In the first book of the Cape Refuge series, tragedy strikes when Thelma and Wayne Owens, owners of the local bed and breakfast for refuges, are murdered. Main suspect is their son-in-law, Jonathan Cleary, but other suspects include questionable tenants of Hanover House. Daughters of Thelma and Wayne must put aside their differences and memories and work together to solve the mystery of their parents' killer as well as stop an innocent man of going to prison. Terri Blackstock, paperback, 395 pages.
New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstocks Cape Refuge series is now available in one volume.
When Thelma and Wayne Owens are found murdered in the warehouse where they held their church services, their son-in-law Jonathan is arrested for the crimebut his wife Morgan and her sister Blair, Thelma and Waynes daughters, are confident that he didnt do it and set out to find the real killer.
Police Chief Cade disappears after hitting and killing a man with his car. Without a trace, without a note, without taking clothes or his car or moneyhe is gone. When a witness says she saw Cade getting into a blue Buick with a woman before his disappearance, the newspapers report that Cade left town to be with her. But Blair Owens believes something has happened to Cade, and shes determined to find him.
Mayoral candidate Ben Jackson seems to have the election locked. But when Jackson's wife turns up murdered, things begin to shift. Was this the act of a jealous lover? A dangerous client? Or is this all about the election?
A teenage girl is found murdered, and the scene matches one in a book by a famous mystery writer who just moved to the island. This murder has a connection to Hanover Houseand the residents there might never be the same.
Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series. Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com Facebook: tblackstock Twitter: @terriblackstock
Cape Refuge is a peaceful island off the coast of Savannah, GA, a place where
the weary and the persecuted retreat to find themselves again. Nothing bad
happens here until Wade and Thelma Owens are murdered. Prior to their deaths,
the couple had been under pressure from the town council to shut down Hanover
House, their bed-and-breakfast for lost souls, because some of their clients
had criminal records. And Jonathan Cleary, the couple's son-in-law, had wanted
to move his wife, Morgan, out of the house, fearing for her safety. Blair
Owens, the second daughter, had moved out years ago and become the town
librarian, seeking refuge in books from scars incurred during a fire. When
motive and means point to Jonathan, the sisters band together to find the
true killer. As Morgan takes over running Hanover House, her example reawakens
Blair's interest in God even as they discover that their perfect parents were
keeping secrets that may have killed them and endangered everyone at Hanover
House. Because of her strong and lengthy publishing history, Blackstock
(Emerald Windows) belongs in library collections as a standard purchase; this
first book in an new series is an excellent starting point. Copyright 2002
Cahners Business Information.
Although Blackstock, a former bestselling romance author in the general
market, is now well-known in the CBA for her writing partnership with Beverly
LaHaye, her most successful books belong to the inspirational suspense genre,
and this novel is no exception. On a small barrier island east of Savannah,
Ga., lies Cape Refuge, the site of Hanover House, a halfway home for ex-cons
and derelicts run by the island's most beloved no-nonsense Christian couple,
Thelma and Wayne Owens. But when the Owenses are found spear-gunned through
their throats in their warehouse church, the island and its inhabitants get
turned upside-down. The Owens's daughter Morgan's husband, Jonathan, is
charged with the murder, but former drug addict Gus Hampton and Hanover House
resident Richard Dugan also fall under suspicion. As the Owenses' other
daughter, Blair who has spent a lifetime rejecting faith and love because of
facial scars from the mysterious burns she suffered as a young child examines
her parents' papers, she discovers that Thelma and Wayne had a very shady
past. Also drawn into the web of intrigue is a homeless teenager who comes to
Hanover House seeking shelter from an abusive family. The pacing is a bit slow
at the start, but good writing, well-honed descriptive details, compelling
characters and a conclusion that doesn't succumb to pat answers keep the
pages turning, making this an engaging novel for fans of Christian
nail-biters. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.