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

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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, 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
File size:
425 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Stephanie Jaye Evans is the daughter of a trailblazing Church of Christ minister and the great-granddaughter of a circuit-riding preacher. She and her husband live in Sugar Land, Texas, and have seven grown children and two badly behaved pugs. This is her first book.

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Faithful unto Death 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
Stephanie is a very talented writer with a true sense of humor. When new subjects or characters were added it was done smoothly and cleverly. The only reason I won't recommend this to others is because of the profanity that could so easily been left out, especially when the story is in the first person who is a Preacher. We all know that much of society has become illiterate enough they feel they have to express themselves in vulgar words but it should not be encouraged through literature. The mystery and intrigue In this book hold one's interest to the end in a delightfully humorous style. I would love to add this to my library but won't because of the profanity. Stephanie, many of us would be excited to be a fan if you would dispense with the profanity. You do a have a wonderful, and unique talent loaded with humor. I was privileged to win this book but won't be keeping it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our book club really enjoyed this book. The characters were so similar to the people is am with every day. When someone dies you head straight over to the house with a pound cake.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Sugar Land, Texas is a beautiful master-planned community where famous athletes rub shoulders with ranchers. It is home to Walker "Bear" Wells, minister and a former college football player. Bear has dealt with a lot over the years with his congregation and his own family but when a man is found murdered on a local golf course he finds himself somewhere her never dreamed he would be, right in the middle of all the drama. Every time he turns around, another facet of the investigation tangles with his own life. Case in point, Bear's rebellious daughter is currently dating the murdered man's son. It make take more than a prayer to catch this killer. A intriguing debut with a very pleasing preacher protagonist. Walker "Bear" Wells is not your typical preacher. He has trouble coming up with a prayer on the spur of the moment and has very unique sense of humor. People do feel safe telling him everything and anything. But will he keep his promises and keep things confidential? Sugar Land has a wonderful set of quirky characters that add so much to the story. Annie Laurie is the perfect preacher's wife, Jo is the typical "preacher's kid", you know obstinate and ready for trouble. Bear and Detective Wanderley will learn they make a really good team. Add to that a bunch of people trying to cover for each other and cover their own A**, when no one is sure what really happened made this a very enjoyable read. I will anxiously be awaiting the next book in this series. This is another author to keep our eyes on!