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Forbidden Relics: A Matthew Paine Mystery (#6)

Forbidden Relics: A Matthew Paine Mystery (#6)

By Lee ClarkPublisher: Cypress River Media LLCISBN: 979-8-9864074-7-0, 979-8-9864074-8-7, 979-8-9864074-9-4Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction, ThrillerPrice: $5.99, $19.99, $27.99

An intense search for Ukrainian missionaries amidst a dense Russian-born population. What could possibly go wrong? That was the last sarcastic thought of young physician Matthew Paine before he agreed to go find them. Following their trail to Florida, Matthew learns that two of the four missionaries were assassinated and then submerged—car and all—in a tumultuous channel north of Miami. Vowing to find the other two—a husband and wife with four small children—alive, he presses on despite endangering himself.

A decades-old leather notebook containing Cold War secrets, a shrouded covert distress message from a deceased KGB agent, and spies impersonating pastors. Add chanting Byzantine monks and none of it makes any sense. What is the common thread, and who would be driven to murder for any of it?

Matthew refuses to believe the missionaries are involved, but could he be dead wrong? Maybe it’s personal, perhaps it’s political, or have treasure brokers become ruthless killers? Is Matthew in their crosshairs? Can he bring the endangered missionaries to safety before he becomes the next target?

Forbidden Relics, the nail-biting sixth book in the Matthew Paine Mysteries series, is a riveting read. If you like well-meaning heroes, murderous pursuers, mind-bending revelations with twists and turns, you will not be able to put down Lee Clark's most recent whodunit.

Read Forbidden Relics TODAY and discover hidden secrets worth dying for!


Lee Clark, author of the Matthew Paine Mystery series, "writes like Agatha Christie" according to multiple reviewers across the book series on Goodreads, BookBub, and Amazon. Clark is a North Carolina native, originally from Raleigh, with family roots in Virginia. An admitted chocoholic and coffeeholic, Lee Clark still resides in North Carolina with spouse, two mostly grown children who are in and out, and a small petting zoo of dogs and cats.

Clark attended Campbell University, obtained a degree in Journalism from East Carolina University, and then a Master’s in Technical Communication from North Carolina State University. After over twenty years in the technical realm of corporate America, Clark turned to writing fiction in 2021 with the release of Dead Spots, the first in the Matthew Paine Mystery series. It’s followed by Prefer Death, MIA, Christmas Punch, Iced, and Forbidden Relics. The Matthew Paine character is a beloved character to the author. Although fictional, the character was inspired by two very important men in the author’s life, brother Sean and son Will. Both will see characteristics of themselves in the character and identify with some of Matthew’s struggles.