Steal Away Paperback – May 2 2003
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With Steal Away, Hall begins the Teri Blake-Addison mystery series, featuring the aforementioned Teri, a newly married PI whose requisite quirks are so mild they don't seem worth committing to paper. However, the case--whatever happened to the wife of a famous evangelist--is puzzling and absorbing to the end, and it results in a kind of examination of the dedicated religious life. So the series may march on, but Teri could do with a bit of jazzing up. John Mort
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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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The book not only presented a great mystery of betrayal and deception, but demonstrated the theme of grace and forgiveness. The book showed that no matter how far you stray from God, forgiveness is always there, no matter how "big" the sin is.
I do think that some things were rushed towards the end. What happened to Jimmy Jarvis? There was some speculation, but nothing was really resolved. Maybe that is just one of those things that will leave the readers guessing. Also, what happened to Audrey towards the end?
I would have liked to see the marriage between Teri and Jack explored more. I know that Teri felt that she was competing with the ghost of Jack's first wife. Maybe this will be explored in future books in the series.
Again, a great mystery book! I look forward to reading Chat Room.
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.
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.
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This book was a great story. It kept me intrigued so much I couldn't put it down. I never have been interested in reading mysteries before, but this one changed my mind. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2013 by Mary Jane
As all the other fiction titles by this author, I truly enjoyed Steal Away. Teri Blake-Addison, the sleuth of this new series, is not annoying and pretentious like many mystery... Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Amazon Customer
I cannot wait for another mystery with sleuth Teri! Pamper yourself: pour some fresh-brewed tea and curl up with Linda Hall - sure not to disappoint!Published on Oct. 12 2003 by Don Pape
Linda Hall's books are so fun to read. I have enjoyed all of them.
If you like suspense and you miss the good clean mystery reads you will love Linda Hall's books, all of... Read more
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