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A Pilgrimage to Death

(Reverend Cici Gurule Mysteries #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  212 ratings  ·  90 reviews

"Vivid, alluring, and heart-wrenching, A Pilgrimage to Death is every reason I love mystery. A breathtaking tale." ~ Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author 

Cici discovers a body in the forest, and the victim’s wounds are identical to the ones that killed her sister a year ago...

Someone murdered her sister. And shot her dog. The killer won't stop until Cici's dea

Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Sidecar Press, LLC
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Kirsty ❤️
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a series of mysteries involving female reverend Cici Gurule. I really enjoyed it. I liked the female protagonist being a reverend; it added a different flavour to the story but also it didn't overwhelm the book. She's a woman of the cloth but it doesn't define her within this tale. I enjoyed the twist at the end. There are lots of red herrings while you try and work out the whodunnit which I enjoyed. 

I liked the other  characters; Detective Sam with his long hair and tattoos
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cecilia Gurule, CiCi to most, returns home to Santa Fe upon quitting as the associate reverend from a large, wealthy church outside Boston after her sister, Anna Carmen’s murder over a year ago. She is not the only one to return home though. Sam Chastain left a promising position on a joint task force in Denver only to return home to Santa Fe to join the detective bureau. CiCi and Sam have been friends for decades and he always promised to be there for CiCi. While out hiking the Aspen Vista Trai ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in a new mystery series and it sure doesn’t disappoint. It’s about a reverend, Cici, who is also a woman, which is a different take. Cici has never gotten over the murder of her identical twin. It’s been about a year and there is still no closure. There have been clues and more deaths which have been in the same method as her sister’s. Cici doesn’t give up and soon finds that her snooping is leading to someone trying to kill her. A lifelong friend, Sam, who used to date her sis ...more
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is one of the best female sleuth novels I have read, ever. This book is about Cici. She is a Reverend, a volunteer with Search and Rescue and tenacious. When she and her friend Detective Sam Chastain find a body with wounds identical to the ones that killed her twin sister a year ago, the story takes off.
This is a magnificent mystery. Twists and turns, surprises and some real shocks all leading to a suspenseful, exciting conclusion. The characters are as real as your friends and famil
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
In “A Pilgrimage to Death” Alexa Padgett sets the stage for an action-packed, mesmerizing mystery thriller that opens in Santa Fe, New Mexico where Cici Gurule, an easy-going, broad-minded minister has returned to shepherd the parishioners at a local church after her twin sister’s murdered. Friends with Sam Chastain who’s returned home to the Santa Fe Police Force after abandoning a promising career in a joint task force in Denver, Cici while hiking with him along the Aspen Vista Trail discover ...more
Jennifer Prescott
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually particularly like mysteries, but this one was AMAZING! I've read everything else by this author, and loved them, and she did not disappoint this time! The story caught my attention from the first; and I could not guess "who done it"! The character of Reverend Cecelia ("Cici") Gurule was was well done, and the cast surrounding her throughout was incredibly well fleshed out. The intriguing bit of Cici's twin helping her navigate the investigation Cici basically fell into was eerie ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance review copy from Hidden Gems for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Enthralling and definitely worth reading so far.

I loved the way that the characters evolved in this book, the author did a great job making you believe and get attached to Cici, Sam and even Evan.

The plot and guilty person, as well as the clues to throw you off the scent were so well written that I didn't even have a clue who it was until right at the end and the flashing arrows were pointing at
Cheryl Whitty
Reviewed on Behalf of,
It’s been my pleasure to read Alexa Padgett’s A Pilgrimage to Death, which is book one in The Reverend Cici Gurule mysteries. This has set the scene and standard for future adventures. This is a spoiler free as the book isn’t released yet.
Rev Cici has come back to her home town to takeover at the Local church. Cici’s twin sister was killed and the murderer never caught. Cici and the twin’s friend Sam a Detective returned to solve the case. Unfortunate
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this story. I have no words!! So brilliantly twisty!
Alexa Padgett is a fantastic Author. Can’t wait for the next instalment in this amazing new series. Recommend to all.
May 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Denise Zendel
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The opening lines of this book: “Ceclia Gurule was a reverend for God’s sake. She dealt in souls - the broken, empty, seeking, and yes, the dead. Bodies? Not her wheelhouse. At least they weren’t until that Tuesday afternoon when Domine Deus decided to test both her faith and her life. She came within a bullet of losing both.”

While on a hike on the Aspen Vista Trail in the Santa Fe National Forest, Cici and her friend, Santa Fe Police Department detective Sam Chastain discover a body. The victim
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This story focuses on Rev. Cici who is not your stereotypical religious leader. Cici had a twin sister, Anna Carmen, who was murdered. Cici returned to her hometown the moment she felt her twin's death. Now she is the Pastor in her small hometown, hiking trails with her best pal and an officer who also returned to their hometown, Sam. When on a usual hike, Sam receives an emergency call from a dispatcher that someone is experiencing
Cody Smith-Candelaria
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Mystery!!! This is a really good story. There are twists and turns everywhere! The character development is great and you really get a feel for not only the two main characters but also the supporting casting. The story progresses in a natural but steady flow.
As an added bonus, I actually live in the surrounding area of where the story takes place and Alexa does a great job of capturing the scenary and feel of this region.

