Next up today, is a review on the blog tour of The Magdalene Deception by Gary McAvoy.  This brilliant suspense thriller is the first book in The Magdalene Chronicles and had me hooked…

book blurb & info

For two thousand years, believers have relied on Christ’s Resurrection as the bedrock of Christian faith. But what if the Vatican had been blackmailed into suppressing a first-century manuscript revealing the Resurrection to be a myth—and that long-hidden document suddenly reappears?

Michael Dominic, a young Jesuit priest expert in the study of ancient writings, is assigned to the Vatican as an archivist in the Church’s legendary Secret Archives. Hana Sinclair, a reporter for a Paris newspaper whose privileged family owns a prominent Swiss bank, is chasing a story about Jewish gold stolen by the Nazis during World War II—millions of dollars in bullion that ended up in the vaults of the Vatican Bank.

When Dominic discovers a long-hidden papyrus written by Mary Magdalene—one that threatens the very foundations of Christianity—he and Hana, aided by brave Swiss Guards, try to prevent sinister forces from obtaining the manuscript, among them the feared Ustasha underground fascist movement, Interpol, and shadowy figures at the highest levels of the Vatican itself.

Based on illuminating historical facts—including the intriguing true story of Bérenger Saunière, the mysterious abbé in the French village of Rennes-le-Château; and the Cathars, fabled keepers of the Holy Grail—“The Magdalene Deception” will take readers on a gripping journey through one of the world’s most secretive institutions and the sensitive, often explosive manuscripts found in its vaults.

Published by: Literati Editions on 1st July 2020

Formats available: Paperback, Hardcover and eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US


my thoughts

This is a fantastic novel full of conspiracy, suspense and fantastic characters.

When Michael finds the document that starts everything off, he definitely wasn’t prepared for what was to come!  A fantastic character, I love that he’s a little rebellious and does things he shouldn’t, even if it does get him into some situations!  At times I really felt for him as it’s clear that he has an internal battle on his hands – especially when there is clearly an attraction to Hanna!  Also, with everything he discovers making him question his faith and everything he believes in, I was impressed that he didn’t break his vows!

Hanna is another fantastic character.  A strong female who, although determined to get what she wants, is caring and considerate to those she cares about.  She has some major contacts and manages to get into the most protected places, helping to unravel some of the secrets that have been lying dormant for many years.  Watching her friendship with Michael evolve is so lovely and heartwarming, and I really wanted them to get together – even though they can’t!!  I hope something happens for them in the future…..

I absolutely loved Karl and the other members of the Swiss Guard.  Brave and ready for action at any point; they had me on the edge of my seat!

The storyline is absolutely brilliant, and for the conspiracy theorists out there, will definitely get you thinking!  With much of the story based on real historical people or events, I was fascinated by this and looking forward to doing some researching of my own to find out more.  It definitely made me wonder what information is out there that us (the public) don’t know about…..there must be so many secrets that are kept hidden from us!

The pace of the story was just right.  Building up the suspense and intrigue, exploding with action and giving us a fantastic finish.  I also like that the author tied everything together at the end so I wasn’t left wondering what happened to some of the characters.

The writing style was really enjoyable to read, and as a History student I got so excited about the old texts and parchments! I get access to the local cathedral’s archive when I start my course and I can’t wait to get my hands on ancient texts (in gloves of course!).  This made me so excited for it – and I could literally see and smell the books and the library.  The descriptive aspect of the narrative makes it really easy to bring the story to life, and I could just see it playing out before me – this would make a fantastic film!

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this and can’t wait to read the next in the series.  For those fans of Dan Brown, you will want to check this out! A suspenseful story based on conspiracy and hidden truths, this will keep you engaged and on the edge of your seat….. Highly recommended by me.



about the author

Gary McAvoy is a veteran technology executive, entrepreneur, and author of “And Every Word Is True,” a sequel to Truman Capote’s landmark book “In Cold blood.” “The Magdalene Deception” is his fiction debut, and is the first in a series called The Magdalene Chronicles.

Where to find Gary online: Website ~ Goodreads ~ BookBub ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Facebook!


This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Gary McAvoy. There will be 2 winners of one (1) Gift Card each. The giveaway begins on August 1, 2020 and runs through October 2, 2020. Void where prohibited.


tour info

Organised by: Partners In Crime Tours

08/01 Review @ JulzReads
08/03 Showcase @ The Pulp and Mystery Shelf
08/05 Guest post @ BooksChatter
08/06 Showcase @ Im All About Books
08/08 Guest post @ JulzReads
08/10 Showcase @ Eclectic Moods
08/12 Review @ Ebeeari
08/13 Review @ Book Babble
08/15 Showcase @ Our Town Book Reviews
08/16 Review @ Book Reviews From an Avid Reader
08/18 Review @ It’s All About the Book
08/24 Review @ Lynchburg Mama
08/26 Guest post @ CMash Reads
08/27 Showcase @ Reading A Page Turner
09/02 Guest post @ Quiet Fury Books
09/11 Review @ Curled Up With A Good Book
09/16 Showcase @ Nesies Place
09/19 Review @ Ruthie Jones: Reading by Moonlight
09/20 Showcase @ EienCafe
09/23 Review @ lovemybooks2020
09/29 Review @ Celticladys Reviews

Thanks to PICT for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for gifting me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful day all and I’ll see you tomorrow

Chelle x

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3 Replies to “Blog Tour, Review, Extract & Giveaway: The Magdalene Deception by Gary McAvoy @GaryMcAvoy @partnersincr1me

  1. Thank you for sharing your excellent review and the book and author details, the book cover and synopsis are intriguing. This sounds like a must read for me.

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