A Cape Refuge teenager is murdered. When Sheila Caruso, a drug addict recovering at a Christian halfway house, starts work for a famous mystery writer new to the island, she finds details of the girl's murder in one of his books.
Police chief Matthew Cade's plans to propose to Blair Owens, owner of the local newspaper, are ruined by the
discovery of a second body. Again the scene mimics one of the mystery writer's books. Two more girls disappear, including Sheila's daughter, Sadie. Is Sheila's dark past catching up with her, or can God redeem her poor choices?
There's a compelling blend of danger and romance, evil and redemption in Cape Refuge series No. 4. But an emotionally wrenching issue was glossed over in the rushed finale. (Mar., 336 pp., $12.99)