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“A Masterpiece of Detective Fiction…”

Reviews are coming in for The Sleeping Witness!

March 31, 2017 6:10 pm | Leave a Comment

For those who love classic mystery tales, the latest novel by Fiorella De Maria really seems to have struck a chord.

In Catholic World Report, Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin says:

Thus it is with joy that we welcome a newcomer to the pantheon of literary detectives. In a line of religious sleuths that includes G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown and Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael, the Catholic novelist Fiorella de Maria has given us a new monastic investigator: a Benedictine priest named Father Gabriel.

Read the rest of his review here.

In The Daily News, Mark Lardas calls The Sleeping Witness “a masterpiece of detective fiction” and goes on:

The book has the feel of British detective fiction written immediately after World War II. Think of Agatha Christie novel of that period, with a dash of G.K. Chesterton mixed in.

Read more here.

And Barb Szyszkiewicz reviews the book at

I read this fast-paced mystery in a single cozy evening. Father Gabriel and his monastic cohorts are a fascinating and often funny cast of characters… I was glad to read that this is the first in a series; I’ll definitely look forward to the next Father Gabriel story.

Read the full review here.

Learn more about the book on its page here!

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