Okay, so this is a completely unsolicited plug for a book I haven’t yet read. But my copy is in the mail and should be arriving today–and I’m looking forward to reading it! So, what’s it about? What’s all the fuss?
SAFE FROM HARM is the second of Stephanie’s Sugar Land mysteries, set in the small Texas town of Sugar Land. The protagonist is Walker “Bear” Wells, a pastor whose connection to, and care for, the community involves him in the lives–and deaths–of the residents. The first novel introduced us to Bear, the people of Sugar Land, and Bear’s family, including Jo, his rebellious teenage daughter. It seems Jo’s got bigger troubles this time around:
“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. [Goodreads Write-up]
Sorry to be quoting from Goodreads, but as I said, I haven’t read the book myself. I’m sure I’ll be posting a review, either here or on Goodreads, when I have. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH (which I reviewed on the blog and Amazon), so have high expectations for Stephanie’s latest mystery.