Review: A Priestly Affair


A PRIESTLY AFFAIR is a lively and humorous murder mystery. Jesse Thorpe, a young private investigator, is hired by Monsignor Francis O’Reilly to find his three-year-old daughter, Evelyn, who was conceived during a one-time sexual encounter. DNA testing, requested by the mother, Nicole Levesque, concluded that he is the biological father, but Nicole has never allowed him to see her. He has been paying $15,000 a year in child support, beginning shortly after “Evelyn” was born. 

On January 1st, Father O’Reilly meets Nicole in Deering Oaks Park, in Portland, Maine to make his annual payment. Jesse and two of his colleagues secretly film the meeting and follow her as she leaves, hoping to discover where she and Evelyn live. However, Nicole proves to be an elusive adversary. She drives away with her money and gives Jesse the slip in a Boston suburb. 

Within a week, Xavier LaGrange, a second paternity “victim,” comes knocking at Jesse’s door, but this time the mother has been murdered, minutes after Xavier makes his support payment. 

This second novel in the Jesse Thorpe Mystery Series is every bit as inventive, exciting and hilarious as the first. Jesse is a charmer, and his girlfriend, Angele Boucher, lends a spicy feminine touch to the narrative. A PRIESTLY AFFAIR is a page-turner that will leave you in stitches.
Rating: 5-stars


A Priestly Affair by Carl Schmidt is an extraordinary read. It combines danger, suspense and mystery as well as humor into one marvelous book. The plot is full of action. The intrigue will leave readers on the edge of their seats as the scenes roll on by. A Priestly Affair is the second Jesse Thrope Mystery novel. I was fascinated. From beginning to end, Carl Schimdt knows how to hold onto my attention. I loved reading the page turning tale. Jesse Thrope is hired on a mission to follow a priest’s daughter whom the priest has not once meet due to the mother. The mother having been a seductove parishioner…but soon Jesse as before, found himself in a bigger and more deadly investigation. Money, blackmail, and a deadly case. Jesse Thorpe will once again drag readers into his world of mystery. I loved the humor throughout the story. It made the tale more interesting. Well-written and well-developed, A Priestly Affair is a must read for all. I highly recommend this new book to readers everywhere. 

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