DEN OF LIONS by Mark Posey
A Nun with a Gun. Book 5.0
Mystery Thriller Novelette
Backed into a corner, help comes to Alice from the most unlikely of allies…
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reopened the murder of Bishop McGinty and has Alice square in its sights. They have the video, they have her fingerprints, and they have proof that the Pope himself ordered McGinty’s death.
Alice is stuck in an FBI interrogation room, while the Vatican is split between defending her and selling her out. Can Alice talk her way out of this predicament?
A Nun With A Gun is a series of short stories and novelettes about Sister Jacobine, the Pope’s hitwoman. They are best read in order.
1.0 Feet of Clay
2.0 A Port in the Storm
4.0 Requiem Mass
5.0 Den of Lions
6.0 The Narrow Gate
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Thought-provoking and sentimental, this #5th book in the series carries the story forward but also creates mystery, the more that is revealed. Alice has been rocked by the events of Book #4 but the surprise 'guest' of this story gives her some relief.
More emotional than action based, this story also lets us see a little hint of the chaos in the background and how this will affect Alice in the future. Alice is still a mysterious woman with such calm despite the unusual variety of situations she finds herself in.
I highly recommend this series but you really need to start them in the correct order to fully appreciate the interesting character development and evolving story.
Alice is back and dealing with the consequences of her past activities in this book. With the Vatican on the fence about if they want to protect her or not she will have to get out on her own. Her character is wonderfully written and seeing what trouble she gets into and how she gets out as her series goes along is great.
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EXCERPT FROM DEN OF LIONS
COPYRIGHT © MARK POSEY 2020
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Alice sat in her usual chair at the Rafferty’s kitchen table and stared through the sliding door which gave access to the back deck.
The kitchen smelled heavenly. Frying bacon, brewing coffee, scrambled eggs, hash browns. The aromas wafting through the kitchen were enough to set anyone’s salivary glands into overdrive.
Alice barely noticed.
Even the back yard, with the light breeze stirring up leaves and grass, hardly captured her attention. It was all a blur overlaid with the mental image of Michael lying on his living room carpet, a bullet hole in his forehead, a bloody cross wiped over the wound.
“You want toast?” Rafferty said.
Alice felt certain it was not the first time he had asked. She forced her gaze away from the yard to Rafferty, where he stood by the toaster.
“No, thank you, Constable. I’m not hungry.”
“You still have to eat,” Geraldine said.
Rafferty stepped over to the portable radio on the corner of the kitchen counter and flicked it on. “It’s seven o’clock. Let’s see what’s going on in the world.”
As the pre-recorded news hour music faded out, the announcer’s strong voice began. “Breaking news at the top of the hour. The investigation into the murder of Bishop James McGinty has been re-opened this morning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A city-wide hunt for the murderer will begin today in the greater Philadelphia area. The murderer is reputed to be a nun with ties to the Vatican.”
Rafferty’s gaze flickered to Alice. “Oh shit.”
“It was revealed earlier this morning that Pope Benedict the Seventeenth ordered the execution after Bishop McGinty was accused of improper conduct with altar boys within the Philadelphia archdiocese.”
Alice was aghast. “Oh, no. Roberto will be inconsolable.”
“It was further revealed that Philadelphia police detectives had a suspect in custody but were forced to release her when diplomatic immunity was asserted. Evidence against the woman included a video recording of the crime, obtained via police surveillance. The Secretary of State has suspended diplomatic relations with the Vatican, pending the outcome of the investigation.”
Rafferty snapped off the radio when the newscaster moved onto the next item.
The sizzling of the bacon and eggs seemed unusually loud in the still kitchen. None of them moved.
“I believe someone has been telling tales out of school,” Alice said.
Rafferty shook his head. “So much for having a quiet, easy first day back.”