The Priest by Tiffany Reisz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First off – Nora Sutherlin is my absolute favorite heroine/mistress/comedienne of all the hundreds of book characters I have ever read! Ms. Reisz has developed this character with such stunning intellect and wit. Nora is strong, assertive, hilarious and when she is in the scene, it is divine reading. The guys aren’t too shabby, either, but Nora is who I anxiously await to hear from in each book.
The Priest is another fabulous “HIT” in the Original Sinners series. It will be difficult to get into many details without giving anything away. A priest commits suicide – for some reason he had Nora’s old business card and called her just before he died. The church announces that he was “depressed”, so the case is closed. One conscientious police officer gets a private detective – our new friend Cyrus, to investigate the case surrounding the dead priest. This leads Cyrus to strike up a working relationship with Nora. The first half of this story really develops the friendship between Cyrus and Nora, and I love it! Reminiscent of Nora and Zach way back in The Siren – only Cyrus is happily engaged – so friendship it is.
Enter the witch – yes, a witch named Mercedes. At first glance, I thought it would just be a New Orleans novelty, but she becomes quite integral to several decisions that Nora is facing. ONE of which had me scared to death throughout the whole damned book regarding Soren! Was Mercedes an evil witch out to get Nora or a good witch guiding her? Each chapter as we neared the ending, I was literally freaking out that our author was going to break our hearts! While some things are resolved – a big decision is not. So that must mean MORE Original Sinner stories to come!
Fans of the series will love all the intimate couple time between Nora and Soren as well as Kingsley’s angst over protecting his darling family. Readers new to Tiffany Reisz will easily enjoy this plot-line as a standalone story. Win-Win for everyone. Enjoy!
Just a side note — The Priest was not supposed to be published until April 20th. Ms. Tiffany Reisz released this via ebook early so all her lovely fans could read it during our “Covid – Shelter at Home” time. Thank you darling!
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