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"Fast moving mystery with positive focus"

Former Navy Chaplain, Father Brendan Quinlan tends to be a bit different than some priests but was a dedicated and faith-filled pastor. While the congregation prepares for Easter, a child notices blood on the shroud-draped cross and the police are called. Someone has crucified twenty- two year old Steve King who was like a son to the priest.

Detective Matthew Diel leads the investigation into the murder and is unsure if he is pleased to find someone from his past. Ex-cop Chloe Ryder is an attorney member of St. Simeon Catholic Church and rushes to Father Brendan's defense. When he starts receiving threatening calls, she reluctantly joins forces with Matt to solve the case. Soon they realize that Steve's death was not the target; rather it is Father Brendan who faces death. Could it be for something he knows from his time in the Navy? Father Brendan cannot say even though this horrible crime has tested his faith.

This police procedural (or maybe political thriller?) builds tension by events and conspiracy without denigrating the victims. I was pleased to have the priesthood, Catholic Church and Christian faith portrayed in a positive manner. The story was a fast moving and captivating mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I have been told heroine Chloe Ryder is in Lee's previous books WITH MALICE and BREAKING ALL THE RULES. I did not feel a story lapse by not having read earlier titles. As Chloe and Matt never 'tie-up' all the loose ends; I believe we will have the pleasure to hear more from them in future stories.

Courtesy: eBOOKISLE

Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted June 24, 2003

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Last Breath
by Rachel Lee

Warner Books
May 1, 2003
ISBN #0446609919
Paperback
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Other Books by
Rachel Lee

Forever Claimed
Claimed by a Vampire
Claim the Night
Charmed Destinies
Shadows of Prophecy
Shadows of Myth
Something Deadly
Charmed Destinies
With Malice
July Thunder
Under Suspicion
Imminent Thunder
A January Chill
Thunder Mountain


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