MIRACLES (A Father Jake Austin Mystery - Book 2)

Coming soon to a bookstore and nightstand near you! MIRACLES will be released on February 1st, 2019.


In Miracles, Father Jake Austin’s life is hurled into the vortex of three storms: A dying sister, a bleeding Virgin Mary statue, and a comatose infant in the intensive care unit. What will be left standing after these tempests have passed? 

In praise of the Father Jake Austin Mystery Series: 


“The mystery is intriguing, with an edge of darkness that keeps things interesting.  The main character, Jake, is delectably complicated and conflicted.”InD’tale Magazine 


“Vanek's bittersweet novel will appeal to admirers of Julia Spencer-Fleming's clerical mysteries.”Library Journal 

"Jake Austin is a dedicated physician, an Army veteran, and a spiritual man. As the son of an philandering alcoholic, brother to a sister he never knew existed, and surrogate father to his sister's son, his devotion to family never wanes. His faith is tested, however, as he navigates his not so ordinary life. One thing is for certain, Jake is not your run-of-the-mill Catholic priest.  But regrettably priests, like physicians, are sometimes exposed to the darkness of the human heart and to the chaos that it spawns, and the Father Jake Austin mystery series is alive with intrigue and pulse-pounding plots. Author John Vanek brings G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown into the twenty-first century and sprinkles in hints of PBS's Grantchester. You will not be disappointed."  —  The Publish or Perish Writers