Higher Myster 3 Book Set : Bleeder : Viper : Specter
By John DesjarlaisBook 1 Bleeder
"Rumors about a priest...
When classics professor Reed Stubblefield is disabled in a school shooting, he retreats to a rural Illinois cabin to recover and write a book on Aristotle.
Oddly, in the chill of early March, the campgrounds and motels of tiny River Falls are filled with the ill and infirm -- all seeking the healing touch of the town's new parish priest, reputed to be a stigmatic, who bears on his hands and feet the wounds of Christ.
Skeptical about religion, Reed is nevertheless drawn into a friendship with the cleric, Rev. Ray Boudreau, an amiable Aquinas scholar with a fine library.
Then, as Fr. Boudreau carries the Cross up to the altar during solemn Good Friday services, he collapses and bleeds to death right in front of his horrified parishioners.
Or bloody murder?
Discovering he’s the prime suspect in the unexplained death of his friend, Reed races to find the truth before he gets arrested . . . or killed.
Because not everyone in town wants this mystery solved." --Publisher's Website
Book 2 Viper
"Selena De La Cruz has a problem.
Just before All Souls’ Day someone entered the names of nine parishioners in her church’s Book of the Dead, seeking prayers for their souls.
All nine are still alive.
Until they start getting murdered . . . one by one . . . in the precise order their names were entered in the Book of the Dead . . . and always right after a local visionary sees a mysterious woman known as The Blue Lady.
Is she the Virgin Mary warning the next victim? Lady Death, the Aztec goddess, come to claim another soul? Or someone less mystical, but deadly nonetheless?
Selena doesn’t know but had better find out: only a few souls on that list have not yet been murdered, and the last name on it is . . . Selena De La Cruz." --Publisher's Website
Book 3 Specter
"Selena would like to leave the past behind as she plans her wedding ... but the past no longer sleeps.
The exciting sequel to VIPER: a Mystery by acclaimed author John Desjarlais, which follows the ongoing story of Selena De La Cruz, former DEA investigator and philosophy professor Reed Stubblefield.
In 1993, a Cardinal was murdered in Mexico at the Guadalajara Airport. Nearly twenty years later, the Vatican revisits the case ... and finds that Selena's family might have played a key role. Selena and Reed are forced to confront her family's ghosts ... in more ways than one..." --Publisher's Website