Let These Bones Live Again: A Christopher Worthy/Father Fortis Mystery

David Carlson. Coffeetown, $14.95 trade paper (190p) ISBN 978-1-60381-393-8
Carlson’s workmanlike third series mystery (after 2017’s Let the Dead Bury the Dead) takes Fr. Nicholas Fortis and Detroit homicide detective Christopher Worthy to Venice, Italy: Fortis to help solve the theft of holy relics from churches and Worthy to look into the death of Detroit auto magnate James Kuiper, whose family is unsatisfied with the official verdict of suicide. Coincidentally, Worthy’s estranged daughter, novice criminology student Allyson Worthy, is doing an internship with the Venetian police. Worthy meets with Allyson and her Italian boss to discuss not one but two apparent suicides that may be murder, including Kuiper’s. Fortis learns that three Russian monks are under suspicion for the thefts, and he shares that information with Allyson, who ends up playing a key role in an investigation that ties the two seemingly separate cases together. Along the way, Fortis helps Allyson and Worthy mend their relationship, an uplifting personal development that may help readers overlook the awkward plotting. This one’s strictly for fans. Agent: Sara Camilli, Sara Camilli Agency. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 11/05/2018
Release date: 10/01/2018
Genre: Fiction
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