Saving St. Teresa

Saving St. Teresa

by Joe Benevento


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When Monsignor Martin Heamey is found strangled just after a debate with Tony Cupelli, a former monsignor and present professor at Smith College, Tony's detective brother Mike seeks a possible link between this murder and the apparent suicide of a Carmelite nun in Brooklyn. The brothers uncover a growing cult of young women devoted to dark interpretations of the teachings and life of St. Teresa of Avila, a cult the brothers seek to prove guilty of the crimes, even as more possible victims of the devotees are revealed. When not one, but two, of Tony's present love interests are included among the most likely suspects, his own life is at risk unless, and until, the Cupelli brothers can decipher the clues awaiting in the secret writings of St. Teresa.

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ISBN-13: 9781626942554
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Joe Benevento received a B.A. degree from NYU in English and Spanish (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. in English from Ohio State and a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State. Benevento is Professor of English at Truman State U, where he teaches creative writing, American literature, and Mystery. He is the longtime, co-editor of the Green Hills Literary Lantern.

Benevento’s poems, stories, essays and reviews have appeared in about 300 places, including: Poets & Writers, The Chattahoochee Review, Pearl, Wisconsin Review, Inkwell, South Dakota Review, RE: Arts & Letter and Bilingual Review. His work has three times been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. In 1991 he was featured in a special issue of The MacGuffin, “New Decade, New Writers.

Benevento’s previous books include two novels, two full length poetry volumes, two poetry chapbooks, and a book of short stories. They are, Holding On, Warthog Press, 1996; Willing To Believe, Timberline Press, 2003; The Odd Squad, Behler Publications, 2005 (a finalist for the 2006 John Gardner Fiction Book Award); My Puerto Rican Past, Ginninderra Press, 2006; Some of My Best Friends and Other Fictions, Lewis-Clark Press, 2008; “Tough Guys Don’t Write,” Finishing Line Press, 2011; The Monsignor’s Wife, Moonshine Cove Publishing, 2013.

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