Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Saintly Killing by Martha Ockley Review

About the book:

It is late July and preparations are underway for the one thousandth anniversary of the church at Little Worthy. As Vicar, Faith Morgan has planned a whole range of celebrations-a music festival, a photographic booklet of recent history, a planting of new trees in the graveyard and vicarage garden, bell ringing,and a visit from the bishop.

A new painting of the church has been commissioned from distinguished local artist Sal Hankley. Sal, who has recently returned from Australia, is not a universally popular choice. She is outspoken and opinionated, and she has made her share of enemies.

Before the painting can be completed, Sal is found dead at her easel on a hillock overlooking the church. A respectable member of the community-a member of the Parochial Church Council-is under suspicion. Faith, now trying to hold the church and the village together, once again finds herself teamed with her former boyfriend, Detective Inspector Ben Shorter, as they seek to discover the murderer.

My Review:
They say that a picture is worth a 1000 words. What if a picture could say even more? What if it said who was guilty of murder, or an apology and admittance of guilt? This is a great book about a small town with small town residents that have big town issues. it was fun to read all about how they were getting ready for the 900th anniversary. It was also a great mystery and I was not sure who the killer was, but the author did a great job of lining up the suspects. Then add in the Vicar and the return of old friendships and you get a great book! I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

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