The Psalmist: A Bowers and Hunter Mystery [NOOK Book]

Overview

Luke Bowers is in the good and evil business.

On a cold, late-winter morning in the Chesapeake Bay community of Tidewater County, Bowers discovers a dead woman seated in a pew at the church where he is pastor—her eyes open, her hands clasped as if in prayer.

Nothing at the scene identifies the woman or explains why she was at the church. And when state police homicide investigator Amy Hunter comes to town to head up the case, not everyone is ...

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The Psalmist: A Bowers and Hunter Mystery

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Overview

Luke Bowers is in the good and evil business.

On a cold, late-winter morning in the Chesapeake Bay community of Tidewater County, Bowers discovers a dead woman seated in a pew at the church where he is pastor—her eyes open, her hands clasped as if in prayer.

Nothing at the scene identifies the woman or explains why she was at the church. And when state police homicide investigator Amy Hunter comes to town to head up the case, not everyone is pleased that a young, female outsider has the job. The only lead in solving the crime is a sequence of numbers that has been carved into the victim's right hand, which Bowers suspects may be a reference to the Book of Psalms.

With Bowers's help, Hunter follows a chain of seemingly innocuous clues to track down a deranged serial killer and unravel an elusive criminal enterprise that is more powerful than they ever could have imagined.

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Editorial Reviews

Florida Weekly on THE PSALMIST
“Bowers and Hunter...are unforgettable: Mr. Lilliefors has given readers two fine, original characters...a distinctive setting that readers will be happy to revisit; and tense, machine-tooled plotting that astonishes.”
Connecticut News on THE PSALMIST
“Combine a terrific, offbeat pair of sleuths and a fresh setting and you have a real winner in “The Psalmist” by James Lilliefors.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062349682
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/22/2014
  • Series: Bowers and Hunter Mysteries , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 633
  • File size: 736 KB

Meet the Author

James Lilliefors is the author of the geopolitical thriller novels The Leviathan Effect and Viral. A journalist and novelist who grew up near Washington, D.C., Lilliefors is also the author of three nonfiction books. The Psalmist and The Rembrandt Storm are the first two books in the Luke Bowers and Amy Hunter series.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 23, 2014

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    I smell a sequel!

    A good read! Twists and turns galore. Will keep you on your toes with a surprise ending.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

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    It¿s been done before, the pairing of a police detective and a c

    It’s been done before, the pairing of a police detective and a clerical (religious) civilian to solve crimes. Probably the most noted and admired of these is the series by Julia Spencer-Fleming featuring Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson and it’s difficult to avoid comparing The Psalmist with that series…so I won’t even try ;-). Put simply, Luke Bowers and Amy Hunter may share professional occupations with their “colleagues” but that really is where the comparison should end because Luke and Amy have earned their own place in the fictional investigative world.

    When Luke finds a woman’s body in his church, he’s remarkably calm, perhaps reflective of his being a pastor, and he immediately alerts the authorities. In the small Chesapeake Bay town where everybody knows everybody, the local sheriff has to turn the case over to a state homicide investigator, a woman no less, and Amy Hunter has to cope with local resentment. When she begins to develop information that may tie this murder and others to the Book of Psalms, with help from Luke, it flies in the face of the way Sheriff Calvert and State’s Attorney Wendell Stamps seem to want the case to go. Tensions begin to rise and indications that a serial killer may be at work only make things worse.

    Then the FBI steps in and, suddenly, this woman’s death is part of something much, much bigger but it’s a different rush to judgement that Luke and Amy must find a way to prevent. Whether they’ll be able to do so is a good question but one thing is sure—the violence is not over yet.

    Amy and Luke are both very likeable characters and I especially appreciate that Luke doesn’t insert himself every step along the way. Amy is a dogged detective with a real talent and intelligence but Luke adds to the investigation with his own special knowledge and his ability to think things through. They work well together and I plan to see what happens in their second case…or perhaps more of this one.

    And, no, I won’t tell you what I mean by that ;-).

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Great narrative voice!

    The mystery itself is well done, but the author's characters and voice set this book apart. I'm looking forward to the next one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Well written, complex characters, fast paced. Excellent.

    Well written, complex characters, fast paced. Excellent.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2014

    Good read

    Interesting plot with some clever twists. Pretty good character development. Not a page-turner but keeps you involved.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2014

    Good story with lots of surprises. I really liked these characte

    Good story with lots of surprises. I really liked these characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2015

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    Great book...hope there will be an end to the story, however.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    Great Book

    exciting

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2014

    Good story and characters. Enjoyed the setting very much too. Fu

    Good story and characters. Enjoyed the setting very much too. Fun read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2015

    Really enjoyed this...... "The Psalmist hid in the lives of

    Really enjoyed this...... "The Psalmist hid in the lives of ordinary people." A good Saturday read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2015

    Recommend

    Loved reading it and hard to put down

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  • Posted February 6, 2015

    Fantastic Read.

    It is truly refreshing to discover a new author like Lilliford. This is a well-written mystery that you can't put down. Shows a lot of knowledge and research on the author's part. I like that.

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  • Posted January 24, 2015

    Eerie but very enjoyable story that grew on me as I read it. Wil

    Eerie but very enjoyable story that grew on me as I read it. Will read more by this author.

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  • Posted January 19, 2015

    Good mystery.

    Good mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2015

    Love it

    Great so good hope for the next book i put this book on wishlist when i finished it. whoever is readibg this GET IT NOW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    sub genres in this have been over done lately.

    the characters are cut outs and scebes with minister only to extend text. This seems a tv series that could be anywhere. A one season dropoed! Not a keeper and wont read anymore of author not a keeper borrow page counter

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2015

    Can't wait for next book

    Can't wait for next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2014

    Good Read!

    Well written story, captures your focus quickly and holds your interest througnt.
    I am looking forward to the.next James Lillifor novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2014

    Great

    A realistic detective novel with a good narrative voice. I like that it wasn't gory. I have to read the next in the series because the ending leaves you hanging.

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  • Posted December 17, 2014

    Nicely told story. I really liked Pastor Luke and Amy Hunter. I

    Nicely told story. I really liked Pastor Luke and Amy Hunter. I also liked the balance between the light, human comedy and the really bad things that are going on with the "Psalmist" A great book. I look forward to reading others.

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