Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Saintly Killing -- A Faith Morgan Mystery

A Saintly Killing - A Faith Morgan Mystery 
(Kregel Blog Tour)
Martha Ockley, 2014
Lion Hudson plc
Wilkinson House, Jordan Hill Road
Oxford OX2 8DR, England

Kregel Publications

240 pages
ISBN 978-1-78264-091-2

Lately I've been reading A Saintly Killing, the third book in Martha Ockley's Faith Morgan mystery series.  This one begins with Faith, a previous police officer, now vicar of Little Worthy, getting ready for the 900th anniversary of her church.  While preparing Faith commissions a painting from an outspoken and opinionated local artist.   You no doubt have already guessed that the artist is found dead.

As Faith continues to get ready for the anniversary she also feels compelled to figure out what happened to the painter.  This story finds Faith learning a lot more about members of her church than she expected.  New and old relationships are examined.  Faith also ends up dealing with her former flame as the detective on the case which brings a bit of tension.  In addition to all of the preparations and the murder Faith also needs to deal with her sister in helping to figure out arrangements for her mother who is showing signs of early dementia.  Faith is one busy lady!  Of course, it doesn't help that part of her church members disliked the artist and wanted her replaced.  So many people disliked the painter and had motives to do the painter harm--possibly even Faith.

I really enjoyed this book.  Faith is a believable character in a wonderful setting.  I would love to visit the area described.  Once again the author has written a story that kept me reading into the night.  I loved the twists, turns, and unexpected surprises in the end of this book.  If you like to curl up with a good mystery and imagine yourself somewhere else in this crazy world you'll want to check out this book.  Great job Martha!  Thanks for the opportunity Kregel!

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