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"Vivid, alluring, and heart-wrenching, A Pilgrimage to Death is every reason I love mystery. A breathtaking tale." ~ Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author

Cici discovers a body in the forest. The victim's wounds are identical to the ones that killed her sister a year ago...

Someone murdered her sister. And shot her dog. The killer won't stop until Cici's dead, too. 

With her identical twin sister haunting her dreams, Cici and her dogs must dodge arrows, bullets, and even a demon truck. Worse, she must grapple with the knowledge her twin's death was much more sinister than a random act of violence.

The chase is on. 

As Cici and Detective Sam Chastain edge closer to the truth, the murderer circles closer. This time, the criminal plots to stop Cici. Permanently.

Additional Praise for A Pilgrimage to Death:

"A wholly absorbing gumshoe tale elevated by an extraordinary detective." ~ Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This winning mystery novel is a breeze to read and Cici's laidback approach as a reverend means that readers certainly don't have to be religious to find her relatable." ~ IndieReader

"A Pilgrimage to Death was an edge-of-my-seat thrill ride that kept me guessing all the way through. Alexa Padgett weaves an intricate and enthralling tale, with relationships that run deep, and mystery that does the same. This was an all-around fantastic story, and I'm excited to read the next books in the series." ~ Allyson Lindt, USA Bestseller

"This is the first in a new mystery series and it sure doesn't disappoint. It's about a reverend, Cici, who is also a woman, which is a different take." ~ Goodreads Review

"I was glued to the pages, when I got my surprise at the end. I wanted to read another one. So book two please, as I'm impatient for the next one." ~ BookAddict

"A thriller read in one go, I immediately hooked to the captivating story, moving filled with suspense and twists. Eager to read what follows." ~ NetGalley Review

Excerpt from A Pilgrimage of Death:

As she stopped at the deserted intersection of Paseo de Peralta and St. Francis, that cool brush of wind intermixed with the much warmer summer air. Cici glanced around, wondering where the chill originated because it felt just like the cold touch on her hand in the Santuario.

A truck—the same dark tinted windows, dark exterior that had appeared at her house the evening she walked with Justin and her dogs—sped up as it entered the intersection from her left. The large engine revved loud as a roar as the back wheels squealed. The headlights aimed at Cici. A car kitty-corner to the black truck—the one with the green light, laid on his horn, alerting the rest of the cars now heading this direction to slow.

Good. At least innocent people wouldn't be hurt.

Cici guessed it would be just five seconds until impact, maybe less. Probably, she wouldn't be able to avoid impact, but no way she planned to wait there another moment and simply let someone flatten her.

She grasped the handlebars and squeezed the gas as hard as she could. Turbo injection—a nonstandard addition Anna Carmen made a few years ago to add some more zip to the machine—kicked in and Cici blasted sideways, up onto the sidewalk...

Mysteries & Thrillers
August 14
Sidecar Press, LLC
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

CBPhilpot ,


A fast-paced murder mystery with a rich setting in America’s oldest capital city. An engaging cast of sympathetic heros, organized criminals and supernatural elements make for a fun and compelling read.

Ellen/Oceanside ,


Reverend Cici,has taken on another role, with the murder of her twin, a year ago, and now a murder of a fellow parishioner, with the same method.
Sam, a friend, hiking partner, and a detective, on weekly joints now, and made better sermons for her, With 2 murder victims now known to her, she feels there will be more, if she doesn’t look into it. Is there secrets that never was told to her, a reason for the wolf emblem. A new author, for me, and she delivered a good, descriptive plot, of the settings, also of the characters. Readers will definitely enjoy this mystery story.
Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.

Cchimni ,

Loved it

Wow! I couldn't put it down. I love the concept of the bond between the sisters surviving even death. The book was heavy of mystery and suspense. I was guessing til the end. I love the budding relationship and connection between Cici and Sam. As a romance lover, I'd love to see the romance evolve faster, but I understand this is a mystery...so I can be patient! I can't wait to see what the rest of the series brings!

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