Scorched Grace: A Sister Holiday Mystery (Hardcover)
March 2023 Indie Next List
“After 33 years of bookselling, I can say I have not read a novel as original and shocking as Scorched Grace. She’s a (punk) nun like none other (bad pun, but true) resolved to solve a murder to protect her new community and her own choices.”
— Barbara Peters, The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, Scottsdale, AZ
"There is a fire at a Catholic School and someone has been murdered. Who will solve the case? The police. No. A tattooed, punk rocker, lesbian nun will. Set in New Orleans, which is a character in itself, this debut novel is a humdinger of a mystery. The first of the Sister Holiday mysteries. I can't wait for the second. "--Reviewed by Chris
Sister Holiday, a chain-smoking, heavily tattooed, queer nun, puts her amateur sleuthing skills to the test in this "unique and confident" debut crime novel (Gillian Flynn).When Saint Sebastian's School becomes the target of a shocking arson spree, the Sisters of the Sublime Blood and their surrounding New Orleans community are thrust into chaos. Patience is a virtue, but punk rocker turned nun Sister Holiday isn't satisfied to just wait around for officials to return her home and sanctuary to its former peace, instead deciding to unveil the mysterious attacker herself. Her investigation leads her down a twisty path of suspicion and secrets, turning her against colleagues, students, and even fellow Sisters along the way. And to piece together the clues of this high-stakes mystery, she must at last reckon with the sins of her own past. An exciting start to a bold series that breathes new life into the hard-boiled genre, Scorched Grace is a fast-paced and punchy whodunnit that will keep readers guessing until the very end.