Killer Nashville Book of the Day

“Playing Saint” By Zachary Bartels / Reviewed by Allison Curtin

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Zachary Bartels
Zachary Bartels



With an exorcism as its opening scene, “Playing Saint” establishes itself quickly as an atypical murder mystery. Readers need look no further for an engaging, yet inspirational mystery as author Zachary Bartels offers a chance to experience the strength of a man’s faith with his cogent writing style and a thrilling tale.

Bartels successfully interweaves religious belief, law enforcement, and criminal thoughts to make one disturbing and enlightening experience through the story of a popular television personality’s shaken faith, and a series of murders obstructing his path to success.

Bartels uses the destructive mind of a murderer to display the immoveable power of a true believer while giving a whole new meaning to “church and state.” Bartels utilizes compelling imagery to depict a modern belief system and its followers so that unfamiliar readers can step inside a frequently stereotyped world.

His characters are thrust into a physical, emotional, and mental battle between the evils of life and the truth of hope. The epilogue encourages the reader to reflect on the events without prejudice for or against the Christian themes and to take the story for what it is: an excellent piece of faith-based fiction. Readers will enjoy the heart pumping suspense, enveloped by the story from the very beginning until last page.

Allison Curtin enjoys reading and swimming. Her favorite books of pleasure include Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

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