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Joel’s short story, The Last Dance, was published on Every Day Fiction.

Recent Reviews


"This one is painted on a broad canvas, woven rich in historical imagery and modern characterization.  Lush and lusty, fascinating and smart. Give it a read." —Steve Berry, author of several New York Times best sellers, including The Lost OrderThe 14th Colony, and The Templar Legacy.

Publishers Weekly says The Atwelle Confession is an “inventive, centuries-spanning mystery from Gordonson…the suspense raised by the gargoyle carvings and how they might tie into the murders makes the pages fly in the last third of the book.”

The Atwelle Confession is a terrific story of intrigue, then and now. Altogether a pleasure to read! It kept me guessing right up to a shocking conclusion. It’s a twist I didn’t see coming. Will you?” — Mystery Suspense Reviews 

“I liked the ending of The Atwelle Confession, didn’t see it coming at all. — The Good Men Project 

“I really liked the concept of The Atwelle Confession. Gordonson gives the reader a wealth of historical detail to work with. The interplay between Tudor England and modern times was well done.” —The Irregular Reader

The Atwelle Confession is a unique representation of the medieval church and the controversy between Henry VIII and the Pope. It definitely made me want to journey to England and look up St. Clement's Church to see those ominous and creepy gargoyles holding up the roof. ” —The Cyber Librarian 

"Gordonson did a wonderful job of painting the setting. When I was reading the 16th century portion I really felt we were there, I felt the emptiness of the church and the lack of modern amenities. When we were in the 21st century, it mostly felt authentic. The detail and the focus on the architecture was really well written.” —The Oddness of Moving Things

The Atwelle Confession is a historical thriller by Joel Gordonson. The reason behind the murders is impossible to discern but the excitement builds and centuries-old evil is revealed.” —The Mystery Site

"Excellent! Enthralling, atmospheric and engaging" —Goodreads

"I was surprised that the main “bad guy” covered their tracks so well. Mr. Gordonson did a masterful job in obscuring their identity." —NetGalley