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It is late July and preparations are underway for the one thousandth anniversary of the church at Little Worthy. As Vicar, Faith Morgan has planned a whole range of celebrations-a music festival, a photographic booklet of recent history, a planting of new trees in the graveyard and vicarage garden, bell ringing,and a visit from the bishop.
A new painting of the church has been commissioned from distinguished local artist Sal Hankley. Sal, who has recently returned from Australia, is not a universally popular choice. She is outspoken and opinionated, and she has made her share of enemies.
Before the painting can be completed, Sal is found dead at her easel on a hillock overlooking the church. A respectable member of the community-a member of the Parochial Church Council-is under suspicion. Faith, now trying to hold the church and the village together, once again finds herself teamed with her former boyfriend, Detective Inspector Ben Shorter, as they seek to discover the murderer.
I love Faith! She is realistic, modern and someone you would love to have for a friend. No unreachable vicar here, maybe because of her police background. Ockley has done a wonderful job of keeping each story with Faith fresh, but yet keeping the essence of a woman changing both inwardly and outwardly, while serving others in a new directions. Her church members are a hoot and anyone from a small parish will easily recognize characters from their church! This mystery and it's church board machinations will have you smiling and nodding in understanding, and cheering Faith on to discover the truth. Kudos to Ockley for another well done mystery!
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