August 22, 2014

God on Mayhem Street

God on Mayhem Street

Now available through Amazon. com, Little Creek Press, or at Mystery to Me Bookstore in Madison, WI


“A highly satisfying and suspenseful story, Leo Townsend returns in a novel that turns the conventional into a triumph of intrigue and tone. Marked by clever twists and turns in a multi-layered and well-conceived plot, Oakley’s narrative unfolds at just the right pace and reminds us that good storytelling is easy to lose yourself in. As with her first release in the series, the dialogue is incisive and revealing. It’s well nuanced, smooth and confident, building forward momentum and leaving us in no doubt that this is a genre Oakley clearly revels in.  To this end, it’s often dark and challenging, but it wouldn’t be disingenuous to say that unlike Carpe Diem the emotional swells are less pronounced. Oakley has already established Leo’s credentials and we are familiar with his methods, but this time around her narrative is tauter, more buttoned-up, whilst offering her readers a glimpse of power at its most alluring and corrosive. Reminding us that moral and political dilemmas can make for the most intensely dramatic reads of all.”

– Book Viral

“Small town politics clash with gay rights and family issues in Kristin Oakley’s God on Mayhem Street. A cleverly plotted and well-written tale about two brothers, their father, and the town bully who wants to drive them off their land, Oakley’s sophomore novel will capture your interest and, more importantly, your heart. Well worth the read!” — Libby Fischer Hellman, author of 13 Compulsively Readable Thrillers

“Leo Townsend’s homecoming is anything but sweet when he returns to his family’s farmstead to bury his mother. In the ensuing days, secrets are unearthed, enemies are exposed, and a gay political figure divides the town. Oakley’s created a story jam-packed with twists, but one that also reminds us of the importance of compassion.” — K. J. Klemme, author of Tourist Trapped

“Kristin A. Oakley takes you on a deft ride through the underbelly of local politics, greed, and Christian values. In this time of racial, religious, and sexual violence done in the name of God’s commands, God on Mayhem Street is a welcome story where love conquers bigotry and greed. The novel is a true hero’s journey with a message we all should take to heart.” — Timmothy J. Holt, author of The Square Affair

Fun facts

  • Merritt’s Landing was the original name of the actual town of Endeavor, Wisconsin.
  • Much of God on Mayhem Street takes place on Leo’s family farm in Wisconsin. Kristin’s a city girl so she visited a friends’ farm in northern Illinois to do some much needed research.

Irish Grove Farms in Northern Illinois


Kristin’s daughter, Caitlin, Rob Endres, and Olivia




Farm dogs Leo (yes, Leo!) and Olivia


  • If Leo’s not on the family farm, he’s in the fictional town of Endeavor, Wisconsin. This town is loosely based upon the real town of Endeavor. With this in mind, Kristin and her editor, Karyn Saemann, explored this tiny town:

The historic Logan Home made from Endeavor bricks

Kristin’s editor Karyn Saemann in front of the Swampside Bar & Grill