The Advent of Murder: A Faith Morgan Mystery - eBook  -     By: Martha Ockley
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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781782640073
ISBN-13: 9781782640073
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Series: Faith Morgan Mystery

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  1. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 17, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Faith Morgan, former policewoman and vicar of the small English village of Little Worthy, goes to visit one of her parishioners at his farm, only to discover the house surrounded by police cars. A body has been found in the local river and farmer Markham is charged with murder.

    Though busy with preparations for Christmas, Faith is called on to investigate when it's found out that the victim is also a member of her congregation—Lucas Kemp, a member of the choir.

    Faith's informal inquiries lead her to uncover a hotbed of tensions and romantic rivalries in the choir, questions about drugs, and a run-in with an unsavory uncle—which leads to a dramatic rescue by Ben, Faith's former detective partner and ex-boyfriend.

    In the tradition of Father Brown and Miss Marple, The Advent of Murder brings readers an authentic picture of English rural and church life combined with a satisfying mystery that will keep readers guessing until the end.

    My Review:

    While I am not a bog fan of rural life in England, the setting of this novel really set the stage for the story. I appreciated the author's style of relating her story, and I was struck by how simple everything was. The characters and the setting were just so simple to get into, with no long explanations or tedious descriptions. The book was an effortless read because of Ockley's smooth writing, and I've got to say it was a mystery I didn't want to end. (Well, sort of.)

    The hardest part for me was trying to figure out who was the killer. I usually have a good guess as to who it is, but this time I just drew a blank. I thought I had the culprit pinned at one point, but I was wrong. I would recommend this book to anyone who like cozy mysteries, and this is a very refreshing British version that just keeps you turning pages.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  2. deanna13
    Jonesboro, LA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Story
    December 13, 2013
    deanna13
    Jonesboro, LA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Advent of Murder by Martha Ockley did not grab my interest at the beginning but the more I read the more interesting the story became. Faith Morgan is the new Vicar of Little Worthy and she is very involved in getting everything ready for the Advent season. It seems that she has so many things to do that she seldom gets enough sleep. When Faith goes to visit one of her parishioners, she learns that a young man from the choir has been murdered. Faith was a policewoman before she became the Vicar, and she cannot help getting involved in the murder investigation in spite of all the other things that she must do before Christmas. Detective Inspector Ben Shorter is Faith's ex-boyfriend and he resents her involvement in the investigation but once in a while he accepts her ideas.

    Characters and their dialogue were very well developed and the characters seemed to come to life on the pages of the book. The plot had many twists and turns and I was kept guessing until almost the end of the book as to the identify of the murderer. There were also several mysteries in the story which added greatly to my enjoyment. The story had quite a few rather unusual characters but they added interest to the story. After finishing the book I had the feeling that maybe Faith had been a better policewoman than she was a Vicar. I was a little surprised at the ending but it was a satisfactory ending.

    I would recommend this book if you like mysteries set in England and written by British authors.

    Kregel Publications provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  3. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful English Mystery Murder Investigation
    December 13, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Martha Ockley in her new book, "The Advent Of Murder" Book Two in the Faith Morgan Mystery series published by Kregel Publications gives us another mystery with Faith Morgan.

    From the back cover: "We've found a boy's body by the river. Want to come take a peek?" Faith struggled with her demon curiousity a moment. Ben watched her lose the fight, "Of course I do."

    Faith Morgan, former policewoman and vicar of the small English village of Little Worthy, goes to visit one of her parishioners at his farm, only to discover the house surrounded by police cars. A body has been found in the local river and farmer Markham is charged with murder.

    Though busy with preparations for Christmas, Faith is called on to investigate when it's found out that the victim is also a member of her congregation-Lucas Kemp, a member of the choir.

    Faith's informal inquiries lead her to uncover a hotbed of tensions and romantic rivalries in the choir, questions about drugs, and a run-in with an unsavory uncle-which leads to a dramatic rescue by Ben, Faith's former detective partner and ex-boyfriend.

    In the tradition of Father Brown and Miss Marple, The Advent of Murder brings readers an authentic picture of English rural and church life combined with a satisfying mystery that will keep readers guessing until the end.

    I like the English countryside. There is something about it, one moment it is bright and open the next moment it is dark and mysterious. Faith visits the farm of the man who will play "Joseph" and not only finds him charged with murder but the victim is a member of her church choir. This is not light "Murder, She Wrote" fluff this is hard-boiled investigation and in the course of untangling the twists and turns of this case both Faith and her ex-partner Ben, uncover all kinds of unsavory goings on. Faith Morgan has a keen observant eye that catches all the little things that even I missed, and I was watching for them. Martha Ockley is an extremely talented writer who really knows how to tell a story that will grab you and keep you flipping pages until you reach the end. "The Advent Of Murder" is a very exciting book that will keep you engrossed in the characters as Ms. Ockley puts them through their paces. I am so looking forward to the next book from this very talented author.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. S Scales
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A fun, easy read
    December 9, 2013
    S Scales
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is the second of the Faith Morgan Mystery books. I didn't realize that at first, but as I read there were several times incidents briefly mentioned that I realized must be from the previous novel, The Reluctant Detective. However, it was not a big deal (even though I would prefer to read a series in order), and I was able to follow the story with no problem.

    In The Advent of Murder by Martha Ockley, Faith, who was formerly in law enforcement, is the vicar at a small church and is very busy during this Christmas season. It is her first Christmas at this church and she wants to do it right (or at least please some of her picky parishioners). However, murder is not is anyone's plans!

    The story was a fun, easy read. I figured out the connections and solved the murder too soon for me! However, I still looked forward to picking up the book as I grabbed small moments here and there to finish!

    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.
  5. A Cluttered Mind
    Rochester, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Get her first book & buckle in for good reading
    December 9, 2013
    A Cluttered Mind
    Rochester, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Reading a book which is second in a series, and not having read the first, makes the task of reviewing just that much more difficult. Plot twists can catch the reader unaware. Character traits & development may seem just a tad more shallow because the author may have forgotten that the reader hasn't read volume one and therefore, not quite as familiar with each continuing character. Some series, if not written intentionally to appear as ‘stand alone' novels, come across this way in spades.

    Fortunately, I did not find ‘The Advent of Murder' to be quite in this category. However, even though author Martha Ockley did quite a good job of seeking to have book #2 stand alone, I did find the characters and a few of the relationships from book #1 carrying over and therefore not fully explained. I don't think this took away from the plot, but it kept me on my toes a bit more than usual when reading a fictional novel.

    I think this is also why I found the opening chapters of ‘The Advent of Murder' to move a bit slowly, even though the reader is thrown into the ‘case' within the first few pages. I didn't give up on it (and not simply because I had to write a review; trust me, there are books I've given up on and still written the review). And I'm glad I didn't. There was plot twist gold to be found well into this work and the wealth mined from that perseverance paid off.

    All in all, an enjoyable read; good for a cold, winter's night (it's early December here in southern Minnesota and the temps this late fall are dipping below zero on a regular basis) along with a hot cup of tea or chocolate. Sit back, watch Faith Morgan (the key character) struggle to ‘fit' into her new role as a vicar (having served as a police officer) and with a variety of relationships, both parishioners and men who come across her path, all the while trying to ‘pull off' all the traditional matters for Christmas in a local parish AND seeing what she can do to help the local police solve a murder mystery. Hang on to your hat and enjoy!

    If you'd like to start at the beginning, then get a hold of Ockley's first introduction to Faith Moragn in The Reluctant Detective.
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