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Breaker's Reef (Cape Refuge Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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Murder and mystery continue in Book Four of the Cape Refuge series
A famous mystery writer has just moved to Cape Refuge when a teenage girl is found murdered. Sheila Caruso–ex-con, mother to Sadie and Caleb, and resident of Hanover House–is working for the writer when she discovers that a scene in one of his novels matches the crime scene.
When Police Chief Cade and Blair Owens discover a second dead teenager–mirroring a murder in another of ...
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Breaker's Reef (Cape Refuge Series #4)

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Overview

Murder and mystery continue in Book Four of the Cape Refuge series
A famous mystery writer has just moved to Cape Refuge when a teenage girl is found murdered. Sheila Caruso–ex-con, mother to Sadie and Caleb, and resident of Hanover House–is working for the writer when she discovers that a scene in one of his novels matches the crime scene.
When Police Chief Cade and Blair Owens discover a second dead teenager–mirroring a murder in another of the eccentric writer’s books–Cade is drawn into a web of trickery and deceit. Evidence turns up in Cade’s own truck, and suddenly he becomes the number-one suspect.
Cade tries to clear his name, but when eighteen-year-old Sadie Caruso disappears, tensions mount to a fever pitch. Can Cade find the real killer before Sadie winds up dead? Is the novelist a demented killer, or a hapless victim? And what does Sadie’s own mother have to do with the crimes?
Secrets are uncovered, while lessons are learned about the sins of the father being visited upon his children. Will the consequences of Sheila’s life be fatal, or is there redemption and mercy for her and her children?

“Chief Matthew Cade rarely considered another line of work, but news of the dead teenage girl made him long for a job as an accountant or electrician—some benign vocation that didn’t require him to look into the eyes of grieving parents.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310570844
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Series: Cape Refuge Series , #4
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 3,272
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times best-selling 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


 

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First Chapter

Breaker's Reef

C H A P T E R 1
Chief Matthew Cade rarely considered another line of work, but the 4:30 a.m. phone call about the dead teenage girl made him long for a job as an accountant or electrician---some benign vocation that didn't require him to look into the eyes of grieving parents.
He sat on the side of his bed, rubbing his eyes as he clutched the phone to his ear.
'She's from Cape Refuge, Chief.' Myrtle, his night shift dispatcher, sounded shaken. 'That new guy, Scott
Crown, just found her floating in a boat on the Tybee side of the river. Looks like a homicide.'
Cade braced himself. 'Who is it, Myrtle?'
'Didn't give me a name yet. If they know it, they're keeping it off the radio for now. But Chief Grant from
Tybee is hot about how Crown handled things, and he wanted you to come to the scene as soon as you can.'
'All right, give me the address.' Oswald, Cade's cat,
jumped onto his lap, purring for attention as Cade fumbled for a pen and jotted the address down. The cat stepped onto the bed table and plopped down on the notepad. 'So what is it Crown did?'
'I'm not clear on that, Chief. But he's young. Go easy on him.'
He clicked the phone off and thought about the nineteenyear-
old rookie. Crown had joined the force straight out of the academy; he hadn't even been in Cade's department a week. His zeal to be the best cop in the department had led to a few mishaps already, but nothing serious. Cade knew he just needed to give the kid some time to grow into his position. But what had he done to aggravate the neighboring chief?
He got up, wincing at the arthritic ache he always felt in his leg first thing in the morning. It had healed from the multiple fractures he'd sustained in an injury a year ago---and he'd overcome his limp for the most part---but the mornings always reminded him how far he'd come.
He got dressed and hurried out to his truck. It was cool for
May, but he knew it would warm up to the upper eighties by the end of the day. Life would go on as it always did---murder or not.
As he drove across the bridge that connected Cape Refuge to
Tybee Island, his mind raced with the faces of teenage girls who'd grown up here. Whoever this girl was, the murder would have a rippling effect, shattering her family and shaking her friends.
There would be a life-size hole in the heart of the small town.
He found the site and pulled up to the squad cars parked there. One of the Tybee officers met him as he got out. 'Oh, it's you, Chief Cade. I didn't recognize you in your truck.'
'Where's Chief Grant?' he asked.
The man pointed to the riverbank, and Cade saw him with the medical examiner looking over the body.
As he approached, Cade saw the girl lying on the grass. She was small, maybe a hundred pounds, and looked as if someone had carefully laid her down there, her arms out from her body,
her knees together and bent to the side. In the flickering blue light,
he couldn't yet see her face, and her hair was wet, long . . . He walked closer, and Keith Parker, the medical examiner, looked up at him. 'Hey, Cade. You recognize her?'
Chief Grant handed him a flashlight, and Cade stooped down and illuminated her face. His heart plunged. She was Alan
Lawrence's girl, Emily. She couldn't be more than sixteen. Cade didn't think she'd even gotten her license yet.
Anger stung his eyes, and he rubbed his jaw. His throat was tight as he swallowed. Who could have done this? Who would have wanted to end the life of an innocent, sweet girl whose parents loved her?
He cleared his throat. 'Yeah, her name's Emily Lawrence.
Her parents are Alan and Marie.' He paused, trying to steady his voice. 'You know the cause of death?'
'Gunshot,' Grant said. 'Looks like she was shot in another location, then apparently brought here and put into that boat.
Your man found her.'
Cade stood and looked in the direction Grant nodded. Scott
Crown stood with the other cops, answering questions. His uniform was wet, and he looked shaken and nervous. Cade felt sorry for the kid. Odds were he hadn't expected to find a dead girl his first week on the job.
'Unfortunately,' the Tybee chief went on, 'your man compromised the evidence. Moved the body out of the boat before he called us. Got her wet trying to get her onto the shore. Who knows what evidence might have been washed off? I would think you'd train your people better than that.'
Cade's anger shifted from the faceless killer to the rookie.
'What was he even doing over here? He was supposed to be patrolling Cape Refuge.'
'He saw the boat floating in the river between the two islands, saw that someone was in it. Right then he should have called my department instead of coming onto my turf and handling the matter himself.'
Cade sighed and looked toward the kid again. He'd had reservations about hiring someone so young right out of the academy,
but Crown was Joe McCormick's nephew. When his detective vouched for the kid, Cade decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. But he'd recognized Crown's hero complex his first day on the job. He was something of a loose cannon, and Cade had wondered if he could trust him to follow the rules.
Apparently, he couldn't.
He crossed the grass toward Crown. The kid turned, saw him, and burst into his explanation. 'Chief, I know I did wrong.
It was stupid. I don't even know what I was thinking. But there were vultures, and I thought there must be a dead animal in the boat . . . I crossed the bridge and came over here---'
'Your first mistake,' Cade said.
'But if I hadn't, they might not have found her!'
'Crown, if you had called Tybee to tell them what you saw,
they would have been there in minutes. Not only did you step outside of our jurisdiction, but you botched up the evidence.'
The kid looked at the cops around him, as if humiliated that he'd been reamed in front of them. 'I didn't botch it up.'
'Yes, you did! I know they taught you in the academy never to move a body. And then you go and wash off the evidence!'
In the light of the police cars' headlights, he could see the kid's face turning red. 'Okay, I'm sorry! I got out to the boat and recognized Emily. I wasn't sure she was dead. I was trying to save her!'
'You should have checked before you got her out of the boat!'
'Right.' Crown's voice rose as he shot back. 'So let me get this straight. Next time I see a girl dying in a boat, I'm supposed to sit on my hands until the right people get there? I thought we were emergency personnel. I thought it was our job to save lives!'
Crown was livid, stepping over his bounds. Clearly, Cade wasn't going to teach him anything right here in front of his peers.
Besides, there was a dead girl lying there---and a killer to be identified.
He didn't have time to deal with the rookie.
'Go back to the station, Crown. Wait for me there.'
'I don't want to go back. I found her!'
Cade stepped nose-to-nose with the kid, speaking through his teeth. 'Now, Crown. If I hear one more word, you're fired.'
Crown backed down then and, without another word, stormed off to his car. Cade watched him until he drove away, then breathed a frustrated sigh and turned back to the body.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Bookluver

