Faithful Unto Death

Faithful Unto Death

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by Stephanie Jaye Evans
     
 

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Everything looks perfect in Sugar Land, Texas. But it’s not.

No one knows that better than Walker “Bear” Wells, a former college football player now serving as a minister in this upscale Texas town, where famous athletes mix with ranchers and the local parish priest wants to arm wrestle. It’s a beautiful master-planned community,See more details below

Overview

Everything looks perfect in Sugar Land, Texas. But it’s not.

No one knows that better than Walker “Bear” Wells, a former college football player now serving as a minister in this upscale Texas town, where famous athletes mix with ranchers and the local parish priest wants to arm wrestle. It’s a beautiful master-planned community, but people can’t be held to neighborhood restrictions, and Bear deals daily with emotional and spiritual problems, in both his flock and his own family.

But never murder. Not until a man is found dead on the nearby golf course, his skull crushed.

Bear has no interest in playing detective. His job is praying for the dead, not searching for their killers. But every time he turns around, another facet of the investigation tangles with his own life…like the fact that the murdered man’s son—and a main suspect—is currently dating his own rebellious teenage daughter.

He made a promise to do the right thing. But keep­ing promises may be what led to murder...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in Sugar Land, Tex., Evans’s unassuming, mild-mannered debut introducing preacher Walker “Bear” Wells still packs a considerable punch. When prominent attorney Graham Garcia turns up on the town’s golf course, his head bashed in with an oversized club, Det. James Wanderley questions Bear about a quiet meeting Bear had with the victim a week earlier. Bear, a former University of Texas football player, thinks his encounter with Garcia deserves confidentiality. Wanderley insists otherwise. While Bear is overscheduled with committee meetings, marital counseling, and his own scholarly writings, his deepest commitment is to his wife and two feisty teenage daughters. As Bear gets more involved with the Garcia family, he finds that his troubled younger daughter might have some serious ties to the dead man’s son. Readers will look forward to seeing more of Bear, with his formidable intellect, tart sense of humor, and resolute sense of justice. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management. (June)
Susan Wittig Albert
“Praise be! A new series with a soul, a heart, and a down-home Texas twang. Preacher Bear Wells is an entirely original sleuth and author Stephanie Jaye Evans is that real rarity: a debut writer with dead-on dialogue, winning characters, and—mirabile dictu! —nimble plotting.”
M.C. Beaton
“Warmhearted and clever.”
Julia Spencer-Fleming
“Stephanie Jaye Evans' marvelous debut sets the traditional village cozy smack-dab in the middle of today's suburban planned community. Evans' gift for colorful characters enlivens Faithful Unto Death, while her assured writing propels it forward. I love her reluctant clerical sleuth, the Reverend Walker ‘Bear’ Wells. Bring on the next Sugar Land mystery!”
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"Packs a considerable punch. ... Readers will look forward to seeing more of Bear, with his formidable intellect, tart sense of humor, and resolute sense of justice." — Publishers Weekly

“Praise be! A new series with a soul, a heart, and a down-home Texas twang. Preacher Bear Wells is an entirely original sleuth and author Stephanie Jaye Evans is that real rarity: a debut writer with dead-on dialogue, winning characters, and—mirabile dictu! —nimble plotting.”   — Susan Wittig Albert, national bestselling author of the China Bayles mysteries

“Warmhearted and clever.” — M.C. Beaton, author of the Agatha Raisin Mysteries

“Stephanie Jaye Evans' marvelous debut sets the traditional village cozy smack-dab in the middle of today's suburban planned community. Evans' gift for colorful characters enlivens Faithful Unto Death, while her assured writing propels it forward. I love her reluctant clerical sleuth, the Reverend Walker ‘Bear’ Wells. Bring on the next Sugar Land mystery!”  — Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of One Was a Soldier

Library Journal
Attorney Graham Garcia died on the golf course, bludgeoned by a Big Bertha (for nongolfers, a golf club). This is definitely not standard protocol for the upscale planned community of Sugar Land, just outside of Houston. Garcia's demanding widow is a parishioner of Walker ("Bear") Wells, and thus Bear is thrust into the role of amateur detective. Apparently, Garcia was not only having problems with his law firm because he threatened to turn whistle-blower, but he also had a lover. With two strong motives, Bear thinks he can solve this murder. But a critical miscalculation endangers Bear. VERDICT Evans, who received a Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, turns the village vicar cozy on its head with her reluctant pastor sleuth. In addition to a smart mystery, readers will enjoy humorous takes on running a church, owning a dog, and dealing with father-daughter angst. The clever structure, remarkable dialog, and subplots result in a wholly satisfying read.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101588628
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Series:
A Sugar Land Mystery , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
674,118
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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