Steal Away

Steal Away

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by Linda Hall
     
 

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Dr. Carl Houseman, celebrated minister and speaker, is determined to find out what really happened to his wife, declared dead five years ago after her sailboat washed ashore on a coastal island of Maine. Private investigator Terri Blake-Addison must piece together the life of this woman who felt she didn't know or understand the God that her husband so faithfully

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Dr. Carl Houseman, celebrated minister and speaker, is determined to find out what really happened to his wife, declared dead five years ago after her sailboat washed ashore on a coastal island of Maine. Private investigator Terri Blake-Addison must piece together the life of this woman who felt she didn't know or understand the God that her husband so faithfully served. Did Ellen really die in those cold Atlantic waters? When a murder rocks the island, Terri knows more is at stake than just the puzzling life of an unhappy minister's wife.

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Amazon.com - Lina Gardiner
If you're looking for a mystery that you won't be able to put down, read Steal Away! Linda Hall's best book yet. This novel is complex, compelling, and the story is intricately woven into the lives of the exceptional characters Ms. Hall has created. The mystery will grab you and keep you guessing until the very satisfactory ending. Personalities spring to life throughout this book, each of them with their own set of problems and secrets, which build the escalating mystery to a fine pitch. This i

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590528815
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Series:
Teri Blake-Addison Mystery Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Linda Hall is the author of eight novels, including the bestselling Margaret's Peace, and seven nonfiction works. A fiction writing teacher and former journalist and English teacher, she grew up in a pastor's home in New Jersey and attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where she met her Canadian husband, Rik. The couple live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and have two grown children.

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Steal Away 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't see many stories about a married PI, so this was a refreshing look at one. Teri's first assignment is to track down a missing woman, whose husband believes she's alive. Good suspense.
belovedfranklinDF More than 1 year ago
I find most inspirational suspense books rather ho-hum. Not this one. From the engrossing prologue to the surprising ending, I followed the trail of clues, well developed characters through the setting, my beloved Maine and points North. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series is the first I've read regarding a married PI and I found the new slant refreshing. Teri is sure to make a name for herself as a PI, in addition to a newlywed. This series is sure to be a great mystery series. I highly recommend this series for anyone who loves a good mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This first novel in the Teri Blake-Addison Mystery Series is a hit! For those of you who enjoy a great mystery novel, by a Christian author, this one will keep you turning the pages. The writer leaves a lasting picture in your mind of what Grand Manan Island must look like, along with many interesting characters, Marnie, being one of my favorites. I can't wait for book #2 in this mystery series to arrive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An attractive, well-thought-of minister¿s wife in Philadelphia, a woman who grew up on the water, is missing. Her sailboat, with two close friends aboard has gone unreported. Now her widower, Dr. Carl Houseman, wants some answers. He turns to private investigator Terri Blake-Addison, a scrappy woman who pulls few punches and has a clear understanding of her limitations. No superwoman here, just real folks. There is a problem. Terri is locked in a distracting process with members of her church because she wants to teach Sunday school and there are apparently some who object. Other problems occur. Dr. Houseman is the head of a vast and growing media ministry that¿s finally worth a whole lot of money. And, the case is already old; his wife died five years ago. Blake-Addison takes the assignment and follows the trail to a remote Maine village where Ellen grew up and where she apparently died. The more the investigator probes and peels back old and new secrets, the more complex becomes the picture. Author Hall has done a first rate job of balancing two interesting threads and keeping the reader aware of their intersections. Why did Ellen Houseman become unhappy in her role in the Houseman Empire? How much antipathy and jealousy were present in the second rank of executives? How did the secret relationships among residents and visitors in the tiny Maine village affect Ellen and her friends? What really happened to Ellen Houseman? The exploration of religious empire building and the very human intercepts played out against the tiny but important individual crises and triumphs in Maine is enthralling and constantly interesting. Hall has done a fine job with this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The defining moment in Teri Blake Addison¿s life came when she was fourteen years old and her mother went out to do grocery shopping. She never came home and the police thought she was abducted because her car was found in the grocery parking lot. Several years later Tori becomes a police officer and then a private detective specializing in missing person cases. At age of thirty-eight she married the love of her life, widower Jack Addison, an English professor and fellow Christian....................... Her latest client is world famous televangelist and foremost Christian apologist Dr. Carl Houseman who founded the rich congregation Houseman Ministries. He is getting married again five years after his wife was killed in a boating accident but before he puts an end to that period in his life he wants Teri to find out his wife¿s state of mind in her last days. Teri¿s investigation takes an unexpected turn when she comes upon a reclusive living on Grand Maran Island living with her twenty something mentally challenged daughter...................... This novel will STEAL AWAY the reader from the ordinary world and transport them into the pages of this fascinating tale of portrayal, redemption and second chances. Without getting preachy, this mystery within a mystery focuses on the premise no sin is too big to be unforgivable if the person genuinely regrets what they have done (difficult to accept for many people). The protagonist is a likable person who does her job without alienating others and has such an honest personality that people open up to her. This is the first installment in what looks like a good mystery series..................... Harriet Klausner