Monday, August 31, 2015

MISSTEP by Deborah Dee Harper

Marji Laine reviews Misstep by Deborah Dee Harper.

Short Version:

Winnie and Sadie are still fighting, and I'm still living in the strangest town on earth.

It’s December in Road’s End, Virginia, a tiny town long forgotten by anyone but its residents, where Colonel Hugh Foster and his wife, Melanie, have chosen to live—for better or worse. The jury’s still out on that one!

Road’s End is comprised entirely of senior citizens whose kids have grown and left for greener pastures. Hugh, Melanie, and Bristol (one of the few sane people in town) are faced with a crumbling church in desperate need of repair and renovation, a dwindling congregation of opinionated, ornery senior citizens, and a camel—yes, a camel. And if that's not enough, the trio and the rest of the Road's End residents, are soon mired in danger and intrigue when a group of gun-toting drug dealers arrive in town, bent on killing the church handyman, and conspiring to ruin the doggonedest record-breaking blizzard the town has ever seen.

Poor drug dealers.

My Take:

This story was filled to the brim with secrets hidden among eccentric characters and laugh-out-loud goofs. Though not a typical mystery or suspense, it contains elements of both woven in and around the tiny population of septuagenarians at the Christ is Lord Church in Road's End.

The book had some intensity with hysterical antics reminiscent of the Home Alone movies. And the final revelations took me completely off-guard. But it is the town and the town folk that are the real story in this book. The author paints an extraordinary picture of the environment with such detail that it feels familiar and homey. And she gave the characters the same attention, each as the center of their own little worlds, but bonding together in unexpected ways.

I found myself thinking about them and the little town of Road's End days after I finished reading the book. The mark of a truly exceptional story!

About the Senior Reviewer:
Suspense Sister, Marji Laine, loves books and writing. Her own Grime Fighter novella series, about a crime scene cleaner, involves the elements she loves the most: mystery, romance, and a touch of suspense. 

Living in a Dallas suburb with her hubby of almost 30 years and her twins - the youngest of four - she spends her days homeschooling and transporting her teenagers to various functions, especially volleyball games. She also directs the children's music, helps with the youth choir, and sings in the adult choir at her church, and coordinates the high school credit classes along with the website of a large homeschool co-op. 

Join her at or at her Faith Driven Fiction blog where she's focusing on a devotional challenge for the month of September.


  1. Marji, thank you for your wonderful review. I'm honored that you enjoyed reading all about Road's End and its quirky residents :-) They're a weird bunch, aren't they?!


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    1. I enjoyed your review, Marji. It makes me want to take a weekend excursion to Road's End myself. Nice job!


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