    I love your books but making FOX look like bumbling idiots in your last book was very unchristian. If you had used NBC it might have been believeable.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

    Highly recommend

    This whole series is very good. I would recomnend it to anyone. Dtart with the first in the series.

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  • Posted December 5, 2014

    I was hooked on the first book Cape Refuge in this series, kept

    I was hooked on the first book Cape Refuge in this series, kept me turning pages, through all four books... now what's next for Cade and Blair?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2014

    Expected more from this so called spiritial murder mystery combo. Poory plotted and insipid writing. It is almost impossible to tell one character from the other.

    And you need to have read the first three books as there is constant reference to past deeds and persons. The prime suspect is so eccentric among the bland that the mind boggles what is going on with that library is a minor question as it is supported by property taxes since when do college students take out reference books or anyone for that matter if alloted funds for the approved budget are not spent the next year are deducted from the budget you dont get to keep as savings ti spend later i would give a one but bought it

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  • Posted November 8, 2014

    I haven't read it yet  but hate when people tell you the who don

    I haven't read it yet  but hate when people tell you the who done it.  Please stop doing this and don't repeat it if someone does tell us. Now I don't care to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    highly recommended

    awesome. i never figure out who the killer is until the last few pages. Can't put it down once i started reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Cape Refuge Series

    I loved each book & highly reccomend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Price

    This book is only 1,99 on kindle

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    highly recommended

    this series was great and kept you wanting to read now im reading her restoration series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2011

    Amazing!!

    This book was the one of the best books i nave ever read...and i have read alot of books. Very creative storyline. It was sad how the perp turned out to be the girl's bf. Thankyou terri for writing this!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2010

    A Great Page-Turner!

    Read this book in less than two days! A great who-dun-it! I just knew I had solved the crime until I reached the end of the book.

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A can't put down book

    Again, Terri Blackstock has out did herself in the last book of this series. I would for this serise to continue on and on. It was another one of her books that I would stary up to late at night reading, because I just could not put it down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

    WOW

    I loved this book it kept me turning the pages! I read the entire Cape Refuge Series in only about a week they are incredible I am only sad that it had to come to an end, I can only hope that the author will change her mind and add to her Cape Refuge Series! I highly recommend this book and the whole series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2005

    Cape Refuge Series

    Terri's books are awesome! From the very first book ln this series, you will want to keep reading the next book, and the next! They are very well written ... exciting! You will love the characters ln the books and you will not want each book to end! lf you enjoy series books, l would highly recommend this one!!! lt's GREAT!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2005

    Amazing

    This book series is oustanding to say the least. I loved every book and from the very first page you had to keep turning. I read alot and it is hard to find a book that satisfy's but this entire series was wonderful. She keeps you guessing and walks you though so many things. I found myself laughing with them, crying with them. I would reccomend this entire series to anyone who enjoys a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    cape refuge series

    This book was awesome, blakestok realy made the book come alive in all aspects. It was never boring a total page turner. It's the best book I ever read.

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