An Artifact of Death (A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery, #3)

An Artifact of Death (A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery, #3)

by J. J. Cagney, Alexa Padgett

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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.

An Artifact of Death is a standalone novel in a series of high-octane mystery thrillers. If you like fiery heroines who break the mold, top-secret missions, and colorful depictions of the American Southwest, then you'll love J. J. Cagney's action-packed adventure.


"The prose is...sublimely concise. An exhilarating entry in a thoroughly enjoyable series." -- Kirkus Reviews

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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155561446
Publisher: Sidecar Press, LLC
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Series: A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery , #3
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 168,940
File size: 540 KB

About the Author

With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path as a content manager for a web firm at the height of the tech boom, marketing director for a high-profile sports agency and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction. She is a card-carrying member of RWA, or would be if Romance Writers of America had cards. She’s also a member of Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA), and Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal (FF&P) chapters, where she’s met fabulous writers. She aspires to be as witty and kind as her writing family is.

Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, Alexa soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all – at least for a while. And she does in her books.

Alexa loves to read, especially her friends’ stories. She also spends a great deal of time in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.

 Write her at She loves to hear from her fans!

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An Artifact of Death (A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery, #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KenL4 27 days ago
Cici discovers a man being held at gun point and takes a picture of them. Her phone camera elicits a loud click that the men hear. She tries to get away as she races to her car. Anton gets in the passenger seat and tells her to drive as bullets are around them. This leads them to drive and leave the car to try to escape the Bratva, and elite assassin group of the KGB. Anton and Cici run to try to escape. There are quite a few of the Russian squad. She gets a text to Sam, but will it be in time?
Sharon_Arundel 15 days ago
These are new authors to me. This is a fast-paced story that piqued my interest from the get-go. If you enjoy a great story with lots of action and suspense, then you should grab this book. Be prepared to stay sitting for a few hours as you devour this book! It’s so well written with well-developed characters, an brilliant read! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Naty 22 days ago
Reverend Cici is struggling with some important decisions in her life. She is gone to Chaco to pray. But suddenly she is been dragged into a very dangerous situation and she has to fight for her life. CAn Sam get to Cici in time to salve her and finally tell her how he feels about her? You can put the book down until the end.
sheilamiss56 23 days ago
Wow! A suspense book that will definitely keep you reading through bedtime! This is the third book in the Cici Gurule series and, once again, she gets mixed up in murder and mayhem. Cici is on a mini vacation to try to find the answer to a job opportunity when she discovers herself in the middle of a Russian mob meeting. All she can do is run for her life and, somehow, she finds herself with a passenger. Is he a good guy or part of the mob chasing them? J. J. Cagney weaves a suspenseful tale about stolen artifact from Native American burial grounds and the length some people will go to gain more power. A 4 1/2-star book that will have you up all night! I small deduction because ... Warning: there is a cliffhanger!
Michelle_V 24 days ago
Reverend Cici is in the sacred Chaco Canyon in search of a sign to help her with a big decision. But as her luck goes she stumbles across armed operatives in the middle of a crime and now she's on the run with the victim she saved. I really enjoyed reading this mystery and it's full of action, suspense, intrigue, and a paranormal twist that had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I am looking forward to reading more books in this series.
Ellen-oceanside 28 days ago
AN. ARTIFACT. OF. DEATH. by J J Cagney Cici is a reverend by her chosen profession. Her middle name maybe trouble for she once against has stumble into a big one. A twin that always beside even after death, hopefully can help her. What about the man she loves and left, will he pull up roots and follow her. Another segment to enjoy with another to follow soon readers hope. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion