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An Artifact of Death

(Reverend Cici Gurule Mysteries #3)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  28 reviews

"The prose is...sublimely concise. An exhilarating entry in a thoroughly enjoyable series." ~ Kirkus Reviews

"Written in a clear, distinct style, Padgett uses the prose to elicit tension and emotion and creates a tense, fast-paced story." ~ The BookLife Prize

A botched execution. A reverend on the run. Can she solve the mystery before she's caught in the crosshair

Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Sidecar Press, LLC
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Heather❀Kiss The Pages❀
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-2019, suspense
This is not my typical kind of book but the blurb intrigued me. I'm so glad I tried it because this was a very fast paced, suspense filled story that I really enjoyed.

The book takes us on a journey with Reverend Cici who is on the run. This was simply a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She escapes to Chaco Canyon for some much needed time for reflection and just her luck she stumbles upon the wrong people. Now she finds herself being chased by the Russian Bratva and putting
Ellen White
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cici is a reverend by her chosen profession. Her middle name maybe trouble for she once against has stumble into a big one. A twin that always beside even after death, hopefully can help her. What about the man she loves and left, will he pull up roots and follow her. Another segment to enjoy with another to follow soon readers hope.
Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What if your life's work, down to your very soul, was to honor all of God's creation, yet you were forced to fight for your life? This is the dilemma Reverend Cici Gurule finds herself facing in “An Artifact In Death,” and the hits just keep on coming as Cici finds herself right in the middle of international espionage in the New Mexican desert involving guns, sacred ruins and way too many bad guys. Cagney really turns up the tension with heart-pounding, non-stop action, breath-taking suspense, ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Reverend Cici Gurule Series. That being said, you could read this book as a standalone if you like, but there are references to the first two books. I would also recommend reading the first two books because, well, they're just that darn good! On with the review. 

Cici Gurule is a reverend who seems to fall right into mysteries. Some might say it's a knack. Others would consider it a curse. But either way, Cici is able to navigate around murder and mystery with a dis
Rosemary K
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Reverend Cici Gurule decides to take a short vacation. She's traveled to Chaco Cultural National Historical Park. The area is remotes and deserted. It's just her luck that she stumbles on kidnappers and their victim. Now she's on the run with an undercover agent. Can they make it out alive while they're being hunted by vicious killers? Cici is a strong, intelligent woman. She puts herself in danger. She won't give up. She believes that life is sacred but what will she do to stay alive. I lov ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reverend Cici is in the sacred Chaco Canyon in search of a sign to help her with a big decision. But as her luck goes she stumbles across armed operatives in the middle of a crime and now she's on the run with the victim she saved. I really enjoyed reading this mystery and it's full of action, suspense, intrigue, and a paranormal twist that had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I am looking forward to reading more books in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first time I've read from Alexa Padgett and it was a great story and well worth it. Will definitely read more of her work.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Reverend Cici Gurule has a few things she needs to think through and a tough decision to make. Cici has a new job offer at another church and is not sure if she wants to take it. If she takes the job it would mean leaving her home and the people she has come to care about behind. Cici and Sam have been friends for a long time but Cici’s feelings for Sam have become stronger. Cici is not sure if she wants to take the new job and leave Sam behind or if she wants to tell Sam how she feels so they c ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, have-read
Reverend Cici is looking for a sign in the scared Chaco Canyon, what she gets is a group of heavily armed operatives on the verge of execution. Now she is on the run with the stranger she saved from death. As they venture deeper into the mesas and rocky terrain, she gets some help from her twin sister's ghost. Her new companion is pretty handy with a gun and that has her wondering about if he is telling her the truth. Can she get through this so she can decide on what she wants to do with her li ...more
Suzy Sims
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reverend CC Gurule has much to contemplate, no better place than Chaco Canyon historical park for quiet and solitude. She un fortunately witnesses a confrontation between Russian gangsters. She escapes with her life but their victim escapes with her! What follows is an adrenaline ride of life and death through the dessert. Will Sam find them in time? This story is filled with what makes the dessert Southwest so beautiful and terrifying. Truly one of the best books in the series. I received an ad ...more
Marta Aldrighetti
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cecilia Maria Gurule, called Cici, went to Chaco Canyon National Park to think about a bunch of things and her life:
to accept the new job as reverend in Portland, the man she like Sam, her dead identical twin sister Anna Carmen, her father.
It seems she couldn't have a 3 days holiday alone to think.
she was rape and strange dangerous events occured.
The book is action packed, adventure, fast to read, adrenaline and curios, nice.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful characters. Interesting plot. Vivid descriptions. Simply a GREAT read!
Charity Chimni
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the new adventure! So many twists and turns. I enjoyed seeing the romance between Cici and Sam continue to build. I can't wait for the next installment of their tale! Great characters, and an unexpected journey. ...more
Kenneth Lingenfelter
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cici discovers a man being held at gun point and takes a picture of them. Her phone camera elicits a loud click that the men hear. She tries to get away as she races to her car. Anton gets in the passenger seat and tells her to drive as bullets are around them. This leads them to drive and leave the car to try to escape the Bratva, and elite assassin group of the KGB. Anton and Cici run to try to escape. There are quite a few of the Russian squad. She gets a text to Sam, but will it be in time?
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heart-stopping good....
Oh my goodness. I absolutely loved this story. I couldn’t stop reading.
Cici always manages to find trouble...
I loved the detailed history, such descriptive writing, puts you right into the action. Cannot wait for book 4! Recommend to all.
Pat Eroh
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I did read the fabulous first book but have not YET read the second. I absolutely am hooked on this series. This one is even better than the first, and I loved it. I highly recommend this book and series.

I received this book from the author for free and am voluntarily providing my honest review.
Joanne Hampton
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hold on to your hat, this story is fast paced and really gets your blood moving. Cici has found trouble again and her dead twin helps her out. Action abound with bad guys with guns blazing are after Cici and the spy agent. Cici is hoping for her friend Sam to save them. This book makes you turn the pages faster and each book in the series just gets better and better!. A great read.
Linda McKay
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a page-turner about Cici, a young minister, who’s forced to team up with a man who could be an agent for any of our country’s alphabet secret agencies ... or maybe he’s an agent against America. They meet at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, in a hail of bullets and bombs. The seemingly endless supply of “other guys” chase them across the desert, canyons and mesas to wrest an ancient native artifact away from him. But the bad guys and harsh country aren’t the only action ... the ghost of Ci ...more
Sheila Lee
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A suspense book that will definitely keep you reading through bedtime!
This is the third book in the Cici Gurule series and, once again, she gets mixed up in murder and mayhem. Cici is on a mini vacation to try to find the answer to a job opportunity when she discovers herself in the middle of a Russian mob meeting. All she can do is run for her life and, somehow, she finds herself with a passenger. Is he a good guy or part of the mob chasing them?
J. J. Cagney weaves a suspenseful tale about
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These are new authors to me. This is a fast-paced story that piqued my interest from the get-go. If you enjoy a great story with lots of action and suspense, then you should grab this book. Be prepared to stay sitting for a few hours as you devour this book! It’s so well written with well-developed characters, an brilliant read!
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jeanne Richardson
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th book I've read written by Alexa Padgett; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I will definitely be reading more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She went to find her way but ends in the middle of danger as a man was about to be killed. Now they are on the run together but is what he is telling her the truth. is he hiding something?.What is it? now they need to find a relic. Follow them

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reverend Cici is struggling with some important decisions in her life. She is gone to Chaco to pray. But suddenly she is been dragged into a very dangerous situation and she has to fight for her life. CAn Sam get to Cici in time to salve her and finally tell her how he feels about her? You can put the book down until the end.
Mert Welch
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An Artifact of Death

I loved this book. I loved all the books before this one in the series.
I plan to get the next book and the next. I am amazed how you were able to put so much mystery, a bit of paranormal events and romance into this series of a Reverend no less.
Wow what talent. Awesome stories without giving anything away and the wonderful paranormal events inserted perfectly ( all of which I believe in) in the story lines. Plus perfect grammar and spelling, I am so impressed!!
Thank you for
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reverend CiCi takes you deep into this one. She is gonna to give you a good intriguing mystery but also not doing it on her own with a bit of help. You get to really try your hand at solving right along with her because that is how caught up you become. It has a good measure of romance also with it all being in cohoots with each other giving a fast adrenaline read. But the main thing that keeps me coming back is the interesting way the suspense is down. It feeds you full but then it also leaves ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I have not yet read the prior Reverend Cici books, but there was enough backstory to let this story stand on it's own. And what a tale it is! The setting of Chaco Canyon adds to the suspense, as do the spiritual elements, as Cici is swept up into a spy thriller. The writing style moves quickly yet gives plenty of description to add to the enjoyment. All in all, a very good read.

I received this as an ARC.
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Not my favorite

Not as good as the previous 2 books, and I don’t get why a reverend? I like that she’s one but it doesn’t have that much connection to the stories or even her life. I skimmed thru most of this one
Jun 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Didn't grab me from the beginning, and did not find it worth trying to finish the book. ...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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