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“After 33 years of bookselling, I can say I have not read a novel as original and shocking as Scorched Grace. She’s a (punk) nun like none other (bad pun, but true) resolved to solve a murder to protect her new community and her own choices.”Barbara Peters,
Poisoned Pen Bookstore
“There are not enough superlatives in the English world to convey how much I loved this book. It's fresh, it's funny, it's a little prickly, and all-around a wild ride. So many mysteries center around the murder of an innocent woman so it was refreshing to have our mystery be (mostly) about arson! Sister Holiday is a character I've never encountered before and truthfully, she helped heal a little bit of religious trauma. The writing is incisive and Mara Wilson's narrative is second-to-none. ”Renee,
Feminist Book Club
Sister Holiday, a chain-smoking, heavily tattooed, queer nun, puts her amateur sleuthing skills to the test in this “unique and confident” debut crime novel (Gillian Flynn). When Saint Sebastian's School becomes the target of a shocking arson spree, the Sisters of the Sublime Blood and their surrounding community are thrust into chaos. Unsatisfied with the officials' response, sardonic and headstrong Sister Holiday becomes determined to unveil the mysterious attacker herself and return her home and sanctuary to its former peace. Her investigation leads down a twisty path of suspicion and secrets in the sticky, oppressive New Orleans heat, turning her against colleagues, students, and even fellow Sisters along the way. Sister Holiday is more faithful than most, but she's no saint. To piece together the clues of this high-stakes mystery, she must first reckon with the sins of her checkered past-and neither task will be easy. An exciting start to Margot Douaihy’s bold series for Gillian Flynn Books that breathes new life into the hard-boiled genre, Scorched Grace is a fast-paced and punchy whodunnit that will keep readers guessing until the very end.
Mara Wilson is a professional writer, playwright, actor, narrator, and storyteller best known for her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matilda. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she regularly appears at live storytelling and comedy shows, including her own, What Are You Afraid Of?. A voice actor on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, she maintains a blog, MaraWilsonWritesStuff.com, and her writing can be found on sites such as Jezebel, The Toast, and McSweeney’s.