Seagate and Miner investigate the murder of Maricel Salizar, a young Filipino exchange student at Central Montana State. The most obvious suspect is the boyfriend, who happens to have gang connections. And then there’s Amber, a fellow student who’s obviously incensed at Maricel for a sexual indiscretion involving Amber’s boyfriend. But the evidence keeps leading Seagate and Miner back to a professor, an LDS bishop who hosted her in his dysfunctional home. Seagate takes it in stride that the professor can’t seem to tell the truth about his relationship with the victim, but her devout partner, Ryan Miner, believes that a high-ranking fellow Mormon who violates a sacred trust deserves special punishment.
Pam Brewer writes in The Idaho Statesman: “A great addition. This is a recommended read for those who want an intriguing mystery with interesting characters and a plot that keeps you guessing until the end. You do not have to read the first two books to enjoy this one; however, the detectives have worked together for several years, and you can get more background about them from previous books. Recommended.”
Here are some comments from Amazon reviewers:
“With The Broken Saint, author Mike Markel demonstrates why he is one of the rising masters of the detective mystery, his easy-reading style and compelling characters pulling the reader from page to page and chapter to chapter. Throughout, Markel displays the wry humor that is his trademark, depicting weather, people, and institutions with equal measures of affection and sardonic amusement. The Seagate and Miner series has legs, and I, for one, happily expect to see it continue for some time.”
“This story captivated me and I couldn’t put it down. I was intrigued by the opposite characteristics of Seagate and Miner and the descriptive dialogue by the narrator.”
“Markel has a great ear for dialog, a sharp wit, a good imagination, and the talent, skill and maturity to keep it all compelling. This book is a page-turner in the truest sense: it propels you to want to know what happens next.”
“Mike Markel’s latest novel in the Detectives Seagate and Miner series is an excellent read: tight plot, believable characters, and cynicism reminiscent of Philip Marlowe. The reader is sucked into the story by the opening, ghoulish description of a female body found by a passerby in college-town USA. Detectives Seagate and Miner are soon on the scene–characters with their own troubled lives–trying to work out the cause and circumstance of the murder. The story expands to include numerous suspects who become entwined with each other and the plot. This, the story’s quick pace, and the detectives’ cynical commentary about life, their work, and the current case keep the reader intrigued and entertained throughout. Highly recommended to those who enjoy a good detective novel.”