Sacrifice by Kathleen Heady

Sacrifice by Kathleen Heady.

In this fourth book in Kathleen Heady’s series featuring Nara Blake, the story takes us to a small Spanish town in the Pyrenees, where Nara and her now-husband Alex Collier travel to retrieve several notebooks that belonged to a British artist who died there during the Spanish Civil War. Nara and Alex have plans to meet the parish priest, who has possession of the notebooks, in the church during siesta. When they arrive at the church, they find that he has been killed by a vicious blow to the head. They soon learn there is a history of crime in the town going back many decades. But as they are caught up in the criminal investigation, they also learn of the strong ties of family and friendship that exist, even extending to Nara’s own family.

5 Stars: Mysteries Brought to Light In Tardienta!

You will learn some Spanish Civil War History while enjoying ‘Sacrifice’ (book four) in Kathleen Heady’s series. Featuring woman sleuth Nara Blake, each book in the series stands alone, so I invite you to travel with Nara and her husband Alex to Tardienta (a municipality located in Huesca Province, Aragon, Spain) on behalf of the Tate Museum in London, where they both worked as art historians.

The mystery begins when the parish priest discovers notebooks written in English, containing sketches by Felicia Brown. Although a British artist, it is Felicia’s fight against fascism in the 1930s that makes her notebooks a rare find.

Nara and Alex’s visit to Tardienta takes an unexpected turn. It is here, I bring you into the story and the beginning of more than one mystery.

…“From the café, Alex and Nara watched the activity on the plaza. Several police vehicles were parked next to the church when a long black sedan entered the center of the village and parked just past the police cars. A smartly dressed driver emerged to open the back door for a clergyman dressed in a black cassock with red trim.

…“Someone from the diocese,” Alex commented. “I was wondering if the church would have to be re-consecrated since a murder was committed.”

…“They won’t let us look around now,” Nara answered, shielding her eyes from the sun with her hand. She badly wanted to get into the church and maybe the rectory too. The notebooks were there somewhere.

Tardienta is rich with history; there have always been goods and human beings smuggled through the surrounding mountains. For Nara and Alex, the mysteries are numerous, the danger is real and suspicions abound. Turns out it takes more than a village to catch a criminal.

The suspense and drama will keep you turning the page. When you are done, you will be ready to try Maria Laura’s Orange Cake recipe. Can’t wait to bake this one.

Editorial Review (Book Marketing Global Network).

Review by Barbara D. Sellars: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Interesting Story of Heroism. Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2021. Verified Purchase. I was not familiar with the history of escape from France to Spain and the role women played in helping Jewish children leave France. It is a murder mystery with lots of intrigue and plot twists.

Review by Amanda M: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Kept me wondering what would happen next. Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2021. I’m excited that the author has written other books. Kathleen’s “Sacrifice” is the first one of her books I’ve read. My education is in librarianship and I enjoyed and was curious about the research aspect of how the author created the plot. I wondered if she, like me, enjoys travel and created this story based on places she’s visited and historical figures she encountered on her travels. I happened to ask her … the answer is yes.

The only disappointment I had was that I bought an eBook rather than a hard copy. However, being able to look up words quickly and easily on Kindle was a plus. I’m a paperback kind of gal, and no matter what people say it’s not easy cozying up with electronics under my throw on my reading chair.

I wonder if Kathleen’s characters in “Sacrifice” will end up in a series. She sets up the story and characters easily enough that it could be. I found myself reading the chapters during my bedtime and staying on edge what would happen next after I finished a chapter. Suspense is not as easy to create as you’d think and she does it masterfully. The novel would make a fun movie; I wonder if anyone has approached her. I love what she’s done in her writing style and the driving actions she’s written to keep readers on edge. Way to go, Kathleen! Looking forward to reading more of your work.

Review by msb2482: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Fascinating Mystery. Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2022. Well researched historical mystery set in a small town in Spain during the dual time periods of present day and the 1930s. I was not very familiar with happened during the Spanish Civil War. The author does a wonderful job of teaching new things about the history and culture of Spain while engaging the reader in an investigation behind the murder of a local priest. I agree with a previous reviewer’s comments that this would make a good movie or TV series given the plot and interesting setting/historical backdrop.

Review by Kathryn Parker: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A treat for fans of historical mysteries. Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2021. This is a well-researched mystery in two eras and in two countries. The details make you feel you are in the Spanish Pyrenees and make the story come alive. You don’t need to read this series in order to enjoy Sacrifice.

Review by Nichols Brown: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Nice weaving of history into the story. Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2021. A pleasant read, enjoyed the historical aspect to this story and the small town, everyone is a suspect, feel to the story. A fun read.

Product Details:
Paperback: 219 Pages
Publisher: ‎Sage Words Publishing (September 2, 2021)
Jake George (Editor)
Language: ‎English
Adult Readers: Women Sleuths
Adult Readers: Mysteries (Suspense)

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About The Author: Kathleen Heady grew up telling stories – to pass the time, or just to exercise her imagination. She spent her childhood on a farm in southern Illinois, where she was fortunate to have parents who encouraged her to study, read, and learn about the world. Besides rural Illinois, she has lived in Chicago, Costa Rica, Colorado, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and now North Carolina. Her current new “challenge” is learning to play the ukulele.

Kathleen has spent most of her professional life as a high school teacher, teaching English, Spanish and social studies. She shares her “almost a tree house” home with her husband and two cats, Tang and Sirius Black. She has a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law, a grandson and a granddaughter who are all really cool people.

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