It's 1974. Vietnam is a recent memory. For Father Damon Keith, reassigned to Quantico, it’s a time for new beginnings and familiar challenges. The heroic sacrifice of Navy Chaplain Vincent Capodanno, post-humously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, may be fresh in the American public’s mind, but in some quarters a peacetime military chaplaincy is considered expendable. Michael O'Shea, Quantico's top prosecutor and Father Damon’s oldest friend, has asked him to instruct his bride-to-be in the faith. At first skeptical, Mia Rodgers is willing to approach Roman Catholicism with an open mind. But within days of Damon's arrival on base, a Woman Marine is found sexually assaulted and murdered, and a Marine chaplain's assistant is placed in custody for the crime. Strange telephone calls seem to implicate someone from Damon's past—or even the priest himself. It's up to NIS Special Agent Harry Reiner, ex-Philly cop, recovering alcoholic and former altar boy, to make sense of it all . . .
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About the Author
Donna Lee Davis became Catholic at Marine Memorial Chapel in 1969. Her 33-year career at Quantico included six years as Chaplains Office Secretary and 27 in court reporting within the military justice system, most of them as Senior Court Reporter. Upon retirement Donna was awarded the Navy Department's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. She has twice self-published poetry, Sheer Poetry in 1981 and Sheer Poetry Revisited in 2007. Her short fiction has appeared in the international magazine Carpe Articulum Literary Review (2010), print issues and online, and has been short listed for the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award (2007). In 2016 she authored Here Is the Church: A History of St. Mary Parish, the story of the coming of age of Catholicism in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. Donna is proud that she was born in Philadelphia, but she has been a Virginian since sixth grade. She lives in Hartwood.
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Matter of Discretion based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite Matter of Discretion by Donna Lee Davis is a Christian fiction novel that would appeal most to a diverse audience of mature young adults and adults who enjoy crime and mystery stories, and who do not mind some profanity and a sexual crime. Father Damon John Keith of the Navy Chaplain Corps has been reassigned to Quantico where he is reunited with his best friend, Michael O'Shea, who is hoping that Damon would serve as a faith teacher to his soon to be bride, Mia Rodgers. Yet, what should have been a simple assignment quickly becomes complicated when a female Marine is sexually assaulted and killed, and strange phone calls hint at the murderer having a connection with Damon. Will NIS Special Agent Harry Reiner solve the case or will the wrong person end up in prison for sexual assault and murder? Move over Jethro Gibbs, Tony Dinozzo, and Timothy McGee to make room for NIS Special Agent Harry Reiner in Matter of Discretion by Donna Lee Davis! This book reminded me a lot of the NCIS television show with how it followed a crime and the subsequent investigation. Yet, it truly set itself apart with how it included religious elements and focused on the lives of the main characters instead of just the crime committed. I liked how real the author made the characters feel; they felt more like real people than fictional characters! My favorite character was Damon Keith as I respected the way that he saw his assignment to Quantico as a test of humility and embraced it as such, instead of fighting against it. Overall, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed immersing myself in the lives of the characters, especially Damon Keith, and I would love to read more about these characters in future books!