Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock

Truth-Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock
Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock is the first book in her new Moonlighter series.  Cathy Cramer, former lawyer, has dedicated her life to crime victims after her police officer fiance was murdered and the shooter was acquitted on a technicality.  Now her crime blog often stings with sharp words and critical observations.  Although she has thousands of followers, it is obvious she has earned enemies and possibly stepped over acceptable bounds at times.  As she leaves the court of a highly visible trial, she finds an intimidating note on her windshield warning that her "safe" life is about to change.  Within hours she learns that her sister-in-law has been found murdered in the bathtub and Cathy's brother Jay is the prime suspect.  While the police focus all their efforts on Jay, Cathy and her two sisters work with PI Michael Hogan, brother of Cathy's former fiance, to find out the identity of the real killer.  Could it possibly be the "clown" whom Jay says was leaving the his wife's house as he arrived?  And why would anyone want Annalee dead?  Truthfully, Jay, in the midst of a nasty custody battle with his soon-to-be ex-wife, seems the only possibility.

Terri Blackstock is the Christian author that first introduced me to the Christian thriller/mystery genre.  For a while I never missed any of her books.  I am delighted that she's returned with a new fast paced series.  The sisters are distinctly different and each brings her own strengths and struggles to the story. Clearly there are conflicts ready to be explored in future books.  A note from the author at the end of the book gives perspective on the author's character development and God's hand in our own lives.  Professional reviewers call this book crisp, suspenseful, and a hit.
I thoroughly agree.



  1. Glad you enjoyed it! My group thought it was not the best she had written, but they were interested to see how the series is going to play out. Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. I've read a few of Terri Blackstock but none recently. We are back from Austin and have Logan home for 2 weeks. Not long but I'll take what I can get. Dad came through his knee surgery well and I'm hoping the rehab is better than last time. David and I are making plans to come north in August,to check up and see that all is going well. Maybe we can have coffee!