A 2019 Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize finalist.
A botched execution. A reverend on the run. Can she solve the mystery before she's caught in the crosshairs?
Reverend Cici Gurule went to the sacred Chaco Canyon in search of a sign. She's been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in a megachurch, but taking the position would mean abandoning her Southwestern home and the man she's grown to love as much more than a friend. She's so caught up in her thoughts that she doesn't realize when she stumbles upon a group of heavily armed operatives on the verge of an execution.
Soon, Cici's dodging bullets and scaling mesas with the mysterious man she saved from certain death. With a little help from her twin sister's ghost and restless ancestral spirits, they venture deeper into the maze-like rocky terrain. But her new companion's deadly aim makes her wonder if she can afford to trust his side of the story.
To make it out of the canyon alive, Cici must unearth the true story behind the man and a sacred Navajo artifact before the next bloodshed on sacred ground is hers.
★ WHY READERS CAN'T PUT DOWN REV. CICI GURULE'S MYSTERIES ★
"The prose is...sublimely concise. An exhilarating entry in a thoroughly enjoyable series." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Written in a clear, distinct style, Padgett uses the prose to elicit tension and emotion and creates a tense, fast-paced story." - The BookLife Prize
Hold on to your hat, this story is fast paced and really gets your blood moving. - Joanne Hampton, Goodreads Review
"Oh my goodness. I absolutely loved this story. I couldn't stop reading. Cici always manages to find trouble..." - Bec, Goodreads Review
"This story is filled with what makes the dessert Southwest so beautiful and terrifying. Truly one of the best books in the series." - Suzy Sims, Goodreads Review
"I love the Character Cici. This Author really knows how to deliver a thrilling read." - Nanajoesten, Bookbub Review
"You're not going to find this kind of absorbing, engaging, enticing suspense anywhere else, so grab this one today!" - BookAddict, Bookbub Review
Customer ReviewsSee All
I loved the new adventure! So many twists and turns. I enjoyed seeing the romance between Cici and Sam continue to build. I can't wait for the next installment of their tale! Great characters, and an unexpected journey.
AN ARTIFACT OF DEATH
AN. ARTIFACT. OF. DEATH. by J J Cagney
Cici is a reverend by her chosen profession. Her middle name maybe trouble for she once against has stumble into a big one. A twin that always beside even after death, hopefully can help her. What about the man she loves and left, will he pull up roots and follow her. Another segment to enjoy with another to follow soon readers hope.
Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion
A fast, thrilling read
Cici‘s latest adventure is full of mystery and suspense from page one. An intriguing new character propels a fast-moving story that’s tough to put down.