How Everything Turns Away
by Steven J. Kolbe
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Pub Date 18 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 15 Jun 2022
Ezra James used to be a big deal: Harvard graduate, FBI agent, beautiful wife. After being accused of fabricating evidence in a serial killer trial, he finds himself suspended, on the verge of a divorce, and working security at a posh Catholic school in Chicago. Then something out-of-the-ordinary happens: a young student-teacher is attacked during a Christmas pageant and left for dead in the snow with a noose around her neck and an electrical burn. Plus, she's pregnant. Ezra, along with up-and-coming police detective, Lucia Vargas, and school chaplain, Fr. Remy Mbombo, must work fast before the culprit returns to finish the job.
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Average rating from 3 members
For an intriguing insider’s view of a posh private school, where everyone—including the enigmatic school chaplain with as many secrets as the confessional booth—has an agenda. Combine this with a wounded hero who refuses to let life’s vagaries keep him down, and the reader has him/herself with a honey of a fast-paced mystery.
How Everything Turns Away is a story for that reader who appreciates dry humor, busybody PTA members, and smart-mouthed teenagers. Clearly this author is well acquainted with the ins and outs of an educational system as well as the rigors of foreign missionary work. Well done!!
On a scale of 1-5, How Everything Turns Away deserves a 7.
Kat Henry Doran, Two Wild Women Reviews
How Everything Turns Away by Steven J. Kolbe is a great mystery set in a school with the kind of characters one would expect to find there. Intelligent and humorous, this book is a treat if you enjoy clever mysteries. Highly recommended! Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
I found Steven J. Kolbe’s How Everything Turns Away is a police procedural, but not the same old-same old kind. Ezra James, temporarily suspended FBI agent working as head of security in a Catholic school, is believable and very human. Lucia Vargas, the detective working on an attempted murder during the school’s Christmas program, is delightfully quirky. The crime is baffling and suspects abound. If this is a series (and I very much hope it is), I’m praying Fr. Remy is an ongoing character.
I received an ARC for my unbiased review.
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