Samantha Shade has been hired to find out if there is something more than rats and feral cats haunting the crumbling San Rafael Mission, home of Father Rodriguez's impoverished flock. But soon, the donut-addicted rookie private investigator is sidetracked by a series of murders occurring within the parish — and by the bookish, yet attractive, police detective leading the investigation.
Several young men are found executed in the same gruesome manner — and each is discovered with a marigold between his lips. The clues all seem to lead to someone at the San Rafael Mission. Who could be responsible? Soon Samantha comes all too close to the answer as she is led through the crypts below San Rafael's cemetery on a journey that could only end on the Day of the Dead."
I honestly like the way Samantha Shade includes her faith in God in the story. It feels like almost real. Also it makes me laugh when she doesn't have a watch or a cellphone right in the middle of the cemetery amidst tall and thick weeds. She said she don't even know how to figure out the time by the position of the stars, with reference to the Old Testament prophet Abraham.
I love how she called Father in Heaven and prayed near the climax of the story when she was alone.
" I prayed for Carlos to be all right until help came. I prayed for Chaiya to be protected on her errand of mercy. I prayed for the killers to stay away and/or for the patrolman to be inspired to check out these streets for no particular reason. I even prayed for God's will to be done, but mostly because I was certain He could see the wisdom in what I wanted."
And the sincere prayer she had of the 'Thy-will-be-done variety' because she honestly don't know what would happen.
Buy the book, or read the first chapter here.