The Reluctant Detective

Martha Ockley
Monarch Books

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Faith Morgan is a minister, in the Church of England.  Before she became a minister however, she was a police detective, and somehow that seems to be trying to edge into her ministerial life.  During a visit to a church where she might become the vicar, a tragic death occurs.  As the vicar is partaking of communion, after he drinks the wine, he seems to experience a heart attack.  Rushing forward to help with CPR, Faith quickly realizes from the smell of the wine, that this is no heart attack, that the vicar has been poisoned.  His death turns this seemingly tragic event into a murder investigation.  An investigation that Faith keeps finding herself pulled into. 
I truly enjoyed this book, I do enjoy books set in the English villages, they are reminiscent of the great Agatha Christie books that I have always loved.  Martha Ockley is an author that is new to me and I just was enthralled with her writing.  The characters and the issues they each faced came alive to me, I could see the English village as if I were viewing it in person.  A great book that will keep you reading to the end.  I was able to figure out who poisoned the vicar, and it was a great twist to the story!  I hope to read this author again soon, and easily give this book a 5 star rating!  224 pages, US $14.99 5 stars.

This book was provided for review purposes only by The Suspense Zone, no payment was received for this review. 

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