For years, the trend in Christian fiction has been to make books as ecumenical as possible. So when a church is mentioned, it's usually given a generic name that could fit almost any denomination. Debbie Vigui makes a bold move in The Lord is My Shepherd. Not only does she make her mystery-solving church secretary a Presbyterian, but then she pairs her up with the Rabbi from the temple next door. Together, Cindy and Jeremiah must unravel the clues leading them to a serial killer. As they are constantly thrown together, they forge a bond of trust and friendship that transcends their religious beliefs.Vigui's book packs a double whammy. First, it's a great mystery. As the clues unfolded and the tension increased, I found it harder and harder to put the book down to deal with real-life issues. Second, it's a wonderful story of two people from two very different backgrounds who discover that, at heart, they're not so different after all. The friendship that grows between Cindy and Jeremiah is very sweet, and what they learn about each other's faiths is illuminating. The Lord is My Shepherd is the first of The Psalm 23 Mysteries, so fans of this book will get to meet Cindy and Jeremiah again when I Shall Not Want comes out in Fall 2010. It will be interesting to see how Vigui handles the friendship between her Presbyterian secretary and the intriguing Rabbi. If it blooms into something more tinged with romance (which many readers will expect it to) there will be some controversial faith issues to deal with. But I'm confident this series will deliver in stellar fashion. Kudos to Vigui and to Abingon Press!NOTE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for reviewing purposes
Mondays are no one's favorite day of the week, but for a church secretary they are awful. Nowhere else but in a church have people been digging through your desk, walking off with all your office supplies and reorganizing your desktop. Every Monday you spend the first hours of the week finding all of your "stuff" and putting your office back together. Cindy walks into church dreading those details plus she knows it is going to be extra busy with Easter week, but before she can ever make it to her office she trips over a dead body. Her screams bring the Rabbi from the Jewish synagogue next door running to her assistance. Unknown to them, this meeting won't be their last and neither will this murder.There are three views of faith in this book. The Rabbi is obviously Jewish. Cindy is Christian and Mark, the investigator, is an unbeliever. Ms. Viguie goes into a great deal of detail explanating the details regarding the Jewish faith and traditions. The Rabbi plays the role of "hero" to Cindy throughout the book. Although it is Easter week in the book, the only details regarding Easter involved the murders. It was also a little disconcerting that the pastor was portrayed in such an inept manner. This book was a great read. Very well written and definitely a great fit for the mystery genre.