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Kregel Tour: The Reluctant Detective (A Faith Morgan Mystery) by Martha Ockley #grow4christ #bookreview

on August 11, 2014

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About the Book:

Former cop Faith Morgan may have quit the world of crime, but crime has not let her go. Now a priest in the Church of England, she is assigned to the improbably named village of Little Worthy, and within an hour of her arrival she witnesses the sudden, shocking death of a fellow priest. To her distress, the detective assigned to the case is Ben, her former partner and former boyfriend.

As she meets her parishioners she learns some surprising details about her apparently well-loved predecessor, and starts to suspect a motive for his death. The cop may have donned a clerical collar, but the questions keep coming. How will she reconcile her present calling with her past instincts? Is she in danger herself? What should she do about Ben?

 

You can purchase a copy at Amazon, Kregel and other book retailers.

 

 

 

 

My Opinion:

 

This is book 1 in the Faith Morgan Mystery series, I’ve already read and reviewed the second, The Advent of Murder, so in reading them backwards I would have liked to read them in order as I think this one sets the stage for book 2.  I’m going to start by saying that I enjoyed this book – I liked the mystery of the who-done-it, the setting of a not-so-quiet English village called Little Worthy and even the dialogue between some of the characters kept the book rolling along at a good clip.  If I hadn’t been down with a migraine I would have finished the book sooner than I did – it took me two days or there about to finish it – but it could have easily been done in less than a day.  While I enjoyed it, I did feel the book was too short to really delve into all the relationships that Faith Morgan has – such as how she and her sister relate to each other, how she and her mom relate, Ben who is her ex-live in boyfriends, and then all the people Faith comes into contact with in Little Worthy and work as vicar.

 

After having read this book I’m going to have to chose my selections from England a bit more carefully, even though I noted that were some cuss words in The Advent of Murder, it seems there were a few more in this and Faith even uses some exclamations and then blames the use of said phrase on Ben.  There was another issue, that didn’t arise when I read the second book, for whatever reason – vicar is a reverend and it’s my opinion based on Biblical reading that women really shouldn’t be ministers – and so that is what Faith is.  It is within the Anglican church and I believe they are bit more liberal in who they ordain as their ministers.  That said there were a lot of misses in the book such as when one main character who is divorced due to her husband’s adultery also mentions sleeping with a married man and then when she comes to Little Worthy she and the retiring vicar plan on marriage.  No where does Faith counsel her on marriage, divorce, repentance or any such thing.  Faith also makes light that as a vicar she did live with her ex-boyfriend Ben for three years – maybe she had repented but in the book it’s not taken away that she ever feels sorry or repentant and puts herself in some tight situations with Ben at least once in the book.

 

Again, while I liked the overall plot and mystery in the book – I really had no idea up until the end who was the real suspect and when I figured out who it was things were quite shocking so Martha did a lovely job in keep up the suspense till the very end.  While I’d like to see more of Faith Morgan I may have to reconsider after reading this one because of the lack of Biblical guidance – I know it’s a mystery but even it can lend itself to Biblical guidance especially when a vicar is shown to be counseling someone in their parish.  It’s hard for me to read a book that is reported to be Christian but then almost everything I read goes against what I know and believe to be Biblical truths, if it had been listed as a secular book with a vicar as a main character I probably wouldn’t be so harsh in my thoughts towards this book.

 

 

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