COMING SOON! - A Pilgrimage to Death
A Pilgrimage to Death
By Alexa Padgett
Publication date: August 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
They murdered her sister. They threatened her church. But their day of reckoning will cost her everything…
When Cici Gurule 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.
Now, as a freewheeling, progressive reverend who’ll stop at nothing to protect her flock, she’ll need to join forces with her detective friend and loyal pair of Great Pyrenees 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. With the criminals out for Cici’s blood, she needs to catch the wolf by the tail…before it goes in for the kill.
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Sam once again faced the street, apparently unable to meet her eyes.
“As you and I already guessed and the Office of Medical Investigation confirmed about an hour ago, the same type of knife was used to strike Donald. A switch blade. In the same location as Anna Carmen—the kidney. We’ve seen one other death like that in the past few years. Also unsolved.”
He paused, waiting for Cici to digest this information. Cici dipped her head, eyes wide and fixed on Sam’s face.
“And if we infer that Donald’s killer is the same as Anna Carmen’s, which we’ll definitely pursue, then we need to go back and look at the drug trafficking ring at Santa Fe College to determine if there’s a link there between the killer and Anna Carmen. Because we know Anna Carmen knew Donald through your father. The net’s tightening on this whole investigation.”
Cici’s chair scraped a harsh shriek as she shoved back from the table. Sam didn’t turn back toward her, probably because he knew what was coming next.
“Screw you, Sam.”
He didn’t even flinch as she snarled the words.
“And screw your shitty investigation that would try to link my sister to some drug ring.”
He didn’t move as she picked up her gloves and stormed from the café.
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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