Saturday, July 1, 2023

Review: Cape Refuge by Terri Blackstock

Series: Cape Refuge #1
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: April 7, 2002
380 pages
About the Book:

Thelma and Wayne Owens run a bed and breakfast in Cape Refuge, Georgia. They minister to the seamen on the nearby docks and prisoners just out of nearby jails, holding services in an old warehouse and taking many of the "down-and-outers" into their home. They have two daughters: the dutiful Morgan who is married to Jonathan, a fisherman, and helps them out at the B & B, and Blair, the still-single town librarian, who would be beautiful if it weren’t for the serious scar on the side of her face. After a heated, public argument with his in-laws, Jonathan discovers Thelma and Wayne murdered in the warehouse where they held their church services. Considered the prime suspect, Jonathan is arrested. Grief-stricken, Morgan and Blair launch their own investigation to help Matthew Cade, the town’s young police chief, find the real killer. Shady characters and a raft of suspects keep the plot twisting and the suspense building as we learn not only who murdered Thelma and Wayne, but also the secrets about their family’s past and the true reason for Blair’s disfigurement.

My Rating & Thoughts:    

I feel like I should have cared more about the main characters of Morgan and Blair than I did. Their parents have just been murdered and the police lock up their son-in-law for the murders and the town council is trying to shut their parent’s bed and breakfast down. However it was really the teen runaway, Sadie, that I cared the most about. I wanted to know that she won’t end up back where she came from. The ending felt rushed to wrap everything up. 

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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