Monday, January 19, 2015
A Saintly Killing by Martha Ockley
Faith Morgan, vicar of Little Worth, St. James, is up to her eyeballs in preparations for her church's 900th anniversary celebration. Not the most convenient time to get sidetracked with a murder, especially when the victim was the artist commissioned to paint the church for the gala occasion.
As if that were not enough, Faith is also in the midst of some personal struggles with her mother's ailing health.
The Faith Morgan mystery series is a somewhat light hearted look at crime. As a former police woman, crime has a way of finding Faith. So does her previous boyfriend, who usually heads up the investigation. With the awkwardness of that failed relationship ever present, Faith has to set aside her emotions and try to navigate the delicate waters of church politics and local gossip as the killer is tracked down.
The series offers a glimpse into village and church life with all it's charm (and warts). Ockley does a good job of describing characters and daily life so that the reader feels an integral part of the action and its resolution. The crime gets nicely tied up but some of Faith's relational issues remain a mystery--no doubt to be continued in future installments.
A Saintly Killing can be purchased directly from Kregel Publications for $14.99. You can read an excerpt first to get a taste for Ockley's writing style. Martha Ockley is actually the pen name of Rebecca Jenkins. To learn more about Ms. Jenkins, visit her website.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of A Saintly Killing from Kregel Publications for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.