Secrets

Secrets

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by Frederick Ramsay
     
 

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 He was also careless, so his killer was able to follow him to the sanctuary of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Church in Picketsville, VA, and dispatch him. Then the Vicar's secretary follows Waldo to an early grave.
The Vicar, the Reverend Blake Fisher, sent to Picketsville when his ambition overcame his common sense, had had enough trouble in Philadelphia.

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 He was also careless, so his killer was able to follow him to the sanctuary of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Church in Picketsville, VA, and dispatch him. Then the Vicar's secretary follows Waldo to an early grave.
The Vicar, the Reverend Blake Fisher, sent to Picketsville when his ambition overcame his common sense, had had enough trouble in Philadelphia. He did not need a corpse behind his altar. He did not need his gun to be stolen, and he definitely did not need the local police breathing down his back as a suspect in a double murder.
Aided by the computer wizardry of his newest deputy, Sam (Samantha) Ryder and the country wisdom of Billy Sutherlin, Sheriff Ike Schwartz must sort through false leads, the unsolicited helpfulness of a politically connected parishioner and missing counseling files belonging to Blake's predecessor. Then the Vicar himself becomes the killer's third target....
Secrets is the sequel to Ramsay's first novel, Artscape, featuring Sheriff Ike Schwartz.

 

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Praise for Artscape
"Ramsay nicely mixes town and gown, sophisticates and rustics, thugs and masterminds. Ike Schwartz seems destined for a bright future."
—Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
Ramsay follows his solid debut, Artscape (2004), with an even better sophomore effort, in which Picketsville, Va., sheriff Ike Schwartz looks into the murder of church organist Waldo Templeton at the struggling Stonewall Jackson Memorial Episcopal Church. The little congregation's vicar, Blake Fisher, recently appointed by outside authority, is at odds with its entrenched cadre led by the church secretary, Millicent Bass. Millicent is determined not to let Blake have the upper hand even though he's nominally her boss. The normal tensions that might be expected by such an appointment are exacerbated not only by Waldo's murder but by other circumstances that Ramsay skillfully limns as he explores the conflicts and the growths (healthy and malignant) that evolve from it. Schwartz proves as adept at navigating the philosophical/religious waters as he is at handling the more conventional aspects of crime solving. The result is both a thought-provoking examination of serious pastoral issues and a thoroughly entertaining mystery that succeeds on all levels without recourse to bombast or carnage. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781464200571
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Series:
Ike Schwartz Series, #2
Edition description:
An Ike Schwartz Mystery
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Dr. Frederick Ramsay was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised on the campus of the McDonogh School where his father, a respected teacher researcher and scientist, taught for many years. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. He did his received his doctorate from the University of Illinois— Westside Medical Campus. After a stint in the Army, he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. While at the University, he taught Anatomy, Embryology and Histology; engaged in research and also served as an Associate Dean. During this time he also pursued studies in theology and in 1971 was ordained an Episcopal priest.
Leaving academia, he tried his hand at a variety of vocations. At one time or another, he served as Vice President for Public Affairs at the Shepherd and Enoch Pratt Hospital, worked as an insurance salesman, a towman and line supervisor at Baltimore’s BWI airport, a community college instructor, and substitute teacher at an elementary school. Finally, yielding to pressures from within, he accepted a position as Rector of an Episcopal. Over the next fifteen years he served two parishes in Maryland and in May of 2000, he was recognized by the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, as a recipient of the Outstanding Ordained Ministry award. He is now retired from full-time ministry and writes fiction.
He is the author of several scientific and general articles, tracts, theses, and co-author of The Baltimore Declaration. He is an accomplished public speaker and once hosted a television spot, Prognosis, on the evening news for WMAR-TV, Baltimore. He is also an iconographer and his works are displayed around the world.
He lives in Surprise, Arizona with his wife and partner, Susan.

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Secrets (Ike Schwartz Series #2) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The robbery several months ago of 500 million dollars worth of fine art from Callend College for Women made national news. Picketsville, Virginia locals were interviewed and many in-spots like the diner and its customers were on the news. For instance so-so Stonewall Jackson Memorial Church organist Waldo Templeton appeared smiling on TV sets across the nation. --- However, that proved to be a mistake as the classic butterfly effect occurs; someone enters the church and kills Waldo as the victim ironically touches Sanctuary. Church secretary and all around busy body Millicent Bass finds the body. As she and her posse of friends hysterically and inadvertently contaminate the crime scene, Sheriff Ike Schwartz struggles with a motive. Due to a note the deceased had inside his shirt pocket, Ike focuses on the relatively new vicar, Reverend Randolph Blake Fisher, Jr., who arrived after a scandal back in his previous church in Philadelphia. The killer next murders Millicent assuming that her nosiness gave away information in the church¿s personnel files. Still leaning towards Blake as the culprit, Ike revises his opinion when the murderer tries to kill the vicar. --- With regional police procedurals like this one Frederick Ramsay will not remain a secret to readers. The pleasant story line provides the audience with a captivating local group that shows the congregation¿s loyalty with the naming of the church. Ike is tremendous as he hones in on Blake, who has a history of trouble with his flock while also struggling with the ladies devastating the crime scene. Fans will take delight with this fine mystery in which the chief and the readers will wonder what Blake is hiding. --- Harriet Klausner