Mysteries Written in the Spirit of Pope Francis' Encyclical Fratelli Tutti

Suffer the Children, the latest mystery in the Christopher Worthy/Father Fortis Series. 

On the night of a tragic fire at an orphanage in Canada that takes the lives of three boys, the orphanage director, Father Robert Porter, is found passed out in an alcoholic haze. Although he isn’t blamed for the fire, Father Robert is recalled to his monastic order’s motherhouse in Rome where he faces the prospect of being defrocked.

Just weeks after he arrives in Rome, Father Robert is found stabbed to death in one of the city’s largest piazzas. Christopher Worthy and Father Nicholas Fortis are charged with finding the killer and determining what might connect the fire and the murder.

From Coffeetown Press by Award-Winning Author David Carlson.

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indie Bound, and Bookshop

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Mystery Author, Professor, Speaker, Activist

This art of mystery writing is an exercise in subtlety and absent of any agenda or judgement.  The goal is not to have a narrow target of readers, but rather with a variety of backgrounds and different interests. Some readers most enjoy the two protagonists, Father Fortis and Detective Christopher Worthy.  Others are interested in the spirituality dimension.  What do people who have done terrible things do or not do when presented with an opportunity to change? All readers are set to enjoy a fascinating mystery with plenty of twists before all is said and done.


Start At The Beginning With A Christopher Worthy/Father Fortis Mystery #1!

A Detroit detective and an Orthodox priest team up to solve two mysteries unfolding in the Santa Fe area: a missing person's case involving a teenage girl and the ritualistic murder of a young nun. Their dangerous quest requires them to delve into the secret lives of Trappist monks and alienated teenagers and to gain insight into obscure religious practices and the cultures of the Southwest.

Review:  "Enter by the Narrow Gate is a gripping, at times cliff-hanging, mystery that forms the beginning of a new series. The story is compelling, the characters real, and the entire narrative is masterfully written. As a live-long reader of mysteries, I found it hard to put the book down; every step of the way is intriguing and absorbing."

Top Ten Books of 2011, “Spiritual Living” category by Library Journal

Peace Be With You is the result of more than thirty interviews with abbots, nuns, monks, and other seekers at monasteries and retreat centers. Carlson reveals the untapped wisdom of these men and women in their own words as they speak with hope to a suffering world. Follow the author on this personal, moving, and at times difficult journey, and discover a new yet ancient basis for genuine peace between Christianity and other religions.

“The kind of courageous wisdom that we need today!  A must-read if you care about the Gospel or care about the world—or both.” 

Richard Rohr

“Compelling and thoughtful.  David Carlson’s Peace Be with You looks back at 9/11, and in looking back helps us find our way forward.  A powerful story of who we are and who we could be.” 

Philip Gulley, author If the Church Were Christian