A Heritage of Death

A Heritage of Death

An unconventional woman. A brutal murder. To solve the case, one woman will look for help from beyond the grave…Cici Gurule wants to pretend her dream is nothing more than a meaningless nightmare. But the bruised and bloodied woman looked alarmingly like her. When a baby turns up on her porch — a baby who was reported missing days before — evidence points to a connection w...

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Title:A Heritage of Death
Author:Alexa Padgett
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  • Asher

    A Heritage of Death by Alexa Padgett is the second installment in the Reverend Cici Gurule Mysteries series, preceded by the first book, A Pilgrimage to Death. Heritage reads as a standalone, although skipping over Pilgrimage would be a shame as it's excellent. Cici Gurule returns in this next adventure with an intriguing new puzzle to piece together, beginning with recurring dreams and a missing baby at her front door. She is still grieving the loss of her murdered twin sister, Anna Carmen, and

    A Heritage of Death by Alexa Padgett is the second installment in the Reverend Cici Gurule Mysteries series, preceded by the first book, A Pilgrimage to Death. Heritage reads as a standalone, although skipping over Pilgrimage would be a shame as it's excellent. Cici Gurule returns in this next adventure with an intriguing new puzzle to piece together, beginning with recurring dreams and a missing baby at her front door. She is still grieving the loss of her murdered twin sister, Anna Carmen, and once again enlists the help of Sam Chastain to sort through a mess that continues to mount, and continues to become more deadly and dangerous, as messages from beyond challenge the balance between her faith, her safety, and a mystery that pulls her into its malignant web.

    Alexa Padgett knows how to bring on the suspense and surprises, dishing both out liberally in A Heritage of Death. Cici is such an engaging character and the gentle dance between her point of view and Sam's is brilliantly done. Padgett applies use of Cici's paranormal connection and interactions with a restraint that allows for the main characters to do the real leg work, dropping hints here and there that are often as confounding for Cici as they were for me...which is fantastic, since I'm not terribly keen on figuring a mystery out before she does. What propels this book through to the end is the tension on every page and a strong female lead that defies stereotypes as well as all the odds stacked against her. I'm excited to see what Padgett brings as the series progresses.

    Review written for Readers' Favorite.

  • BookAddict

    When an infant is left on her doorstep one stormy night, Reverend Cici Gurule once again finds herself immersed in solving a mystery with her best friend and police detective, Sam Chastain. Cici would like nothing better than to live a simple life and minister to her parishioners, but it seems the spirit of her dead twin won’t leave Cici alone and keeps giving Cici clues and visions about the investigation through dreams. Not only is Cici fully involved in the investigation with Sam, there’s the

    When an infant is left on her doorstep one stormy night, Reverend Cici Gurule once again finds herself immersed in solving a mystery with her best friend and police detective, Sam Chastain. Cici would like nothing better than to live a simple life and minister to her parishioners, but it seems the spirit of her dead twin won’t leave Cici alone and keeps giving Cici clues and visions about the investigation through dreams. Not only is Cici fully involved in the investigation with Sam, there’s the little matter of a shared kiss they have yet to discuss.

    After reading the first book in this series, I was eager to read the next Cici Gurule mystery, and the early copy I read of this was even better than the first book! I was quickly involved fully in the story and couldn’t wait to see how things worked out. Padgett does an excellent job of building suspense and dropping hints along the way, including a few misdirects, so the reader is thinking, guessing and wondering throughout the book. We get a little comic relief from a parishioner, Mrs. Sanchez, who hires herself as Cici's church assistant and then takes over, and then there’s the simmering chemistry between Cici and Sam, moving at a deliciously slow pace.

    While the main mystery is solved, there's still the matter of the unsolved murder of Cici's twin sister, as well as the relationship between Sam and Cici, that we'll learn more about in future books. Whether you like contemporary romance or romantic suspense, this book offers an exciting, compelling read. With a touch of supernatural, a heap of whodunit and an enticing, slow-burn romance, this one is sure to please!

