An Artifact of Death

A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery

Book 3
Sidecar Press, LLC
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A botched execution. A reverend on the run. Can she solve the mystery before she’s caught in the crosshairs?


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 bloodshed on sacred ground is hers.


★ WHY READERS CAN'T PUT DOWN REV. CICI GURULE'S MYSTERIES ★

"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


Hold on to your hat, this story is fast paced and really gets your blood moving. - Joanne Hampton, Goodreads Review


"Oh my goodness. I absolutely loved this story. I couldn’t stop reading. Cici always manages to find trouble..." - Bec, Goodreads Review


"This story is filled with what makes the dessert Southwest so beautiful and terrifying. Truly one of the best books in the series." - Suzy Sims, Goodreads Review


"I love the Character Cici. This Author really knows how to deliver a thrilling read." - Nanajoesten, Bookbub Review


"You’re not going to find this kind of absorbing, engaging, enticing suspense anywhere else, so grab this one today!" - BookAddict, Bookbub Review

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About the author

J. J. Cagney is the mystery/thriller pen name of USA Today bestselling author Alexa Padgett. Her debut mystery, A Pilgrimage of Death, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ 100 Best Books of 2018 and Goodreads Best Mysteries of the 2010s. 

Cagney holds a bachelor’s in international marketing and spent part of her twenties as the marketing director for an elite sports management firm. And, yes, she did her requisite stint with a dotcom back in the that early 2000s, first as a marketing coordinator and then as a content manager. She’s penned work for a variety of websites and magazines, and she worked as a literary agent for Irene Webb Literary. 

She lives in northern New Mexico with her husband, children, about a million fish, and their Great Pyrenees, Ash. Kirkus Reviews called Cagney’s latest mystery, An Artifact of Death, “An exhilarating entry in a thoroughly enjoyable series.”

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Publisher
Sidecar Press, LLC
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Published on
May 21, 2019
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Pages
265
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018 and 2019 National Indie Excellence Awards winner.


When Cici discovers a body in the forest, she’s shocked to realize the victim’s wounds are identical to the ones that killed her sister a year ago. Now she’s embroiled in the takedown of a massive criminal operation, and the stakes couldn’t be higher…


Someone murdered her sister. And shot her dog. The killer won't stop until she's dead, too.


Cici finds a dead body while hiking in the Santa Fe National Forest. The situation deteriorates when she discovers the victim bears similar stab wounds to those that ended her twin sister's life a year ago.

Then, her identical twin sister infiltrates her dreams. 


All of a sudden, Cici and her dogs must dodge arrows, bullets, and even a demon truck—all while she grapples with the knowledge that her sister was on the trail of a deep-rooted criminal operation. Worse, her twin's death was much more sinister than a random act of violence.


Now, as she follows the clues her sister drops in her dreams, the criminals want Cici out of the way. Permanently.


A Pilgrimage to Death is a high-octane thriller. Fans of Ruth Ware, J.D. Robb, and Angela Marsons will love J. J. Cagney's new edge-of-your-seat novel.


★ WHY READERS CAN'T PUT DOWN REV. CICI GURULE'S MYSTERIES ★


“A wholly absorbing gumshoe tale elevated by an extraordinary detective.”(Kirkus Reviews starred review)


"Vivid, alluring, and heart-wrenching, Alexa Padgett's A Pilgrimage to Death is every reason I love mystery. A breathtaking tale."—Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author


"A Pilgrimage to Death was an edge-of-my-seat thrill ride that kept me guessing all the way through. Alexa Padgett weaves an intricate and enthralling tale, with relationships that run deep, and mystery that does the same."—Allyson Lindt, USA Bestseller


"A Pilgrimage to Death is a phenomenal read from the moment you open the book on the first page to the very last page." —Jeanine, Bookbub Review


"This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller with a great storyline and multidimensional characters." —Suecolerick, Bookbub Review


"A Pilgrimage to Death is filled with a lot of unexpected twists."—Energy, Bookbub Review


"If you like Murder She Wrote and Agatha Christie, you will love this." —Lisa, Goodreads Review


"This is a must-read book, and I give it five stars." —Angela Sanders, Author of Never Again


"There are many suspects, few leads and several tense moments when Cici becomes targeted by the unknown killer."—Sheila, Goodreads Review

An unconventional woman. A brutal murder. To solve the case, one reverend will look for help from beyond the grave…


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 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 J. J. Cagney’s twisty mystery.


