First in a series of modern whodunits from an accomplished author with a worldwide following!
A former Scotland Yard detective, Father Gilbert knows about death. But, now a priest of a modest Anglican church in the small town of Stonebridge, he didn't expect it to show up like this--in the suicide of a man who threw himself off the church tower, and in the discovery of a two-hundred-year-old body beneath an ancient bridge.
The deaths are linked. The mummified corpse under the bridge, a murder victim, reignites a centuries-old battle between two local families--the Todds and the aristocratic Hayshams. Then both David Todd and Lord Haysham begin to act strangely. They are fearful for reasons they won’t explain.
When Lord Haysham is murdered, David Todd is the prime suspect. But Todd is maniacal, claiming great forces of evil are at work. An entire history of violence and depravity begins to emerge, interweaving the history of several local families with a secret occult society that engages in Black Masses. Has the Society emerged again?
I hadn't actually read any of Paul's books, so I was interested to see how this mystery would read, based on the amount of books he's sold. I was pleasantly surprised! This is a solid mystery with lots of twists and turns, with lots of back and forth between history and the present. It is a tale of secrets kept and taken to the grave, with future consequences! It is a story that keeps you guessing, while giving you interesting characters and a solid start to a new series! I can't wait to read the next book in the Father Gilbert series!
About the Author:
Paul McCusker is creative director at Focus on the Family. He has sold more than a million books and twenty million audio dramas. His name is also heard daily on radio stations all over the world, and by at least two million listeners every weekend through the Adventures in Odyssey series.