"Exciting police procedural"
In the St. Simeon Parish in Tampa, Florida, the
congregation prepares for a big event when a little girl
points out that the statue of Jesus is bleeding. Father
Brendan Quinlan prays that this is a miracle, but when he
looks carefully he knows more mundane matters of murder
have occurred. He relocates the participants to another
part of the church and calls the police.
Detective Matthew Diel leads the investigation into the
murder of twenty-two year old member Steve King. When Diel
learns that the victim was gay, he wonders if the priest
had an illicit affair with Steve. Former colleague and ex
lover, but now an attorney Chloe Ryder warns Matthew to
keep his mind open before they agree to share what they
learn. As the duo digs deeper into the homicide, the
evidence seems to point towards the parish priest as the
culprit unless Chloe, a believer in the goodness of
Brendan, can prove otherwise.
This is an exciting police procedural that builds tension
by what happens to Brendan who seems like a good Christian,
but may prove to be a wolf in sheep clothing. Chloe and
Matthew, who were once an entry, provide romantic tension,
as they remain combustible. The story line moves forward
rather quickly though an extra conspiratorial twist seems
unnecessary. Still fans will hold their breath to see who
is the killer and why.
© Harriet Klausner
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 10, 2003