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She is urged by the Bishop to stay on to look after the parish of Little Worthy. As she meets her parishioners she learns some surprising facts about her apparently well loved predecessor, and starts to suspect a motive for his death. And it is she who finally identifies the murderer.
The story gets off to a dramatic start with the previous vicar collapsing as soon as he drank the communion cup, and it holds the interest throughout. There is some romantic interest too. Inspector Ben Shorter starts by sneeringly telling his sergeant, "Ms Morgan is a vicar. One of the ordained," Ben emphasized the word. “She's a card-carrying professional at the touchy-feely stuff.” But he soon starts to feel differently about her again, although she is well aware that he "didn't understand the reality she experienced through her faith. He didn't even recognize its existence. That was the gulf between them." Her own beliefs and doubts are convincingly described, for even she can't help wondering, "What if there is no truth to it?" But for her, as for Pascal before her, it was a gamble worth taking.
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This was a slow read for me. I enjoyed the idea of the story-line, you don't usually read about police turning pastor, but to me it seemed like there was too much conversation going on between the characters instead of real action. Kind of like people in your life who say a lot of nothing but never stop talking! There are quite a few unexpected twists and turns in the plot and the murdered is kept under wrap so those qualities did help redeem the book for me. It is set in England which could be another reason I had a difficult time with it, I'm not used to the verbage, so it slowed me down! If you like murder mysteries give the book a chance and let me know what you think!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA