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Thursday, July 19, 2018

a freewheeling, progressive reverend - A Pilgrimage to Death by Alexa Padgett

"Great Mystery!!! This is a really good story. There are twists and turns everywhere! The character development is great and you really get a feel for not only the two main characters but also the supporting casting. The story progresses in a natural but steady flow." Cody, Goodreads

Description:

Release Date: August 14th, 2018 

They murdered her sister. They threatened her church. Their day of reckoning is at hand.

Cici Gurule is a freewheeling, progressive reverend who’ll stop at nothing to protect her flock. When she finds the dead body of a parishioner in the nearby Santa Fe National Forest, she’s horrified to realize the victim bears the same stab wounds that ended her twin sister’s life one year earlier.

Together with her detective friend and loyal pair of Great Pyrenees, she vows to hunt down the killer before she’s forced to officiate another funeral. Soon, however, Cici discovers her sister was on the trail of a deep-rooted criminal operation… and her death was no random act of violence.

Now that the criminals are out for Cici’s blood, the pastor must catch the wolf by the tail before it goes in for the kill.

A Pilgrimage to Death is a high-octane mystery thriller. If you like motorcycling sleuths, fast-paced action, and a dash of humor, then you’ll love Alexa Padgett’s edge-of-your-seat novel.

EXCERPT

Sam turned her toward his chest, but Cici’s eyes remained on Donald’s body. 
“He was stabbed,” Cici said.
“Multiple times,” Sam said, his eyes that of a clinician—so cold and detached from what had been a living, breathing person.
Cici panted. “That one. In the back.”
Sam’s hand squeezed her fingers tighter, steadying her. “Yeah.”
“It’s like . . . The placement. It’s like Anna Carmen.”
“Yeah.”
Normally, Cici didn’t mind Sam’s minimal use of language, but now—right now—she needed more. 
“Through the kidney,” she said, her voice sharpening.
“Looks like,” Sam replied as he began to rock her back and forth, back and forth. The soft sway calmed her somewhat. 
Much as she wanted to pound Sam with her fists, she couldn’t look away from Donald’s glazed eyes. An ant crawled over the pale skin of Donald’s nose. She shuddered, still unable to look away even as the ant settled on Donald’s sclera. Cici shuddered, breaking the strange spell.
She stared up into Sam’s face. “What does that mean?”


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About the author: 
With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all—at least for a while. And she does in her books.

She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.

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1 comment:

Nikolina Vukelic said...

This book is "my cup of tea", looking forward to reading it!