Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: A Saintly Killing by Martha Ockley

A Saintly Killing from Kregel
Saint James Church in Little Worthy is celebrating its 900th Anniversary. Faith and the other church members are all busy trying to prepare for the big celebration. Everything is thrown into jeopardy when the artist painting a picture of the church is found dead in her little art studio beside the church. As suspicion falls on first one member of the church and then another, Vicar Faith Morgan finds her police-woman instincts reviving as she helps the police solve the crime.

A Saintly Killing is the third book in the Faith Morgan Mystery series by Martha Ockley. I've read each book as it was released, and I've enjoyed seeing Faith grow in her confidence and hope as a Christian, in her role as vicar, and personally. I've also been glad to see Faith healing relationships with her sister as they work to care for their mother who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Her relationship with former boyfriend and partner Detective Inspector Ben Shorter is much more complicated.

Little Worthy is full of very interesting people, some with secretive or unpleasant personalities. As the story unfolded, my suspicion as a reader fell on several different characters. Martha Ockley drops little clues that the reader can notice and wonder about. Then she slowly makes sense of the different clues as Faith Morgan works out the mystery. Initially, my suspicions were aroused by one character though the motive seemed a complete mystery. Toward the end, a red herring was thrown in that I started to fall for. Even when Faith dismissed certain characters as no longer being considered as suspects, I still suspected one of them. The ending was a surprise, though not a complete surprise.

I personally am enjoying seeing the subplot of Faith and her sister Ruth helping their mother as she progresses through Alzheimer's Disease. Since this disease has touched our family personally, I am always interested when it works its way into books or movies. The author handles it gracefully and naturally. Her depiction of Marianne's confusion and dementia is similar to my Mother-in-law's progression. I will be interested to see this aspect of the story unfold in future Faith Morgan mysteries.

A Saintly Killing is another satisfying cozy murder mystery from Martha Ockley! I thoroughly enjoyed it! The Faith Morgan Mysteries keep getting better and better!

April E.

Disclaimer: A Saintly Killing is published by Lion Fiction, an imprint of Kregel Publications. I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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