- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Sidecar Press, LLC (23 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1945090235
- ISBN-13: 978-1945090233
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
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"A wholly absorbing gumshoe tale elevated by an extraordinary detective." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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Because of the characters.
All of them, but it course Cici and Sam most of all.
Also Aci - Cici's murdered sister from book 1.
I would like more interaction between Cici and Aci - not just the dreams/visions/etc...
I'm interested in reading the next book just to see if I can figure it out as easily but mostly to see how things go for the main characters.
Early on in this book my attention was caught by the following, "Cici headed over to the Institute of American Indian Arts located behind a large master-planned community and the community college. She was one of the faith leaders asked to participate in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women bead project," and I knew this book would have some intellectual, social and spiritual depth.
Cici is an atypical, unconventional Reverend who has my admiration and respect. She has a good work ethic and philosophically meets my needs and ideals for taking care of humanity.
Her best friend Sam holds her behavior and trustworthiness to a very high standard as he tries to solve the mysteries that surround them. A possibly corrupt sheriff, a missing baby, a disappeared adult female or two, a body found, visions from Cici's deceased identical twin sister, suspicion, threats, telepathic communication (with or without the dead), the drama seldom takes a break. I kept hoping for some cuddling and loving time for Sam and Cici but I'll save that thought for the next book.
Padgett writes some beautiful prose and I can't resist sharing one of my favorite descriptions as Cici attempt to calm her dogs and a crying baby during a thunderstorm. "Sirens screamed into the night, fighting with the distant rumbles of thunder for the supremacy of sound."
Personally I would have liked a little more romance between the main characters, there is definitely something there but it was very much a minor sub-plot. However this isn't sold as a romance in any way shape or form, so I didn't allow that to affect my rating. This is the second book in a linked series, I haven't read book 1 and managed to follow the story in this without any issues. There are some spoilers in it, for book 1, but not enough to ruin anything.
The book is set in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico. The heroine is Cici, a Reverend, whose murdered identical twin sister shows her visions of crimes. Sam, the hero, is an old family friend, though Cici would like him to be somewhat more than that. He's also a police officer, so when Cici has some disturbing dreams, dreams that she knows show someones reality, she naturally turns to him for help. Cue a baby on a doorstep and strange goings on in the Native American Pueblo.
I really liked Cici, she felt such a natural and 'normal' character, one who it is very easy to believe in and relate to. Sam was a little harder to get a feel for, partly because there aren't many chapters from his POV and also because there didn't seem to be much emotion expressed when we heard his 'voice'. In fact the lack of emotional depth was what lost this book its 5th and final star.
That said the pace was excellent with lots of story strands woven into an intricate plot that left you guessing, second guessing and even third guessing. There were some unexpected twists all wrapped up in a writing style that was both easy to read and that also had a lovely flow to it.
There is some minor bad language, very limited in use, and although their is violence and death, the descriptions were not overly dramatic. Whilst there are hints of attraction between Cici and Sam, there wasn't anything more racy than hugs and hand holding, so this book is safe to give to a young person who likes their murder mystery reads, as well as to adults.
Whilst this isn't my first choice genre, I would definitely be willing to step outside my 'comfort zone' to read more work by this author.
After reading the first book in this series, I was eager to read the next Cici Gurule mystery, and the early copy I read of this was even better than the first book! I was quickly involved fully in the story and couldn’t wait to see how things worked out. Padgett does an excellent job of building suspense and dropping hints along the way, including a few misdirects, so the reader is thinking, guessing and wondering throughout the book. We get a little comic relief from a parishioner, Mrs. Sanchez, who hires herself as Cici's church assistant and then takes over, and then there’s the simmering chemistry between Cici and Sam, moving at a deliciously slow pace.
While the main mystery is solved, there's still the matter of the unsolved murder of Cici's twin sister, as well as the relationship between Sam and Cici, that we'll learn more about in future books. Whether you like contemporary romance or romantic suspense, this book offers an exciting, compelling read. With a touch of supernatural, a heap of whodunit and an enticing, slow-burn romance, this one is sure to please!
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