Item description for Widows & Orphans (Rachael Flynn Mystery Series #1) by Susan Meissner...
Overview Widows and Orphans is the debut novel in the new Rachael Flynn mystery series by critically acclaimed author, Susan Meissner. The perfect new series for readers who enjoy CBA authors Dee Henderson, Angela Hunt, and Brandilyn Collins.
When her ultra?ministry?minded brother, Joshua, confesses to murder, lawyer Rachael Flynn begs him to let her represent him, certain that he is innocent. But Joshua refuses her offer of counsel.
As Rachael works on the case, she begins to suspect that Josh knows who the real killer is, but she is unable to get him to cooperate with his defense. Why won?t he talk to her? What is Josh hiding?
The answer is revealed in a stunning conclusion that will have readers eager for the second book in this gripping new series.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2006
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
Series Rachael Flynn Mystery
Series Number 1
ISBN 0736919147 ISBN13 9780736919142
Availability 0 units.
More About Susan Meissner
Award-winning writer Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker and workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2008. She is a pastor's wife and a mother of four. When she's not writing, Susan directs the Small Groups and Connection Ministries program at her San Diego church.
Susan Meissner was born in 1961.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Widows & Orphans (Rachael Flynn Mystery Series #1)?
WHAT A GREAT BOOK Mar 4, 2007
I'M NOT COMPLETELY FINISHED READING THE BOOK, BUT I CAN'T PUT IT DOWN. THIS BOOK REALLY KEEPS YOU GUESSING.
A well-crafted read Jan 8, 2007
Meissner has such a well-crafted writing style that she'll easily pull you into the lives of her characters. She has a gift for creating realistic characters that you'll love. I especially loved Fig, an eccentric artist who made me giggle on more than one occassion. Good job, Susan! I look forward to reading more of your work.
good first book in a new series Dec 26, 2006
This is the first book in the Rachel Flynn Series. Josh, Rachel's brother has been arrested, which isn't surprising. He's been arrested several times, usually as part of his mission to save the world. However, there is a different twist now. Josh has confessed to a murder Rachel is sure he didn't commit. She sets out to prove his innocence, but Josh won't discuss it with her, and the people she suspects know what happened won't talk either.
Rachel has a new baby, a home business, and a brother who will soon go on trial for murder. The police are sure he's guilty, so they aren't looking for anyone else. She calls on Trace, her husband, and his fellow artists to help. The results even surprise her.
This is the first time I've read Susan Meissner's work and I'm looking forward to the next one. Widows and Orphans is a strong, suspenseful story with complex characters. The faith message is skillfully woven in.
Excellent debut for a new series! Dec 20, 2006
Just when I think author Susan Meissner can't possibly outdo her last book--she does. Maintaining her trademark style and grace, as well as her ability to peer inside the human soul, Susan has now added the element of mystery to put her already excellent fiction over the top.
With her introduction of protagonist Rachael Flynn--attorney, nursing mom, loving wife, and devoted daughter and sister--Meissner has succeeded in hooking her readers for an entire series. From the opening moment when Rachael learns that her brother, Josh, has been arrested for murder, the reader is both comfortable and captivated with Rachael's persona and her dilemma. And how can anyone not love a book that has as one of its primary characters a more than slightly eccentric artist named Fig, who sees nothing amiss about painting Rachael's baby daughter's fingernails bright green?
But for all the humanness and reality-tinged humor woven into Meissner's debut mystery, the plot is never forced nor easily uncovered. This author knows how to use the secrets of the human heart to weave an irresistible song of words.
Her brother couldn't lie. Could he murder? Dec 1, 2006
While Rachael Flynn is home enjoying matenity leave, her beloved brother Joshua confesses to murder. Years ago, an evangelist laid hands on him and prophesied that Josh would take care of widows and orphans a la the Bible verse, James 1:29, the definition of pure religion. Devoted to the call, Josh has always been a bit of a social renegade, often in legal trouble for defending the downtrodden.
But murder? Is it possible? And he won't let New York attorney sister, Rachael, or anyone else defend him.
Rachael's husband, Trace, a commercial artist, and his artist friends sketch possible scenarios of the murder scene--including the presence of evil personified. And the murder scene involves young Vietnamese girls being horribly abused for profit.
Which scenario is closest to the truth? Are any of them?
Rachael is convinced Josh is lying to protect someone. But Josh never lies. So, how could he commit murder?
The heavy theme is balanced by Rachael's darling baby daughter, McKenna, Rachael's supportive if stressed husband, Trace, and Trace's kooky artist friend Fig, who calls Rachael "kumquat." Together, the well-rounded and humorous characters and the gripping story make a five-star novel--and a great forerunner to the second in the series, _Sticks and Stones_.