Selena's ride
Selena's ride
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The Light of Tara
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copyright 2020 by John Desjarlais. All rights reserved.


The Light of Tara: A Novel of Saint Patrick


Kidnapped by Irish pirates as a teen, Patrick makes a bold escape only to hear an insistent call in a dream: COME BACK.


“Full of action and intrigue yet true to historical detail.”

—Lisa M. Hendey, author of The Secret of the Shamrock

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A stigmatic priest collapses and dies on Good Friday in front of horrified parishioners -- a miracle, or bloody murder?

"Smart, frequently witty, and beautifully researched (the author’s paraphrasing of Aristotle’s logic is an intellectual delight), it is refreshing to read a book where faith is neither demanded, nor held up to ridicule."
Mystery Scene

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Near All Souls' Day, former DEA Special Agent Selena De La Cruz finds her name written in her parish's Book of the Dead -- but she isn't dead. Yet.

"Entertaining and thrilling...a fascinating mystery and a fun read, with more substance than your average best-seller."

St. Austin Review

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When the Vatican re-opens a cold case of a Cardinal's assassination in Mexico, Selena De La Cruz must deal with the ghosts of her past -- in more ways than one. "This story deals with ghosts -- ghosts! -- in a totally credible manner. Lightning fast, heart racing and heart-rending."

Erin McCole Cupp, author of Don't You Forget About Me

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Based on the thrilling true story of Columba of Iona, the hot-headed Irish warrior-monk exiled to Scotland where he dueled the Druids, miracles versus magic.

"A spellbinding tale with a powerful descriptive flair; a striking story not quickly forgotten."

The Milwaukee Journal

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A suspicious cathedral fire...a stolen treasure...a plot to kill the king of France...intrigue, betrayal, romance -- another day in the 13th Century.

"Hours of enjoyment as readers follow Jean-Michel D'Anjou from one perilous adventure to another!"  Bookstore Journal

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An eclectic collection of short stories: a medieval cleric investigates a brutal murder that may lead to millions more. An elderly widower seems to find just what he needs when he needs it - except what he needs the most. A witty lovebird offers his owner advice on relationships. And others,  previously appearing in literary journals.





A former producer with Wisconsin Public Radio and retired professor of journalism and English, John Desjarlais writes historicals and contemporary mysteries. His first novel, The Throne of Tara , was a Christianity Today Readers Choice Award nominee, and his medieval thriller, Relics , was a Doubleday Book Club Selection. Bleeder, Viper (a Catholic Arts and Letters Award nominee), and Specter  constitute the 'Higher Mysteries' series. Blood of the Martyrs , a short story collection, is available at Amazon Kindle Select. A member of Mystery Writers of America and the Catholic Writers Guild, Desjarlais' short fiction has appeared in a variety of literary journals including Critic, Lit Noir, Conclave, Apocalypse 9, The Rockford Review, and Dappled Things. He is listed in Who's Who in Entertainment, Contemporary Authors, Who's Who in America,  and  Who's Who Among America's Teachers

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