Professor Releases Third Novel in Fictional Mystery/Thriller Series
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David Carlson, a professor of philosophy and religion at Franklin College, will celebrate a third installment to his fictional mystery/thriller series with two appearances on campus this week.  

Let These Bones Live Again is the third book in Carlson’s Christopher Worthy and Father Fortis series. The novels, which have been released each September since 2016, follow the titular Lieutenant Christopher Worthy and his friend, Greek orthodox priest Father Nicholas Fortis, in Venice, Italy, as they investigate unexplained deaths and hunt for stolen religious treasures.

Carlson will host a release party and signing for the novel at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, in the B.F. Hamilton Library. Here, Carlson will read an excerpt from Let These Bones Live Again and host a discussion on writing with those in attendance. He will also be in the Johnson Atrium of the Napolitan Student Center from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 29 for a separate book signing event during Franklin College’s Homecoming and Alumni Weekend festivities.

Let These Bones Live Again follows Allyson Worthy, daughter of detective Christopher Worthy, as the pair investigates the apparent suicides of two wealthy Americans in Venice. In the meantime, Father Nicholas Fortis works to locate the cause of a recent string of theft in Venetian churches. An unexpected breakthrough in the case reveals a dark undercurrent to the city, just as Allyson faces unexpected danger.

New to the series, Carlson crafted Allyson Worthy as a criminology major who attends Franklin College. In Let These Bones Live Again, she is completing an internship in Venice as the plot unfolds. This is the first mention of Franklin College in the story, Carlson said, though the name is always included on the acknowledgements page.

As a character, Allyson Worthy is complex, Carlson said. She is introduced in the first novel as a high school student estranged from her father, protagonist Christopher Worthy. As she grows, she must come to terms with their relationship. Carlson said she has served as inspiration for his work and is set to lead a new fiction series that is under production.

“I thought what if I challenge myself to have a mystery series with a female protagonist,” Carlson said. “I thought she might also help people understand faith development theory. She’s not a particular student at Franklin, but she is a student, and students are often carrying burdens they don’t share, usually related to family origin issues.”

 Paperback editions of Let These Bones Live Again are available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound for $14.95. Wholesale orders can be placed through Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Brodart Company at To schedule an interview with Carlson or request review copies of his books, contact Wiley Saichek at

The previous titles in the series, Let the Dead Bury the Dead (Coffeetown Press 2017) and Enter by the Narrow Gate (Coffeetown Press 2016) are also available for purchase online. Carlson plans to release three more books in the series and additional novels as part of the spin-off series starring Allyson Worthy.

This winter, Carlson will speak about Let These Bones Live Again at two additional events near Franklin. He will host a reading and signing event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Wild Geese Bookshop in downtown Franklin. Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, the author will speak again at Three Sisters Books and Gifts in Shelbyville, Indiana.  

The professor also writes nonfiction. Carlson’s first work of nonfiction, Peace Be With You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World, was selected as one of the Best Books of 2011 in the area of Spiritual Living by Library Journal. His second book on religious terrorism, Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendships, was released by New City Press in April 2017.

Carlson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Wheaton College, a Master of Arts degree in biblical theology from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, located in Berkeley, California, and a doctorate in New Testament studies from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has taught at Franklin College for the past 40 years. For more information, please visit

Coffeetown Press is based in Seattle, Washington, and has been publishing the finest fiction and nonfiction since 2005.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317)-738-8185.

POSTED Sep 25, 2018