Monday, August 11, 2014

Day of Vengeance by Jeanne M. Dams

Why would anyone murder a candidate for bishop?  Alan Nesbitt was on the board that would have been evaluating the potential candidates.  Now it appears he and his wife will have to do some snooping to help solve a murder.

Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 25th.

I've been reading Ms. Dams books for a while now.  I enjoy the American woman character who has married the retired English cop, Alan Nesbitt.  Dorothy seems to be a magnet for dead bodies.  She's always the one who finds them; they work together to find the murderer.  This murderer is harder to determine because the reason lies years in the past.

There's a lot of discussion about church hierarchy and the politics involved.  Initially everyone thinks it must be murder by another candidate.  When another candidate dies, they fear that was not a suicide but another murder.  

This look behind the facade of the church lets you see how influential clergymen can be and how none of them are really any better than any other human.  Some are truly inspired and some only act that way.   The killer was from the past and had finally reached the last point of his sanity.  This story truly points out how something said in the past can come back to haunt you.  It might not have been said in the sense it was perceived by the other person, but it can be just as deadly.

I enjoyed the trips around the English countryside, the women Dorothy met and chatted with for information and the other characters that worked with her and her husband as they attempt to solve this case.  This is a good cozy story with suspense interspersed.

I'll be looking for another read by Ms. Dams in the future.  I like her books. 

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