The Advent of Murder
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 FaithÃ¢ÂÂs 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.
December 13, 2013
Wonderful English Mystery Murder Investigation
Martha Ockley in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂThe Advent Of MurderÃ¢ÂÂ Book Two in the Faith Morgan Mystery series published by Kregel Publications gives us another mystery with Faith Morgan.
From the back cover: Ã¢ÂÂWeÃ¢ÂÂve found a boyÃ¢ÂÂs body by the river. Want to come take a peek?Ã¢ÂÂ Faith struggled with her demon curiousity a moment. Ben watched her lose the fight, Ã¢ÂÂOf course I do.Ã¢ÂÂ
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 itÃ¢ÂÂs found out that the victim is also a member of her congregationÃ¢ÂÂLucas Kemp, a member of the choir.
FaithÃ¢ÂÂs 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 uncleÃ¢ÂÂwhich leads to a dramatic rescue by Ben, FaithÃ¢ÂÂs 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 Ã¢ÂÂJosephÃ¢ÂÂ and not only finds him charged with murder but the victim is a member of her church choir. This is not light Ã¢ÂÂMurder, She WroteÃ¢ÂÂ 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. Ã¢ÂÂThe Advent Of MurderÃ¢ÂÂ 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 CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
December 13, 2013
A fun, easy read
This is the second of the Faith Morgan Mystery books. I didnÃ¢ÂÂt 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 anyoneÃ¢ÂÂs 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.
December 9, 2013
Get her first book & buckle in for good reading
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 hasnÃ¢ÂÂt read volume one and therefore, not quite as familiar with each continuing character. Some series, if not written intentionally to appear as Ã¢ÂÂstand aloneÃ¢ÂÂ novels, come across this way in spades.
Fortunately, I did not find Ã¢ÂÂThe Advent of MurderÃ¢ÂÂ 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 donÃ¢ÂÂt 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 Ã¢ÂÂThe Advent of MurderÃ¢ÂÂ to move a bit slowly, even though the reader is thrown into the Ã¢ÂÂcaseÃ¢ÂÂ within the first few pages. I didnÃ¢ÂÂt give up on it (and not simply because I had to write a review; trust me, there are books IÃ¢ÂÂve given up on and still written the review). And IÃ¢ÂÂm glad I didnÃ¢ÂÂt. 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, winterÃ¢ÂÂs night (itÃ¢ÂÂs 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 Ã¢ÂÂfitÃ¢ÂÂ 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 Ã¢ÂÂpull offÃ¢ÂÂ 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.
December 9, 2013