Bones in the Belfry (Reverend Oughterard Series #2)

Bones in the Belfry (Reverend Oughterard Series #2)

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by Suzette A. Hill
     
 

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Praise for Suzette A. Hill:

“I think this is tremendous.”—Dame Beryl Bainbridge

Francis Oughterard was the contented vicar of Molehill when he accidentally strangled a lady parishioner. A sleazy art dealer gave him an alibi, and Maurice—his victim’s cynical cat—and Bouncer—a neighbor’s dog—rescued…  See more details below

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Praise for Suzette A. Hill:

“I think this is tremendous.”—Dame Beryl Bainbridge

Francis Oughterard was the contented vicar of Molehill when he accidentally strangled a lady parishioner. A sleazy art dealer gave him an alibi, and Maurice—his victim’s cynical cat—and Bouncer—a neighbor’s dog—rescued him from police suspicion. Now he is called upon to return the favor by storing stolen paintings in the church belfry. The intrigue mounts as hapless F.O. bumbles through confrontations. Maurice and Bouncer each contribute their version of events.

F.O. made his debut in A Load of Old Bones.

A graduate of the universities of Nottingham and Newcastle/Tyne, Suzette A. Hill taught English literature for many years at Reading College before retiring to Herefordshire.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In Hill's delightful second mystery to feature the Rev. Francis Oughterard, the Surrey vicar is still reeling from having gotten away with the murder of one of his parishioners in 2007's A Load of Old Bones. Oughterard feels he has no choice but to agree to storing stolen artwork at the vicarage at the insistence of an old theology college classmate, Nicholas Ingaza, because Ingaza provided him with an alibi for the parishioner's murder. The plot thickens when a visiting author with plans to write a mystery about the murder insists on a thorough search of the church and belfry where the clergyman has hidden the paintings. With his usual propensity for getting involved in crime, Oughterard soon finds himself in the midst of another tangled web of deception that even his cat, Maurice, and his dog, Bouncer, can't untangle, as revealed in chapters from their points-of-view. This dry, funny British gem, with its eccentric cast of characters, will leave readers laughing and eagerly awaiting the next episode. (Aug.)

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Kirkus Reviews
A vicar needs the help of his pets to stay out of prison. Francis Oughterard, the vicar of Molehill, has been tormented by anxiety since he accidentally strangled one of his parishioners (A Load of Old Bones, 2008). He'd be languishing in jail if not for the timely aid of his clever cat Maurice and his playful dog Bouncer, who managed to remove evidence from the crime scene that could have led to their master's arrest. Now, however, he's being gently blackmailed by Nicholas Ingaza, the old college pal who provided his alibi. Nicholas wants the vicar to house some stolen paintings. A comedy of errors ensues as the frantic vicar moves them from the belfry to his sister's house to the church crypt. Things go from bad to worse when one of the paintings turns up at a church fundraiser and is purchased by a parishioner. Fortunately for the vicar, the buyer's love of art is blissfully unaccompanied by any knowledge of art. The ever more nervous vicar tries to get the paintings out of his possession before the police discover that he's involved in a crime yet again. Maurice and Bouncer steal the show in a mildly amusing tale that lacks any real mystery.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569476796
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Series:
Reverend Oughterard Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
595 KB

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A graduate of the universities of Nottingham and Newcastle/Tyne, Suzette A. Hill taught English literature for many years at Reading College before retiring to Herefordshire. She is the author of four mysteries featuring Reverend Francis Oughterard.

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