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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 1.10 X 6.10 X 8.10 (inches)
ISBN: 0310283132
ISBN-13: 9780310283133
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Series: Moonlighters

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When truth doesn’t make sense, will lies prevail?

Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on high-profile 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’s wife is murdered and all the “facts” point to him. The killer has staged the crime to make the truth too far-fetched to believe. Working to solve the murder and clear her brother’s name, Cathy and her two sisters, Holly and Juliet, moonlight as part-time private investigators. 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 to hunt down the real killer.

Stakes rise when their brother’s grieving five-year-old son is kidnapped. As police focus on the wrong set of clues, the three sisters and their battered detective friend are the only hope for solving this bizarre crime, saving the child, and freeing their brother.

Author Bio

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series. Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com Facebook: tblackstock Twitter: @terriblackstock

 

Editorial Reviews

“A story rich with texture and suspense, this family murder mystery unfolds with fast pacing, with a creepy clown murder suspect and threatening blog visitor to boot.”
“Crisp prose, an engaging story, and brisk pacing make this thriller another home run for Blackstock (Downfall). Recommend it to readers who enjoy material by Lynette Eason and Erin Healy.”
“Truth Stained Lies is the first in what’s likely to be a very popular new series for Blackstock. Her characters are flawed, faltering in their faith, and ultimately human. They’re the kind of people you wish you had as friends. This latest novel should appeal to millions of existing fans and millions of new fans who just don’t know it yet.”
“The first book in Blackstock’s new Moonlighter series is intriguing, with a fast-moving plot. There are a large number of connected characters, and it is quite difficult to keep everyone straight, along with their relationships and complicated backstories. Here’s hoping that as the series progresses and more details are revealed, this will improve.”

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  1. Columbia SC
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Truth-stained Lies
    January 23, 2015
    George
    Columbia SC
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have been a Teri Blackstock fan for years and have read all of her novels.

    They are so well done that I find them hard to put down. Her plots always keep you guessing what is coming next.

    This one is no different in that respect - intriguing, suspenseful, and able to hold your interest to the very end.

    Can't wait for the next one.
  2. maryville, tn
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Unlikely Suspect
    January 7, 2015
    nonna
    maryville, tn
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jay received a text from his estranged wife, Annalee, asking him to come over so they could talk about custody of their five-year-old son, Jackson. Feeling hopeful, he left his office and drove to the house they once shared. As he pulled up, he noticed a white truck in front of the house. Coming out of the house was someone in a clown costume, complete with wig and makeup. The clown waved at Jay, got in the truck and drove away. Thinking this was very odd, Jay walked up to the house, rang the bell, knocked, then got out his own house key from his pocket and let himself in.

    He went from room to room calling her name, but there was no answer. He checked Jackson's empty room, and realized he must still be at day care. Hearing water running, he went upstairs to the hall bathroom. There he saw water seeping out from under the door. The door was locked, so he broke it down. Annalee was in the tub, fully clothed with pink water sloshing on the floor. She had been shot!

    This is a murder mystery, but also a story about family, relationships, forgiveness and healing. I look forward to reading the other books in the Moonlighters series.
  3. Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A UNIVERSAL STORY WITH AN ETERNAL MESSAGE!
    May 14, 2014
    Doc Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One of the fundamental rules of blogging is: "Once it's out there, it's out there." Once you hit the ENTER key, you can't delete it, you can't remove it, you can't retrieve it. And you certainly can't deny it.

    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 on her blog, she dismisses it as a harmless prank.

    Then her brother becomes the principal suspect in the murder investigation of his ex-wife. Tried and convicted in the media, he is now scrutinized by the very society of bloggers and commentators of which Cathy is a card-carrying member. And it is up to Cathy and her two sisters, Holly and Juliet, to put aside their doubts and fears and learn the art of investigation. Because their brother is under the gun . . .and his 5-year old son is the killer's next target.

