there is confusion as to what is actually happening to all of the men that show up and sud The Gold Digger by Liz Tolsma is a must-read! This is a can't put it down type of story. The story is based on true events that happened in the early 1900's. Ingrid and Belle are sisters that have immigrated from Norway. Belle goes the mail-order route to find a husband to help her on the farm she inherited from her deceased husband. Without going into too much detail, the story takes a very dark path. But there is confusion as to what is actually happening to all of the men that show up and suddenly disappear from Belle's farm. Could this mother-of-four actually be an evil person? Or is it her hired hand who obsessively loves her? And her innocent sister Ingrid has blinders on when it comes to seeing anything wrong with her sister. Proof that love is blind. The twists and turns in this book are so well-written and the dialogue is so believable. The descriptions of the weather and the scenery feels like you are actually there. The true crime series by Liz Tolsma is definitely becoming one of my favorites! If you are looking for a getaway to take your mind off of all of the things that are going on in our world right now I would highly recommend any of her books. But The Gold Digger is exceptional! I received this book voluntarily from netgalley.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Fascinating story! I have to admit once I started reading I didn't want to stop. I just had to know why men were disappearing. I couldn't imagine why such a sweet lady couldn't hold onto a man. She said they changed their minds and left suddenly. It sounds suspicious. True historical account intertwined with some fictional characters. Really good book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. Fascinating story! I have to admit once I started reading I didn't want to stop. I just had to know why men were disappearing. I couldn't imagine why such a sweet lady couldn't hold onto a man. She said they changed their minds and left suddenly. It sounds suspicious. True historical account intertwined with some fictional characters. Really good book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Denice

    The Gold Digger by Liz Tolsma I love all of Liz Tokens books and "The Gold Digger" is no exception. This is the 9th book in the "True Colors" series. Synopsis- In the year of 1907, a woman Ingrid Street move to LaPorte, Indiana to help hers sister. Belle had lost two husbands and several children's. Ingrid started to wonder about her sister when Nils Lindherud showed up looking for his brother. He had answered an ad put in a paper by Belle looking for a new husband to help with the farm. The prob The Gold Digger by Liz Tolsma I love all of Liz Tokens books and "The Gold Digger" is no exception. This is the 9th book in the "True Colors" series. Synopsis- In the year of 1907, a woman Ingrid Street move to LaPorte, Indiana to help hers sister. Belle had lost two husbands and several children's. Ingrid started to wonder about her sister when Nils Lindherud showed up looking for his brother. He had answered an ad put in a paper by Belle looking for a new husband to help with the farm. The problem is several men show up but leave soon afterwards. My thoughts - I really liked this book and the storyline. It made me think of all the characters and wonder if I liked them. It was a page turner with a suspect from the very beginning. Ingrid started to question the facts about her sister and rather the men every left the farm from the beginning. Recommend - I will gladly recommend this book to everyone including family and friends. Rating - I will rate this book a five out of five i received this complimentary book from the publisher through netgalley. all thought and opinions are mine and mine alone!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emily Flynn

    My goodness, I was sucked in to this so easily and couldn't put it down. I have loved these Christian true crime thrillers. There were twists and turns and moments that made me have to take a second look. Liz Tolsma is a master in this series and has done an amazing job. I appreciated the author notes regarding the history and what is true and what is fiction. I will never understand the cruelty of some people, but these stories manage to find the hope and the faith at the end of the tunnel in t My goodness, I was sucked in to this so easily and couldn't put it down. I have loved these Christian true crime thrillers. There were twists and turns and moments that made me have to take a second look. Liz Tolsma is a master in this series and has done an amazing job. I appreciated the author notes regarding the history and what is true and what is fiction. I will never understand the cruelty of some people, but these stories manage to find the hope and the faith at the end of the tunnel in the characters that are touched by these crimes. I had never heard of this particular killer and was amazed at the way people ignored what was happening around them. I was fascinated with this story and was drawn in by the writing and characterizations. The characters were compelling and the clues were such that not everything was given away immediately. If you don't know the true story, the twist at the end is not something you see coming so don't research anything until you've read this cleverly spun tale. I received a complementary copy and these are my own thoughts and reactions.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rosie

