Within five pages, I was in love with this novel. Sister Holiday is simply a joy of a narrator. I feel like she and Camille Preaker from Sharp Objects should go on a road trip together. I just loved it!”
- Gillian Flynn, Gillian Flynn Books
A New York Times Book Review Editor’s choice
Indie Next Pick
One of Apple’s Best Books of the Year
An Amazon Editors’ Pick for Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Indie Bestseller (St. Louis, Boswell)
Boston Magazine’s Best Author of 2023 2023
New England Book Award Finalist
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.
February 21, 2023
6 x 9
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.