Safe From Harm

Safe From Harm

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by Stephanie Jaye Evans
     
 

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In a new mystery featuring Texas minister Walker “Bear” Wells, a teen tragedy hits too close to home…

The ominous text message Bear Wells received from his teenage daughter Jo simply said: “Come home.” The Texas minister never imagined he’d rush back to find her cradling the dead body of her estranged friend Phoebe.

Overview

In a new mystery featuring Texas minister Walker “Bear” Wells, a teen tragedy hits too close to home…

The ominous text message Bear Wells received from his teenage daughter Jo simply said: “Come home.” The Texas minister never imagined he’d rush back to find her cradling the dead body of her estranged friend Phoebe. While the death rocks Sugar Land, the apparent suicide seems like an open-and-shut case. But nothing is settled in the Wells household, especially for Jo. The deeper she digs into Phoebe’s life, the more she realizes nobody knew her at all.

Bear found it hard enough dealing with Phoebe’s skimpy Goth outfits, painful-looking piercings, and the outrageous scandals she brought to his idyllic Sugar Land congregation, but now it’s his daughter who’s acting out. Jo knows Phoebe caused major problems between her picture-perfect father and stepmom, but she has no idea what’s at stake or whose lives are in jeopardy. Bear’s painfully aware that his last private investigation resulted in a bullet wound, so when Jo sneaks out alone to confront her primary suspect, he’s not only praying that he’ll find her in time—he’s asking forgiveness for what he may have to do to save her.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH:
 
“A smart mystery … The clever structure, remarkable dialog, and subplots result in a wholly satisfying read.”—Library Journal (Starred Review, Debut of the Month)

“Packs a considerable punch. … Readers will look forward to seeing more of Bear, with his formidable intellect, tart sense of humor, and resolute sense of justice.”—Publishers Weekly

“Well-delineated characters, including the self-deprecating hero, drive this first-person account, which is strengthened further by the perceptive examination of family relationships and the portrait of the life and work of a minister.”—Booklist

“Unexpectedly magnificent … FAITHFUL UNTIL DEATH is not only a brilliant murder mystery, but also a well-thought out provocative tale of family secrets … a humorous and splendid murder mystery worthy of ten stars!”—Fresh Fiction

“Bear is a wonderful amateur sleuth.” —The Mystery Gazette

“Praise be! A new series with a soul, a heart, and a down-home Texas twang. Preacher Bear Wells is an entirely original sleuth and author Stephanie Jaye Evans is that real rarity: a debut writer with dead-on dialogue, winning characters, and—mirabile dictu!—nimble plotting.”—National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert

“[A] marvelous debut... I love her reluctant clerical sleuth, the Reverend Walker ‘Bear’ Wells. Bring on the next Sugar Land mystery!”—New York Times bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101619629
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Series:
A Sugar Land Mystery , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
660 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH:

“A smart mystery … The clever structure, remarkable dialog, and subplots result in a wholly satisfying read.”—Library Journal (Starred Review, Debut of the Month)

“Packs a considerable punch. … Readers will look forward to seeing more of Bear, with his formidable intellect, tart sense of humor, and resolute sense of justice.”—Publishers Weekly

“Well-delineated characters, including the self-deprecating hero, drive this first-person account, which is strengthened further by the perceptive examination of family relationships and the portrait of the life and work of a minister.”—Booklist

“Unexpectedly magnificent … FAITHFUL UNTIL DEATH is not only a brilliant murder mystery, but also a well-thought out provocative tale of family secrets … a humorous and splendid murder mystery worthy of ten stars!”—Fresh Fiction

“Bear is a wonderful amateur sleuth.” —The Mystery Gazette “Praise be! A new series with a soul, a heart, and a down-home Texas twang. Preacher Bear Wells is an entirely original sleuth and author Stephanie Jaye Evans is that real rarity: a debut writer with dead-on dialogue, winning characters, and—mirabile dictu!—nimble plotting.”—National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert

“[A] marvelous debut... I love her reluctant clerical sleuth, the Reverend Walker ‘Bear’ Wells. Bring on the next Sugar Land mystery!”—New York Times bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming

Meet the Author

Stephanie Jaye Evans is the author of Faithful Unto Death and the daughter of a trailblazing Church of Christ minister and the great-granddaughter of a circuit-riding preacher. She and her husband live in Sugar Land, Texas, and have seven grown children and two badly-behaved pugs.

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Safe From Harm 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HenryCimoli More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the series about a minister from the Church of Christ in suburban Houston, Texas. In Safe from Harm, a teenage girl dies in the preacher’s home. How can this happen and who failed to protect this child? It’s a mystery but it’s also very much about the preacher’s family and how he deals with his daughters and with his congregation. The cast of characters Evans has invented are people I like and wish I really knew. I want to know more about their lives. The author is getting better as the series progresses and I am very much looking forward to the next installment.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
In this second installment of the Sugar Land Mysteries Preacher “Bear” Wells, his wife Annie Laurie, and their teenage daughter Jo get wrapped up in a death the rocks the town. Bear and his wife come home to find their daughter cradling the dead body of her friend Phoebe. Everyone believes Phoebe committed suicide, but Jo just can’t believe that. Why would Phoebe kill herself in their house? Bear wasn’t comfortable with Jo’s new friend but Annie Laurie saw the good in her and the tragedy in her life. Phoebe’s mother has just died and she was forced to move in with her father, her stepmother and their children. Her father seemed to have a perfect life but all is not what it seems to be. Jo finds herself caught up in the mystery of this family and Phoebe’s death. Bear just hopes he can protect his daughter. Dollycas’s Thoughts This is not a mystery that hits you right in the face. The author has written a story that engages you in the characters first and the mystery is the subplot. We were introduced to these imperfect characters in Faithful Unto Death  and quickly became invested in their lives. I like that there is a real family story outside of the questionable death of the teenager. Jo has teenager issues and has disagreements/fights will her friends. She is starting to date and her dad is having trouble coping with that.  Annie has a big heart and it sometimes leads her down the wrong path. Bear tries to take on everything himself but his family and Detective Wanderly work hard to keep him in check. The church volunteers are not all as they appear. Some are better and some have secrets and issues. The characters are true to way things are in life. This is a mystery wrapped up in a very heartfelt story driven by wonderful characters. I highly recommend this book and the first in the series as well.