The Second Mile: A Novel

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Publishers Weekly
One of evangelical Christian fiction's most delightful mystery protagonists returns to sleuthing in this sequel to Little White Lies, and while the story may lack the freshness and punch of its predecessor, it offers an entertaining read. Pippa Hunnechurch, 37, is a transplanted Brit with a penchant for getting mixed up with murder. Her executive recruiting business in the town of Ryde, Md., runs smoothly until her latest lucrative placement, red-haired plastics techie Barry Goodwin, ends up seemingly committing suicide. The e-mailed suicide note with Barry's signature blames Pippa for his despair, and ultimately his demise. In the wake of his death, Pippa becomes a persona non grata; her business tanks, and even her buddy, Ryde Reporter journalist David Friendly, launches a hostile investigative expos . Pippa gets moral support from her associate, blonde knockout Gloria Spitz, who packs a Walther PPK automatic as well as a complete make-up kit; she adeptly assists Pippa in everything from setting up appointments to picking locks. The Benreys' first-person narrative is awash in heavy passages of sometimes formal dialogue, overused parentheses, British lingo and numerous "cuppas" (of tea). There are some genuinely humorous moments (Gloria tries a Marmite sandwich for the first time) and some too cute scenes the authors should have resisted (as when Pippa "freezes" when she takes out the ice cube tray). However, Pippa's ongoing romance with international marketing consultant James Huston, a drawling Southern gentleman, provides some agreeable moments, and the end result is a light, fun murder mystery for the CBA market. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805425581
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    A Suicide Is Murder

    I picked up my copy of this Christian fiction murder mystery from a sale bin. The cover intrigued me. I judged it to be an interesting read. I was correct, thus proving that you can judge a book by its cover.

    Written in first person narrative, this novel chronologically follows Pippa Hunnechurch's investigation of the murder of Barry Goodwin, beginning with his apparent suicide.

    I found the characters quite believable. Pippa is British, now living in Ryde, Maryland and working as a headhunter. She retains some British customs. For instance, she often has a "cuppa." Her love interest is James, a gentleman who speaks with a Southern drawl. His birthday party turns into a birthday tea party with sweets and savories. British foods are discussed in detail. In addition, I liked the description of the crackers provided for the guests. I remember popping a cracker and trying to wear he flimsy hat inside.

    There is a theme of going the extra mile--going beyond what is required, and that's where the title comes in to play. The reader follows Pippa as she chronologically goes the second mile to uncover clues that solve this mystery of Barry Goodwin's death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2003

    The Benreys write life into a murder mystery

    Pippa Hunnechurch once again delights readers with her proper British accent, proper British ways. Written with sophistication and poise, The Second Mile held my attention from the first case of suicide to the final revelation of fate. Ron and Janet Benrey are only improving their already fine craft.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    clever amateur sleuth

    After her husband and child died in an automobile accident, Pippa left England and moved to Ryde Maryland where she opened up Hunnechurch & Associates, Executive Recruiters. Her business is doing well until one of her placements, Barry Goodwin supposedly kills himself, and in his e-mail suicide note blames Pippa. <P>At first, nobody realizes that someone who did not want him making the flaws of the CM-7 heart replacement valve public murdered Barry. When Pippa realizes Barry might have been murdered she tries to ferret out the killer in hopes of salvaging her floundering business. After a while her motives change and Barry¿s quest becomes her mission even if it puts her in danger from a killer who has no mercy. <P>THE SECOND MILE is a clever amateur sleuth novel that stars a very feisty and strong-willed heroine whose faith sustains her in times of crisis. The mystery is complex with enough suspects to keep reading guessing until the climax is reached. Ron and Janet Berney have written a mystery series that will have wide appeal to more than just fans of the sub-genre. <P>Harriet Klausner

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