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The Last Amen

By C.C. Jameson

Loved it! 😍

Kate Murphy's latest case is wrapped around faith and the Church. This attention-grabbing thriller holds you throughout the book! Must read.

Synopsis

When he acts in the name of God, his victims’ faith could be their demise.

When a young woman is found dead on her bed, dressed in an old-fashioned nightgown with her hands clasped in a prayer position, Detective Kate Murphy is called to investigate her murder.

But before Kate and her colleagues can find the killer, another woman is found dead in the same position. Other than having blonde hair and living in Boston, the women have very little in common. But one thing is clear: the serial killer has some twisted religious beliefs.

What is his motive? Who is he? And, most importantly, can Kate stop the murderer before he strikes again?

If you like complex mysteries, unexpected twists, and dramatic stories, then you’ll enjoy the thrills that this page-turning mystery has to offer.

The Last Amen is the third standalone book in the Kate Murphy Mystery series.

I started reading this book at noon today. I've raced through it, forgoing food, fluid, or movement, and ignoring a persistent cat.

That's how good this thriller is.


C.C. Jameson creates a world where teenagers make vows they don't keep, where the priest that listens to your confession may not be helping you, where almost everyone has a deep secret. The 'almost' is part of what makes this book so gripping. It is filled with well-written characters, gruesome details, interweaving stories. With this author's skill, the strands of the story are never tangled but the solution is difficult to guess.


Kate Murphy has been assigned her first lead on a murder case. She barely hangs on as the murders pile up, and as the trauma from her childhood creeps more and more often into her dreams. Her long-lost lover is getting exasperated, and his mother is pressuring him to marry her, while Kate barely has a moment to catch her breath. Her boss is also on her case, but is kind enough to allocate extra staff to the investigation, and continually sets limits on overtime, not because of the cost, but because he feels his team do their best work when rested. (The only unlikely thing in this book is his management approach, unfortunately.)


Being rested doesn't help the team as they chase the murderer, always one step behind. Despite taking the time to position his victims dressed sweetly and holding an open Bible, the murderer is so careful there are no clues. Will they manage to dig through the past to find the murderer? Who is lined up to be the next victim, and is the police team safe? Will Luke lose patience with his always-gone girlfriend?


The last several chapters should be read in one sitting. Allow time, You won't want to put this book down.


Highly recommended. I'm off to look up more books by this author.

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An avid reader of all genres except romance (it makes me snicker). Published writer of humour and short fiction/non-fiction. Currently working on a fiction trilogy and a self-help book for people with MS or other brain conditions.

Retired nurse. Now artist and crafter plus the writing, of course!

Synopsis

When he acts in the name of God, his victims’ faith could be their demise.

When a young woman is found dead on her bed, dressed in an old-fashioned nightgown with her hands clasped in a prayer position, Detective Kate Murphy is called to investigate her murder.

But before Kate and her colleagues can find the killer, another woman is found dead in the same position. Other than having blonde hair and living in Boston, the women have very little in common. But one thing is clear: the serial killer has some twisted religious beliefs.

What is his motive? Who is he? And, most importantly, can Kate stop the murderer before he strikes again?

If you like complex mysteries, unexpected twists, and dramatic stories, then you’ll enjoy the thrills that this page-turning mystery has to offer.

The Last Amen is the third standalone book in the Kate Murphy Mystery series.

Boston, Massachusetts, Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

The pop of the cork echoed in the dining room as he opened the 2011 bottle of Terre Rouge Tête-à-Tête. If one type of alcohol made his life easier, it was red wine. It pleased his taste buds and suited his profession. The blood of Christ. 

Whether early priests had begun drinking it due to alcoholism, epicurism, or simple lack of clean drinking water was debatable, but one thing was certain: blends were better for his budget than expensive dry wines. And they offered the perfect cover for the first step of his cleansing process.

She sat cross-legged at a proper distance from him, with her Sunday best on. Her manicured hands rested together on one of her knees, but he knew she hadn’t kept her distance from other men before… At least she had the decency to keep her filthy digits away from him.

For a second, he reconsidered whether he should proceed with his plan. 

“Your parents have been out of town, you said. Are they back?” he asked, his eyes scanning the rest of the dining room decor, which was adorned with family photos. In the neatly tiled frames, she and her parents beamed in various settings: by the harbor, at graduation, at the beach. Her blonde hair ran in the family.

When she started speaking, he returned his eyes to her. A hint of pink had reached her cheeks. 

“They’re away on a cruise. They’ve been gone for a week already, but they should be back in two weeks.”

Her reply returned him to his senses. If he let her be, she’d only worsen her situation. She’d have too much time to continue sinning. If he waited any longer, she’d forever be damned and stuck in Hell, rotting with… 

He couldn’t even bring himself to think about her name anymore.

A soul could only stand so much staining before the gates of paradise would forever seal shut, preventing trespassing by those who didn’t deserve entry.

He moved the empty wine glasses closer, away from the pen and pad of paper she’d placed on the table minutes earlier. 

As he poured an inch of red liquid into the first glass, he spoke. “You said your parents had a special Bible they liked to read from, as a family. Could you please get it? I’d love to see it.”

“Of course.” She grinned, got up from her chair, and headed into the adjacent living room, her footsteps fading away as she walked out of sight.

He knew she could be back any second. A practicing family like hers had to have Bibles nearby at all times. After retrieving the tiny vial he’d hidden, his fingers swiftly dumped its contents into the empty glass. By the time the creaks of her footsteps got closer, he’d already poured wine over it, hiding his special ingredient.

“Here it is,” she said, handing the worn-out, leather-bound book to him and beaming as though it was an Olympic medal she’d just earned.

“Ah, the Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition. Is this one of the original printings?”

She nodded. “Daddy says so. He’s had it since he was a child.”

“Very nice. Please join me.” He indicated to the chair she’d previously occupied next to him. 

“You are so… fun.” She sat and grabbed her pen and paper. “You’re right. It will be much easier to work on the social calendar here, away from the screaming children waiting for their parents to be done socializing. And while drinking wine? You’re the coolest!”

Such a lovely young woman, but so easily tempted. 

Her soul deserved to rest in peace. Unlike the one whose name he dared not think about anymore, he had time to save this young woman’s soul, if he acted now. 

“Shall I bless this wine before we get started?”

About the author

C.C. Jameson is an ex-military officer now wanderlust-driven author. The author currently lives somewhere along the coast of Mexico, where blue skies meet turquoise waters, and cold beers and lime margaritas reign as the best thirst quenchers. view profile

Published on March 27, 2019

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80000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Mystery & Crime

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