Andi’s new job brings with it the scent of smoke no one else in the building can smell. Stranger still are the voices that accompany the smoke. She doesn’t understand exactly what’s going on—does she have a brain tumor or is she going crazy? One voice suggest she seek out Father Riley at St. Gemma’s Church, and still another voice asks for help. That determines it for Andi. She heads to church.
She and Father Riley soon determine the source of the smoke and realize the person belonging to the voice asking for help may have been murdered. Father Riley turns to homicide Jack Harmon for assistance. Despite repeated warnings from the detective to stay clear of the investigation, Andi doesn’t let go. How can she, when she’s still hearing from the victim?
Take one part mysterious death, add two parts religion (Catholicism and Voodoo), combine with a dollop of horror and a dash of romance and you have the intoxicating mixture that is Ann Simas’s novel HOLY SMOKE.
The kind of mystery that has you saying, “Just one more page” at 2 a.m., HOLY SMOKE has everything you want in classic escapist fiction—likeable heroine, romantic hero, “Malificent” villain, sage wisdom figure and all puns intended, a “smoking” hot plot line. Just dark enough for that delightful frisson that comes with an engaging mystery, HOLY SMOKE is a great introduction to Ann’s work.
Author of 365 Saints
Ann Simas lives in Oregon, but she is a Colorado girl at heart, having grown up in the Rocky Mountains. An avid word-lover since childhood, she penned her first fiction “book” in high school. She particularly likes to write a mix of mystery-thriller-suspense, with a love story and paranormal elements.
An award-winning watercolorist and a budding photographer, Ann also enjoys needlework and gardening in her spare time. She is her family’s “genealogist” and has been blessed with the opportunity to conduct first-hand research in Italy for both her writing and her family tree. Some of her Italy photos are displayed on the home page of her website, annsimas.com. The genealogy research from century’s old documents, written in Italian, has been a supreme but gratifying and exciting challenge for her.
Contact the author via:
Magic Moon Press
Eugene, OR 97404-0386
annsimas.com and Ann Simas, Author on Facebook
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