Midnight Come (Canterbury Cathedral Mystery Series #2)

Overview

An administrator at Canterbury Cathedral, Richard Harrison isn't much troubled by a nasty anonymous letter that has turned up, alleging sexual misconduct in a local parish. But the situation turns much more than unpleasant when Harrison stumbles on a brutal double-murder. Following the leads will demand that Harrison investigate not only the sale of a 200-year-old cottage but also, bizarrely, the work of Christopher Marlowe, the 16th-century playwright. And to find the truth he will have to ask many hard ...

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Overview

An administrator at Canterbury Cathedral, Richard Harrison isn't much troubled by a nasty anonymous letter that has turned up, alleging sexual misconduct in a local parish. But the situation turns much more than unpleasant when Harrison stumbles on a brutal double-murder. Following the leads will demand that Harrison investigate not only the sale of a 200-year-old cottage but also, bizarrely, the work of Christopher Marlowe, the 16th-century playwright. And to find the truth he will have to ask many hard questions of the Church he loves, and shiver through that midnight hour when, in the words of Marlowe's Dr Faustus, 'the clock will strike, and the devil will come.'

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Library Journal
Richard Harrison, who works for the Board of the Anglican Church in Canterbury, England, chances upon an apparent murder-suicide in a locked-from-the-inside building. Since the deaths probably tie in with an anonymous note alleging sexual misconduct by a priest and a female deacon, Harrison's higher-up has asked him to investigate. Harrison suspects double murder from the onset, so his inquiring mind sets to work--with some insistent prodding from his wheelchair-bound wife. A solid plot and excellent characterization by the author of Dark Provenance override the occasional over-extended similes.
Nikki Amdur
[An] absorbing tale about a modern-day murder that parallels the death of the Bard's chief rival, Christopher Marlowe... -- Entertainment Weekly
Kirkus Reviews
A third adventure for ex-army officer Richard Harrison, whose present job as overseer of the Delapidations Board of Canterbury Cathedral has proved to be less placid than it sounds (The Becket Factor). Now an anonymous letter has been received by Archdeacon Cawthorne accusing his old friend Reverend Maurice Lambkin, a widower living in nearby Wetmarsh Marden, of having an affair (as his wife was dying) with Stella Gittings, a soon-to-be-ordained married woman. Some church property is to be disposed of in Wetmarsh Marden, and Dean Ingrams asks Harrison to join church architect Helen Middlebrook on her planned visit there, perhaps to explore Lambkin's reaction to the letter. What they find, in a shabby annex to Lambkin's house, is Maurice's bullet-riddled body near that of his son Jonathan, in what appears to be murder followed by Jonathan's suicide. Harrison, though, is unconvinced by the official verdict and begins his own search for the truth-with scant encouragement from his wheelchair-bound wife Winnie. He talks to Jonathan's girlfriend and learns that Jonathan had been researching a major robbery of 30 years ago. Harrison's further explorations completely refute the widely held picture of Jonathan as a penniless, irresponsible failure. Meanwhile, provision must be made for Lambkin's longtime faithful servants George and Mavis Frome, setting the stage of a replay of a crime that brings the truth to the fore. An unconvincing, only sporadically interesting story: the author tries for a leisurely, old-fashioned narrative style but succeeds only in slowing the pace.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934609262
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Series: Canterbury Cathedral Mystery Series , #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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