Past Rites (The Detective Temeke Crime Series Book 3) by Claire Stibbe

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Claire Stibbe published Past Rites (The Detective Temeke Crime Series Book 3), a mystery and supsense thriller, in December 2016. She is a British journalist, author, and publisher living in the US. She is also a graduate of the Citizen Police Academy and BSCO Citizen Sheriff’s Academy. The first book in The Detective Temeke Crime Series was a finalist in the New Mexico/Arizona 2016 Book Awards for Fiction-Mystery/Suspense.

Claire Stibbe lives in New Mexico, USA. She has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Cyprus and England, turning her hobby of writing into a career in 2011.

She is a member of: APD Citizen’s Police Academy, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department CPA, The Alliance of Independent Authors, Southwest Writers, Crime Writers, Historical Novel Society, International Crime Writers Association, Netgalley and The New Mexico Book Co-op.

As a journalist, she writes for StandTrue4Blue, broadcasts on TV and radio.

As an author, her favourite writing genres include Historical Fiction, Psychological Crime Fiction, Thriller, Mystery & Suspense.

Claire has also published an Egyptian fiction series, which was a gold medal recipient at Harper Collins Publishers showcase website, Authonomy. She has written short stories for Breakwater Harbor Books Publishing. The collection won Best Anthology of 2014 in the Independent Book Awards hosted by eFestival of Words. She has written dozens of articles that have been published in business and trade journals, and she often presents at workshops and writers events.

Her crime series, The Detective Temeke Crime Series, is comprised of 3 books to date and is set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is currently working on the fourth book.


Lies hurt. Truth kills.

Four years after the tragic suicide of Alice Delgado, eldest daughter of Albuquerque’s top racing driver, her younger sister, Lily, is reported missing and two of her peers are found dead. Detective Temeke’s investigation leads him to a private boarding school on the Rio Grande where the discovery of occult practices and an ancient book ignite a chain reaction of heartbreaking truths and demonic attacks.

What madness connects these girls to a ruthless killer? Against a background of simmering police tension and mounting victims, detectives Temeke and Santiago are in a desperate race to learn the truth before it’s too late.

Past Rites is a dark and gripping novel that challenges heartache and reveals the truths about our hidden demons.

Spread thick with winter chill, Stibbe delivers a richly textured, breathtaking novel that gives us an insight into the dark places of the psyche. Some secrets can never be buried. Litouture Café. (5*)

Excellent third novel. Fans of psychological fiction will enjoy Claire Stibbe’s original and unnerving portrayal of the darker side of human nature. Dr. Marco Storey, PhD in Narrative Theory & Criticism.(5*)

Vividly and believably drawn characters that are the series hallmark. It should be put at the top of every “to be read” pile! Paul Henderson, Crime Fiction New Mexico.(5*)

Watch out for more from Detective Temeke and Malin Santiago








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