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To Murder a Saint

(Saint Mysteries #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  818 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller - “The ground is too wet… If you bury the dead here, they can come back.” Her father always warned her that the bayou was a mysterious and dangerous place. She never suspected that the greatest danger of her life was lurking in New York City. Before their bags are unpacked one of two Creole girls in fresh from Louisiana is found savagely murdered ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published May 8th 2013 by Little Spot for Stories
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Stacie  Haden
The writing needs some work, but the story kept my interest. Granted, it's a novella.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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To Murder a Saint: Saints, Volume 1

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"The ground is too wet...If you bury the dead here, they can come back." Her father always warned her that the bayou was a mysterious and dangerous place. She never suspected that the greatest danger of her life was lurking in New York City. Before their bags are unpacked one of two Cajun girls in fresh from Louisiana is found savagely murdered in New York. All the clues point to a wild animal, a perplexing development for a third floor
So, I Read This Book Today
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: short story readers, mystery, suspense
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: Kindle Freebies
I picked up “To Murder A Saint” as a ‘freebie’ from one of my e-mails of “free and discount books” that I receive on a daily basis. I always appreciate these, as it often leads me to a new author I may not have otherwise discovered. Sometimes I am happy I found the particular book. Sometimes? Not so much.

In this case, what caught my eye was the cover. It is beautiful, as you can see. Well, that and the fact that the book was set in Louisiana, a total weakness for me. I can say that the potential
Thom Swennes
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-e-book
In many places, murder is a BIG thing. New York, the Big Apple, has its fair share of murders, but when Fanchon found her roommate and lifelong friend nude and brutally murdered in their apartment, even New York found this a big thing. Fanchon and Josephine migrated north from their hometown, in Bayou country, near New Orleans, Louisiana, to follow a childhood dream to make it in the biggest city in the country. Pocketing their mutual life savings, they made the move a couple of months earlier. ...more
Oct 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I wanted to read this book because I like books about New Orleans, though the book is actually set in New York, and New Orleans is only an incidental setting. The book seems to have gotten good reviews, but I didn't care for it and won't read any more of the series. The story line has potential, but the book is so short that there's no time for any real development. The Cajun and New Orleans settings are accurate enough, but they're stereotypes. The writing is sloppy, and the spelling and ...more
Rebecca Scaglione
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

To Murder a Saint by Nicole Loughan is a fast-paced mystery that I only put down one time (to go to sleep) and picked up again first thing in the morning. This is the kind of mystery I enjoy: no filler, just the meat.

Two girls from the Louisiana Bayou move to New York City, and two months into their stay, one of the girls, Josephine, is brutally murdered. Fanchon, her roommate and best friend, helps the local police
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

It was okay enough that I got through to the end but I wouldn't read any more of the series.
L.M. Krier
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Two and a half stars is the best I can manage for this. Ridiculously short, totally far-fetched and just not very well written. Add in poor editing - far too high a proportion of typos in 77 pages, not to mention some very dodgy punctuation - and a writing style which is somewhat juvenile in places. Really surprised to see the writer described as an award-winning journalist. I didn't get any hint of that from the writing. And humour was mentioned - it seems I slept through that.

Perhaps it's just
Dayna Smith
The first book in the Saints Mystery series. Fanchon and Josephine are best friends from the Louisiana bayou. They moved to New York City because Fanchon wants to play in a symphony orchestra and Josephine wants to be a writer. They have only been in New York several months when Fanchon comes home and discovers Josephine has literally been butchered in their apartment. The rest of this very short story is the search for Josephine's killer. I was surprised the book was so short, but I did enjoy ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a good short story!! I personally love reading all books that has parts of Louisiana in it. That state fascinates me!!
This story had a good mystery to it and I was curious of what happened.. My only issue was that some of the talking with the characters , especially the ones from Louisiana , were a little off. As for example, Beau would talk southern but then the slang changed to regular so that kind of puzzled me. But not enough for me to change my rating..
I have the second book
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-ku
A short story seasoned with a dash of New Orleans flavor

A quick rad and short story that takes us from the high rises of New York City to the bayous around New Orleans.

Two young ladies determined to conquer the big Apple. One has a failure of a date and returns home to find an even worse thing has occurred.

I like the characters of Fanchon and detective Banyon. The Who dun it was fairly straight forward - however, I did enjoy the journey.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprise

I got this on kindle unlimited because I got the 2nd book free from a promotion. I’m a bit funny about not reading a series in order so had to start at 1. I enjoyed it , it wasn’t super exciting but entertaining . I laughed several times at the end so that’s a plus for me . I would have been ok if it was bit longer as I enjoyed the story line . I’m heading in for book 2 to see if it’s a series for me .
Barbara L. Rose
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique plot

I enjoyed this story from the first page. It was an interesting peek into life on the bayou. Good characters. I will definitely give her other books a try. Still another book with editing issues. This book did not have enough issues to distract me enough to stop reading. Mystery with a twist.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and quick

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and quite the adventure. Fun and quirky and a bit odd. I loce alligators and really liked granddaddy at the end. Looking forward to reading book 2
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Josephine and Fanchon, two Creole girls from Louisiana have recently moved to a third floor apartment in New York. Unfortunately one of them will soon be dead. Can Detective Banyon find the guilty party even though it seems she was attacked by a wild animal.
An enjoyable mystery
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Felicia Williams
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Short Mystery

I know some reviewers thought the story was too short but I thought it was the right length and told an interesting story. I enjoyed the mystery and wasn't able to predict the ending. I would definitely recommend this mystery.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read

This was a good, quick read. Interesting in it's twists. The one thing I didn't care for was the way the characters spoke so is rather than it's, and I am rather than I'm, for example...not a big thing but it irritates me.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a short book that has been on my shelf for a long time. The author was from PA, so I decided to read it. For a short book, it was a mystery and a thriller all in one - set both in New Orleans and NYC. I enjoyed it and will read the next book in the series.
Gina  Clabo
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
You will fall in love with the Characters and the details of the Bayou. Recommend to those who love thrillers/suspense/mystery all in one the Plot was awesome and on the 2 book can't stop reading. Short and addicting books... Gina Clabo
Black Butterfly
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Shelves: mysteries
Krystal Buckley

Great idea for a story but just lacking on all fronts. Repetitive, very basic and no real depth to the characters or their stories.
Morgan Blomstedt
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. I love how it mixes different cultures and shows a different aspect of them.
Matthew Pezzone
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and quick read

This 1st novella in the Saints mystery series introduces you to some great carachters and a very interesting plot line. Well done.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!

Fast read and very good. I loved that it was short and sweet. Time to start the next one. There goes my next hour
Corney, that is all I can say!

No suspense, no imagination by the author and no character development. Nice try though. I will not be reading more.
Donna Engler
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novella

Liked it well enough to buy the next book in the series. This one was surprising, very different, shocking even! Some secrets of the bayou.
Anne Floccari
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Wish it was longer!!!! Great characters though. Moving on to #2!
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
An extremely short but good mystery.

I received this as a free download offer and was also attracted by the cover and Louisiana connection.
Barbara Lowdermilk

It was a very different book. Thecharactewere very interesting. The cultures were well described. Liked all the names of the charactersrs
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When Nicole is not heading off a tantrum or finding the best public bathroom to use with young children she is writing her column "The Starter Mom" or working on one of her books. She also writes about restaurants for two greater Philadelphia newspapers, not that she ever finds time to eat in restaurants anymore.

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