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Title: A Pilgrimage to Death
Author: Alexa Padgett
Release Date: August 14th
"Vivid, alluring, and heart-wrenching, Alexa Padgett's A Pilgrimage to Death is every reason I love mystery. A breathtaking tale."
--Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author
A reverend in New Mexico tries her hand at sleuthing when a recent homicide shares similarities with her twin sister’s unsolved murder in this mystery.
Cecilia “Cici” Gurule’s weekly hike with her detective friend Sam Chastain is cut short by a missing hiker report. Sadly, the two find lawyer Donald Johnson, who’s unmistakably dead from stab wounds. But it’s one particular laceration that most unnerves Cici: through the kidney, just like the stabbing death of her twin, Anna Carmen, over a year ago. This is followed by Cici’s vision of her sister, who tells the reverend to help Sam identify her killer. Cici, who quit as associate reverend in Boston to return to her Santa Fe hometown after her sister’s murder, now heads a local church. She gathers information, initially from her parishioners, but doesn’t like where it’s leading her. That’s because linking the two murders naturally connects Anna Carmen to Donald’s alleged exploits, from an affair to drug trafficking. It’s soon apparent, however, that the killer is watching Cici, as she receives threatening messages and eludes a menacing truck in pursuit. But this doesn’t deter the reverend, who, with Sam’s assistance, plans to see her personal investigation to the end. Padgett’s (A Moonlit Serenade, 2018, etc.) series opener, like any good detective story, gives readers a laudable sleuth. Cici is a chic woman of God: She swears and rides a vintage Harley. But her profession makes her an exceptional detective as well. Characters, for example, often seem reluctant to talk to Sam and more easily respond to the reverend. Likewise, Cici’s empathy is genuine; she speaks a line like “I need you to tell us what happened” with unequivocal concern. Despite her occasional colorful language, there are few curses and mostly implied violence. Padgett’s simple prose and short paragraphs help maintain the story’s unwavering pace. Add to that a handful of dubious characters, and the result is a rock-solid mystery with a smashing reveal near the end and even a subtle twist in the final pages.
A wholly absorbing gumshoe tale elevated by an extraordinary detective.
-Kirkus Starred Review
About A Pilgrimage to DeathThey 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.
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Susan’s eyes filled with tears once more and she put her face in her hands as she sobbed.
“Thirty-one years together, and it’s all over. Not just our life together, but the life I thought we had for all those years. All I have to show for it is a shih tzu I can’t stand.”
And a fat bank account, thanks to Donald’s thirty-plus years with one of the most prestigious law firms in the region.
Cici leaned forward and pressed her palms to Susan’s, wishing she had more to offer the older woman. A fresh bout of sobs burst out of Susan’s trembling mouth. Carole offered a tissue, and Susan used it plus two more before she calmed enough to continue.
“We’ll need to have a funeral,” Susan muttered.
“Absolutely. If that’s what you want, we can do that.”
Susan raised her head, eyes burning with hate, but also filled with a deep-seated despair that worried Cici.
“Just don’t say anything about Don being a good man. He’s obviously a lying, cheating SOB in addition to being a blood-thirsty attorney. He deserved what he got up there. Since he’s stabbed me straight through the heart.”
“Perhaps there is a misunderstanding in here, Susan. Donald seemed to care for you, very much.”
Susan stared down at her lap, shredding another tissue. She picked at a sculpted nail and pursed her lips. Then, much to Cici’s shock, she leaned forward and held Cici’s gaze with a flinty one of her own.
“He seemed to care for his work, too, but after a trip down to Madrid last week, he quit.”