Friday, December 13, 2013

The Advent of Murder - A Faith Morgan Mystery - by Martha Ockley

This is an interesting mystery about a former policewoman who is now a vicar.  She stumbles into a police investigation when she goes to check on the man playing Joseph in her church's Christmas pageant and finds police cars and a dead teenager on his property.  Though Faith tries to stay away, she can't seem to stop asking questions, especially when she finds out the teenager may have been involved with her church.  Another compelling reason to stay involved is her ex-boyfriend is running the investigation and she still feels drawn to him, though his lack of faith is a problem.  She is also drawn to the local choirmaster, but he's a suspect.  Should she risk her heart on either of these men?  What really happened to this boy?

This story kept my interest pretty well.  It had a nice blend of the procedural mixed with the small-town everyday mixed with a woman vicar's view of the world.  It was interesting to learn about some of the day-to-day tasks she had and how busy she was!  Who knew it was so hard to find a donkey to rent?  I liked the bits of romance and the interesting church folk really added to the story.  There is a book before this, but I did't feel like I was too lost, not having read it yet.  The mystery was interesting, but not too difficult to figure out.  There are a couple swear words, which I could do without.  Check out this story if you like mysteries, Christmas stories, and small-town life.

I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review.

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