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Publication Order of Collins-Burke Mystery Books

Sign of the Cross (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Obit (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Barrington Street Blues (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cecilian Vespers (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Children in the Morning (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death at Christy Burke's (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood on a Saint (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ruined Abbey (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lament for Bonnie (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Though the Heavens Fall (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Postmark Berlin (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fenian Street (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Keening (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Anne Emery is a published Canadian author.

Anne was born in Halifax. She attended St. F.X. University for a few years and graduated, then attending Dalhousie Law School. She was a lawyer and then a legal affairs reporter/researcher.

Emery is not just a published author. She has a lot of interests, one of them being reading. The others include learning about Irish history, travel, philosophy, architecture, and music. She resides in Halifax with her family.

Anne Emery is the creator and author of the Collins-Burke Mystery series. This series kicked off for the first time in 2006 with the release of the debut novel. The sequel, titled Obit, came out the next year. There have since been several more books published in the series and it is quite popular. The tenth book came out in 2018 and is titled Through The Heavens Fall.

Sign of the Cross is the debut novel in the Collins-Burke series of fiction. Here readers get to meet the main character of Monty Collins for the first time.

The saying goes that you should be careful just what it is that you’re wishing for. Monty’s mother used to have a fondness for this saying. He always took it as being a vague warning, but that hasn’t stopped him from wishing for things over the years.

Mostly, he wishes to have a client come his way that does not have any tattoos, is able to articulate their sentences well, and has a level of intelligence. He always made it his mission to defend those that belonged to the lower class for two decades, yet you can’t blame him for wanting to change things up once in a while.

Even though his mother warned him against being careful about what you wish for, Monty has now find that he has a client just like he wanted. How relevant could warnings like that really be? Still, he has a little bit of worry in the back of his head– what if his mom was right?

Monty hopes that in this one case the warning will not come true. But it turns out that it might just come true yet. His client is Brennan Burke, a priest. While he was born as a baby in Ireland, his family moved to New York where he was raised. Traveling the world further still, he received his education in Rome. As a result, the Father has a fluent tongue in Latin and also knows the common tongue spoken there by locals on the street.

He is a man of the world and of God, but now Father Brennan is facing a new challenge. It appears that the murder of a young girl has all eyes turned towards him, as he is now the main suspect in the case. The girl was attractive and on her body it was discovered that a religious sign had been carved into her.

Naturally, suspicion makes its way to the priest. This could be a set up, and the father has now come to Monty for help. Ever since the very first time that they met, the lawyer has had his doubts. Instead of finding his client a pleasure to work with– as he hoped initially thanks to the fulfilled qualities he had hoped for being apparent in this individual– Monty views Brennan as being arrogant and even acerbic in nature.

On top of all of that, he seems to be uncomfortable and even evasive when Monty questions him about how he knows the victim. Monty would rather be on the same page as his client, but how is that supposed to happen when the father does not appear to be answering questions in a straight forward way?

It’s clear that this attorney has his work cut out for him. As he struggles to try and work with his client, Monty is doing his best to try and get some answers out of his client so that he can go ahead and defend him. This is becoming steadily more difficult as they always seem to be having some type of conflict between them– and the tension and the evidence against him only seem to rise.

It seems that the end result will be Burke being charged with murder. Monty does not want to see that happen, but with the priest continuing the course of staying mum when it comes to the past, there might be no other way that this thing concludes.

The lawyer is left with no other choice– he has to go ahead and dig into his client’s background to get the answers that he needs. He would rather get the answers from his client, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. He’s won cases in the past, but this one might finally be the one to get away from him.

He’s lacking for answers, but when some new information surfaces about an incident from long ago, will he be able to rise to victory? Or will he go up in flames, just like his client? Find out for yourself by picking up this thrilling debut novel in an awesome crime fiction series.

Obit is the exciting second book in this fun mystery series from Anne Emery. In the last book, we met Collins, a lawyer based out of Halifax. He fights the good fight and always does his best to try and represent his clients to the best of his ability.

Forty years before, Declan Burke left Ireland in a hurry. Once he started his new life in New York, it was full steam ahead and he decided to forget the past. When he reads an obituary, Declan realizes that it is a message making him a target.

Monty decides to investigate this case and the obituary. Burke’s offering no help or info thanks to his past with the IRA. When a shooting at a family wedding occurs, Burke may be more involved in this than the lawyer would like to believe.

When a body is discovered in Brooklyn, is Burke’s old commanding officer from Dublin to blame? Is Burke being manipulated secretly? Read this book to find out!

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