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Posted December 10, 2013
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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
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!
Posted August 14, 2013
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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.