by L.A. Mascone
The Moondead is the first in a series of mystery novels titled The Sacristan Mysteries. When two macabre slayings turn a remote desert town upside down, Major Crimes lead night detective, Lt. John Padric, is looking for answers. Calling the victims, the moondead, local media is all over the story; under a full moon, someone is targeting priests and nuns. But a chance encounter brings an assist in the person of archaeologist-turned-nun, Sister Magdalen. Her graduate studies in burial sites and ritual once took her to Egypt but now she’s exchanged the Sahara for the Sonoran and an enigmatic bishop with secrets to hide has appointed her sacristan of his Cathedral. She is tasked with the care of holy vessels and vestments, altar linens and liturgies, but a gift of discernment, a seventh sense, she has had from her youth, is telling her things are not what they seem. But this is the nun’s cup of tea and it’s time...good Sister Magdalen is restless and has been too long without a mystery to solve. The Cathedral’s sacristan could do with some convent noir.