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Cape Refuge (Cape Refuge #1)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  5,149 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Mystery and suspense combine in this first book in an exciting new 4-book series by best-selling author Terri Blackstock. 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 ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 7th 2002 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2002)
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Ruth Hill
When I began this book, I was quite intrigued. After all, it is a Christian mystery. That is a genre I have never read. I grew up reading Erle Stanley Gardner and Agatha Christie where everyone jumped into bed with each other and used foul language right and left. How refreshing this book was in light of that!

First of all, the author is a fantastic writer who certainly knows how to develop believable characters and plots with intriguing twists and turns. I was drawn into the book from the very b
Everything I read by Terri Blackstock I loved, this book was no exception.

The owners of Hanover House, a house for ex-cons and strays are brutally murdered. Morgan and Blair is looking for their parents' killer, especially after Morgan's husband was arrested for the murder. With lack of evidence and multiple suspects, there is a lot to keep a reader guessing.

The action started from the beginning, with loads of suspense and intrigue and kept on building. Terri did a great job of introducing the c
I read Predator and was pleasantly surprised at the murder mystery mixed with Christian lessons, but if I had read Cape Refuge first, I would have never read another Terri Blackstock book. The characters are predictable, uninteresting and the sympathetic characters are just whiny. The same details of the mystery were brought up so many times that I longed for the book to be over or at least for something, anything, new to happen. If I were one to not finish a book, I would've abandoned this chap ...more
This the first book I have read by Terri Blackstock. It is a christian based murder mystery. I found I could not put it down. I am on the last book in this series and its only been four days. Well worth reading if you like a little mystery!
Murder and corruption. Folks on the Island want Hanover House shut down. They're being told, among other things that some of the tenants living there are not good for the safety of the Island. Not all the Island residents feel that way however. Then there's Sadie who turns up and who appears to be a young runaway. The name Cape Refuge sounded like a good place to be. A place of safety. Then she hears of a double murder on the Island and the police want her off the beach. She can't very well get ...more
I had a beautiful review and then lost it. Rats! I shall try again.

This book was great. It was a cool fiction novel with a christian theme. The book is about a murder mystery that occurs on an island off the coast of Georgia. It's pretty captivating and I didn't see the twist coming until right at the very end which is a good tribute to the writer. The main character, Blair, is an atheist who is dealing with the murder of her parents and struggling with the issue of whether God is helpless or cr
This is honestly my first dive into Christian based mystery/thriller, I'm typically... admittedly, a die-hard romance fan when it comes to novelization (although back in the day, growing up I read quite a bit of EVERYTHING!) That being said, I picked this up as a Kindle read, thanks to the wonders of publishers releasing freebies here & there. Their plan/ploy worked, and I'm okay with that. Although I've just now read the first book, I immediately logged in to assure I have all three of the ...more

I had often seen Blackstock on others' shelves and was intrigued both by the books and the author's story, but I battled to obtain her books. I had also been told that the Cape Refuge series is one which must be read in synchronicity and order - fortunately, I can dispel this.

The plot line does form in such a way, that it is setting up character growth and stories for more books, although it is a satisfactory single title. The story isn't as Christian as I thought it would be, but if you're
Amberly Reilly
I've had this book for years and just now sat down to read it. Wonderful Christian fiction is what it is. Mrs. Blackstock kept me on the edge, in suspense, and circles as I tried solving the murder in my mind. A wonderful book that reminds us what faith and the bigger picture are all about. The afterword made me cry. I would recommend this book to any book lover out there.
I finished this book over the weekend and have to say that I really enjoyed the story. This is a Christian Fiction book and not the first one I have read. Cape Refuge was well written and was able to keep my attention.

I didn't feel like I was being preached to the whole time. The main characters were Blair and Morgan. Morgan has the faith and Blair questions the faith very often. When reading Cape Refuge I was able to understand how Blair could have doubts about God.

The story is about Blair and
Alison English
Heartbreaking but touching story

Here is my only criticism:
Initially, I thought this murder situation was similar to that of her book entitled Truth-Stained Lies, where a loved one of the victim is accused of committing the murder. I was hoping this is a pattern that will not continue because it seems a little cliche; however, I have also read other books and series by Blackstock, and I think my initial prediction was just coincidence.

Though the story seems so bleak and tragic in the beginning, B
Gina Hott
Morgan and Blair spend all of their time fighting.

The book begins with them fighting the city council in order to save their parent's bed and breakfast. It's completely understandable that the city council would want to shut them down - they harbor released inmates!
Next they fight the police chief. Why on earth would he, the best man in Morgan and Jonathan's wedding, believe that Morgan's husband, Jonathan, had killed her parents?

