What’s New

Christine Sunderland is a well-known novelist from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her stories, set in Europe and Hawaii, draw from the past but are set in the present, and deal with themes of love, suffering, faith, and family.

New awards for THE MAGDALENE MYSTERY this spring 2014! Scroll down to see the latest…


The Magdalene Mystery

Ten years ago a gunman opened fire

in a parking lot, killing her parents.

No one ever found out why.

But a trip to Rome might reveal the deadly reasons.

Thirty-year-old Kelly Roberts receives a mysterious envelope after the death of her godfather, director of a news service dedicated to exposing media lies, summoning her to Rome for a promising legacy. After losing her job, Kelly, a single parent, fears for herself and her five-year-old son. She could sure use the money implied in her godfather’s letter, but she can’t afford to go to Rome, she can’t leave Matt, and she can’t take him with her. Even stranger, the note says to contact Daniel Weaver, a professor familiar with Rome.

To receive the legacy, Kelly must first locate her godfather’s hidden research on Mary Magdalene. Accompanied by thirty-five-year-old Daniel, Kelly embarks on the journey of a lifetime, finding clues in Rome basilicas, the Apostles’ Creed, and her godfather’s letters. But she is shadowed by another professor who preys on the young, both online and on campus. Desperate to find the manuscript that could expose him as an academic fraud, he is willing to do anything to keep that from happening…even murder.

Unlock the Magdalene mystery…and the power of historical truth.

“A gripping tale surprisingly easy to read. So much Gnostic and sub-Gnostic nonsense has been written about Mary Magdalene that it comes as a relief, as well as a pleasure, to read The Magdalene Mystery. Truth is often stranger than fiction—and much more fascinating.”   Michael Donley, Ph.D., author of St Mary Magdalen in Provence, The Coffin and the Cave.

The Magdalene Mystery has history, intrigue, romance, and predatory Internet behavior. Where else can you see a single parent and a theology professor compete with a cyber-predator to find a manuscript revealing the real St. Mary Magdalene? It made me yearn to visit Rome again!”     Paul S. Russell, Ph.D., author of Looking Through the World to See What’s Really There.

Now available at http://www.OakTara.com, http://www.Amazon.com, http://www.Amazon.it, http://www.Amazon.co.uk, http://www.Amazon.fr, http://www.BarnesandNoble.com and through local bookstores.


First Place, Adult Fiction, Feathered Quill Book Awards

Honorable Mention, the London Book Festival and the New England Book Festival 

Second Place, ReaderViews Literary Awards, Mystery: http://readerviews.com/2013-literary-award-winners   Reader-Views-Reviewers_Choice_Award-gold-2014.comp2

New Reviews and Interviews; Reader Responses:

November 28 2013.  My post on Thanksgiving now online on OakTara’s Bindings: Reflections on life, faith, and good books, their blog at the Christian Post:  http://blogs.christianpost.com/bindings/thanksgiving-18984/

“I have read your first four novels and enjoyed them all… I confess Pilgrimage and Offerings are my two favorites! I will keep following you…”   Helen, Alameda, CA, December, 2013

“I have enjoyed every single book that you have written… I love your writing and all of the history and exciting mystery… God bless you for the work you do…”   Mary Lewis Johnson, Texas, November 2013

My review of Shadows and Images by Meriol Trevor:  http://catholicfiction.net/book-review/shadows-and-images-a-novel/

Bruce Judisch’s blog, It Is To Write:  http://www.brucejudisch.blogspot.com/ (Review, Interview, Giveaway, The Magdalene Mystery)

My review of Father Malachy’s Miracle by Bruce Marshall: http://catholicfiction.net/book-review/father-malachys-miracle/

Bruce Judisch on Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/740570263 (Review, The Magdalene Mystery)

Susan Prudhomme on Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/684902725 (Review, The Magdalene Mystery)

ReaderViews:  https://susan-violante.squarespace.com/reviewsunderlandthemagdalenemystery/  (Review, The Magdalene Mystery)

Feathered Quill:  http://www.featheredquill.com/ (Review, The Magdalene Mystery)

Feathered Quill:   http://www.featheredquillblog.com/ (Interview, The Magdalene Mystery)

CatholicFiction.net:  http://catholicfiction.net/category/interviews/ (Interview)











6 responses to “What’s New

  1. Thanks so much for the great review, Bruce!

  2. Christine,
    I had the joy of reviewing “The Magdalene Mystery” on Amazon and Goodreads. Thanks for a great read! :-)

    I’ve already sent a copy to a friend in Oregon and am sending one to my son in Oklahoma.

    Cheers! Bruce

  3. Thank you for sending me The Magdalene Mystery! I can’t wait to read it.

  4. No but it sounds like a great opportunity to learn from one another…

  5. Christine, are you going to the ACFW conference?

  6. Time to start reading you books!!

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