The Parchman Preacher: A Christian Suspense Novelby Michael Thompson
Martha, Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, Satan, and Jesus are key figures in this 1950s good-versus-evil suspense allegory of Christ's beginning ministry. Twists, turns, and suspense make a preacher's murder mystery chilling. A tantalizing murder mystery filled with chilling explorations of hypocrisy, true faith, and small-town secrets. It's about sin and
Martha, Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, Satan, and Jesus are key figures in this 1950s good-versus-evil suspense allegory of Christ's beginning ministry. Twists, turns, and suspense make a preacher's murder mystery chilling. A tantalizing murder mystery filled with chilling explorations of hypocrisy, true faith, and small-town secrets. It's about sin and redemption. It's about the search for truth, in both the physical and spiritual realms. And it's all wrapped up in a puzzle that keeps even skeptics on their toes. Underneath it all is an allegory of Christ's ministry.
"I highly recommend The Parchman Preacher short in length, but deep in meaning, I could hardly put this book down." -Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History series.
"Michael Thompson has brought to life the Mississippi of my youth, complete with small town scandals, murders, prison, and the powerful southern female. Sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy a glass of sweet tea and a romping good tale." -Carolyn Haines, author of the on-going Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series.
"If you love southern gossips and party lines and communal mail, you'll feel right at home in Solo, Mississippi biblical in its proportions, with a revolving Episcopal pulpit, a moonshine-swilling postmaster and a murdering villain. Jesus, Martha, Mary, John the Baptist, Satan-what a place." -Rheta Grimsley Johnson, author of Enchanted Evening Barbie & the Second Coming, and other books.
"In The Parchman Preacher, Michael Thompson has written a true southern story of tragedy, darkness, and destiny with unpredictable twists and turns and genuine characters that provide comic relief in the midst of malevolent schemes a page turner we loved it." -Janet and Reverend John Sartelle, author of What Christian Parents Should Know About Infant Baptism.
"The Parchman Preacher penetrates the facades of southern cultural Christianity to take us to the true gospel There is no Savior but Jesus and no salvation from the judgment of God but faith in Christ alone." -Richard L. Pratt, Th.D. theologian, author of several books, including Designed For Dignity: What God Has Made It Possible For You To Be, and founder of Third Millennium Ministries, Orlando, FL.
Twists, turns, and suspense make a preacher's murder mystery chilling. A tantalizing murder mystery filled with chilling explorations of hypocrisy, true faith, and small-town secrets. The Christian faith colors his work, which is an allegory inspired by the ministry of Christ. It's about sin and redemption. It's about the search for truth, in both the physical and spiritual realms. And it's all wrapped up in a puzzle that keeps even skeptics on their toes.(for the complete review, visit www.michaelthompsonauthor.com)
September 25, 2013
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The review of this book (donated to The Magnolia Blossom Review for the sole purpose of a review) was completed by Glen Marcus based on a rubric designed by the site’s owner, L. Avery Brown. Glen has graciously allowed the owner of the site to post this review on her Amazon profile page. If you'd like to read the entire review including an in depth author interview – please visit The MBR online today! And Now for the Review Review by Glen Marcus Book Title – 4/5 GM: If not for the cover, the title, 'The Parchman Preacher' would've held little in the way of snagging my attention. But in conjunction with the artwork, I wanted to see was waiting inside its pages. Book Cover – 5/5 GM: Simplistic & effective is the best way to describe this cover. A minister's collar, we assume the Parchman Preacher's but what's with the blood. Could there be something evil in store? First 500... – 9/10 GM: The prologue sets the stage (as a good introduction should) for a trip back to the 1950's through Martha McRae's memoirs. Seems for 55 years, these pages were held & delivered to Michael only after Martha's passing. They tell Michael a story he never knew existed. Also, one that fills voids in his life, he also never knew existed. Blurb Effectiveness – 7/10 GM: It's not hard to realize this tale of the small Mississippi town of Solo, is an allegory of Biblical characters. With characters named Michael, Martha, Mary & a honey obsessed John, as I said, if's fairly obvious. I believe it would've been more effective to say something that referenced the mystery & suspense of the storyline, instead of prepping the reader by revealing the comparison factor. Age Recommendation/Genre Classification – 10/10 GM: Christian Suspense totally covers the genre & this could be enjoyed by most any age. Presentation/Format – 10/10 GM: Through multiple memoirs & stories related by Martha, nothing is lost in the translation. Incidences not personally viewed by her are covered nicely, by revealing her sources (being Martha is a newspaper journalist) or by filling in the blanks from future trial outcomes where she was present. It all weaves an intricate tale of deception, murder & for those of you inclined, gossip (lots of gossip) Theme/Originality – 9/10 GM: Being I don't read many Christian-themed novels, I am not an expert on the genre. But with the allegory aside, I found this tale to be fresh & well structured. Unique might be overstatement, but I did find it interesting & held my attention. Description/Enhancement – 10/10 GM: hailing from below the Mason-Dixon line, I loved the southern mentions made the tale more involving. I could visualize most all of the small town resemblances & Mr. Thompson constructed them to a T (I grew up on a party-line phone system so that brought back a few memories.) Intrigue – 9/10 GM: The intrigue level started slowly but built to a nice crescendo quickly. This isn't an extremely long book, but the pace is perfect & is a good page turner. Grammar/Mechanics – 10/10 GM: Seemed flawless to me. Overall Impression – 10/10 GM: The Parchman Preacher was an enjoyable & absorbing read. The characters were real & developed perfectly as the storyline progressed. Suspense made it a page turner & it's short enough to finish in an afternoon. You can't ask for more than that. The Bestowing of the Blossoms Michael Thompson’s The Parchman Preacher has earned a total of 93 points giving it 5 Magnolia Blossoms!
The Parchman Preacher by Michael Thompson is the story of a sleepy little town in Mississippi where people know more than they let on, courtesy of an old-fashioned party line phone system. From the very beginning Calvary Church is looking for a new preacher, since Father Baddour dropped dead in a diner at the suspicious age of 32. His death was ruled a heart attack, and while very unusual, most of the town was occupied with covering his role as best they could in the little church. They hoped to find a married preacher with a family, as they felt he would be more in tune with the family atmosphere of Solo, but when a single priest, complete with cleric collar, appeared at Martha’s rooming house one night, they were ready to welcome him. A sleepy town does not stay that way for long since everyone knows everyone’s business. And there was plenty going on in Solo. The rooming house owner was brilliant as the newspaper editor, as she was in a perfect position to know a lot about the townspeople. There was a simpleminded postmaster with hidden tendencies. A married woman made a startling confession in Bible study one day. And especially, unexplained observations and rumors about the new preacher. Michael Thompson’s The Parchman Preacher was a joy to read. It kept me in suspense as I tried to figure out who was behind the events in Solo, Mississippi. Characters were well developed and interesting people in their own right. There was a twist at the end that surprised me and tied everything together, with just one unanswered question, leaving room for a sequel.