Tuesday, May 28, 2019

BLOG TOUR: An Artifact of Death by J.J. Cagney

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for J.J. Cagney's An Artifact of Death, the third title in the Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery series! Today, on our tour stop, we have an exclusive except to share! So... Check it out and grab your copy now!!!

Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery, #3
Publish Date:
May 21, 2019
Sidecar Press, LLC

A botched execution. A reverend on the run. Can she solve the mystery before she's caught in the crosshairs? 

Reverend Cici Gurule went to the sacred Chaco Canyon in search of a sign. She's been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in a megachurch, but taking the position would mean abandoning her Southwestern home and the man she's grown to love as much more than a friend. She's so caught up in her thoughts that she doesn't realize when she stumbles upon a group of heavily armed operatives on the verge of an execution. 

Soon, Cici's dodging bullets and scaling mesas with the mysterious man she saved from certain death. With a little help from her twin sister's ghost and restless ancestral spirits, they venture deeper into the maze-like rocky terrain. But her new companion's deadly aim makes her wonder if she can afford to trust his side of the story. 

To make it out of the canyon alive, Cici must unearth the true story behind the man and a sacred Navajo artifact before the next bloodshed on sacred ground is hers. 

An Artifact of Death is a standalone novel in a series of high-octane mystery thrillers. If you like fiery heroines who break the mold, top-secret missions, and colorful depictions of the American Southwest, then you'll love J.J. Cagney’s action-packed adventure.


Sam pressed on the gas again. The suspension and chassis would be way out of alignment after this trip, but he didn’t care if he was able to bring Cici home.

Jeannette sighed as if in defeat. “Fine,” she said, her voice flat. “You want on? You go. It’s a suicide mission,” she continued. “The special forces who are going to be on that aircraft are supposed to bring in the operatives. By any means possible. You don’t have their level of training.”

Sam sucked in a breath, the first full one he’d managed since Jeannette dropped the information on his desk yesterday afternoon.

“What you fail to understand is I’d rather die with her,” he said, his voice steady, “or die trying to save her.”

“Your funeral,” Jeannette said on a sigh, but she opened what looked like a request page on her satellite phone. “You’re sure?” she asked.


Jeannette stared at him for a long moment. She looked back down at her screen.

“You never felt that way about me,” she murmured.

“Did you expect me to? Want me to?” Sam asked, an edge of anger building along the words as he spoke.

“No.” Jeannette sat for a moment. “But someone…” She sighed, a harsh dispelling of disappointment. Then, before Sam had to reiterate his request, she began to type.

Could well be he’d asked Jeannette to sign his death warrant. With a jolt of surprise, Sam realized he was okay with that. But he planned to bring Cici home alive.

No, he wasn’t special ops—had never served in the military. But he’d worked on a special task force in Denver that focused on the worst criminal scum and the group’s extensive training echoed that of the Army Ranger School program. Sam knew this because the former instructor was a special team commando and Sam’s best buddy in the group. Over the years Sam worked with Clint, they’d spent a lot of time talking and reenacting everything from city warfare to terrorist attacks to hostage situations.

Sam went back over all the knowledge he’d gleaned—scant though it was. His real-world experience was limited to simulations, which offered a controlled encapsulation of all the shit that could go wrong.

He gritted his teeth, clenched the wheel, and stepped on the gas, rocketing them forward once again.

One way or another. Sam planned to bring Cici home.


Binge read the previous titles in the Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery series now!
(cover links to Goodreads)



**About the Author**
J. J. Cagney is the mystery/thriller pen name of USA Today bestselling author Alexa Padgett. Her debut mystery, A Pilgrimage of Death, was named to Kirkus Reviews' 100 Best Books of 2018 and Goodreads Best Mysteries of the 2010s. 

Cagney holds a bachelor's in international marketing and spent part of her twenties as the marketing director for an elite sports management firm. And, yes, she did her requisite stint with a dotcom back in the that early 2000s, first as a marketing coordinator and then as a content manager. She's penned work for a variety of websites and magazines, and she worked as a literary agent for Irene Webb Literary. 

She lives in northern New Mexico with her husband, children, about a million fish, and their Great Pyrenees, Ash. Kirkus Reviews called Cagney's latest mystery, An Artifact of Death, "An exhilarating entry in a thoroughly enjoyable series."

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