Signs of life

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader


Signs of life (Book 1 – Signs of life series)


Creston Mapes


Rooftop Press

Publication date:





233 pages


In this first book in the Signs of Life Series, the author alternates the telling of the tale between a high school teacher whose wife was a victim in a mass shooting and Wayne Deetz, Portland Police  Department Investigator.

Rogan Sneed goes on a shooting rage and Kim Cooper is caught in the cross-fire, losing her life and breaking her husband’s heart. PI Deetz is determined to figure out the reasoning behind Rohan’s attack and also to ascertain whether another attack is being planned. Tyson Cooper, despite being a Christian, cannot rid himself of the bitterness and anger that he is carrying around. He has let himself go along with his house and yard and has only one friend, Callie, who has no idea of the revenge plans Tyson has for the first anniversary vigil of the massacre.

A compelling story that is a real page turner, author Mapes has set this mystery in a real life situation that is all too true in our world today.


5 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Fans of mysteries and suspense

Christian impact:

Many references to faith and belief throughout the book

Also includes:

-what’s next from Creston

-about the author



Signs of Life

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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