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Posted By Susan Bernhardt

A Manhattan Murder Mystery was released today!!! I am incredibly thrilled and excited! Time to celebrate!

Please spread the word! Thank you so much! Then read the mystery and lose yourself in Irina's world.


Irina Curtius, a retired ballet dancer living on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, runs a ballet studio for young children. Recently, she has been watching her younger and otherwise healthy neighbor, Stephen Kramer, become ill over time. When Stephen travels for business, his health always seems to improve dramatically after he has been away, but only temporarily. Within days of returning home, his health begins to deteriorate again. On top of that, Stephen has added stress due to problems he is having with his wife and his irate live-in sister-in-law. Sadly, Stephen's last bout with his mysterious illness has proven to be fatal. Unsatisfied with the official explanation and in order to deliver justice for her friend and neighbor, Irina sets out to uncover the truth and prove that Stephen was indeed murdered.

It won't be easy, though. A former lover from Irina's college days at NYU has suddenly reinserted himself into her life, wanting to pick up where they left off. Additionally, a strange newcomer arrives in Irina's neighborhood and he now seems to be shadowing Irina, appearing everywhere she goes. The story that unfolds, interwoven in the everyday lives of Irina and her social circle, highlights the unpredictability of life, the best and worst of humanity, and the powerful bonds that drive people together (and apart).


A Manhattan Murder Mystery: An Irina Curtius Mystery -

Other mysteries by Susan Bernhardt

The Ginseng Conspiracy (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 1) - 

Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2) - 

Murder by Fireworks (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 3) - 

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 -




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