Richer writes a very readable book, and the story is a little different than the typical detective novel of today. Donnie is a strong character who refuses to give in until he finds the truth. The supporting characters, especially those connected to the Vatican, are interesting, and their roadblocks to the truth keep the reader involved. Teaming up with a former nun, Officer Emma Aldridge, Donnie realizes that there is more to this international thriller than the solving of the Pope's death at stake.
I loved reading about the subterfuge that goes on at the Vatican. Of course this is fiction, but Richer's description of the secrets and lies that make up the political atmosphere had a ring of truth. After all, wherever there is a climb to power, there will be those who skirt the truth to reach the pinnacle.
Finally, Donnie Beecher is more than just a detective, and his family life becomes an interesting addition to this detective novel. Watching him juggle a wife who is recovering from a long illness and a teenage daughter who is causing them stress, allows the reader to get to know the man as well as the detective.
Publisher - Amazon Digital Services LLC
Date of Publication - January 3, 2017