Cici returned to Santa Fe when she felt the connection with her tw
Jennifer Louise
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.

This novel is a mix of crime, thriller, supernatural and romance, which somehow works perfectly together. Alexa Padgett has started a series about Reverand Cici who returns home following the murder of her twin. While Cici balances her new congregation, and re-establishes friendships/romances she delves deeper into her sisters unsolved death.

Alexa weaves a brilliant story which at times causes the reader to question their beliefs and at
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Sidecar Press LLC and Netgalley for this partnership.

I was immediately attracted by the cover: we see Cici from back wearing a red coat and black pants at the edge of the forest.

We learn from the beginning that Cici had a twin sister but she was murdered and they threatened her church. Until the day a corpse is found in the forest of Santa Fe, she finds that the body carries the same stab wounds that killed her sister a year earlier;

Cici will discover a lot of things about
Charity Chimni
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I couldn't put it down. I love the concept of the bond between the sisters surviving even death. The book was heavy of mystery and suspense. I was guessing til the end. I love the budding relationship and connection between Cici and Sam. As a romance lover, I'd love to see the romance evolve faster, but I understand this is a I can be patient! I can't wait to see what the rest of the series brings! ...more
Jacqueline Ellison
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in this new series and the first book I've read by this author. This suspenseful mystery takes you through twists and turns you won't see coming. In this small town people aren't who they seem. You get danger, lies, betrayal and so much more. Cici and Sam try to figure out who is killing people and who is all involved. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. ...more
Marta Aldrighetti
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reverend Cecilia , called Cici, found in the mountain, Donald dead,
so begin again to investigate with Police Sam, about Cici twin sister dead, Anna Carmen.
So many hidden things misteries in the city of Santa Fe, hard work for the Police to discover what happen.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KindleFriendsForever

This is my first book by this author and is one of my favourite genres, a murder mystery thriller; the first book in a series featuring Reverend Cici Gurule but can be read as a standalone.

Cici Gurule is a progressive reverend who went back to her hometown when she felt something was wrong with her identical twin, Anna Carmen. Her plan of joining her boyfriend for an adventure to South America was abandoned. We have all heard h
Maggie Carpenter
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done-with
A mesmerizing read. Totally captured my imagination and kept me turning the pages. A unique storyline relating to twins, but I don't want to give away ANYTHING. Great characters. This is a big thumbs up from me. If you like mysteries, you'll love this one.
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing read! Alexa Padgett has everything in this book! A twin who lost her twin, and the murderer was never caught. Sadly, i put off reading this book because life got in the way, but onc i started, i didnt want to stop. Cant wait to see what comes next!
Karen Galloway
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very Enjoyable

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. This is a really enjoyable, entertaining Book from Alexa Padgett and I didn’t want to put it down. It has a Great, entertaining storyline and really engaging, well written characters. It’s a very good, entertaining must read book that I really enjoyed reading
Dee Kendall
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read!

I received a free copy from the author, for an honest review.
Jay Williams
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cici is drawn back to her home town by the death of her twin sister. Her sister's death is just the beginning of a series of deaths by an unknown assailant. Finding the killer is the basis for the story. The characters are somewhat superficial, but get the job done. The plot twists and turns, and depends on clues sent to Cici by her dead twin. The book is easy to read and quickly becomes deeply engrossing. I received a copy of this book from Hidden Gems. I enjoyed the story, but was not motivate ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First time in reading this author but she sure did a number on me with this one that I will read her again. I love a good mystery with this catching my attention with it being a mystery. The character Cici picked my interest so I immediately was swept up into this. She comes upon another death in it opens up the way to bigger things. There was also a twin that has a part with this and that this author knows how to captivate you with this one. She is not alone in this and the way it is woven this ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Inconsistent quality of writing, but a compelling plot with lots of action
Margaret Daly
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A high speed, life and death action mystery! Loved this book. It has every element you are looking for!
Norma maldonado
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Twin sister is murdered

2nd twin works on finding the killer with help from the beyond! Best friend Sam proves to be more than just an ally!
Enjoyed the story of the twins and even more how Cee tripped over the clues until it was almost too late!
Khardine Gray
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved this book and was so intrigued from start to finish xx
Sheila Lee
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Pilgrimage to Death is a suspenseful story that takes you on a twisting ride, not unlike a scary rollercoaster. In the story, Cici and Sam work together to determine why dead bodies are stacking up, including her twin sister. There are many suspects, few leads and several tense moments when Cici becomes targeted by the unknown killer. The reader is unprepared and left gasping when the murderer is revealed! The author ties up the loose ends well, including explanation of the roles played by all ...more
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With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Ped

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