    *I reviewed this book freely and voluntarily, having made no commitment to provide a review and receiving no compensation of any kind from any source for this review.

  • Cheryl Whitty

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    I have to say I think this book is better the last one, and I thought that was fantastic. We catch up with Cici after she have some disturbing dreams, that seem so real. When she hears her twin’s voice and realizes she is trying to tell something. If you have read the last book you will what happens when Cici starts having visions that begin to come true.

    Sam is there supporting Cici as usual as this Harley riding reverend does things her way. This for me was ju

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    I have to say I think this book is better the last one, and I thought that was fantastic. We catch up with Cici after she have some disturbing dreams, that seem so real. When she hears her twin’s voice and realizes she is trying to tell something. If you have read the last book you will what happens when Cici starts having visions that begin to come true.

    Sam is there supporting Cici as usual as this Harley riding reverend does things her way. This for me was just up my street following the clues with Sam as he has a head start because of Cici’s visions. A great new character sleuth that I for one is quite happy to follow the adventures of Reverend Cici Gurule with hopefully Sam by her side. I so pleased to find a series that has blown me away, this was just perfect.

  • Grant Leishman

    Reviewed For Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

    A Heritage of Death (A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery Book 2) by Alexa Padgett is an adventure into child abuse and murder in the Pueblos of New Mexico. The Reverend Cici Gurule has one special talent that makes her invaluable in solving crimes. Her twin sister was murdered and since then Cici has been receiving visitations and dreams from her late sister that give her clues that assist her to unravel complicated and even unsolved crimes. With her b

    Reviewed For Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

    A Heritage of Death (A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery Book 2) by Alexa Padgett is an adventure into child abuse and murder in the Pueblos of New Mexico. The Reverend Cici Gurule has one special talent that makes her invaluable in solving crimes. Her twin sister was murdered and since then Cici has been receiving visitations and dreams from her late sister that give her clues that assist her to unravel complicated and even unsolved crimes. With her best friend Detective Sam Chastain, they are able to get the jump on other law enforcement people. When an abducted baby mysteriously turns up on Cici’s doorstep one stormy evening, she and Sam begin to investigate the abduction of one of Cici’s own parishioners. Their search for the missing woman takes them from Santa Fe to the Pueblo of Taos and a slew of cold cases involving missing and murdered indigenous women. Underlying the story is the on-going romantic tension between Cici and Sam. Cici always believed Sam was in love with her late twin sister, but recent events have led her to question Sam’s motives and feelings for Cici. Her search for some clarity on his feelings and her visions will lead them both into dangerous and uncharted waters.

    This is the second book in the Reverend Cici Gurule Mysteries, but having not read the first in no way impinges on the reader’s enjoyment of this story. It stands alone, as a murder mystery. Author Alexa Padgett does a good job of seeding little nuggets of information, on what went before, into the story to keep the reader informed and understand the scenario that is developing. At its core this is a classic “whodunit” story but with the added spice of the psychic bond between Cici and her dead twin, plus the simmering sexual tension between the Reverend and Sam, it lifts itself out of the ordinary. The writer’s style is relaxed and easy to read, with some excellent descriptive passages that bring the reader right into the action in the searing heat of a New Mexico environment. There is plenty of action for the fans of that genre, but for me, the real action was the simmering relationship between Cici and Sam. If anything was to make me look for the next book in this series, it would be to see what develops between the pair. Clearly well researched, this novel is a good read within its genre and one I can definitely recommend to fans of murder mysteries.

  • Louise

    Every now and then I throw caution to the wind and pick a book from a genre, or by an author, that I am unfamiliar with. This was a double whammy since murder mystery isn't my usual choice, nor have I read this author before. So I had zero 'expectations', though plenty of hopes for this book.

    Personally I would have liked a little more romance between the main characters, there is definite

    Every now and then I throw caution to the wind and pick a book from a genre, or by an author, that I am unfamiliar with. This was a double whammy since murder mystery isn't my usual choice, nor have I read this author before. So I had zero 'expectations', though plenty of hopes for this book.

