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A presentation of latest Christian books to hit the stores

The Undoing of Saint Silvanus


Genre: Religion, Fiction / Contemporary Women

Author: Beth Moore

ISBN: 9781496416476

Publishing Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Availability in London: Creation Bookstore


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Goodreads Average Reader Review Rating (102 reviews) : 4 out of 5 stars
Reader reviews as posted on Goodreads.


The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore

Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It's not like they were close. She hadn't seen him--or her grandmother, the ice queen--in almost 20 years. But when Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmother's apartment house, called and said Jillian's expenses would be paid if she'd fly in for the burial, a free trip to New Orleans was too intriguing to resist.

What Adella didn't tell her was that the apartment house wasn't a house at all and, whatever it was, bore the dead weight of a long and painful history. As soon as Jillian meets the odd assortment of renters and realizes that her grandmother had no idea she was coming, she hatches a plan to escape. But the investigation into her father's death quickly unfolds and Jillian is drawn into the lives of the colorful collection of saints and sinners who pass through Saint Silvanus. She soon discovers there is more at stake than she ever imagined. Who is behind the baffling messages and the strange relics left on the steps? Is it possible that her family is actually cursed? Or is it just this crazy old house that holds them all under its spell?

Jillian walks into a web of spiritual and personal danger borne out of her family's broken history, and despite Adella's wiliest efforts, only God himself can orchestrate the undoing of all that is going on at Saint Silvanus.

Reader Reviews:

Andrea Cox - did not like it
I was so excited that Beth Moore was releasing her first novel, but it never occurred to me that it would feature such worldly things as tarot cards, an abortion, multiple pregnancies out of wedlock, and using the Lord's name in vain. That last one (at the very least) is inexcusable, especially coming from one of the leaders on the evangelical circuit today.

Gail Welborn rated it amazing
Bestselling inspirational author, Beth Moore steps into the field of fiction September 20 with an exciting, character-based, mystery release that is sure to keep you up late. Beth Moore's "The Undoing of Saint Silvanus" includes a southern murder mystery, a mysterious church turned apartment house named “Saint Sans,’" an odd assortment of tenants and a complex family who struggle with faith and broken relationships.

The story opens with Sergeant Cal DaCosta's arrival at a New Orleans crime scene where he throws his car into park and mutters, "Sheesh. Eighty-four degrees and barely daylight. That body's going to be ripe."

Thus begins an unusual Christian-based murder mystery that swirls around a young woman named Jillian Slater who lives in San Francisco when she's told her father drank himself to death.

Jillian hasn't seen her father in 20 years. So when the manager of her grandmother's apartment house, who Jillian calls the “ice queen,” says her grandmother will pay all expenses if she returns to New Orleans for her father’s funeral, she accepts.

Jillian couldn't know that was a lie. She also couldn't know a mysterious murder and spiritual and personal danger waited for her in New Orleans. “The Undoing of Saint Silvanus” is a murder mystery wrapped in secrets, broken relationships and unexplained events that will soon challenge everything Jillian believes in.

Beth Moore's well-crafted debut into the mystery fiction genre has all the ingredients of an engaging run-away bestseller and does not disappoint. The author hopes the book will connect with readers and "inspire a conversation about the role of faith in extreme brokenness" and I suspect it will. A definite 5 out of 5 star read!

Judie Britt loved the book
Having done every Bible study Beth Moore has ever written, I knew I loved her nonfiction. I had no idea what to expect from a fiction novel. She has not disappointed.

The story is wrapped around a murder mystery plot, but goes so much deeper. Into relationships, family dynamics, introspection. At the same time serious and funny, dark and light, and above all inspirational.

I only have one question. Beth, when does the sequel come out?

Paula Howard rated it excellent.
I really enjoyed The Undoing of Saint Silvanus. Jillian has had no contact with her father or his family. For as long as she could remember, it was just her and her mother.

Jillian receives notice that her father had died and that her Grandmother will pay expenses for her return. In part, because of the situation with her boyfriend, she decides to fly to New Orleans. After getting there she finds that her Grandmother had no idea she was coming. She plans to make her escape but.....life gets in her way.

Her father was murdered. The question is Why and by Whom. Mystery surrounds her and becomes dangerous the longer she stays.

Sue Mattocks rated it -Beth Moore has another hit!
This book was very enjoyable. I have participated in many Beth Moore bible studies and have enjoyed and learned from each one. This book was fast paced with interesting characters and a great plot. Not to preaching for non-believers but enough information to interest any who are looking for a relationship with Jesus. I hope Beth continues to write fiction!

Teresa Merriman: I absolutely loved it! Couldn't put it down.

Debbi DuBose Wow!
Beth Moore can write A REALLY FANTASTIC NOVEL! ! This isn't a preachy novel for those of you that are scared away by that. This is about a 25 year old girl who leaves San Francisco to go to her Grandmother's boarding house. Olivia Fontaine's boarding house is called St Sans by the residents : elderly Mrs Winsee, Caryn a medical student, and David a chorale high school teacher. When Jillian arrives she finds that her Father, whom she hasn't seen since she was a young child, has been murdered. He lived on the streets, and was an alcoholic. Jillian stays with Adelle, St Sans household organizer and housekeeper, when she arrives in New Orleans.

Adelle is the most delightful character in this book, I just loved her. She is also the only one who can talk any sense into Olivia. Olivia's had a tough life and it's hardened her just like her granddaughter's heart has been toughened by her own life, too. Jillian is just starting to feel welcomed at St Sans when strange occurrences begin to happen there. On Halloween night, her dead Father's pocket knife appears on their front porch along with a very large man. The same squad of police come to the house each time and they become friends with the people at St Sans. Then Jillian disappears...... She didn't leave New Orleans, so what has happened to her? You must read this book! I am truly impressed with how wonderfully drawn out her characters are! This a wonderful and fast-paced read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Lynda Kotis really liked it saying it was surprisingly intriguing.
I am a huge fan of Beth Moore! I've completed many of her Bible studies over the last too-many-years-to-tell; first as a participant and for the last few years as a leader. She is unknowingly one of the most influential mentors in my spiritual walk...at the moment I'm leading her study, Entrusted, and loving the challenging trip. She is exemplary in her ability as a non-fiction spiritual author.

That being said, I began the book with less than the great expectations of her studies, knowing the transfer from non- fiction to fiction writing is often difficult for writers. I was pleasantly surprised as the story line was intriguing, the characters appealing, and the message inspiring...enough to hold my interest and make it an overall good read.

As with most first time authors (in this case first time fiction) there are opportunities for development and growth. There were a few rough transition spots, some slightly over worked areas, and a point that the book seemed to end, yet the story was resurrected for several more chapters leaving no stone unturned and nothing left for speculation.

This is a warm fuzzy with intrigue, likable characters, blossoming relationships, and personal insights definitely worth reading.






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