Set in Sugar Land, Texas, this novel marks the debut of a brand new series. In a town where things seem to be utterly perfect at all times, readers soon learn that Sugar Land is not so very sweet after all.
Graham Garcia, a local lawyer, is found facedown on a golf course, having been smacked in the head with a very large golf club and left for dead. The detective on the case, James Wanderley, is one who is very sure of himself and treats all people – suspect, or not – to his pushy, arrogant ways. Different suspects keep popping up throughout the investigation, but the core of the story centers around Walker “Bear” Wells, a former college football star who is now a minister in Sugar Land. A bit of a celebrity, Bear fits in nicely with a town that is a little bit ‘countrified,’ with farmers and cattle ranchers, and a little bit ‘Hollywood,’ with celebrities and famous athletes walking the streets.
The wife of the victim is a member of Bear’s church, while her husband was a member of the local Catholic Church. The two holy men come together frequently – sometimes to preach and sometimes to arm wrestle – depending on the day. This time…they’re coming together to discuss the ultimate crime and punishment.
Bear doesn’t want to get involved in the investigation; he basically just wants to pray for the deceased and help the grieving family, but clues keep cropping up and eventually Bear’s life is overrun by the crime.
Married to a really sweet woman with a very strong personality, Bear also has two daughters; Merrie, a college student and, Jo, who has some problems that her father chooses to ignore – not to mention, she’s also dating the victim’s son. As things begin to explode around Bear, the ugly-head of ‘confession’ rears, and the promise of Priest versus minister may be just the thing that will cause Sugar Land to become unglued.
The first in the, Sugar Land Mystery series, this novel is extremely readable with great characters that you love and hate (even when it comes to the ‘holiest’). In addition, the author certainly teaches readers about the vibrant attitudes, policies, loyalties and entertaining attitudes that dwell in the Lone Star State. It will be very interesting to see this series continue. Enjoy!
Until Next Time, Everybody,