Matter of Discretion


Christian - Fiction
296 Pages
Reviewed on 08/25/2017
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Author Biography

Donna Lee Davis became a Catholic at Marine Memorial Chapel in 1969. Her 33-year career at Quantico included six years as Chaplains Office Secretary and 27 in court reporting within the military justice system, culminating in the award of the Navy Department's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. "I wanted to write about the extraordinary people I knew at Quantico." Donna's short fiction has appeared in Carpe Articulum Literary Review, and she is the author of Here Is the Church, the colorful story of the rise of Catholicism in historic (and traditionally Protestant) Fredericksburg, Virginia.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Matter of Discretion by Donna Lee Davis is a Christian fiction novel that would appeal most to a diverse audience of mature young adults and adults who enjoy crime and mystery stories, and who do not mind some profanity and a sexual crime. Father Damon John Keith of the Navy Chaplain Corps has been reassigned to Quantico where he is reunited with his best friend, Michael O'Shea, who is hoping that Damon would serve as a faith teacher to his soon to be bride, Mia Rodgers. Yet, what should have been a simple assignment quickly becomes complicated when a female Marine is sexually assaulted and killed, and strange phone calls hint at the murderer having a connection with Damon. Will NIS Special Agent Harry Reiner solve the case or will the wrong person end up in prison for sexual assault and murder?

Move over Jethro Gibbs, Tony Dinozzo, and Timothy McGee to make room for NIS Special Agent Harry Reiner in Matter of Discretion by Donna Lee Davis! This book reminded me a lot of the NCIS television show with how it followed a crime and the subsequent investigation. Yet, it truly set itself apart with how it included religious elements and focused on the lives of the main characters instead of just the crime committed. I liked how real the author made the characters feel; they felt more like real people than fictional characters! My favorite character was Damon Keith as I respected the way that he saw his assignment to Quantico as a test of humility and embraced it as such, instead of fighting against it. Overall, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed immersing myself in the lives of the characters, especially Damon Keith, and I would love to read more about these characters in future books!