They also fight each other.
Well, that's perfectly understandable
I loved her "Seasons" books with Beverly LaHaye, so I thought I would try some books she wrote on her own. Nicely written, beautiful imagery. The only problem I had with the book is that I knew whodunnit before the second chapter. I kept hoping I was wrong, but nope. It was all too obvious. And that sheriff, the "hunk" in the book, has to be about the densest moron to ever wear a badge! I hope the rest of her books are better.
Wow, this was a great book! The suspense was incredible, the whole mystery was so incredibly woven it was impossible to decipher it before the characters did. I felt like one of the characters in the book. The only thing I didn't like was when the action got busy, it was hard to understand the situation. The writing wasn't as smooth. All in all it was a great book and I will definitely read the rest in the series!
Elise M.
This is one of Terri Blackstock's earlier books and not as good as those she's written later in her career. There were definitely some plot holes that bothered me. For example, Cade, the police chief, holds Jonathan in jail for ages pretty much just because he wants to. Jonathan doesn't have an attorney, an arraignment, or bail set. The same is true of Gus. It feels like Jonathan is taken out of the action just so Morgan and Blair need to contend with things on their own, and that Gus was arrest ...more
Charity Yoder
i freakin love this book, but then again i like most of terri blackstock books to begin with. it's just so... fantastic. the ending you never see coming because it's that twisted.

if you're ready to stay up all night and not be ready for the ending to such a great book: read. then re-read to make sure you got it all.

big TWO THUMBS up!
I was not convinced by this book at the beginning. It seemed a bit disjointed and was just not pulling me in. I will say it had a good message though, but still doesn't get 5 stars.
Lis K
This is the first book in the Cape Refuge series and my first read of Terri Blackstock's work. I thought it was a solid first book in a series but I would have liked the mystery to have been more developed. The book begins with the murder of Thelma and Wayne Owens, the much-beloved owners of Hanover House, a home for people trying to rebuild their lives. The Owens daughters, Morgan and Blair are shocked by the murders and by the arrest of Morgan's husband Jonathan as the prime suspect. The first ...more
An easy, light, smooth read! I actually wouldn't mind reading Book Two of this series.

From back cover:

"A brutal double-murder has struck fear into the heart of the peaceful Cape Refuge community. The crime weapon belongs to the victims' son-in-law, but Police Chief Cade remains unconvinced that his best friend took the lives of Thelma and Wayne Owens. The Owen's ministry, a halfway house, shelters individuals far more questionable than Jonathan Cleary. Now people are concerned that it may house
"Cape Refuge" by Terri Blackstock
From the Back Cover
Mystery and suspense combine in this first book of an exciting new 4-book series by best-selling author Terri Blackstock

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
I give this book a three star because it has a solid mystery that made me stay listening until the bitter end. Bitter end, you ask? I bought this book in a frenzy of $4.95 sale clicking. I didn't read the reviews or look at the author's website before buying the book. If I had KNOWN the author was a CHristian author, I would have passed it by. The rampant evangelism in the book had me wishing I was reading it and could skim through all the dogmatic crap just to find out "who did it." ...more
Terri Blackstock is a solid voice in Christian fiction and you can always pick up her books with confidence. This one is no exception.

I will say, I was a bit disconcerted by this book, but not in a bad way. The two main characters, the sisters, were both sort of hard to like. Especially Blair, the bitter unbeliever, was really annoying to me. She was so filled with pain and pride; determined to maintain the fortress she had built around her broken heart. About three quarters of the way through t
Beth Cutwright
My cousin had read Terri Blackstock's books and so I decided to give it a try. I was so sultry explicit sex scenes and no foul language.....a Christian based murder mystery! How refreshing! I absolutely adored it. The characters were very well developed, the plot well thought out and the story flowed seamlessly. Although you may not associate murder mystery with a Christian viewpoint, it was believable and real. We all suffer loss at some point in our life and we all deal with it ...more
I just did not care for this book. I thought the writing read like a instructions for actors in a movies scene in some ways which led to a lot of unnecessary information and "wordiness." And then at other times I felt like the author wasn't telling us enough which left the story feeling a bit shallow. Kudos to the author for writing and sharing Christian beliefs.
"This is the first in a series of four books chronicling the lives of Christians and nonbelievers on a small island off the coast of Georgia called Cape Refuge. The mystery centers on who killed two beloved people in Cape Refuge, a married couple who owned and operated a Christian halfway house for reformed criminals and addicts. A few red herrings are tossed about here and there, but the mystery itself is solid. Morgan, the Christian daughter, assumes the everyday responsibilites of Hanover Hou ...more
Katherine Coble
This was a fine book for what it was. I was actually kind of surprised, not having had much luck with Christian fiction in general. But this (free on Amazon) wasn't overpriced, which is the first issue I have with most of the Christian Fiction market. It was also pretty good quality writing. Standard thriller-genre style.

But the third issue I have with Christian fiction is the fact that they can't wrap up a story in one book. If you want to find out what happens to the characters you have to ke
If you ever feel the need for feel good book, this is the one. In spite of the tragedy you still get a warm fuzzy feeling. I have read several of Terri's books and though they may be somewhat predictable she will surprise you from time to time. Her books make me want to examine myself as a Christian.
I actually listened to this book on CD as we traveled to and from a family reunion. Ron, Emily, and I enjoyed listening to the narrator as he took on a variety of roles and voices.

This book takes place on an island off the Georgia coast. A couple who have been called by God to take in those experiencing misfortune have been found murdered the same night the city council wants to shut their house and non-profit business down. Suspicion immediately falls on their son-in-law who was heard and seen
Heather Zuber-Harshman
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Amanda R
The story of this was nice. I loved the role faith played in it all and liked the character of Blair especially. I found her struggles really believable.

What I didn't care for was the way the author inserted the character's names in just about every other line of dialog. For example, "Morgan, you can't possibly believe that." "I do, Blair." "But Morgan, it just doesn't make any sense." "Blair, I don't care what anyone says."

Heh heh...I know that's not actually in the book, but it just really st
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Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

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