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Title:
Truth stained lies
Author:
Blackstock, Terri, 1957-
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Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, [2012]

©2012
Physical Description:
305 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Three sisters--an investigative blogger, a cab driver, and a stay-at home mom--investigate to try and clear their brother's name after he is accused of murder.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780310283133

9780310331568
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The first book in the riveting Moonlighters Series from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Terri Blackstock.

"Crisp prose, an engaging story, and brisk pacing make this thriller another home run for Blackstock." --Library Journal, starred review

When truth doesn't make sense, will lies prevail?

Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on high-profile homicides. When she finds a threatening note warning her that she's about to experience the same kind of judgment and speculation that she dishes out in her blog, Cathy writes it off as mischief . . . until her brother's wife is murdered and all the "facts" point to him. The killer has staged the crime to make the truth too far-fetched to believe. Working to solve the murder and clear her brother's name, Cathy and her two sisters, Holly and Juliet, moonlight as part-time private investigators. Juliet, a stay-at-home mom of two boys, and Holly, a scattered ne'er-do-well who drives a taxi, put aside their fear to hunt down the real killer.

Stakes rise when their brother's grieving five-year-old son is kidnapped. As police focus on the wrong set of clues, the three sisters and their battered detective friend are the only hope for solving this bizarre crime, saving the child, and freeing their brother.

"A story rich with texture and suspense, this family murder mystery unfolds with fast pacing, a creepy clown murder suspect, and threatening blog visitor to boot." --Publishers Weekly

"Truth Stained Lies is the first in what's likely to be a very popular new series for Blackstock. Her characters are flawed, faltering in their faith, and ultimately human. They're the kind of people you wish you had as friends. This latest novel should appeal to millions of existing fans and millions of new fans who just don't know it yet." --CBA Retailers + Resources


Author Notes

Terri Blackstock was born in Belleville, Illinois on December 7, 1957. She received a bachelor's degree from Northeast Louisiana University in 1981. She began writing in 1983 and wrote 32 romance novels for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, and Silhouette under the names Terri Harrington, Tracy Hughes, and Terri Blackstock. In 1994, she started writing only Christian novels. She has written over 30 Christian novels including the Sun Coast Chronicles series, Second Chances series, Newpointe 911 series, Cape Refuge series, and Restoration series. She has won numerous awards including the Romance Writers of America's Golden Medallion for Best Short Contemporary Novel in 1988 for Stolen Moments and Retailer's Choice Award for General Fiction in 2007 for Night Light.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Blackstock (Intervention series), who crossed over from the secular market to Christian fiction, hits her stride with the opener of The Moonlighter series. When Jay, the brother of Cathy, a former lawyer and now investigative blogger, is falsely accused of murdering his ex-wife, she and her two sisters, Holly and Juliet, team up help their brother and to protect Jackson, their five-year-old nephew. Blackstock has six million books in print, and her writing is not too heavy handed; she offers a powerful scene of the accused, Jay, as he tells Jackson about the death of the boy's mother and his ex-wife. A story rich with texture and suspense, this family murder mystery unfolds with fast pacing, with a creepy clown murder suspect and threatening blog visitor to boot. Through Cathy's eyes readers see her wrestling with her faith and her pastor father's lack of faithfulness to his family: "If her father had only known the havoc he'd wrought in his children when he chose his appetites over his family. Would it have mattered?" Agent: Lee Hough, Alive Communications. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Former attorney Cathy Cramer blogs about homicide investigations, but she is thrust into the action when her brother is accused of murdering his ex-wife. A few days earlier, Cathy received an anonymous note warning her that her judgmental posts would come back to haunt her. With her two sisters, she works to find the real murderer, clear her brother's name, and keep her nephew safe. VERDICT Crisp prose, an engaging story, and brisk pacing make this thriller another home run for Blackstock (Downfall). Recommend it to readers who enjoy material by Lynette Eason and Erin Healy. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.