    Another excellent book in the True Color Series from Barbour Publishing. Each book is based on strange but true history. This one takes place in 1907 in Indiana between a pig farm and a candy shop. Older sister Belle, widowed, owns a pig farm for which she needs help. A good husband is hard to come by so Belle advertises for a husband who will not only be a good worker, but also help raise her three children. Younger sister, Ingrid is twenty-three and single when Belle buys a building so that In Another excellent book in the True Color Series from Barbour Publishing. Each book is based on strange but true history. This one takes place in 1907 in Indiana between a pig farm and a candy shop. Older sister Belle, widowed, owns a pig farm for which she needs help. A good husband is hard to come by so Belle advertises for a husband who will not only be a good worker, but also help raise her three children. Younger sister, Ingrid is twenty-three and single when Belle buys a building so that Ingrid can start her own candy business. Ingrid’s real desire is to be a professional photographer but she accepts Belle’s plan for the time being. Car dealer and salesman Nils Lindherud travels from Detroit to LaPorte, Indiana seeking the whereabouts of his brother Sven, who had planned to marry Belle but has mysteriously disappeared. This story is complicated, tangled and horrifying and yet has a happy ending. Another great job by Liz Tolsma. I received an ARC ebook from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley.

  28. 4 out of 5

    EM

    The Gold Digger, written by Liz. Tolsma is the next installment of the True Crime Historical Series. Widowed Bella places personal ads in the newspaper looking for a husband. The problem is - men have started to come up missing. A brother of one of the missing men comes looking for answers. Based on true events without giving away spoilers, this is a page turning thriller. It draws you in and keeps you guessing. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Barbour Publishing and was under no The Gold Digger, written by Liz. Tolsma is the next installment of the True Crime Historical Series. Widowed Bella places personal ads in the newspaper looking for a husband. The problem is - men have started to come up missing. A brother of one of the missing men comes looking for answers. Based on true events without giving away spoilers, this is a page turning thriller. It draws you in and keeps you guessing. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rae

    This is the kind of book that leaves you wanting more. Another hit in the true crimes series. This one also had me looking into the real story more which is the hallmark of a good book. This book was interesting and kept me fully engaged. I spent my morning reading it. and it was time well spent. There is so much I want to say about this book but that contains spoilers and this book is better read without them. I did get it for free in exchange for an honest review, but I would have paid to read This is the kind of book that leaves you wanting more. Another hit in the true crimes series. This one also had me looking into the real story more which is the hallmark of a good book. This book was interesting and kept me fully engaged. I spent my morning reading it. and it was time well spent. There is so much I want to say about this book but that contains spoilers and this book is better read without them. I did get it for free in exchange for an honest review, but I would have paid to read it had I not as I have also really enjoyed the authors previous books in this series. I liked how the author threw in a few little redirects so that you were never quite sure of what was the true story. My overall recommendation is to read this book and the rest of the True Crimes series. You're welcome!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melinda Staley

    In The True Colora series, if I don’t already know the background of the story, I like to read the True Colors book completely, then I tend to go crazy with research (I love history!). Liz Tolsma does a fantastic job of drawing us in to the story. I had never heard the account before of this Serial killer, but that must have been a tough story to work through and write. While letting us know what was going on, Tolsma also kept it clean and not too gory. Even though reality was gory, Tolsma portr In The True Colora series, if I don’t already know the background of the story, I like to read the True Colors book completely, then I tend to go crazy with research (I love history!). Liz Tolsma does a fantastic job of drawing us in to the story. I had never heard the account before of this Serial killer, but that must have been a tough story to work through and write. While letting us know what was going on, Tolsma also kept it clean and not too gory. Even though reality was gory, Tolsma portrayed it in a way that makes us think, but doesn’t leave us with gory nightmares. Kind of like the difference in movies where they just show someone getting shot versus having blood and gore fly everywhere. The character build up is great as well as the plot line. I’m looking forward to more in this series!

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