The time is here! Very pleased to usher this novel into the world. Set in my fair city of Columbus, Ohio, The Highest Order of Angels is a crime novel in the tradition of Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda or Seven Moves by Carol Anshaw: a story about human nature wrapped up in a mystery. From the back cover:
When enigmatic Columbus teen Britt Marrell vanishes during a driving rainstorm over Labor Day weekend, it sets in motion an investigation that starts in the comfortable confines of midwestern suburbia and ends in the gritty concrete landscape of underground graffiti art. A smart but wild California transplant and a chronic underachiever, Britt isn’t the type to be concerned with popularity or fitting in. But from the moment she doesn’t come home after a concert, it’s clear that Britt has more secrets than anyone could have predicted.
The Highest Order of Angels unfolds through three distinct voices—Detective Eleanor Fox, the insomniac lead investigator on the brink of turning forty and getting divorced, who strives to unearth the facts of the case while navigating witness statements full of deception and distortions; Samantha Marrell, the brainy younger sister watching the sudden disintegration of her family; and Darcy Janek, a caring English teacher at Our Lady of Mercy, who finds her sexuality thrown into the spotlight as the search for Britt uncovers a nest of lies—her own included.
Available now in lots of places!