Monday, August 25, 2014

Death in Elysium by Judith Cutler

Jodie Welch is a woman who married late in life and then she married a rector.  She leaves her job and her old life and settles in to married life and church duties.  Church duties don't come naturally to her.  She's a person who likes to get things done and do them her own way.  So when she starts to mentor the upcoming young men who have nothing to look forward to but trouble, some town folks aren't happy.

Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book fro review (thank you).  It will be published the first of October, so look for a copy then.

Jodie comes up with an idea to make a website for the town and the church.  The church board is hesitant but since there is no cost involved, they agree.  When Jodie gives her expensive camera to the young man that does yardwork sporatically, the naysayers tell her he'll steal it and sell it and she'll never see it again.  She doesn't believe that, but the boy doesn't come back either.  When she begins to search for him, she finds out even more that's hidden in this town.

It seems the boy she is looking for is dead.  If she's not careful, she might be the next body found...

Somehow it seems all these small villages have big secrets cooking somewhere.  While this is a familiar theme, Ms. Cutler gives us unusual characters and a unique way to solve the mystery.  I enjoyed the story of Jodie and the man she loves and will be looking for another in this series.  Give it a read and tell me what you think about it.

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