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Publisher Description

"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.

Identical Death is the first book in, A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery. 

Although these books are best read in order, as a series, they can be read as a standalone.

A Pilgrimage to Death

A Heritage of Death

An Artifact of Death

A Revelation of Death 

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

Fiction & Literature
August 14
Sidecar Press, LLC
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

Qab854 ,

A Pilgrimage to Death

This is the first book in this new series and the first book I've read by this author. This suspenseful mystery takes you through twists and turns you won't see coming. In this small town people aren't who they seem. You get danger, lies, betrayal and so much more. Cici and Sam try to figure out who is killing people and who is all involved. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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!

dogscreamer ,

She love Jesus, but she cusses a little.

Alexa Padgett - A Pilgrimage to Death

Reverend Cici has returned to her home town of Santa Fe, New Mexico to take over as pastor in her home church. She has also returned to try to solve the murder of her twin sister Anna Carmin. With the help of her long time friend Sam, they will track through the ugly side of drug trafficking in their lovely small town. Sometimes though, the snake is hiding way too close to home. With some Divine and ghostly intervention Sam and Cici will find the truth.
This is a well balanced story with memorable and likeable characters. What I liked most about Cici is she loves Jesus but she cusses a little. The supporting characters are all as essential to the story as the main ones. Good pacing, sharp prose, made this a very enjoyable - and often difficult to put down, story. Happy to find this is the first book in a series. Happy to see where Cici and Sam go from here! I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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