    Personally I would have liked a little more romance between the main characters, there is definitely something there but it was very much a minor sub-plot. However this isn't sold as a romance in any way shape or form, so I didn't allow that to affect my rating. This is the second book in a linked series, I haven't read book 1 and managed to follow the story in this without any issues. There are some spoilers in it, for book 1, but not enough to ruin anything.

    The book is set in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico. The heroine is Cici, a Reverend, whose murdered identical twin sister shows her visions of crimes. Sam, the hero, is an old family friend, though Cici would like him to be somewhat more than that. He's also a police officer, so when Cici has some disturbing dreams, dreams that she knows show someones reality, she naturally turns to him for help. Cue a baby on a doorstep and strange goings on in the Native American Pueblo.

    I really liked Cici, she felt such a natural and 'normal' character, one who it is very easy to believe in and relate to. Sam was a little harder to get a feel for, partly because there aren't many chapters from his POV and also because there didn't seem to be much emotion expressed when we heard his 'voice'. In fact the lack of emotional depth was what lost this book its 5th and final star.

    That said the pace was excellent with lots of story strands woven into an intricate plot that left you guessing, second guessing and even third guessing. There were some unexpected twists all wrapped up in a writing style that was both easy to read and that also had a lovely flow to it.

    There is some minor bad language, very limited in use, and although their is violence and death, the descriptions were not overly dramatic. Whilst there are hints of attraction between Cici and Sam, there wasn't anything more racy than hugs and hand holding, so this book is safe to give to a young person who likes their murder mystery reads, as well as to adults.

    Whilst this isn't my first choice genre, I would definitely be willing to step outside my 'comfort zone' to read more work by this author.

  • Shelleen Toland

    Cici Gurule wants to pretend her dream is nothing more than a meaningless nightmare. But the bruised and bloodied woman looked alarmingly like her. When a baby turns up on her porch — a baby who was reported missing days before — evidence points to a connection with the woman in Cici's dream, and she can no longer ignore the nighttime vision. Cici and Detective Sam Chastain struggle to follow the garbled evidence, but the killer scores his victim first. Worse, a message pinned to the victim's bl

    Cici Gurule wants to pretend her dream is nothing more than a meaningless nightmare. But the bruised and bloodied woman looked alarmingly like her. When a baby turns up on her porch — a baby who was reported missing days before — evidence points to a connection with the woman in Cici's dream, and she can no longer ignore the nighttime vision. Cici and Detective Sam Chastain struggle to follow the garbled evidence, but the killer scores his victim first. Worse, a message pinned to the victim's blouse states, "You're next."

    Now, it’s a race against the clock to keep the baby safe and find the murderer before his trail goes cold. Cici's only chance to solve this mystery, before she becomes the next victim, means choosing between her faith and believing a message left by her ghostly twin.

    All throughout this book Cici keeps seeing things of what is happening or has happened. She is close friends with Sam and she tries to help him solve the murders and find out what is going on. Cici's dead sister is the one sending her these visions that she can't shake off. You also can tell Sam and Cici have feelings for each other but they keep fighting them. I did not read the first book and I don't think you need to. You learn a lot from Cici and Sam to know what had gone on in the past.

    I received this from Inkslinger for review.

  • Jade Simcox (3 Degrees Of Fiction)

    This is the first book by Alexa Padgett that I've read and it definatley wont be my last. Although I haven't read the first book in the series it doesn't really matter as they can be read as standalone. But saying that after reading this book, I am definatley going to go back and read book 1.

    I loved Cici, I thought maybe being a Reverend we wouldn't be able to relate to her. But that wasn't the case at all. I loved her character, I loved that she still kept the things that she loved in life eve

    This is the first book by Alexa Padgett that I've read and it definatley wont be my last. Although I haven't read the first book in the series it doesn't really matter as they can be read as standalone. But saying that after reading this book, I am definatley going to go back and read book 1.

