Saints and Relics
by John Kelly
A casket containing a remarkable relic of a 17th Century nun, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, is stolen from a devout society in France by one of its members, a priest from Sydney. The priest, Father James, secretly entrusts the casket to two women in Monterey Creek, a small country town in New South Wales.
The Society immediately sends Monsignor Henri Pascal from Paris to Australia to recover both the relic and a manuscript written by the nun, which describes her final revelation. When one of the women dies suddenly, and her house ransacked, the Monsignor becomes embroiled in the town's affairs, including the local parish priest's involvement with a single mother whose daughter claims to have had a vision of the Virgin Mary.
When tragedy strikes during the Monterey Creek annual Festival of the Flowers, events threaten the Monsignor's quest to find the stolen relics.
326 pages softcover