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Can a detective priest solve a murder case in post-WW2 London?

Tuesday, February 25, 2020  
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New Catholic fiction novel follows Father Gabriel as he hunts for a killer

SAN FRANCISCO — From author Fiorella De Maria, who Publishers Weekly said “deserves a wide audience,” comes the third title in the Father Gabriel Mystery series, SEE NO EVIL, published by Ignatius Press.

In this fast-paced novel, Father Gabriel, a curious fellow who finds himself unwittingly at the scene of a crime, seeks to solve what looks to be an accidental death but is truly an act of murder.

De Maria is an Anglo-Maltese writer who lives in Surrey, England, with her husband and four children. She grew up in Wiltshire, England, and attended Cambridge University, where she received a Bachelor’s in English Literature and a Master’s in Renaissance Literature. A winner of the National Book Prize of Malta, she has published four other novels with Ignatius Press: Poor Banished Children, Do No Harm, We'll Never Tell Them and the first two Father Gabriel mysteries, The Sleeping Witness and The Vanishing Woman.

SEE NO EVIL focuses on the issue of indirect involvement in immoral behavior, particularly the sale of property stolen from victims of the Nazis and the difficulties faced by witnesses to Nazi crimes in the years following the war. De Maria weaves a story full of intrigue between several characters that all cross paths with Father Gabriel, who gives the readers bits and pieces of his thoughts throughout novel as they try to figure out the mystery of who killed Victor Gladstone.

With so few Catholic novels, especially those of the murder mystery variety, SEE NO EVIL stands out in its unique prose, both in the storylines and flawed priest/hero as its main character.

“Once again De Maria presents to us a world worthily reminiscent of the post-war phase of the golden age of mystery fiction but illuminates it with her own special flair,” said Eleanor Nicholson, author of A Bloody Habit: A Novel.

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For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Fiorella De Maria, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.

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