★ WHY READERS CAN'T PUT DOWN REV. CICI GURULE'S MYSTERIES ★


"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." —The Wandering Bookaholic


"A Heritage of Death grabs your attention from the start and will keep you hooked right up until the end holding all its secrets with an ending that I never saw coming."—MagickofBooks


"A great new character sleuth that I for one is quite happy to follow the adventures of Reverend Cici Gurule with hopefully Sam by her side. I so pleased to find a series that has blown me away, this was just perfect."—Cheryl, Goodreads Review


"The characters are so well written that I felt a connection with them. The mystery is powerful. I couldn’t stop reading."—rmkrejsa42, Bookbub Review


"This is a very good mystery that keeps you interested." —Kenl, Bookbub Review


"Cici is a character that has staying power to keep you in from beginning to end."—vp_mom, Bookbub Review

"Clearly well researched, this novel is a good read within its genre and one I can definitely recommend to fans of murder mysteries." —Grant, Goodreads Review


"The author did a great job of feeding us little bits of information, while keeping us on the edge of our seat, and also without giving too much away and ruining the story straight away."—Three Degrees of Fiction 

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018 and 2019 National Indie Excellence Awards winner.


When Cici discovers a body in the forest, she’s shocked to realize the victim’s wounds are identical to the ones that killed her sister a year ago. Now she’s embroiled in the takedown of a massive criminal operation, and the stakes couldn’t be higher…


Someone murdered her sister. And shot her dog. The killer won't stop until she's dead, too.


Cici finds a dead body while hiking in the Santa Fe National Forest. The situation deteriorates when she discovers the victim bears similar stab wounds to those that ended her twin sister's life a year ago.

Then, her identical twin sister infiltrates her dreams. 


All of a sudden, Cici and her dogs must dodge arrows, bullets, and even a demon truck—all while she grapples with the knowledge that her sister was on the trail of a deep-rooted criminal operation. Worse, her twin's death was much more sinister than a random act of violence.


Now, as she follows the clues her sister drops in her dreams, the criminals want Cici out of the way. Permanently.


A Pilgrimage to Death is a high-octane thriller. Fans of Ruth Ware, J.D. Robb, and Angela Marsons will love J. J. Cagney's new edge-of-your-seat novel.


★ WHY READERS CAN'T PUT DOWN REV. CICI GURULE'S MYSTERIES ★


“A wholly absorbing gumshoe tale elevated by an extraordinary detective.”(Kirkus Reviews starred review)


"Vivid, alluring, and heart-wrenching, Alexa Padgett's A Pilgrimage to Death is every reason I love mystery. A breathtaking tale."—Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author


"A Pilgrimage to Death was an edge-of-my-seat thrill ride that kept me guessing all the way through. Alexa Padgett weaves an intricate and enthralling tale, with relationships that run deep, and mystery that does the same."—Allyson Lindt, USA Bestseller


"A Pilgrimage to Death is a phenomenal read from the moment you open the book on the first page to the very last page." —Jeanine, Bookbub Review


"This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller with a great storyline and multidimensional characters." —Suecolerick, Bookbub Review


"A Pilgrimage to Death is filled with a lot of unexpected twists."—Energy, Bookbub Review


"If you like Murder She Wrote and Agatha Christie, you will love this." —Lisa, Goodreads Review


"This is a must-read book, and I give it five stars." —Angela Sanders, Author of Never Again


"There are many suspects, few leads and several tense moments when Cici becomes targeted by the unknown killer."—Sheila, Goodreads Review

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It—publishing just as the second part of It, the movie, lands in theaters.

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
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