John Pilate is an unassuming college professor with a problem: his alter ego, Simon, shows up in the mirror whenever he goes off of his antidepressant medication. Pilate takes a job at tiny Cross College in the hopes of starting his life over completely, only to find himself embroiled in a decades-old mystery.Author J. Alexander Greenwood has created some interesting characters in this tale, as well as some that I found a trifle two-dimensional. All the same, he took me by surprise with a couple of plot twists that I did not see coming; in a mystery, that's a good thing."Pilate's Cross" is a solid read. It's always hard to write a mystery review without delivering spoliers, so I don't feel comfortable saying more than that. I look forward to reading the next two books in the series.