Death of a Pilgrim

Written by David Dickinson
Review by Tess Allegra

It is 1905 in New York City. Millionaire tycoon Michael Delaney’s son is near death at St. Vincent Hospital amidst avid prayers and lighted candles. When a miraculous recovery occurs, Delaney promises a pilgrimage to the shrine of his son James’s patron saint in Compostela, Spain. Consisting of family Delaneys from all parts of the globe, the pilgrims must go with purpose and all expenses will be paid.

The journey begins in LePuy en Velay, France, when a suspicious death occurs and Michael Delaney spares no cost investigating the crime. Lord Francis Powerscourt, former Army intelligence officer, answers the British embassy’s call to discreetly investigate, but additional suspicious deaths at the holy sites en route put the pilgrimage at risk. Traveling through picturesque and historical sites and dodging danger at every turn, Powerscourt realizes his own life is in peril, culminating at the notorious Bull Run in Pamplona, Spain.

This is the eighth book in the Lord Powerscourt mystery series, but the novel stands well on its own largely due to the author’s excellent storytelling skills. Highly recommended.