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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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  • Marsha
  • Tierra Verde, FL, United States
  • 11-19-14

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.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Good story. Bad narrator.

The narrator was horrible and whiny. I bought the book and read it myself because I couldn't stand her voice and the whine she gave each character. Wish I could give less than a full star here. Too bad. I love listening to books while commuting to and from work. I was looking forward to Blackstocks superb storytelling. Too bad the narrator choice ruined it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great book!

Loved every minute! Very heart warming story and great to listen to with teenagers. Too many times I have to turn off a book because of the language

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Susannah
  • Corona, CA, United States
  • 08-22-13

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Average read with constant religious tones

I found the story not too bad, it was a little predictable but I must not have read the other reviews prior to purchasing this book as I was not aware it was Christian literature. I agree with other reviewers in that the narrator was not the best.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Clean Christian murder mystery

It's what I would expect from this great author. Well written and developed characters with a message of life struggle and how God fits into a messed up world.
Left me thinking deeply about my own expectations of others, and understanding Gods plan in my own life.
Thanks for challenging me again ms blackstock.

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  • Jill
  • Charlote, NC, United States
  • 04-19-15

Great story - kept me guessing until the end!

Great story and great narrator - the best of both! I will definitely listen to others by the same author.

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Great storyline.

I really enjoyed the storyline however, the narrator was way too dramatic and the pitiful voice is awful. She made the women sound very weak always breaking down over every little thing. Other than the drama queen voice I thought it was great and I'm anxious to read book two.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-18-16

Gotta read it!

brilliant book. just kept me rivited and guessing. full of mystery, twists and turns ... tears and laughter. loved it!