Safe From Harm

Safe From Harm

Book - 2013
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In a new mystery featuring Texas minister Walker "Bear" Wells, a teen tragedy hits too close to home...

The ominous text message Bear Wells received from his teenage daughter Jo simply said: "Come home." The Texas minister never imagined he'd rush back to find her cradling the dead body of her estranged friend Phoebe. While the death rocks Sugar Land, the apparent suicide seems like an open-and-shut case. But nothing is settled in the Wells household, especially for Jo. The deeper she digs into Phoebe's life, the more she realizes nobody knew her at all.

Bear found it hard enough dealing with Phoebe's skimpy Goth outfits, painful-looking piercings, and the outrageous scandals she brought to his idyllic Sugar Land congregation, but now it's his daughter who's acting out. Jo knows Phoebe caused major problems between her picture-perfect father and stepmom, but she has no idea what's at stake or whose lives are in jeopardy. Bear's painfully aware that his last private investigation resulted in a bullet wound, so when Jo sneaks out alone to confront her primary suspect, he's not only praying that he'll find her in time--he's asking forgiveness for what he may have to do to save her.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c2013.
ISBN: 9780425253465
Branch Call Number: EVANS S
Characteristics: ix, 355 p. ; 21 cm.


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May 07, 2013

This is the second book in the "sugarland mystery series" and, although I think the first book was a better mystery novel, I really enjoyed this book. It involves a preacher named Bear Wells, his wife and his two daughters --and a very personable Newfoundland dog named Baby Bear. As I said, I think the actual mystery in this installment is a little weak but the characters and their interactions (and conflicts) are superb. This is Southern Texas and I swear I can hear the drawl in the dialogue. Also, despite having a preacher as the main character this novel never becomes preachy. The first book is called "Faihful Unto Death"


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