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Faithful Unto Death

Faithful Unto Death

#1 in the Sugar Land Mystery series

 Malice Domestic Best First Novel Nominee

Everything looks perfect in Sugar Land, Texas.
But it's not.

No one knows that better than Walker "Bear" Wells, a former college football player now serving as a minister in this upscale Texas town, where famous athletes mix with ranchers and the local parish priest wants to arm wrestle. It's a beautiful master-planned community, but people can't be held to neighborhood restrictions, and Bear deals daily with emotional and spiritual problems, in both his flock and his own family.

But never murder. Not until a man is found dead on the nearby golf course, his skull crushed.

Bear has no interest in playing detective. His job is praying for the dead, not searching for their killers. But every time he turns around, another facet of the investigation tangles with his own the fact that the murdered man's son—and a main suspect—is currently dating his own rebellious teenage daughter.

He made a promise to do the right thing. But keeping promises may be what led to murder...

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"Packs a considerable punch. . . . Readers will look forward to seeing more of Bear, with his formidable intellect, tart sense of humor, and resolute sense of justice."
   —Publishers Weekly

"Well-delineated characters, including the self-deprecating hero, drive this first-person account, which is strengthened further by the perceptive examination of family relationships and the portrait of the life and work of a minister."

"A smart mystery...(A) wholly satisfying read." Starred Review
   —Library Journal (read the full review)

"Bear is a wonderful amateur sleuth."
   —The Mystery Gazette

"Evans finely balances Bear's devotion to God and his family while showing the minister's very human flaws and frailties."
   —Mystery Scene (read the full review)

"Extremely readable with great characters that you love and hate (even when it comes to the 'holiest'). In addition, the author certainly teaches readers about the vibrant attitudes, policies, loyalties, and entertaining attitudes that dwell in the Lone Star State. It will be very interesting to see this series continue. Enjoy!"
   —Suspense Magazine

"[A] warmhearted and clever detective story."
   —M. C. Beaton, author of Hiss and Hers

"Praise be! A new series with a soul, a heart, and a downhome Texas twang. Preacher Bear Wells is an entirely original sleuth and author Stephanie Jaye Evans is that real rarity: a debut writer with dead-on dialogue, winning characters, and—mirabile dictu!—nimble plotting."
   —Susan Wittig Albert, author of the China Bayles Mysteries

"Stephanie Jaye Evans's marvelous debut sets the traditional village cozy smack dab in the middle of today's suburban planned community. Evans's gift for colorful characters enlivens Faithful Unto Death, while her assured writing propels it forward. I love her reluctant clerical sleuth, the Reverend Walker 'Bear' Wells. Bring on the next Sugar Land mystery!"
   —Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of One Was a Soldier

Berkley Trade; paperback, June 2012, ISBN: 978-0425247730