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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Ave Maria: A Neil Baggio Suspense by Charles D’Amico is a compelling novel that will appeal to fans of sleuth and mystery. When Neil Baggio receives a call in the middle of the night from the headmaster of his old high school, James Glowacki, he is at a loss over what to think. Then, the headmaster tells him about the murder of Andrew, an exchange student from Poland. He was found hanging in his room and everyone believes it is suicide. But, Andrew isn’t the kind of person to commit suicide. Neil Baggio suddenly finds himself involved in an investigation that brings him in the crosshairs of the Catholic Church and that has him flying to Europe in pursuit of a lead. Can he uncover the truth about the murder before the truth gets buried?
Charles D’Amico has written a novel with a powerful hook, a premise that pulled me in immediately. The author immediately shows the link the protagonist has with St. Mary’s and this explains why the case becomes personal for him. The characters are well-developed and apart from Neil Baggio, I enjoyed following Nicolette Milewski, a fascinating character, and her cousin, Christian. The writing is powerful and the prose flows flawlessly. The author doesn’t miss strong moments of humor, like what Neil thinks when he receives the call from Glow. The pacing is fast. The conflict is deftly written and it is interesting how Neil challenges the Catholic Church. Ave Maria: A Neil Baggio Suspense features compelling characters, a strong plot, and it provides a wonderful reading experience for readers.