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Hiding in plain sight

A Kate Weller mystery series ;

Thorndike Press large print Christian mystery

Thorndike Press large print Christian mystery series.
Hiding in plain sight
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Large print edition.
Publisher Info:
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.
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385 pages ; 23 cm.
A Kate Weller mystery series ; #1

Thorndike Press large print Christian mystery

Thorndike Press large print Christian mystery series.
On the run from a troubled past, Kate Weller, the newest member of Price Investigations, covers her tracks, changes her name and takes a case in Charleston, South Carolina, where she can hide in plain sight. Renting a charming room with a waterfront view, Kate sets about trying to locate her adopted client's natural siblings, only to find more questions than answers when she eventually tracks down a long-lost sister. Meanwhile, her new landlord wont stop sticking his nose into her case. As far as Kate's concerned, Eric Manfredi should focus on whatever competitor is bent on ruining his family business. But when petty vandalism turns lethal, and Eric's father is arrested for murder, Kate determines to prove his innocence. Can she find the real culprit before a killer from her own past tracks her down?


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CBA Bestselling AuthorThe Kate Weller Mystery SeriesOn the run from a troubled past, Kate Weller, the newest member of Price Investigations, takes a case in Charleston, North Carolina, where she can hide in plain sight. Kate rents a charming room and sets about locating her adopted client's natural siblings. Until petty vandalism turns lethal and her new landlord's father is arrested for murder.

Author Notes

Mary Ellis is the best selling author of seven Amish inspirational novels that include The Wayne County series and The Miller Family series. She grew up in Ohio close to an Amish community. Before becoming a full-time writer, Mary taught middle school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate.

All three of her Miller Family series books have made the CBA and CBD bestseller lists. A Widow's Hope was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards for 2010 and a runner-up in the 2010 Holt Medallion Awards.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of this muddled series launch from Ellis (the Secrets of the South series), fledgling PI Kate Weller leaves her home in Savannah, Ga., for a party on Tybee Island hosted by a client, but she has good reason to worry her troubled past is catching up with her. Sure enough, en route, Kate's car is forced off the highway in a spray of bullets. Reluctant to cooperate with the police, Kate is glad to escape on her first official case to Charleston, S.C., in search of a liver transplant patient's sister. Kate takes a room over a restaurant and promptly gets "tangled up with a handsome chef whose family history sounded like a Mario Puzo movie." When the chef's father is arrested for murder, Kate decides to handle that case, too. Her investigative technique relies on bursting into tears (thus getting policemen to share information), calling the computer whiz back at the agency to find difficult addresses, and going to lunch with the chef's gossipy grandma. A mishmash of backstory bogs down this unwieldy mix of action and romance. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Something in PI Kate Weller's past puts her in danger. So the newest member of Price Investigations in Natchez, Mississippi, decides to hide in plain sight on her new assignment in Charleston, where she rents a room above the Manfredis' family-owned restaurant, Bella Trattoria, and takes the name Jill Wyatt. Her task is to find the biological sister of adoptee Charlotte Sugarman, who's near death from liver failure but unable to find a matching organ donor. But once having found Charlotte's sister, Ella Norris, Jill discovers that the donor situation is complicated by the devout Norris family's Christian Science religion. Meanwhile, Jill is dealing with her mutual attraction to chef Eric Manfredi as she is increasingly drawn into the voluble family's affairs. Ellis, who has several series to her credit, here launches the Marked for Retribution mysteries. Further entries are bound to explore the past of adoptee Kate and her adoptive brother, Liam, who's serving a prison sentence in Florida. This should appeal to readers looking for mystery with a touch of religion as they follow the exploits of sometimes naive and headstrong Kate.--Michele Leber Copyright 2018 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Soon after she's taken on as a traveling private investigator for Price Investigations, 25-year-old Kate Weller is hunted down by men linked to her brother, imprisoned in Florida. While Kate's boss agrees to keep her on, he sends her to Charleston, SC, under a new name, Jill Wyatt, to track down the sister of an adopted woman who is now desperate for a new liver. She also takes an interest in the troubles of her landlord's family when their Italian restaurant suffers petty vandalism and then arson that traps Jill in her apartment upstairs. When her sexy landlord's father is arrested for murder, she sets out to prove his innocence. VERDICT Ellis (Sunset in Old Savannah) spins off her "Secrets of the South" series with a new protagonist working for the same detective agency. As in her previous books, the author joins romantic suspense with faith-based overtones. Ellis's readers will enjoy the overlap, while others may find the immature but spirited Jill to be an awkward sleuth with good intentions.-Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.