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It's Monday morning, and the last place Lt. Detective Philip Samyn wants to be is in a church, but it's better than being in a meeting with his boss. The presiding bishop requested he and his team come to the back of the parish and speak to no one about this call if possible. Keeping his boss out of this suits Samyn fine, but not knowing why he is being summoned by a church official immediately makes him suspicious.


When they arrive, the cold exterior of the building reminds Samyn of his past. He knows things happen behind church doors which are kept hidden by those who wear the robes.


When they meet with the bishop, they learn he wants them to conduct an off-the-record investigation regarding the disturbed crypt of the prior bishop. Samyn suspects there is more going on than O'Malley says. It turns out he's right. He and his team uncover a crime rooted in the dark history of the Irish Catholic Church and their Magdalene Laundries. By the time Friday dawns, lives are changed, and secrets are exposed, which once hid behind robes.

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Hidden beneath a lump of clay and dirt is a very rare art work crafted by a Japanese artist known as a warrior. Two museum curators, who specialize in Asian art say it is valuable but renowned appraiser, Annette Williams claims it is worthless and her words carry weight in the art world. So which is it?

Pete White, an insurance investigator disappears from the museum where he is researching the treasure. Did he uncover its true value or find it’s a fake?

Lieutenant Detective Philip Samyn wonders why he is assigned to investigate a low priority robbery from a museum. Is his boss trying to push him to retire? He never thought his last case would be a missing laptop. That’s not how he envisioned leaving the force.

His investigation proves we see never the complete picture. There is always something hidden beneath.

If you believe every story has two sides, and apply that logic to relationships, then it becomes easy to see why some unions are doomed. Icy Roads is the story of a couple who see their marriage differently. Janet is happy, deeply in love and longs to start a family. Paul, her husband, has realized he should have thought past the wedding night. Life should not become a dull, settled routine when you’re young and successful.

An accident causes Janet’s marital house of cards to collapse. Was it karma, God, the man behind the curtain, or Mother Nature, who set in motion the events that night which would change her life and make her question how a person can forgive as God forgives when their heart is crushed, their life upended, and the unequal emotional equation of their marriage is exposed?

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