A teenage girl has vanished in Santa Fe. Nearby, in the Trappist monastery of St. Mary of the Snows, a beautiful young nun is stabbed to death. Father Nicholas Fortis is on sabbatical at St. Mary's, and when Lieutenant Christopher Worthy of the Detroit Police Department is flown in to help find the missing teenager, the Orthodox monk asks his friend to delve into the nun's murder as well.Read more...
A teenage girl has vanished in Santa Fe. Nearby, in the Trappist monastery of St. Mary of the Snows, a beautiful young nun is stabbed to death. Father Nicholas Fortis is on sabbatical at St. Mary's, and when Lieutenant Christopher Worthy of the Detroit Police Department is flown in to help find the missing teenager, the Orthodox monk asks his friend to delve into the nun's murder as well. The two men make a perfect team: the monk's gregarious manner opens hearts and the detective's keen intuition infiltrates psyches. The Book of Matthew refers to the "narrow gate" that leads to heaven. Each of the key players in these two cases was rattling heaven's gate in a frantic and even dangerous quest for salvation. Lieutenant Sera Lacey of the Santa Fe Police, with her captivating looks and insight into the Native Americans and cultures of the Southwest, proves both a boon and a distraction for Worthy. As Father Fortis navigates the social hierarchy of the monks of St. Mary's, he begins to fear their secret agendas. Bowing to the pressure to solve both cases, the investigators let the clues lead them in opposite directions. At the end of one of those paths, Death awaits. Book one in a new detective series featuring Christopher Worthy and Father Fortis.
- ISBN-13: 9781603813914
- ISBN-10: 1603813918
- Publisher: Coffeetown Press
- Publish Date: November 2016
- Page Count: 244
- Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Series: Christopher Worthy/Father Fortis Mystery #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-09-12
- Reviewer: Staff
Carlson (Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World) makes his fiction debut with this middling series launch set mainly at St. Mary of the Snows, a Trappist monastery in New Mexicos high desert. When Detroit homicide detective Christopher Worthy goes to New Mexico to find missing college student Ellie VanBruskman, Fr. Nicholas Fortis, a Greek Orthodox monk on sabbatical at St. Mary, suggests that his friend Worthy might also be able to help solve the stabbing murder of Sister Anna in the monasterys remote retreat house. While Fortis considers the possibility that the murderer may be one of the 30-plus monks and novices, Worthy teams with Lt. Sera Lacey of the Santa Fe sheriffs department to track down Ellie and her friend with whom she fled, Victor Martinez. No surprise, a link turns up between the two cases. Carlson tries to pull too many disparate threads together for one mystery. Agent: Sara Camilli, Sara Camilli Agency. (Nov.)