Book Review: “A Saintly Killing” by Martha Ockley

January 24, 2015 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Martha Ockley in her new book, “A Saintly Killing book coverA Saintly Killing” Book Three in the Faith Morgan Mystery series published by Kregel Publications gives us another mystery with Faith Morgan.

From the back cover:   Faith Morgan is feeling settled and contented in her role as the vicar of Little Worthy. St James’s is about to reach its 900th anniversary and to celebrate Faith has commissioned a new painting of the church from distinguished local artist Sal Hinkley.

However, Sal, recently returned from Australia, is not a universally popular choice: outspoken and opinionated, she has made her share of enemies.

Before the painting can be completed, Sal is found dead at her easel. Suddenly, several respectable members of the church community are under suspicion and Faith finds herself thrown into the path of her former flame, Detective Inspector Ben Shorter, who, though he has no time for God-botherers, still seems to have time for Faith…

I grew up with the Father Brown stories which means I really enjoy Faith Morgan. This is the third book in Ms. Ockley’s series and I think it is the best so far. Faith has her Vicar responsibilities which are keeping her busy and then she has her personal responsibilities. Somebody murdered the artist working on the 900th anniversary of the parish and it seems nobody liked her. Plenty of suspects, plenty of motive, now Faith has to narrow down the field to just the one who did it. Not an easy task. This is a hard-boiled investigation filled with all kinds of twists and turns that will really keep you engrossed. Faith Morgan has a keen observant eye that catches all the little things that even I missed, and I was watching for them.  Martha Ockley is an extremely talented writer who really knows how to tell a story that will grab you and keep you flipping pages until you reach the end.  “A Saintly Killing” is a very exciting book.  I am so looking forward to the next book from this very talented author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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