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Anna Carmen died six hours ago. Cici knew the exact moment because she’d swear until the day she died her sister said her name in a soft, broken voice just as Cici’s mind switched off...
Few people have ever experienced a connection like the one Cici Gurule and her sister had. The women weren't just twins; they were identical.
Now, Cici must learn to live without her sister...
...and deal with her unsolved murder and a cold trail.
◆Please note: This is a companion novella that should be read prior to A Pilgrimage to Death as it offers further insights into Cici, Sam, and the murder of Anna Carmen. It ends on a cliffhanger.◆
Although these books are best read in order, as a series, the rest (after A Pilgrimage to Death) can be read as a standalone. The correct order is:
A Pilgrimage to Death
A Heritage of Death
An Artifact of Death
A Revelation of Death
A Counsel of Death (late 2021)
"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.
"An exhilarating entry in a thoroughly enjoyable series." ~ Kirkus Reviews
A botched execution. A reverend on the run. Can she solve the mystery before she's caught in the crosshairs?
The fourth installment in the Kirkus Reviews, National Indie Excellence Awards and Publishers Weekly award-winning series by USA Today Best-Selling Author, J. J. Cagney:
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 blood shed on sacred ground is hers.
An unconventional woman. A brutal murder. To solve the case, Cici looks for help from beyond the grave…
The third installment in the Kirkus Reviews, National Indie Excellence Awards and Publishers Weekly award-winning series by USA Today Best-Selling Author, J. J. Cagney:
Cici Gurule wants to pretend her dream is nothing more than a meaningless nightmare. But she cannot ignore that the bruised and bloodied woman looked alarmingly like her.
When a baby turns up on her porch—a baby who was reported missing days before—evidence points to a connection with the woman in Cici’s dream, and she can no longer ignore the nighttime vision. Cici and Detective Sam Chastain struggle to follow the garbled evidence, but the killer scores his victim first.
Worse, a message pinned to the victim’s blouse states, “You’re next.”
Now, it’s a race against the clock to keep the baby safe and find the murderer before his trail goes cold. Cici’s only chance to solve this mystery, before she becomes the next victim, means choosing between her faith and believing a message left by her ghostly twin.
A childhood tragedy. An unsolved murder. In the quest to rewrite her family’s past, Danielle Patterson could lose her future.
After her mother’s sudden death, a Dallas housewife struggles to hold her young family together…especially after Danielle Patterson uncovers a dark secret that shatters her reality. Determined to bring her brother’s killer to justice, Danielle picks up exactly where her late mother left off. All too soon, her reckless pursuit proves Danielle—and her mother—knew the killer.
Facing the Past is a poignant domestic thriller that explores the interplay between relationships and regrets. If you like the lyrical prose of Gayle Forman and the gripping family drama of Marisa de los Santos, then you'll love J. J. Cagney’s captivating novel.
"An exciting mix of murder, mayhem and romance featuring a heroine who is one tough cookie in a book that packs a powerful punch–emotionally and action-wise–right through to the climactic ending."- IndieReader
The fifth installment in the Kirkus Reviews, National Indie Excellence Awards and Publishers Weekly award-winning series by USA Today Best-selling Author, J. J. Cagney:
The first victim rolls out of a rain barrel.
Soon, Cici Gurule dreams of other women's attacks, thanks to visions from her dead twin. The victims' watery graves torment Cici, feeding her growing fear of water.
The killer targets Cici's congregants and friends, taunting her and her lover, Detective Sam Chastain. Sam partners with the SFPD to investigate the widening web of assault, death, and pain... all while Cici struggles with the choices she made in Chaco Canyon.
When the killer lures a teen girl from her family, Cici and Sam's desperation to identify him becomes critical. But the clues, from the disappearance of Sam's ex-lover, to a cat with a chilling message for Cici, are leading them further from the truth, rather than toward saving the kidnapped girl.
Sometimes, death claimed relationships...
Welcome to the sixth book in the multi-award-winning series. Detective Sam Chastain must investigate Cici's father for federal crimes, and his partner Jeannette seems deadset on revenge. Will Cici and Sam be able to reconcile their jobs and their relationship with this new reality where nothing is what they believed?
Praise for A Rev. Cici Gurule Mystery Book series:
"Vivid, alluring, and heart-wrenching, A Pilgrimage to Death is every reason I love mystery. A breathtaking tale." - Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author
"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
"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
"In her third Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery, An Artifact of Death, Alexa Padgett (writing as J. J. Cagney) delivers an action-packed, page-turner with espionage, scared Southwest ruins, and a dash of the supernatural. This is an exciting thrill-ride you don't want to miss." - Karen M. Bryson, RONE Award for Excellence Recipient