    I'll confess . . . I read and reviewed Terri Blackstock's second book in the Moonlighter's Series, DISTORTION, first. It was so well-done that I had to have the entire series. And there was something niggling at the back of my brain; I'd seen TRUTH-STAINED LIES somewhere. Recently. Oh, yes . . . there it is, on my bookshelf!

    Coming to the book (both of which are stand-alone, although if you read them as I did there are some potential spoilers in Book 2) with a pre-understanding of the principal characters was interesting. And it made reading the first book (despite the aforementioned potential spoilers) easier. It was like slipping on a comfortable pair of old slippers . . . it just felt right.

    I've been a fan of Terri Blackstock since collecting her Cape Refuge series, and her craftsmanship has only improved over the years. With strong characters that nonetheless demonstrate the fatal flaws of original sin and the need for a Savior, Blackstock's fiction is inspirational without being preachy. And her skills as a scribe will keep you reading to the soul-satisfying conclusion.

    5 stars for a universal story with an eternal message
  4. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 5, 2014
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I decided to read this story because I received the second book in this series from a publishing group to review. I don't like to start in the middle of a series, so I backtracked and read book one. Boy, I'm so glad I did! What a thriller! The first book is set in Panama City, Florida, with the main characters consisting of three sisters, their brother and a close family friend.

    Cathy Cramer is used to being threatened. In the course of her former job as a lawyer and her current job as an investigative blogger, she has received lots of threats and this latest one is just one among many, or is it? Cathy is just beginning to recover from the murder of her fiancé two years ago and now her brother, Jay, is the prime suspect in his ex-wife's murder. Cathy with the help of her two sisters, Juliet and Holly, and her fiancé's brother, Michael, that her brother is innocent. Her brother and his ex-wife had been in the middle of an ugly custody battle over their 5-year-old son, and soon evidence is discovered that points to Jay's motive for her murder. Cathy and her siblings are also still trying to deal with their preacher father's infidelity and abandonment years ago that had a huge impact on their family and faith. Cathy still believes in God, but wonders if he listens to her on the rare occasions she talks to Him.

    As the investigation progresses, her nephew becomes critically ill and is then kidnapped. Cathy calls Michael, her friend, her encourager in faith, her constant supporter. After an attempt on her life, she realizes she has developed feelings for Michael and he has feelings for her. Will her guilty feelings keep her from a possible happy relationship with him? Should she even consider this?

    I just loved how this family stuck together throughout all the traumatic events. They protected one another and did whatever was necessary to help their family. Cathy struggled with her faith, but came to realize that God was listening to her and that He wanted to hear from her. He did hear her prayers and answered them. The plot was exciting, the characters well-developed and likeable and the action and thrills nonstop. I highly recommend this suspense-filled story. You won't be disappointed. I'll be reviewing the next book in the series, Distortion, on this site in the next few weeks.
  5. Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Clown Did It- A Fantastic Start!
    January 20, 2014
    Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Truth Stained Lies

    Terri Blackstock

    Book Summary: When truth doesn't make sense, will lies prevail? Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on high-profile 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's wife is murdered and all the 'facts' point to him. The killer has staged the crime to make the truth too far-fetched to believe. Working to solve the murder and clear her brother's name, Cathy and her two sisters, Holly and Juliet, moonlight as part-time private investigators. 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 to hunt down the real killer. Stakes rise when their brother's grieving five-year-old son is kidnapped. As police focus on the wrong set of clues, the three sisters and their battered detective friend are the only hope for solving this bizarre crime, saving the child, and freeing their brother.

    Review: I really enjoyed this opening series. I liked that it was so clever of a plot - A clown shot Jay's wife. Truly a twisted twist and immediately made this a must read. I liked all of the siblings and can not wait for the next book. The book did not really over use any of the new characters. I found that the mystery did not take up too much of the book and yet it was fast paced and the mystery filled my head with who did it. The only thing that I did not understand is the connection between the murderer and why he wrote to Cathy_.. Overall a must read for me and a quick paced mystery.

    I would like to thank Net Galley and Zondervan for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
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