‘Salvation Station’ by Kathryn Schleich


2021 American Fiction Award Winner in the Mystery/Suspense Category
2021 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist in Midwest and Suspense Categories

When committed female police captain Linda Turner, haunted by the murders of two small children and their pastor father, becomes obsessed with solving the harrowing case, she finds herself wrapped up in a mission to expose a fraudulent religious organization and an unrepentant killer.



Despite her years of experience investigating homicides for the force, Captain Linda Turner is haunted by the murders of the Hansen family. The two small children, clothed in tattered Disney pajamas, were buried with their father, a pastor, in the flower garden behind a church parsonage in Lincoln, Nebraska. But Mrs. Hansen is nowhere to be found—and neither is the killer.

In St. Louis, the televangelist Ray Williams is about to lose his show—until one of his regular attendees approaches him with an idea that will help him save it. Despite his initial misgivings, Ray agrees to give it a try. He can’t deny his attraction to this woman, and besides, she’d assured him the plan is just—God gave her the instructions in a dream.

Multiple story lines entwine throughout this compelling mystery, delving into the topics of murder, religious faith, and the inherent dangers in blindly accepting faith as truth. While Reverend Williams is swept up in his newfound success and plans for his wedding, Captain Turner can only hope that she and her team will catch the Hansens’ cunning killer—before more bodies surface.


Kathryn Schleich has been a writer for more than 30 years. Her crime novel, “Salvation Station,” was published through She Writes Press in 2020. Schleich has also published the short story Reckless Acts, featured in “After Effects: A Zimbell House Anthology,” and Grand Slam, published in The Acentos Review. She is also the author of the academic book Hollywood and “Catholic Women: Virgins, Whores, Mothers, and Other Images,“ which evolved from her master’s thesis. Her guest posts have been featured on the Women On Writing blog, The Muffin, and she writes for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s volunteer newsletter. When she’s not writing, Schleich is likely volunteering in the education and arts communities in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, where she lives. Friends, family, good food, wine, and traveling are important aspects of her life.

Additional information

Weight 15.2 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 1.1 × 8.4 in