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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MTW_17 book review: "Enter by the Narrow Gate" (Book 1) by David Carlson

cj Sez:  Five Stars…yep, five. This is an unputdownable novel. (Hey, I’m a wordsmith. I can make up words.)

Hardened, and disheartened, Detroit Police Lieutenant Christopher Worthy travels to New Mexico on the trail of a physically, emotionally, and mentally distressed young woman. While there, he is recruited by his friend, and Orthodox priest, Father Nicholas Fortis to help solve the murder of a young nun who had been living, not in a convent, but in a monastery.  Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Sera Lacey joins the duo as a local liaison, and they discover that the two cases have an inexplicable connection.

Detective Worthy is confronted with a culture and a secret society he doesn’t understand. Father Fortis must navigate the social hierarchy and politics of a Trappist monastery. The child protection officer Sera Lacy gets lessons in homicide investigation. What they all come to understand is that death awaits those seeking to enter heaven’s narrow gate through their own devices. 

This story is so intriguing that, like Detective Worthy, I found myself leaning forward, back tense, as if I could urge the words to move faster.

The characters are subtly and thoroughly developed. The interwoven plot threads make for interesting reading and come to satisfying conclusions. Each scene moves the story forward. Each scene has an arc…a beginning and a middle that ends with a page-turning or scene-changing hook. Perfect.

If Enter by the Narrow Gate is any indication, author David Carlson has started a must-read detective series featuring Christopher Worthy and Father Fortis. Stay tuned.

Enter by the Narrow Gate is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. 

And, and . . . The Posse authors awarded a slew of books and gift cards at the cover reveal party on Feb 15, and now we’re gearing up for the ebook launch on March 15. Mark your calendars and stop by our FB page  . . .     There will be prizes.

That’s it for now. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to the same.

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