Widows and Orphans (A Rachael Flynn Mystery)

Widows and Orphans (A Rachael Flynn Mystery)

by Susan Meissner


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Widows and Orphans is the debut novel in the new Rachael Flynn mystery series by critically acclaimed author, Susan Meissner. The perfect new series for readers who enjoy CBA authors Dee Henderson, Angela Hunt, and Brandilyn Collins.

When her ultra-ministry-minded brother, Joshua, confesses to murder, lawyer Rachael Flynn begs him to let her represent him, certain that he is innocent. But Joshua refuses her offer of counsel.

As Rachael works on the case, she begins to suspect that Josh knows who the real killer is, but she is unable to get him to cooperate with his defense. Why won't he talk to her? What is Josh hiding?

The answer is revealed in a stunning conclusion that will have readers eager for the second book in this gripping new series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736919142
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2006
Series: A Rachael Flynn Mystery Series
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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Widows and Orphans (A Rachael Flynn Mystery) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com 05/08 Attorney and new mother Rachael Flynn rushed to her brother¿s side when he confesses to murder. Josh gave his life to the Lord when he was twelve years old. From that day on he dedicated his life to protecting the down trodden. Rachael suspected that Josh was trying to protect someone else. With the assistance of her artist husband, Rachael investigates the crime. Widows & Orphans is the debut of a new series. A Rachael Flynn Series¿ will take the readers into a commanding story of family, faith, and murder. You will not be able to put this highly-charged book down. Meissner knows how to add just the right amount of humor to underscore her mystery. She understands the vulnerability of the human soul. Josh is a unique character. He is dedicated to serving God by serving others. He is self-sacrificing, yet does not understand the full mercy of the Lord. Rachael is intelligent and has a great love for her bother. Fans of Christian romance will not want to miss Widows & Orphans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This second book in a good series shows a unique private investigator -- one who is married and with a baby. Good reading.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Widows & Orphans is another page turner crafted by Susan Meissner. I have always enjoyed her women's fiction, but after reading her Rachel Flynn Mystery, book 1, I can see the author has a real knack for mystery plots. I had a very hard time putting this book down. Just when I thought I knew where the story might be going, the heroine would discover something else. And she was a fabulous character, too. A new mom, breastfeeding, and the works. What a sympathetic heroine! Rachel loved her brother Josh, believed in him, and was willing to fight for him and for the truth even when he'd given up on himself. Rachel's brother was one of the most creative characters I've seen in a long time in regards to his internal motivation. The in-depth examination of Josh's heart (that the author delved into) gave me the happy shivers. The spiritual thread was also profound and so well done I'm still thinking about it and probably will be for days. The entire book was written from the heroine's perspective, but the author did such a wonderful job with the characterization, dialog and description, that I didn't notice because I felt like I knew the other players as if I'd been in their points of view. Fig was a total dork genius, but lovable and funny. I loved how he referred to Rachel's baby as the dictator or the princess and stuff like that. Trace, Rachel's husband, was an awesome character, too, and a great husband. I just loved the whole crew of secondary characters and I'm thrilled that there are several more books coming out in this series. I can't wait to get to Sticks and Stones next! If I didn't have so many deadlines I'd read it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just when I think author Susan Meissner can¿t possibly outdo her last book¿she does. Maintaining her trademark style and grace, as well as her ability to peer inside the human soul, Susan has now added the element of mystery to put her already excellent fiction over the top. With her introduction of protagonist Rachael Flynn¿attorney, nursing mom, loving wife, and devoted daughter and sister¿Meissner has succeeded in hooking her readers for an entire series. From the opening moment when Rachael learns that her brother, Josh, has been arrested for murder, the reader is both comfortable and captivated with Rachael¿s persona and her dilemma. And how can anyone not love a book that has as one of its primary characters a more than slightly eccentric artist named Fig, who sees nothing amiss about painting Rachael¿s baby daughter¿s fingernails bright green? But for all the humanness and reality-tinged humor woven into Meissner¿s debut mystery, the plot is never forced nor easily uncovered. This author knows how to use the secrets of the human heart to weave an irresistible song of words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Susan Meissner's thoughtful and introspective voice brings the perfect tone to this story of darkness and hope, good intentions and flaws, determination and mistakes. Joshua, since age 12, has been determined to serve widows and orphans - but his zeal has led him into some troubling directions. Now that Joshua, an adult, confesses to a murder, his sister Rachael is convinced it is her job to vindicate him. In her quest, she employs the same kind of tunnel vision Joshua has always had. The characters are complex and interesting, and some of the supporting cast, like Fig, are particularly endearing. The dilemma of the story grabbed me, and I couldn't stop reading. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Susan Meissner blends mystery and the importance of faith-based family values into a story that makes you want more of Rachael & Trace Flynn's unique way of solving a case. This one's a keeper!