If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
– George Bernard Shaw
From the moment Dana Bowman sees the redheaded nun arguing with a man on Main St. and Bast Overture receives an email from Eli Foster asking him to find her birth parents, the twin PIs are thrust into a complex chain of events involving extortion, stalking, fire, vandalism, secret adoptions, a bank robbery, assault, and murders – past and present.
The nun, Sister Margaret Olsen, is suspected of pushing her younger brother, Larry, into traffic, killing him. Detective Sergeant Donald Fielding asks the twins to do an independent background check on her. When she arrives at the Attic Investigative Agency, Dana recognizes her as the teacher who assaulted her as a child. Now the nun is a staff writer for The Catholic Monitor.
Dana and Fielding continue to skirt around their growing attraction. Fielding’s new partner, Detective Claire Simpson and Dana clash over Fielding and over Simpson’s dog, Buddy, who has bonded with David Bowman. David, now 7, continues to work his way through the aftermath of his kidnapping last year. Bast has a new boyfriend, Zeb Charters, whom Dana instantly dislikes. Eli Foster gives the twins mixed information and is seen lurking outside The Monitor after Father Browne, the publisher, is attacked and the offices vandalized. Hovering in the background throughout the twists and turns is the nameless woman fixated on killing with an axe.
Then Dana is attacked. Suffering the after-effects of concussion, Dana struggles to remember what actually did happen and tries to get her personal and work life back to normal. However, bad decisions and bad memory might just get her killed.
Beyond Faith offers secrets, lies and death with a connection to the Catholic Church, set in small-town and big-city Ontario. It’s a great story with a great pair of unlikely protagonists (a brother-sister pair of twin investigators), twists, surprises and Sharon Crawford’s distinctive tone and shining dialogue. Recommended for any detective-story fans yearning for Ontario-based tales.
– Nate Hendley, true-crime author (Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice and The Big Con)
A powerful, haunting novel that turns the domestic life of a detective family into a deadly game of hide-and-seek, laying bare the dark heart of fear and the complexities of family bonds.
-Bianca Lakoseljac, author of Stone Woman and Summer of the Dancing Bear.
Publisher Blue Denim Press
Sharon A. Crawford Author Blog
E-copies also available at both.
At Chapters/Indigo Kobo e-book and paperback
Who wrote the book of Beyond Faith?
Sharon A. Crawford has the byline on the book cover, so she wrote Beyond Faith. Right?
PI Dana Bowman, the book’s main character claims she wrote Beyond Faith.
Or maybe they wrote it together. Consider the two women.
pushing 40, 4’11”, short black hair, 20-20 vision, one-half of a PI duo with her gay fraternal twin Bast Overture, co-owner of The Attic Detective Agency in Thurston, just north of Toronto, Ontario, divorced, one son, David, age 7, background as a freelance investigator for the Canada-wide Orley and Lawrence Investigations and former undercover mall security guard, artist. Short, smart and sassy, stubborn and sticks her nose in other’s business. Draws character sketches when conducting interviews, works from intuition and by the seat of her pants, gets around by car. Dislikes: cooking, criminals, her ex-husband and all his family. Likes: challenges, family (excluding the aforementioned exes), and a particular Detective Sergeant Donald Fielding, head of Major Crimes for Cooks Regional Police. Peculiarity: carrying her life around in a big bag. Scariest moment in Beyond Faith: almost losing her mind from the after effects of a concussion. Saving Grace achievement: finding the missing – person, clue, information, whatever it takes to bring the baddies – stalkers, blackmailers, vandals, fraudsters, attackers and murderers, and especially a crazy nun – to justice.
Sharon A. Crawford
pushing way beyond 40, 5’, long brown-grey-white hair, nearsighted, astigmatic, presbyopic, 100 per cent me, myself and I, freelance writer, editor, writing instructor, and sometime actor in Toronto, Ontario, divorced, one son, Martin, pushing 40, background as a freelance journalist for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, cbc.ca, and community newspapers in York Region, former secretary for Toronto Police Service and proofreader for Canada Law Book Publishing. Short, smart, sassy, stubborn, and sticks her nose in other’s business. Can’t draw to save her life, but takes copious notes when conducting interviews or doing research, works from intuition, seat of her pants, and lists. Gets around on foot, by public transit or bumming rides. Dislikes: housecleaning, criminals, extreme weather. Likes: challenges, family (including her ex-husband’s family), cooking, gardening, reading, walking, The Weather Network and close friends – women and men. Peculiarity: Carrying her life in a number of bags. Scariest moment with Beyond Faith – meeting her publisher’s deadlines, especially with eight revisions. Saving Grace achievement: meeting her publisher’s deadlines and finishing Beyond Faith, the third Beyond mystery, and bringing the baddies – stalkers, blackmailers, vandals, fraudsters, attackers and murderers, and especially a crazy nun – to justice.
The Book Launch Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
More Gigs for Sharon A. and the Beyond Gang
Sharon A. is guest speaker at WEN Networking Breakfast
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Sharon’s guest speaking gig at the Writers and Editors Network (WEN) Breakfast meeting has been moved to October 21, 2017.
After breakfast, Sharon will talk about Creating Characters and Dialogue in Fiction using her three Beyond books: Beyond the Tripping Point, her short story collection, Beyond Blood, and the new kid on the block – Beyond Faith. Book copies will be available to purchase.
5230 Dundas St W, Etobicoke (Toronto west end), Ontario, Canada
Time and Date:
9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., October 21, 2017
Creating Compelling Characters in Fiction
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Sharon A. is guest speaker at the Toronto Writers’ Group meeting. She will present an interactive workshop on Creating Compelling Characters in Fiction.
It is rumoured that Sharon will bring copies of her third Beyond mystery book – Beyond Faith – to show and sell. And of course copies of Beyond the Tripping Point and Beyond Blood.
Toronto Reference Library, (Discussion Room, 3rd. Floor), 789 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Time and Date
2 p.m., Sunday, November 5, 2017
Another Urban Folk Art Salon Appearance
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Muskie and Murder return – this time to the Urban Folk Art Salon. Michael Dyet will read from his literary short story collection Hunting Muskie and Sharon A. in her third appearance at this salon, will read selections from her Beyond mystery fiction. This time Dana Bowman, PI will not appear in person, at least.
As is usual with these salons, there will be six acts featuring the spoken word and music. Hosted by poet/violinist Tom Gannon Hamilton.
Mount Pleasant Library,
599 Mount Pleasant Road., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Time and Date:
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 30, 2017
More gigs in the works. Stay tuned.