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Young teens Molly and Theresa set out to discover the origins of a mysterious Irish Claddagh ring, but they unearth a story that is far stranger and infinitely more touching than anything they could have ever imagined.
A centuries old murder mystery, a spooky mountain lodge, a séance promised to be a sham which turns out to be authentic, an eerie dance of disembodied lights on a rainy night, the apparent landing of an alien spacecraft in a mountain lake, something that howls savagely in the night and kills for real…
Bleeder by John J. Desjarlais
When classics professor Reed Stubblefield is disabled in a school shooting, he retreats to a rural Illinois cabin to recover and to write a book on Aristotle in peace. Oddly, in the chill of early March, the campgrounds and motels of tiny River Falls are filled with the ill and infirm — all seeking the healing touch of the town’s new parish priest, reputed to be a stigmatic.
Viper (The sequel to Bleeder) by John J. Desjarlais
Selena De La Cruz has a problem. Just before All Souls’ Day someone entered the names of nine people in her church’s Book of the Dead, seeking prayers for their souls. The problem? All nine are still alive. Until they start getting murdered . . . one by one . . .
Blood of the Martyrs and other stories by John J. Desjarlais
An eclectic collection of short stories: a medieval cleric investigates a brutal murder that may lead to millions more. An elderly widower seems to find just what he needs when he needs it – except what he needs the most. A witty lovebird offers his owner advice on relationships. And three others, all previously appearing in literary journals.
Churches are burning and a man is murdered, plunging a small Texas town into a state of fear. Father Frank DeLuca, pastor of Prince of Peace Church, is thrust into an impossible dilemma when he hears that another church will be burned. But the disturbing information comes to him via the confessional, and church law forbids him from telling anyone—even the police.
Francesca Bibbo is eager to jumpstart her social life, so she joins the choir at St. Rita’s. . . when someone shows up dead, the police rule the death a suicide. But Francesca suspects foul play, so she begins prying into the dead man’s past. Before long, she uncovers shocking and sinister facts about the choir members.
At the St. Rita’s parish masquarade ball, a handsome seminarian attracts the eye of a voluptuous woman disguised as the angel of death, the unstoppable Francesca Bibbo meets a mysterious wizard–and someone pilfers the cash box. When a body is later discovered in the rectory, Francesca dons a new disguise–detective–and meanders into mayhem and madness as she tries to solve the crime.
Mary Catherine Whelihan made it out of Walkerville alive once before. Can she pull it off this time? Bullies, sexual harassment, finding a corpse in the local creek…. Cate’s childhood in 1980s Walkerville was murder! So what could possibly tempt her to return? A cryptic email from Eugene Marcasian, MD, her grade school crush, might do the trick.
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Father Baptist, cop-turned-priest, faces a problem: Who is killing the Catholic bishops of Los Angeles? One by one, they’re dying horribly. . .
Corrie Black, owner of the Black Horse Campground, hopes for a successful start to her summer season but the discovery of Marvin Landry, a long-time guest, shot dead in his own RV, along with $50,000 in cash missing, does not herald a good beginning…
Divers are disappearing without a trace near San Clemente Island in California. Ms.Terry Ho, Public Relations Ambassador of the California Aquarium, is called by the sheriff’s office to investigate. A blurry picture of a colorful sea creature and two audio cassettes of its swimming patterns are all the clues she has to solve this mystery. Parallel to her investigation, the US Navy has engaged renowned white shark expert, Dr. Storm Hancock, in a confidential research regarding these bizarre disappearances.
Murder in the Vatican by Ann Margaret Lewis
Follow the great Sherlock Holmes as he investigates three baffling cases at the “express desire of his Holiness, the Pope.” Stories include “The Death of Cardinal Tosca,” “The Vatican Cameos,” and “The Second Coptic Patriarch.” You’ll encounter baffling crimes, rich, historical settings, and a fateful encounter with Father Brown!
Past Suspicion by Therese Heckenkamp
“Don’t trust anyone . . .”
So whispers Robin’s mother just moments before she dies, setting in motion the intriguing story of a 17-year-old on a quest to unravel the dangerous secrets of her mother’s past.
Pretty Maids All in a Row by Michelle Buckman and A. H. Jackson
Partners Tori Roche and J.B. Kale set out on a madcap adventure to a medieval inn where they are invited to solve the famous nursery rhyme murder mystery surrounding the 1785 massacre of twelve women–”pretty maids all in a row.” As they begin gathering evidence to write a best-selling novel to save their publishing house, Tori finds her family lineage has more to do with the present than she anticipated.
Where’s the Anastasia? It’s been almost a year since Laura Barkley’s husband, a museum curator, was murdered and the fabled Anastasia Diamond stolen. A long year filled with accusations, too many accidents directed toward Laura and her twins, plus plenty of soul searching…
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Saints Preserve Us (A Ronnie Lord Mystery) by L. K. Ellwood
Winner of the Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palm Award for Best Mystery. Where’s Lorena Alger? This is what everyone in Ash Lake, Florida is asking about their most famous resident . . . a young girl about to be canonized as a saint, a young girl who hasn’t moved from her grave in over 150 years. Now she is gone, and her grave is now occupied by the fresher corpse of the cemetery caretaker.
Why is Fulton High School having a mysterious rash of copycat suicides? Or could they be murders? Peyton Simons is starring as Ophelia in her high school’s production of Hamlet, opposite cute Justin Christopher as Hamlet. She and Justin are also attending the same confirmation class at Saint Paul’s, where they are learning about the evils of revenge and the importance of forgiveness. But something is rotten in the state of Fulton High. It seems the soccer stars on the school’s team are hanging themselves from an old tree on campus.