Priest on Trial for Murder of Nun After Day on Golf Course Goes Awry in Legal Thriller


“An Act of God” by Robert Y. Ellis explores how science and faith interact, the workings of the legal system, and the unpredictability of love

Rockport, MA, Sept. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A crack of lightning violently fell from the sky striking and killing a nun, but the evidence points to murder. “An Act of God” by Robert Y. Ellis is a suspense-filled legal thriller that thrusts readers into the eternal debate of faith versus science. The novel follows Father Ignatius Costello, a Roman Catholic priest dubbed Iggy by his friends, who lets a curse word slip after a bad swing on the golf course and wakes up unsure whether he caused a divine act that killed Sister Mary. As his trial draws near and evidence of Iggy’s murderous act becomes more believable, his story is cast into the limelight and his reputation walks a fine line in the eyes of the church.  A story at the intersection of faith and science, “An Act of God” twines elements of drama, action, romance, and legal suspense to create the perfect storm for every reader.  

The concept for “An Act of God” started as a joke, literally. Ellis wanted to explore the back end of a joke a friend had told him about a priest and a nun who have a cursing mishap on a golf course. So, Ellis put the joke aside and began writing. As the characters started to take shape, he left his biggest critic, his wife, wanting more.  

“My wife was invested in the story first, so I wrote through to the end of the trial and showed it to her.  But she wanted more. So, I created this picture of Iggy, who I grew really fond of, and then these plotlines started to emerge and that’s

Texas rallies, wins overtime thriller against Texas Tech


Brian Davis, Austin (Texas) American-Statesman
Published 9:00 p.m. ET Sept. 26, 2020 | Updated 12:57 a.m. ET Sept. 27, 2020


USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll.


LUBBOCK, Texas — Saturday was one of those rollicking, back-and-forth humdingers totally on brand for the unpredictable Big 12.

No. 9 Texas found itself in a wild shootout against Texas Tech. There were incredible touchdown catches, a terrific onside kick, momentum-swinging interceptions, a muffed punt for a touchdown and a blocked punt for a score.

Set all that aside. The Longhorns’ Big 12 opener — a 63-56 overtime win — may end up being the moment this program realized it has championship mettle.

“As we were walking off,” Texas coach Tom Herman said, “Caden Sterns said that if 2020 was a football game, that was it.”

This game featured 119 points and 917 total yards. It was sloppy at times, downright unwatchable at others. UT’s missed tackles and abhorrent special teams play will be critical topics in the coming days. But for the first time in Herman’s four seasons, Texas is 2-0 — and nothing can ruin the Longhorns’ mood at the moment.

Texas players celebrate their overtime win against Texas Tech. (Photo: Michael C. Johnson, USA TODAY Sports)

Texas is also 1-0 in Big 12 play, something other league title contenders can’t say, while Tech (1-1, 0-1) was left scratching its head.

With Tech leading 49-41, SaRodorick Thompson should’ve been bottled up for about a 2-yard loss. Instead, he broke free and raced 75 yards for an apparent game-clinching touchdown with 3:13 left in regulation.

It felt like the LSU disaster all over again. A close game suddenly over. Texas was staring at a 15-point deficit, and everyone thought it was over. Well, almost