Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Memes: Unholy City by Carrie Smith

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City ReaderThe Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Anna kicked off her shoes in the spacious foyer of the brownstone that served as St. Paul's Rectory.
Friday 56:
When the autopsy was complete, the medical examiner peeled off his gloves and dropped the mask from his gaunt face. He apparently hadn't shaved that morning, Codella noticed, and his stubble was stippled with gray.
This week I am reading Unholy City by Carrie Smith. This is the third Clair Codella mystery. Here is the description from Amazon:
Despite their rocky history, Detective Claire Codella and Precinct Detective Brian Haggerty come together when senior churchwarden Philip Graves’s bloody body is found lying in the herb garden of historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side just two days before Good Friday. Upon first glance, it looks like a random act of big city violence, but it soon becomes clear churchwarden Philip’s death was the result of a meticulously calculated ploy by someone who knew him.

There are five vestry members and a choir director in addition to the ten homeless men asleep in the church basement. Any one of them could have done it, but what did Philip Graves do to warrant such a merciless death? Struggling to share the case and salvage their personal relationship, Claire, Brian and trusted Detective Eduardo Muñoz work around the clock to uncloak the desires, secrets, and resentments that find home through the iron gates and into the hidden beauty of one historic Romanesque church in Unholy City, the haunting third installment in Carrie Smith’s Claire Codella mysteries.


  1. A short and sweet beginning that sounds very interesting. :)

    Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog.

  2. I'm piqued for more! Happy weekend!

  3. This one sounds very good. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  4. This sounds very intriguing! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend! :)

  5. Hi Kathy,

    Both of your excerpts really give very little away, but luckily, the premise and cover art have sold it to me as one for my own list.

    The only query I have, is as to whether this story works okay as a stand alone, or if the earlier books need to be read in sequence, because of any back story which is ongoing?

    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend :)


  6. This sounds like a really great mystery. I hope that you continue to enjoy it. :)

  7. I love how subtly descriptive this 56 is. Happy Friday!

  8. Hi Kathy! I am really keen on getting this one. Thank you! Hope you had a lovely weekend, enjoy this week!


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