Mapleton Murders

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A youth minister investigates a series of murders in her sleepy upstate New York town when international intrigue and corrupt politicians rear their heads. On the run and the killer's next target, she joins forces with an honest detective to solve the mystery before her life comes to a premature end. A Christian murder mystery full of surprising twists and startling turns, Sarah Jean Stewart's debut is a spine-tingling tale full of danger, intrigue and ultimate redemption.

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A youth minister investigates a series of murders in her sleepy upstate New York town when international intrigue and corrupt politicians rear their heads. On the run and the killer's next target, she joins forces with an honest detective to solve the mystery before her life comes to a premature end. A Christian murder mystery full of surprising twists and startling turns, Sarah Jean Stewart's debut is a spine-tingling tale full of danger, intrigue and ultimate redemption.

Kate Feeney is nothing if not a devout believer in the power of God. A beautiful youth minister in the small town of Mapleton, New York, she has overcome an abusive childhood to become a strong young woman anchored in her faith. Which is good, because when things start to go haywire in the small rural village, it will be her belief that keeps her from losing her headwhile all others around her seem to lose theirs.

A school board member calls out the four dark forces threatening the town only to be murdered that night and a local police officer tries to rape Kate but a mysterious assailant kills him-but not before Kate hears the assailant's voice. The town's growing fear is palpable and the suspects many, including the town's mayor, local moonshiners, corrupt cops, and a wealthy Arab sheik. Kate teams with Detective Mike Roberts to uncover a terrorist plot at the nuclear power plant that leadsto Kate's abduction at the hands of the fleeing sheik. And when Mike rescues her, it puts them back on the trail to unmask the Mapleton murderer before Kate becomes his next victim.

A rollicking thrill ride full of intrigue and suspense, Stewart delivers the goods with ingenious plotting and sharp dialogue that crackles with intensity. She explores the rock solid Christian faith that allows Kate to survive-her simple, unadorned prose reveals the foundational aspects of its strength. As uplifting as it is entertaining, Mapleton Murders will enchant you as it careens breathlessly towards its surprising finish.

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Stewart's novel is a classic murder mystery with a Christian bent set in an upstate New York town that is no stranger to corruption. Heroine Kate Feeney finds herself at the center of that corruption when she stands up to the school board to protest a proposed sex education program and gets thrown in jail. It's only the beginning of Kate's adventures. After the president of the school board is murdered, Kate begins working with police Detective Mike Roberts, formerly of the NYPD, to track down the killer. Suspects include a wealthy sheik from the fictional country of South Arabyia, police officers who have a blackmailing operation and a local family of moonshiners. Before she can do much, though, Kate is unfairly arrested again, this time after an altercation at an abortion clinic protest. While being transported in the back of a police cruiser after her arraignment, Kate manages to avoid being raped by a corrupt cop. She flees to the woods when she hears shots fired, only to come out and find the cop dead. Although she saw nothing, she heard the killer's voice, and this makes her a target for the unknown murderer who tries more than once to bring down the gutsy woman. A number of twists and turns produce an action-packed story, and thanks to the relationship between Kate and Mike, there's a hint of romance. Though Kate and Mike are baffled, regular mystery readers will likely deduce the killer's ID thanks to a few subtle hints. The story is marred by clunky dialogue that is asked to carry too much of the back story, such as this comment made by Mike: "Because my mother's suicide was caused by mental instability, your childhood abuse makes me afraid you might become mentally unstable. I'm worried that your risk-taking is a suicidal impulse." Nonbelievers may wonder if Kate's prayers are falling on deaf ears when they see she must fight off a rapist, gets kidnapped by a sheik and both her aunt and her dog get shot, but Christians will likely admire her steadfast faith. A clean, readable Christian mystery with an unsurprising outcome.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477429365
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/18/2012
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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