Thursday, 8 November 2018

A Heritage of Death - Alexa Padgett

A Heritage of Death
Alexa Padgett
(A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery, #2)
Publication date: October 23rd 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
An unconventional pastor. A brutal murder. To solve the case, one reverend will look for help from beyond the grave…
Reverend Cecelia “Cici” Gurule dreams of a bruised and bloodied woman who looks alarmingly like Cici. She’d like to pretend the dream is a nightmare and nothing more, but there are too many coincidences in her waking life to write it off. Like the baby that turns up on her porch–a baby that disappeared weeks before.
Cici and Detective Sam Chastain race to find the woman, but the killer finds her first. As the trail grows cold, Cici’s only chance to solve the mystery before she becomes the next target may be a clue left by her ghostly twin.
A Heritage of Death is the second novel in a compelling female sleuth mystery series for fans of Ruth Ware and Gilly MacMillan. If you like convention-shattering heroines, vivid Southwest settings, and a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Alexa Padgett’s twisty mystery.
Buy A Heritage of Death and hold on tight for a white-knuckle thrill ride today!

Author Bio:
With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.
Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all—at least for a while. And she does in her books.
She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.

My Review

I do love a good murder mystery, as you may well know. This one had plenty going for it, with missing women, bodies galore and an investigating team of a local reverend and a policeman that she seems to have a bit of a thing for. So far so good. I liked both Cici (the Reverend) and Sam (the policeman). It's clear that there is an overarching storyline that will involve some kind of romance developing between the two of them. I'm always happy to see a bit of that. 

Cici did have an identical twin sister, who has died. She still has some sort of connection with her and as a result, has dreams that tell her things about the mystery that they are looking into. It's these dreams that get her involved in the mystery in the first place. I do like the idea that someone might have this ability to 'see' something in this way. For me though, the dreams were a little too convenient and helped a little bit too much to help solve the mystery. I like to have the chance to try and solve things myself when reading a mystery, but it wasn't really possible with this. Having said that, I did know who was behind it. 

Overall I enjoyed this book. I liked the main characters and I'd be interested to see where this book is going to go in future instalments.


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