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Penitence by Ann SimasWhere there’s smoke…

Andi Comstock has grown used to smelling the smoke that pervades her office every time a cremation takes place in the mortuary next door. She even enjoys the moment or two when each soul stops to chat with her on the way to the Pearly Gates.

But one day, a Smokie says something that leads her to believe he may be headed in the other direction. “I did something bad, Andi, and I don’t know how to fix it.”

Sometimes, it means murder…
Andi isn’t a person who can let a plea for help go unanswered. Her sleuthing cohort, Father Riley, sometimes compares her to St. Jeanne d’Arc, fighting battles on behalf of others. Andi knows she’s no saint, but she doesn’t run from trouble, either.

This time, she may wish she had.

PENITENCE is available from Amazon, Amazon CA and Amazon UK.


“Take one part mysterious death, add two parts religion, combine with a dollop of horror and a dash of romance and you have the intoxicating mixture that is…HOLY SMOKE [Book 1 in the Andi Comstock Supernatural Mystery Series].” – Woodeene Koenig-Bricker, 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 or supernatural 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. The genealogy research from century’s old documents, written in Italian, has been a supreme but gratifying and exciting challenge for her.