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A Pilgrimage to Death

(Reverend Cici Gurule Mysteries #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
They murdered her sister. They threatened her church. But their day of reckoning will cost her everything...

When Cici Gurule finds the dead body of a parishioner in the nearby Santa Fe National Forest, she's horrified to realize the victim bears the same stab wounds that ended her twin sister's life one year earlier.

Now, as a freewheeling, progressive reverend who'll stop
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Sidecar Press, LLC
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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 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
Cheryl Whitty
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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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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
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 how
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.
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!
Sara Koelsch
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Alexa Padgett. I haven’t even researched the author to find out if this is her first novel or not. I’m a big fan of going into stories blind. I love not knowing what the plan is. I’m so pleased I didn’t look into anything because this story was fantastic! There was so much hype following it… I’ve been hearing about it for weeks if not months now. Ms. Padgett did not disappoint me! In fact, I WILL look her up now because if she has more thrillers… I need to read them! I enjoyed s ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From an author well known for angsty, evocative romance comes an exciting new mystery series featuring the Reverend Cecilia Gurule and hotshot detective, Sam Chastain. Cici and Sam are friends and hiking buddies who stumble across the body of a parishioner on the hiking trail, and the fatal wounds look strikingly similar to the wounds that killed Cici's twin, Anna Carmen, nearly two years earlier. As they begin to investigate this latest murder, Cici begins to get threatening notes and warnings, ...more
Vickie Sarmina
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reverend Cecelia (aka Cici) Gurule and her friend, Sam Chastain, a police detective with the Santa Fe Police Dept., were rock climbing on the Aspen Trail, when he received a call that a wife called that her husband was in heart distress in the vicinity of where they were climbing. Sam radioed back that he would take it. What they found was one of Cici’s parishioners, Donald Johnson, stabbed in the back with the same markings her late twin sister had. Is there a serial killer loose in their littl ...more
Dani Winland
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and author Alexa Padgett for sending me a copy of A PILGRIMAGE TO DEATH in exchange for my honest opinion.


This review is also posted on my blog


I have to admit, I thought that having a reverend be my guide through a drug infested murder mystery was a little strange, but I rather enjoyed Alexa Padgett’s A Pilgrimage to Death. While the main character, Cici, is a reverend, the story is not preachy. Cici is a young woman who has made m
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Pilgrimage to Death is a phenomenal read from the moment you open the book on the first page to the very last page. The characters are well fleshed out and the plot is believable. It’s easy to visualize myself in the story and I found myself cheering the main character on at times as if she was right in front of me. This book is centered on Cici Gurule, a local reverend whose twin sister was murdered the year before. Now Cici finds herself in the middle of an investigation when she finds a bod ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Needs Coherent Addition of Paranormal Elements

I enjoyed reading about the identical-twins’ innate intimacy and psychic connection, which gives them preternatural communication abilities.
As the storyline developed, it seemed as though the use of paranormal elements became too convenient a tool, and IMHO was being used as a means to an end. I enjoy paranormal elements when harmoniously integrated within the storyline of mysteries/police procedurals. However, the author must control paranormal el
Kim Owens
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I have read by Alexa Padgett, but I am not sure how that can be! It was fantastic! It is the first book in a new mystery series and I found myself completely and totally immersed in the story. I have not read a mystery that I enjoyed as much in a very long time.
The characters are fascinating - Reverend Cici is brave and courageous and has such a huge heart, Sam is a hardworking police detective with a soft spot for Cici. Justin is a forensic photographer with the police
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again this wonderful author gives us a character in Cici that's unique, captivating and unforgettable. She's colorful in her approach to life as well as some of her language. What a marvel of writing! The details and building of the characters and the mystery in this story are marvelous. In Cici's hunt for a killer that appears to be similar to that of her twin sister's unsolved murder years ago she is aided by her best friend and swoon-worthy hero, Sam. Regardless of his "girlfriend" I thi ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
While hiking, Cici and her friend Sam stumble upon a body, which appears to be killed in the same manner in which her twin sister was not that long ago. What ensues is an investigation into what happened to her sister and the many people that seem to be involved in this tangled web.
Being twins, Cici always had a strong connection to her sister, and it seems just as strong, although in different ways, after her death. Hopefully, her sister can help her figure out who is behind all the murders an
Kinky minx
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first thriller book to be honest and I'm drawn to the expert before. I'm glad and happy I got the chance to read the ARC in exchange for honest review.

I love the characters in the book, the plot is thick enough I sometimes wonder what will happen on the next page. Cici's identical sister has been murdered and Cici decide to find out is behind all these. And while Cici is sneaking around and somehow find out who is the killer.... which happens trying to kill her now. Cici is brave and
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cici is not perfect. Yes she is a Pastor, yes she has a potty mouth (under the circumstances she's allowed), yes she is right in the middle of an investigation with a target on her head. She doesn't scare easy and that's a good thing. She's found herself knee deep in the middle of an investigation into a murder. This author gives us a great thriller with tons of suspense and awesome characters who aren't scared of twist, and there's a gang of them. This isn't cut and dry and tons of folks will g ...more
Dana Busenbark
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance
We start out the book meeting Cecilia Gurule. Who is she? What does she do? Where do we find her? Who is Sam? How does she know him? Who was Anna Carmen? Where do we find Cecilia and Sam this day? What secrets do we learn about Anna, and Donald? Who is Donald? This was one heck of a mystery to read! I enjoyed the bits of romance that peeked through now and again! I never would have been right if I had to guess 'Who dun it?' Nor would I have been correct! I really liked the book! Enjoy the read. ...more
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
Amanda Williams
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, what can I say about this storyline. It's absolutely incredible. So innovative and inventive. The author writes with so much imagination but somehow still manages to create some realism so that you feel the book is happening right now. The world building is something else and I loved this book as much as the first, maybe a little more so. The characters were great to get to know. This story has everything you could want.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She lost her sister in a murder and now another body has appeared. She knows it was the same person so she gets help to help find them. She will need all the help she needs. Will she find them? Will her life ever be the same? See if she can get the truth
I received an advanced copy and I enjoyed it so much that I want to review
Joanne Hampton
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, who killed these people? A mystery for sure. An exciting, enticing book to the end. Cecilia was a reverend whose twin sister was killed and to find out who and why almost killed her too. Why would they kill and what was the reason, retaliating, reprisal? A good spin on words and storyline. I really enjoyed this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a first in a new series and it was a great start! There were so many twists and turns that I think I got whiplash reading it! LOL! Definitely keeps you guessing and wanting more. Can't wait for the next book in this series.

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.
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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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