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Truth-Stained Lies: Moonlighter, Book 1 | [Terri Blackstock]

Truth-Stained Lies: Moonlighter, Book 1

Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on local homicides. When she finds a threatening note warning her that she’s about to experience the same kind of judgment and speculation that she dishes out in her blog, Cathy writes it off as mischief…until her brother is caught in the middle of a murder investigation - the victim is his ex-wife. As her brother is tried and convicted in the media, and bloggers have a field day, Cathy wonders if she should have taken the threat more seriously.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction, 2014

Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on local homicides. When she finds a threatening note warning her that she’s about to experience the same kind of judgment and speculation that she dishes out in her blog, Cathy writes it off as mischief...until her brother is caught in the middle of a murder investigation - the victim is his ex-wife. As her brother is tried and convicted in the media, and bloggers and commentators like her have a field day, Cathy wonders if she should have taken the threat more seriously.

Cathy and her two sisters, Holly and Juliet, moonlight as part-time private investigators, working to solve their brother’s ex-wife’s murder. Juliet, a stay-at-home mom of two boys, and Holly, a scattered ne’er-do-well who drives a taxi, put aside their fear and lack of confidence to learn the art of investigation.

But will it be too late to save their brother from a murder conviction, or his five-year-old son, who’s the killer’s next target?

©2013 Teri Blackstock (P)2013 Zondervan

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    Susan Fryman Alamogordo, New Mexico 03-06-14
    Susan Fryman Alamogordo, New Mexico 03-06-14 Member Since 2013

    I love Christian fiction and cozy mysteries. I'm blind now, so I listen to all my books.

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    The narrator did an excellent job. The suspense was wonderful. It was also nice to see how different family members deal with the problems facing the family since they have varying relationships with God. I've enjoyed all of Terri's books and look forward to upcoming releases.

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    Andrew 03-24-14
    Andrew 03-24-14
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    "Another winner for Terri Blackstock!"

    Terri's books are always good, and this is no exception. It starts off exciting and never slows down. As my husband and I were listening, we kept "offering suggestions and warnings" to the characters! This is a well-developed and thought-out plot. We highly recommend it and look forward to the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susannah Corona, CA, United States 08-22-13
    Susannah Corona, CA, United States 08-22-13

    I am musician and mom of several little musicians. Love good narrators. Love good stories. Love Audible.

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    "Good book, good reader"
    What made the experience of listening to Truth-Stained Lies the most enjoyable?

    The author writes very well; her characters are real, and suspenseful. Her Christian message, though clear, is not heavy handed like many others in the genre. I like a good mystery, and though the story started a bit slow, the narrator kept me interested until it picked up. From then on, I couldn't stop listening. Good job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Truth-Stained Lies?

    If I told you, it would be a spoiler! ;0) It's toward the end. That is all I will say!


    Have you listened to any of Gabrielle de Cuir’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I think I have listened to her on Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury, and enjoyed her and the male narrator very much. I loved the way she did the sisters in this one, especially Holly, who is a hoot. And not many readers can do little kids well. I also liked her reading of Shadow in Serenity by Terri Blackstock. She does emotional things that are very moving. Made the story very scary and exciting to me.


    If you could rename Truth-Stained Lies, what would you call it?

    Oh, that's a good question. Maybe "White Lies."


    Any additional comments?

    No. Just God Bless!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. J. Proctor Oxnard, CA USA 05-23-13
    C. J. Proctor Oxnard, CA USA 05-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "dig the story, kept me very intrigued"
    If you could sum up Truth-Stained Lies in three words, what would they be?

    easy listening intrigue


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gabrielle de Cuir’s performances?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect for a vacation, easy listening, intriguing story to listen to and let your mind rest. The narrator was really hard for me to listen to though. Her accents were so bad as to be distracting and especially her rendition of Jackson, the little boy - really really bad. Loved the storyline and plot was engaging. Wish they screened the narrators better.

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    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 11-19-14
    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 11-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Whining reader ruined the book"

    I wish I'd read more of the comments about whining before I ordered this book. The pleading, grating, wheedling whine is incessant. If I didn't already love Terri Blackstock I might never listen to another one of her books. Ms. de Cuir interprets every emotion as a whine - fear, questioning, prayer, demands. And everyone whines - children, sisters, police officers, doctors, nurses. I actually think I like the story just fine. It has a good balance of suspense and plot turns, but keeps Blackstock's emphasis on faith and the power of people changing and choosing well. I still have half an hour to go and I'm not sure I can stand another 30 minutes of high pitched whines. I can't believe someone editing didn't stop Ms. de Cuir and ask her to dredge up ANY other voice.

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    Karen E. Mccroan 11-01-14 Member Since 2013

    Karen

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    "Typical Blackstock"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really. There were a few exciting moments, but I had the mystery solved too early in the story. By the end it was just hurry up and finish.


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    Suzie 10-30-14
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    "Story was good but..."
    What made the experience of listening to Truth-Stained Lies the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy reading Terri Blackstock's books. The story line did not disappoint.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gabrielle de Cuir’s performances?

    No I would not. I did not care for Gabrielle de Cuir's narration at all. She sounded like she was whining all the time. I think it took away from the story.


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    Diana 10-26-14
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    "Don't waste your money or your credits"
    Was Truth-Stained Lies worth the listening time?

    No. The story is so very predictable and boring. However, it was made worse by the reader, who is really awful. The voices are fake and grating to the ear.


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    M M. 07-21-14
    M M. 07-21-14
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    "MUST READ!!"

    I've been listening to Terri Blackstock's books for a long time and I have to say that this is one of her best. From the beginning, you are drawn into the story and it doesn't let up until the end. I haven't looked at the next book in the series, but I hope that this family is the main focus of the series. The characters are believable, as well as the story. As usual, Terri weaves faith and God throughout the book without it being addressed in every paragraph. Don't start listening if you are not going to be able to finish it soon!

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    Pamela MACON, GA, United States 01-15-14
    Pamela MACON, GA, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Looking forward to Book 2!"
    What made the experience of listening to Truth-Stained Lies the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's voice


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

    Yes -- easy to understand -- clear.


    Who was the most memorable character of Truth-Stained Lies and why?

    The youngest sister -- anxious to see what happens to her in the next book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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