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Dead Man out of Mind
     

Dead Man out of Mind

by Kate Charles
 

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Emotions run high at St. Margaret's parish when a beloved curate is murdered and a woman vicar is chosen to replace him. Chruch historian David Middleton-Brown and his companion, painter Lucy Kingsley, sympathize with the woman, but when money from the church disappears and a parishoner is killed, Lucy and David begin a desperate search for a dangerous murderer. HC:

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Emotions run high at St. Margaret's parish when a beloved curate is murdered and a woman vicar is chosen to replace him. Chruch historian David Middleton-Brown and his companion, painter Lucy Kingsley, sympathize with the woman, but when money from the church disappears and a parishoner is killed, Lucy and David begin a desperate search for a dangerous murderer. HC: Mysterious Press.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Scandal surrounds the politics and treasure of an Anglican church in this continuously absorbing mystery, Charles's fourth with a Church of England setting (after A Drink of Deadly Wine). London artist Lucy Kingsley and her live-in boyfriend, solicitor David Middleton-Brown, don't know what the reader has learned in the prologue when David is retained to arrange the sale of some silver belonging to St. Margaret's church: namely, that the former curate of St. Margaret's was bludgeoned to death during an apparent robbery. But they are informed right after the death of Rachel Nightingale, the new-and for obvious reasons, controversial-curate, who is killed in what appears to be a hit-and-run accident. Lucy and David investigate things more deeply, partly in response to a plea from old friends Archdeacon Gabriel Neville and his wife, an old school friend of Rachel. Then, after unwisely blurting out a connection between the two dead curates, an elderly parishioner is brutally murdered. Along with its adroitly drawn main characters, this gripping novel offers a finely etched supporting cast: sleazy churchmen, indiscreet solicitors and surly teenagers. Mystery Guild alternate. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Replete with genteel tone, evocative description, and astute observation, this series title (e.g., The Snares of Death, LJ 11/1/93) should arouse reader demand. Painter Lucy Kingsley and solicitor David Middleton-Brown, her lover, become involved in a scandal surrounding two neighborhood Anglican churches. After an apparent burglar murders a priest, the vicar appoints a controversial female deacon as a replacement. Contentious church wardens, valuable Victorian church silver, Lucy's temperamental niece, and the deacon's vegetative husband deepen the plot. Absorbing.
Emily Melton
Charles, a Cincinnatian turned Brit, uses her experience as a former Anglican church administrator to write a devilishly clever little mystery that's chock-full of intrigue, scandal, greed, evil, and all sorts of other nastiness not normally associated with the Church. Artist Lucy Kingsley and solicitor David Middleton-Brown are inadvertently caught up in a baffling case involving a puzzling burglary and not one but three violent murders, all of which seem to have some connection with London's St. Margaret's Church, a set of valuable ecclesiastical silver, and the past lives of the church's young curates. Solving the case is complicated not just by the many conflicting clues and the dead bodies that keep turning up but also by Lucy's 14-year-old niece, who's determined to play amateur sleuth along with David and Lucy. All the "good stuff" is here--an assortment of plausible suspects and motives, plenty of unexpected plot twists, a heaping helping of danger and suspense, and enough red herrings to keep even the sharpest reader off balance. Well written and cleverly plotted, this one's worth adding to all but the smallest collections.
Marilyn Stasio
The latest in a satirical series that the author wickedly calls her "Book of Psalms."...Sensible Lucy and sensitive David make an odd but appealing couple. Ms. Charles's other slightly off-the-beam characters range from the most imperious of deans to the fussiest functionaries, and each one is a treat to find in your pew. -- New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446404327
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Series:
Book of Psalms Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.14(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.77(d)

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