Posted By Susan Bernhardt

The Brothers' Keepers Blurb.

Most of us are familiar with Jesus’ parents, Mary and Joseph, and Jesus’ purported spouse, Mary Magdalene. But what about Jesus’ siblings? What role did they play in early Christianity? 

Contemporary Jesuit and renowned religious historian Nicholas Branson is about to find out...and the answer will shake the foundations of the Judeo-Christian world. 

It all starts with the murder of a United States Senator in a confessional, and the discovery of a strange religious document among his possessions. At the urging of his FBI friend, Branson joins the investigation. His effort to uncover the truth behind the murder draws him into the search for an eight-hundred-year-old treasure and into a web of ecclesiastical and political intrigue. 

Accompanied by a beautiful, sharp-tongued research librarian, Jessica Jones, Branson follows a trail of clues, from the peaks of the awe inspiring French Pyrenees to the caves of war-torn Afghanistan. Along the way, shadowy powerful forces trail the pair, determined to keep safe a secret buried for centuries. 

My husband and I have looked forward to Matthew Peters' new thriller since reading Conversations Among Ruins. We both loved The Brothers' Keepers. Here are our reviews.

Matthew Peters has opened a Pandora's box in this riveting, action-packed novel. Nicholas Branson is an intriguing protagonist with a deep knowledge of church history. His quest for the truth about Christianity, and about himself, keep the reader engaged. The ending may be unsettling to some and to others a motivation for more reflection and reading. Either way, I think this well crafted story of power struggle, conspiracy, and deceit leaves the reader hoping for further adventures of Nicholas Branson.

And the second review:

I just finished reading Matthew Peters' intriguing The Brothers' Keepers. This exciting novel captivated me from the first chapter, where a murder of a senator occurred in a confessional, to the surprise ending which I loved.

The story-lines with layers of complexity and lots of twists and turns, involve Jesuit and religious scholar, Nicholas Branson and librarian, Jessica Jones' quest for clues to finding a religious icon, to the corruption of both the Presidency of the United States and the church leaders in the Vatican. Between the ruthless gangs, the politicians and church officials, the body count keeps piling up.

The Brothers' Keepers is well-researched in both geography and church history. Expertly told by author, Matthew Peters, this action-packed thriller is fast paced, has rich dialogue with well-drawn, compelling characters, and is thought-provoking. I can't wait for the next Nicholas Branson thriller.

Amazon Link: The Brothers' Keepers -

Posted By Susan Bernhardt

What an exciting day it is! Today THE GINSENG CONSPIRACY (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 1) has been released in Paperback! And just in time for autumn!

I am incredibly grateful to my readers and for the many, wonderful reviews I have received for this mystery and all of the novels in the Kay Driscoll Mystery Series. Thank you so very much! :)

“The Ginseng Conspiracy was so exciting that I found myself stopping several times until I could handle what was coming next. But, of course, looking forward to it.”

“Excellent mystery. Best I've read in a long time. It was hard to put down, and I didn't want it to end. So many twists and turns, left my hands sweating at times. Go Kay, Go!!”

“Character development is amazing--I now know the three main characters personally. The setting descriptions are so good, it makes you feel as if you are actually there.”

“There are enough twists and turns to keep Kay and the reader guessing the whole time. There is plenty of suspense and tension and I could not turn the pages fast enough. There are a few times where my jaw dropped open while reading and I did not want to turn the page because I was worried about what was about to happen. I think the ending is much more realistic than many other cozies I have read.” 

“The characters are fresh and come off the page. What I like best is how the author layers the tension... building it and building it, until you're flipping the pages as fast as you can.”

Posted By Susan Bernhardt


Read the Novel, Experience Summer: The Beach, Bonfires, Weddings, Murder, Cover-ups, Mystery. – MURDER BY FIREWORKS (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 3)


Wedding bells are in the air, and so is murder. 

Kay Driscoll's son's wedding reception for two hundred guests is in her backyard. As if that wasn't enough, a precocious and troubled twelve-year-old is foisted on her two days before the wedding. When the happy day arrives, one of the guests disrupts the event and is asked to leave: a womanizing member of Kay's book club. 

A few days later, after a Fourth of July fireworks show, he is found dead on the beach. Kay and her ever-present friends, Elizabeth and Deirdre, investigate the death, which at first is declared a suicide. They believe this is a cover-up and go about to prove their theory, an arduous task because the potential suspects are many, and few (if any) will regret the victim's death.

Posted By Susan Bernhardt

Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and 
the soil and sky as canvas. --Elizabeth Murray  
I had a great day putting in my garden. I love gardening and the 
joy that it brings. There's something earthy, a peaceful, relaxed 
feeling that comes over me when I'm out working in my garden. 
Amidst the busy world, all I heard were the birds singing (and the 
street cleaner going up and down the block).

And what a great exercise in mindfulness, discipline, and being in 
the moment! Gardening meets the needs for artistic expression in 
garden design and social connection. Prior to putting in my garden 
I had spent another enjoyable day with a friend going from one 
garden shop to another, planning our dream gardens--our little 
Edens, buying our plants, and discussing gardening tips. 

Gardening is both physical and sensual and offers relatively 
immediate satisfaction. And what's more, it's great being involved 
in the process of creating food from planting to cooking. Anyone 
who has ever tasted home-grown vegetables and herbs knows the 
culinary delights a garden can produce.

Gardeners on the whole are helpful people who have a generous 
spirit. There is something about gardening that makes you want to 
share: be it seeds and plants or lots of gardening advice.

With our gardens, we can bring joy to others as well as ourselves 
and even make the world a better, healthier place or at least 
insure that our neighbors eat healthier. Garden extras can be 
shared with the community because as generous people, sharing is 
what we do. Examples that come to mind other than family and 
friends are giving your extra produce to the local food bank so 
their clients get fresh produce. In my church, gardeners bring 
home-grown produce on Sundays and people who otherwise wouldn't 
have fresh produce, can take what they want on the way out of 

Sharing your garden is a great way to grow!
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