Shadow of Doubt (Newpointe 911 Series #2)

Shadow of Doubt (Newpointe 911 Series #2)

by Terri Blackstock

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Book two in the Newpointe 911 series in which Celia Shepherd is arrested for the attempted murder of her husband, Stan.

A Poisoned Past. A Bitter Present.

Is Celia a Murderer . . . or a Victim?

Detective Stan Sheperd lies comatose in the hospital, a victim of arsenic poisoning. The Newpointe police have a suspect: Celia Shepherd, Stan's wife.

Celia is no stranger to such charges. When her first husband died of poisoning, a technicality scuttled the case against her, and Celia got off scot-free. Now it looks like the same old story—only this time, the motive appears plain. An old flame has moved into town under circumstances bound to raise suspicion. And that's just for starters. More evidence is gathering that can put Celia away for good.

But attorney Jill Clark thinks the pieces of the puzzle fit together a bit too neatly. Either her client's Christian faith is a sham, or she's the victim of a deadly frame up—and the real killer is still afoot. . . .

Shadow of Doubt is book two in the Newpointe 911 suspense series by award-winning novelist Terri Blackstock. Newpointe 911 offers taut, superbly crafted novels of fear, faith, and close-knit, small-town relationships, seasoned with romance and tempered by insights into the nature of relationships, redemption, and the human heart. Look for book one, the best-selling Private Justice, and the upcoming False Witness at your favorite Christian bookstore.

Author Biography: Terri Blackstock in addition to her novels with Beverly LaHaye, is the best-selling author of the Sun Coast Chronicles, Second Chances, and Newpointe 911 suspense series and other books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613234757
Publisher: San Val
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Series: Newpointe 911 Series , #2
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the Sun Coast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series. Visit her website at; Facebook: tblackstock; Twitter: @terriblackstock.

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Chapter One

The thing about upset stomachs was that, eventually, they got better, but Stan Shepherd's stomach was proving that theory wrong. He hadn't slept a wink all night. First he'd had stomach cramps, and then it had turned to nausea, so he'd spent half the night in the bathroom standing over the toilet, but that brought no relief. His T-shirt and boxer shorts were soaked with sweat, but he was too weak to change clothes. A cold shower might help -- except that the prospect of walking those few feet to the bathroom again was more than he could bear. He was tired, and his head ached. Still, there had to be something he could do. He grabbed the corner post on the bed for support and tried to pull up. His heart raced, and his breathing accelerated as if he'd just climbed ten flights of stairs. Wearily, he fell back onto the bed with a bounce.

Celia woke up and squinted at him in the darkness. "Stan, what's wrong, honey?"

"I'm sick." The words came with great effort between short raspy breaths.

He knew his retching in the bathroom had already awakened her twice, and both times she had scurried around getting cold compresses and glasses of water. Each time he had convinced her he felt better, and she had managed to go back to sleep. Now it was evident that he had lied.

She crawled across the bed and slipped her bare feet to the floor. The lamp came on, and she bent over him, touching his head, looking into his eyes, feeling for his pulse. "You're worse. Stan, this isn't just a little nausea. I'm taking you to the emergency room!" She tried to pull him up, but he resisted.

"No, I'll be okay. I must've eaten something . . ."

"What?" she asked urgently. "I ate everything you ate tonight, and I'm not sick."

"There must've been something. Just . . . find me some Pepto Bismol. Baking soda. Something. And more water. My throat's on fire. Help me get in the shower first."

She slipped her arm under his and tried to help him pull up, but she was only five-three, and his six-foot, two-inch frame was too big for her. He managed to sit, but then dizziness assaulted him again. She struggled to pull him into a standing position. Instead, he collapsed onto the floor, worrying even as he fell that he would pull her down with him.

"Stan, I'm calling 911!" She was crying now. He hated making her cry. He tried to tell her just to help him back into bed, that he didn't want her to get all nervous and upset. Tomorrow was her birthday, and he'd made so many plans. She needed her rest.

He heard her talking to the dispatcher, Newpointe's busy-body who would have the word of his illness all over town before the sun even came up. He wished Celia would just go for the Pepto. If she'd just get him some Pepto . . .

"Stan, can you hear me? Stan? Stan?"

He couldn't seem to respond, nor could he breathe, and the pain in his throat and gut felt like a knife probing around, but he was too weak to double up with the pain. She was pulling on him, trying to revive him, trying to make him sit up, and he kept wishing for the pink stuff . . .

He wanted to throw up again, but it wouldn't come, and he prayed for a breath, just a breath that could go all the way into his lungs, and for the room to stop spinning, and for something to stop the nausea.

And then he stopped praying as he felt her pulling him up. He fell forward again, this time into a deep hole, where it was dark and he couldn't find the end, and there was nothing to reach out for that would stop his fall, and he didn't know where the darkness would take him . . .

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Shadow of Doubt 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I now have a new favorite author. As soon as I finish one book in the series, I am on to the next!!!
djahorne More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in her 911 series. It is just as good as all the other books that I have read from her. So, far all her books are hard to put down. A must read book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What another wonderful book in the series. Couldn't put it down!
Cabby More than 1 year ago
Awesome series. I couldn't put it down. A great series for couples to read together.
Mommy_of_1 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for rainy days! This is #2 of Newpointe series and it is impossible to put it down!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Shadow Of Doubt. It was a real cliff-hanger that i could never put down. It really has good writing that will make the story come alive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the second book in a series and had to turn to to get the first and third book--love the author, ready for her fourth book. I have not had time to read and she is enticing me to take time and read again. What a wonderful way to spend vacation--relaxing with thoughts of God in a suspense setting. Reminded me of who's in control of our lives.
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I didn’t want to put this book down and now I’m sad I’m done. I love her books!
karniamr More than 1 year ago
The series is awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, but very predictable. I knew who the murder was within the 1st hundred or so pages. 
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