The Sleeping Witness

A Father Gabriel Mystery



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Product Code:
0.5 (in)
Size (HxW):
7.9 x 5.3 (in)
Publication date:
February 01, 2017
8 oz
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In this unusual murder mystery, the tranquility of Saint Mary's Abbey is shattered by the discovery of a gruesome crime in a cottage on the abbey grounds. A foreign artist and war hero seeking refuge from the world has been murdered. Marie Paige, the frail, sickly wife of the village doctor, lies beside him beaten into a coma.

The police arrest Marie's husband, convinced that they are looking at a crime of passion. But Dr. Paige finds himself with an unlikely champion: Fr. Gabriel, a blundering but brilliant Benedictine priest who believes in his innocence and feels compelled to search for the truth.

In a country struggling to come to terms with the devastation of the Second World War, even a secluded English village has its share of secrets and broken lives. It is not long before Fr. Gabriel and his companions find themselves embarking on a dangerous journey into the victims' troubled war histories and a chapter of Europe's bloodiest conflict that is almost too terrible to be acknowledged.

Editorial Reviews

"Catholic writer De Maria deserves a wide audience."
Publishers Weekly

"This exciting murder mystery set in a peaceful English village has a satisfyingly tangled story, and its uncannily perceptive detective, an aging Benedictine monk, is always one step ahead of the police."
— Lucy Beckett
, Author,  A Postcard from the Volcano

"This marvelous mystery is not a formulaic reworking of an established genre but a wonderful work of detective fiction in its own right. I hope that this lovable Benedictine detective might have many more mysteries to solve in the future. More of the same please!"
— Joseph Pearce
, Author, Literary Converts

"De Maria's clear and confident writing produces a 'can't put it down' effect. This story will stay with you for a long time."
— Michael Richard
, Author, Tobit's Dog


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  • 5
    Not what I was expecting...

    Posted by Kim on Sep 1st 2019

    I was expecting a whimsical murder mystery, ala Agatha Christie or Chesterton. There was of course a likeable, somewhat bumbling priest in an English countryside, but that's where the similarities end. Instead I became engrossed in a thriller, love story, political intrigue, horrors and betrayals of post WWII England. This book was satisfying on many levels in less than 200 pages. I read it in close to one sitting without being fired from my job and am ready to start the second book. I hope there are more to come!