- Title: The Snares of Death
- Author: Kate Charles
- ISBN: 9780446401951
- Page: 230
- Format: Paperback
The new vicar for the traditionally Anglo Catholic church of St Mary the Virgin has charisma and renown, but Robert Dexter may be the wrong man of the cloth for the job A prominent Evangelical minister, he has an unshakable faith in his own righteousness and a talent for rubbing people the wrong way When he begins selling off church pews and statues, dismantling shrinesThe new vicar for the traditionally Anglo Catholic church of St Mary the Virgin has charisma and renown, but Robert Dexter may be the wrong man of the cloth for the job A prominent Evangelical minister, he has an unshakable faith in his own righteousness and a talent for rubbing people the wrong way When he begins selling off church pews and statues, dismantling shrines and modernizing the altar, he has some of St Mary s parishioners mad enough to kill Within days of his arrival the Reverend Dexter also arouses the ire of local animal rights activists and bangs heads with one of his Evangelical colleagues And beneath the surface of his seemingly tranquil home life, his long suffering wife, Elayne, and beautiful daughter, Becca, are harboring secrets that Dexter does not suspect until the day he is murdered It s a murder with any number of possible suspects David Middleton Brown is sure of one thing the devout young man arrested by the police is innocent Unfortunately the circumstantial evidence looks damning, and David, with Lucy assisting, is searching for clues to the real murderer in the hidden agendas and carefully concealed sins of clergy and congregation alike As they follow a perilous path through affairs of religion and the heart, their sleuthing culminates at a controversial religious pilgrimage There, where High Church pomp and ceremony disguise an undercurrent of danger, they might find their solution and a killer who has decided a second victim must die.
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I actually picked this up during a quiet morning in the Churches' Bookshop where I volunteer, and was drawn in by the time I finished the forward, written by Kate Charles, explaining that the book was a reissue of something written about 20 years ago and how some things had, therefore, changed so much in the intervening time - and some haven't.And I have certainly met people from throughout the spectrum of worship styles that clash here. The murder mystery was as interesting as the relationship [...]
Another fine mystery by American-born Kate Charles, an Episcopalian/Anglican now living in England. Besides the interesting story and the developing love interest in the characters of David Middleton-Brown and Lucy Kingsley, Charles' portrayal of both polarized extremes of theology in the Anglican church is to be savoured. She shows the foibles of evangelical low-church people and liberal high-church people alike. I thoroughly enjoyed her degree of humour toward both types. She does a particular [...]
The Anglican Church is one church that runs the gamut of ways of worship from extreme evangelicalism to happy-clappy services and finally at the opposite pole the Anglo-Catholics. On the one hand a minister refers to himself as simple Bob Dexter, in the middle road there are the Vicars and then at the other end the celebrants are called priests and answer to Father Mark for instance. This mystery revolves around a situation where although east is east and so on the twain is trying to meet and in [...]
David Middleton-Brown and his lady love, Lucy Kingsley, are drawn into another church-related mystery when an outspoken evangelical is named pastor at a small, tradition-bound Anglican church. When he's murdered, there are suspects a-plenty among those he's snubbed, angered or demeaned: his browbeaten wife, his lovestruck daughter, his clerical rival, the two old ladies whose lives are devoted to volunteerism, a besotted priest and animal rights activists.
A vivid look into the world of church tourists, those who are fascinated with the fabulous history of churches in England. The two sleuths are members of this unique society, and the flavor of this book is like the Inspector Barnaby mysteries.
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A case of - throw everything at the plot -all kinds of Anglican belief, all social problems , all eccentric characters , and then find the least sympathetic people to be the murderers.
Interesting reading about the religious atmosphere in England, and church politics are always riveting! Nice to continue the David/Lucy romance.
light, British mystery.
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