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The Psalmist: A Bowers and Hunter Mystery
     

The Psalmist: A Bowers and Hunter Mystery

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by James Lilliefors
 

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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

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.

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062349699
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Series:
Bowers and Hunter Mysteries , #1
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
921,079
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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 Tempest are the first two books in the Luke Bowers and Amy Hunter series.

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The Psalmist: A Bowers and Hunter Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
bookworm52 More than 1 year ago
A good read! Twists and turns galore. Will keep you on your toes with a surprise ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Pete74 More than 1 year ago
Good story with lots of surprises. I really liked these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unusual mystery with interesting characters, kind of eerie ending. I liked the pastor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, complex characters, fast paced. Excellent.
hauptmann More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot with some clever twists. Pretty good character development. Not a page-turner but keeps you involved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book...hope there will be an end to the story, however.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
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 ;-).
Lydia3 More than 1 year ago
This was pretty good. It kept you guessing. I found it to be an easy read and at times was wanting to go the the last page to see how it came out, but I didn't. Looking forward to the next installment.
pepperjack2 More than 1 year ago
Loved the dynamics between the characters. Plot may have been a little predictable but my interest never waned because of the writer's skill in weaving the locale, deeply drawn caricatures, and wondering a little about the twists and turns in the characters' backgrounds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really appre ciate this very good myystery that didnt need a lot of sex or language to sell it-the psalms were great too
jeanie29 More than 1 year ago
exciting
Henry856 More than 1 year ago
Good story and characters. Enjoyed the setting very much too. Fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this mystery. Very atmospheric.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful. NOT. Page-turner. NOT. The premise of the book held extreme promise -- posed 'praying woman' found dead in church pew -- subject of a possible serial killer. But the actual book was focused more on the strife of the lead investigator in dealing with the other law enforcement agencies than in building any kind of suspenseful storyline. All murders occurred 'after the fact'. None were told from the perspective of the killer. Even the supposed cliff-hanger at the end was discovered 'after the fact'. Big yawn. Ending was like the author left because he was as bored as he made his readers -- with the plot just hanging out there. If the ending was supposed to be meant as an enticement or a trailer for a continued story, it accomplished neither. More a mercy finish that thank god the 'go-nowhere' book ended. Do not waste your time or money on this book. BORING!
Kate1016 More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a mystery this is the book to read. This book is the first in the series. I did not want to put this book down. The characters are like old friends. I can not wait for the next book.
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Poorman More than 1 year ago
Page turner. I enjoyed Luke and Amy a great deal!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely recommended reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well developed characters. Good plot and well written. The ending is weak almost like the writer got tired and kind of just wanted to end it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excessive dialogue. Got boring and old really quick. I can finish a book in 2 days, but doubt ill ever finish this one.
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Couldnt put it down!
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