    I loved Cici, I thought maybe being a Reverend we wouldn't be able to relate to her. But that wasn't the case at all. I loved her character, I loved that she still kept the things that she loved in life even if she was a Reverend.

    The author did a great job of feeding us little bits of information, while keeping us on the edge of our seat, and also without giving too much away and ruining the story straight away.

    I did guess who the 'baddie' was towards the end but it didn't ruin my enjoyed of the book.

    The story had a interesting plot with the people being killed and the reasoning behind it. I loved the police side of the story and you can tell the author had done her research. The connection to the dead that CiCi had was really interesting and I enjoyed it a lot. It was a nice twist on a murder mystery story. It gave the story an edge.

    The author's writing is easy to read and pulls you into the story from page 1. The descriptions were well written and detailed and they gave you the image in your head to image you were there.

    I am definatley going to carry on with this series. After the snippet we had of the next book, I need to see where CiCi has ended up and what trouble she has found this time.

  • Lelia Taylor

    A Heritage of Death is billed as a paranormal mystery and that element is certainly here but Cici's dreams are not the only thing to consider. Her deceased sister was her identical twin and there's just no doubt that the link between twins, especially identicals, is preternatural and can't be fully understood by the rest of us. At any rate, Cici's sister, Aci, is an integral part of the story.

    Although Cici is an ordained minister, not a profession that you might expect would be involved with mur

    A Heritage of Death is billed as a paranormal mystery and that element is certainly here but Cici's dreams are not the only thing to consider. Her deceased sister was her identical twin and there's just no doubt that the link between twins, especially identicals, is preternatural and can't be fully understood by the rest of us. At any rate, Cici's sister, Aci, is an integral part of the story.

    Although Cici is an ordained minister, not a profession that you might expect would be involved with murderous events, but here she is with dreams of a battered woman who looks an awful lot like herself and then a baby is abandoned on her doorstep. She's a very likeable protagonist as is her close friend, Santa Fe police detective Sam Chastain, who appreciates and accepts the dreams and visions Cici has, making good use of them in his official investigation. Cici and Sam set out to find a missing woman and answers about the baby's abduction but are soon drawn into a much deeper and very dangerous case involving the deaths of Native American women.

    I have not read the first book in the series but never felt anything was lacking so I think potential readers can enjoy this second book even though it's out of order. Fans of the Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne series by Julia Spencer-Fleming will be glad to find a similar pair of main characters.

  • Johnaka

    A Heritage of Death by Alexa Padgett

    “Are they dreams or are they visions? 3 stars”

    First off let me say that this is my first read of Padgett’s but the second in Reverend Gurule mystery series. In no way shape or form do you have to read book one in order to understand A Heritage of Death. With that said I think A Heritage of Death was a solid book and I enjoyed how Padgett took a very serious issue and brought it to light.

    Cici has dreams that are actually visions thanks to her dead sister sendin

    A Heritage of Death by Alexa Padgett

    “Are they dreams or are they visions? 3 stars”

    First off let me say that this is my first read of Padgett’s but the second in Reverend Gurule mystery series. In no way shape or form do you have to read book one in order to understand A Heritage of Death. With that said I think A Heritage of Death was a solid book and I enjoyed how Padgett took a very serious issue and brought it to light.

    Cici has dreams that are actually visions thanks to her dead sister sending them to her. Now Cici has to rush against the clock with the help of her friend Detective Sam to try and save these women. Women who look just like her. Will they be able to find these women before its too late? Or will Cici find herself in the killer’s crosshairs?

    I love mysteries and for the most part A Heritage of Death is a good one, my only negative is I figured out who was behind the killings early on. Sometimes Padgett got a little too wordy for my taste, she would use one word that one might not know where she could have used something far easier to recognize. Other then those two things the only other complaint I had is I wanted more of Cici and Sam. What’s going on there and will we ever know?

    Plot-3/5

    Characters-3/5

    Heat-3/5

    Writing style-3/5

    Overall-3/5

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