Item description for Cape Refuge (Cape Refuge V1) by Terri Blackstock...
Overview After Thelma and Wayne Owens, the no-nonsense hosts of a Christian halfway home for ex-convicts and derelicts, are found murdered in their warehouse church, suspicion is cast on the Owens' daughter's husband and on two former residents.
Publishers Description Mystery and suspense combine in this first book in an exciting new 4-book series by best-selling author Terri Blackstock. Thelma and Wayne Owens run a bed and breakfast in Cape Refuge, Georgia. They minister to the seamen on the nearby docks and prisoners just out of nearby jails, holding services in an old warehouse and taking many of the "down-and-outers" into their home. They have two daughters: the dutiful Morgan who is married to Jonathan, a fisherman, and helps them out at the B & B, and Blair, the still-single town librarian, who would be beautiful if it weren t for the serious scar on the side of her face. After a heated, public argument with his in-laws, Jonathan discovers Thelma and Wayne murdered in the warehouse where they held their church services. Considered the prime suspect, Jonathan is arrested. Grief-stricken, Morgan and Blair launch their own investigation to help Matthew Cade, the town s young police chief, find the real killer. Shady characters and a raft of suspects keep the plot twisting and the suspense building as we learn not only who murdered Thelma and Wayne, but also the secrets about their family s past and the true reason for Blair s disfigurement."
From Publishers Weekly 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.
Citations And Professional Reviews Cape Refuge (Cape Refuge V1) by Terri Blackstock has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 06/01/2002 page 1682
Romantic Times - 04/01/2002 page 47
Publishers Weekly - 03/25/2002 page 43
Library Journal - 04/01/2002 page 86
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 5.52" Height: 1.03" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Apr 7, 2002
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Cape Refuge
Series Number 1
ISBN 0310235928 ISBN13 9780310235927 UPC 025986235925
Availability 0 units.
More About Terri Blackstock
Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.
Recent books include her acclaimed Intervention Series (Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall). Other recent favorites include Shadow in Serenity, Predator and Double Minds, and the Restoration Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, the Cape Refuge Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.
In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. She hopes to remind them that they’re not alone, and that their trials have a purpose.
Terri has appeared on national television programs such as “The 700 Club” and “Home Life,” and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.
Terri Blackstock currently resides in the state of Mississippi. Terri Blackstock was born in 1957.
Terri Blackstock has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Cape Refuge (Cape Refuge V1)?
Marvelous Reading-Cape Refuge Mar 23, 2007
I enjoyed this book so much and will read the rest of Terri Blackstock's books just to see if they are all this good.
Christian mystery Nov 9, 2006
It's so nice to find an author who doesn't have evryone jumping in bed with everyone else and the language was very pleasing to the ear--no profanity.
Too much preaching Jun 6, 2006
There really should be a disclaimer on the back of this book; the description given doesn't prepare the reader for the incessant preaching. What could have been a decent mystery is totally ruined by the insertion of religion in nearly every sentence. If Ms. Blackstock wants her books to reach a wider audience then she needs to tone it down a lot. If she's satisfied with "preaching to the choir" then she's done the job well because these books will never be successful out in the real world.
The Cape Refuge Series May 10, 2006
When I find out about a good series, I try to read them in order but it's time consuming to find the order in which they're written. So, I'm going to provide that for anyone else who's interested. Read the Cape Refuge Series in this order:
This is an excellent series of stories following characters you'll soon realize you care deeply about. Truly an enjoyable experience.
Another great start to Christian suspense series Mar 27, 2006
Cape Refuge by Terri Blackstock is the first in the self-titled series. Blackstock is a wonderful Christian suspense author, and I'm currently working my way through all of her writings. (Books 2-4 in the series are in the very tall stack of books by my bed) Sometimes the stories can be a bit formulaic, but her message of salvation makes her work rise above the rest. Morgan and Blair Owens are devastated by the brutal murders of their parents and determined to find the killer. When Morgan's husband, Jonathan, is arrested for the murders, the women have to overcome their differences and work together to save not only Jonathan, but the legacy their parents had created in the town. If you like Tami Hoag or Julie Garwood's contemporary thrillers, you'll definitely enjoy Terri Blackstock. My one complaint is Blair. For someone whose life is in danger, she certainly takes a lot of lonely walks. I was ready to shake her by the end of the book, and I hope that her character becomes more sympathetic in the second book.