Item description for Steal Away (Teri Blake-Addison Mystery Series #1) by Linda Hall...
Overview Dr. Carl Houseman, celebrated minister and speaker, is determined to find out what really happened to his wife, declared dead five years ago after her sailboat washed ashore on a coastal island of Maine. Private investigator Terri Blake-Addison must piece together the life of this woman who felt she didn't know or understand the God that her husband so faithfully served. Did Ellen really die in those cold Atlantic waters? When a murder rocks the island, Terri knows more is at stake than just the puzzling life of an unhappy minister's wife.
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Studio: Multnomah Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2006
Publisher Multnomah Publishers
Series Teri Blake-Addison PI Mystery
Series Number 3
ISBN 1590528816 ISBN13 9781590528815
Availability 0 units.
More About Linda Hall
Linda Hall is the award-winning author of seven nonfiction books and twelve novels, including "Dark Water." When she s not writing, Linda and her husband, Rik, enjoy sailing the St. John River system and the coast of Maine. Linda and Rik have two children and three grandchildren and live in New Brunswick."
Reviews - What do customers think about Steal Away (Teri Blake-Addison Mystery Series #1)?
My First Linda Hall book, but not my last! May 18, 2006
This is the first of Ms Hall's books I have read - don't know how I missed them for so long as I am an avid mystery reader! It will definitely NOT be my last! It kept you questioning all through the book with many surprises. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am on here looking for more of her books.
Steal Away Oct 18, 2004
I don't usually like Christian fiction because it's often poorly written and the characters are shallow. A friend lent me this book, and frankly, I couldn't put it down. I stayed up until the early hours of the morning reading it. The story is believable and engaging, the characters have depth and are complicated like people in real life, and the religious aspects of the story are very natural--not simply tacked on. The implied criticism of the judgementalism of some Christians is also well done. I'm ordering the next book in the series and hope Linda Hall will write more soon! Thanks for a good read!
A great mystery May 28, 2004
This was a great mystery. The author did a great job in presenting a mystery with so many questions to be answered. What happened to Ellen? Was she alive? Who was the mysterious Garda and her daughter. Why was Ellen so unhappy? And mixed in with the main story was Teri, the PI who was trying to solve the mystery for Ellen's husband Carl. She is struggling to fit in with the church, as well as struggling with the ghost of her husband, Jack's 1st wife.
The book not only presented a great mystery of betrayal and deception, but demonstrated the theme of grace and forgiveness. The book showed that no matter how far you stray from God, forgiveness is always there, no matter how "big" the sin is.
I do think that some things were rushed towards the end. What happened to Jimmy Jarvis? There was some speculation, but nothing was really resolved. Maybe that is just one of those things that will leave the readers guessing. Also, what happened to Audrey towards the end?
I would have liked to see the marriage between Teri and Jack explored more. I know that Teri felt that she was competing with the ghost of Jack's first wife. Maybe this will be explored in future books in the series.
Again, a great mystery book! I look forward to reading Chat Room.
Another great read by Hall Apr 22, 2004
As all the other fiction titles by this author, I truly enjoyed Steal Away. Teri Blake-Addison, the sleuth of this new series, is not annoying and pretentious like many mystery sleuths, however, she is not as well developed as she could be. I imagine that will happen slowly in the next installments. The story of Steal Away, the missing wife and strange, often endearing characters Ms. Blake-Addison encounters while seeking her answers, make for an interesting book that's hard to put down.
Greed and power conflicts in a religious movement Jan 4, 2004
An attractive, well-thought-of minister's wife in Philadelphia, a woman who grew up on the water, is missing. Her sailboat, with two close friends aboard has gone unreported. Now her widower, Dr. Carl Houseman, wants some answers. He turns to private investigator Terri Blake-Addison, a scrappy woman who pulls few punches and has a clear understanding of her limitations. No superwoman here, just real folks.
There is a problem. Terri is locked in a distracting process with members of her church because she wants to teach Sunday school and there are apparently some who object. Other problems occur. Dr. Houseman is the head of a vast and growing media ministry that's finally worth a whole lot of money. And, the case is already old; his wife died five years ago.
Blake-Addison takes the assignment and follows the trail to a remote Maine village where Ellen grew up and where she apparently died. The more the investigator probes and peels back old and new secrets, the more complex becomes the picture. Author Hall has done a first rate job of balancing two interesting threads and keeping the reader aware of their intersections. Why did Ellen Houseman become unhappy in her role in the Houseman Empire? How much antipathy and jealousy were present in the second rank of executives? How did the secret relationships among residents and visitors in the tiny Maine village affect Ellen and her friends? What really happened to Ellen Houseman?
The exploration of religious empire building and the very human intercepts played out against the tiny but important individual crises and triumphs in Maine is enthralling and constantly interesting. Hall has done a fine job with this book.