Death in the Shadows

Death in the Shadows

by Paul McCusker

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When Father Gilbert traded in his detective's badge for an Anglican priest's collar, he never expected that murder would follow him. Even a church conference in the quant seaside town of Englesea offers no escape.

The vision of a dead woman, water dripping from her body, draws Gilbert into a mystery that seems straightforward, but soon entangles him in a power struggle between corrupt players who want to dominate the illegal sex trade in town. The victims are pawns in a game that extends to London and across international borders.

The dead cry for justice and Father Gilbert fights against forces hiding in the shadows. Can he champion the truth in time to stop more people from dying?

Praise for Paul McCusker:
"McCusker weaves threads of the natural, unnatural, and supernatural into a darkly tangled mystery."
—Brian Sibley, author of Shadowlands

"Paul is a truly accomplished writer. His plot construction is masterly…"
—Adrian Plass, writer and speaker

"An incredible mixture of chills and thoughtfulness."
—Rob Parsons, OBE

"Beautifully written."
—Philip Glassborow, playwright and composer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782641223
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Publication date: 11/27/2016
Series: A Father Gilbert Mystery Series , #2
Edition description: New edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 436,479
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Paul McCusker is creative director at Focus on the Family. He has sold more than a million books and twenty million audio dramas. His name is also heard daily on radio stations all over the world, and by at least two million listeners every weekend through the Adventures in Odyssey series.

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Death in the Shadows 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
Father Gilbert finds himself involved in another murder mystery. Given his background as a policeman before becoming a priest, it seems quite natural. The priest travels to a religious meeting in another town. While eating his breakfast the next morning he opens the newspaper and reads of a local prostitute found dead. Before his meal is over he sees the spirit of the female victim floating in front of him. This spurs him on to solve the crime, leading him into many evil and dangerous places. I applaud the author for addressing the social problem of sex trafficking. He does a wonderful job of tackling the problem without being graphic or coarse. It is a horrible reality of our times that most know little about. Mr. McCusker is a skilled mystery writer and can definitely keep your attention. I was disappointed in the book because of the strong demonic, supernatural, thread that ran throughout. I found the book to be very disturbing. I definitely do not think it can qualify as Christian reading material. I received a copy of this book from Kregel publications in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Death in the Shadows is a book I have to look at in two parts to properly review. On one hand, it’s a mystery. On the other hand, it’s an eye-opening glimpse into the uglier side of humanity and isn’t afraid to address some hot-button issues not usually explored in Christian fiction. As a mystery, it’s ok. I felt it was slow in parts, though the last third picks up quite nicely and the character of Father Gilbert – a former detective turned Anglican priest – is unique and compelling. His uncle George adds some humor to the mix, needed moments of levity in a book full of heartwrenching topics. The beginning third has a good steady pace but as I said the second third seems to lag a bit. However, by the last several chapters, readers are in for a bevy of twists and turns that flip what you thought you knew upside down. As a spotlight on the spiritual world, morality struggles of priests, prostitution and human trafficking, Death in the Shadows is simultaneously riveting and disturbing. Father Gilbert sees dead people, though even he himself can’t figure out how or why. He doesn’t know if they are demons taking on the spectral forms of dead humans or instead perhaps sinful souls caught in a holding pattern of sorts. He’s also at a religious conference where an instance of casual conversation between attendees and conference personnel leads to a discussion on the moral temptations that ministers face. This in turn leads to a debate on whether the “what happens here, stays here” philosophy really holds up or if what Father Gilbert says – “One encounter, one night, one indulgence here doesn’t stay here… It goes home with you … It marks your soul.” – is closer to the truth. Combined with a fellow priest’s confession of a homosexual affair and a monk’s frequent visits to a massage parlor, this reminder that pastors and priests are human just like the rest of us should weigh heavy on the hearts of those who follow Jesus … and prompt us to pray more fervently for our ministers. Finally, McCusker raises further awareness for the epidemic of prostitution and human trafficking that is crippling our world. This is something about which I’m passionate and, while this aspect of the novel was disturbing to read, I am thankful for authors like McCusker who don’t shy away from it. Bottom Line: Death in the Shadows by Paul McCusker is an honest look at some tough topics. The author treats each issue with dignity and grace, giving enough detail to convey the ugliness of the situation without crossing into vulgarity. The mystery itself is really secondary, in my opinion, to the raw picture of humanity that is painted on the pages. And the ending will certainly leave you waiting desperately for a sequel! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
This book, although similar to the first, has a completely different feel. Father Gilbert, a former Scotland Yard detective turned priest, is in the English town of Englesea, at a religious conference, which is being held there. Various circumstances led him to his now priestly profession, but in spite of the fact that he has now been priest almost as long as he was detective, he can't seem to rid himself of the investigator gene and often finds himself knee deep in a mystery. Which is the case in this story. The morning after he arrives in town, the papers are headlined with news of a prostitute who was found murdered. As he reads the story, and ponders the information, he also sees an apparition of the murdered girl. While I myself, as a Christian, do not really believe in ghosts, this part of the story made sense to me, because after reading book one, that is part of who Father Gilbert is. He senses things, sees visions, and those visions work themselves into the plot and are part of his detective work. We do deal with both the spiritual and the natural world, and he seems to have a knack for the supernatural mix. There were times during the story though, that the visions he saw added confusion for me verses clarity. While reading the paper, Father Gilbert comes across the name of the investigator, police chief, who was a colleague of his in Scotland Yard. He decides to look him up, and that is how Father Gilbert ends up involved in this mystery. This book is a stand alone, although it may be helpful to read book one, to get the feel of the series. One of the characters in this book, is also included in book one. Personally, I think the first book was more appealing to me, although both are have an equally creepy feel. This is not the type of book I tend to read on a regular basis. I think part of what intrigues me is that the author is very forthcoming in these books about the lurking and underlying evil that is all around us. Its a reminder that we need to walk close to God, be alert because the enemy is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Father Gilbert deals with demons and both outward and inward evil. The author is open and blunt about how evil affects all of us; even those we wish were immune or above it, such as priests, monks, ministers and religious people. And yet, the bottom line is that was are all sinners. There is open talk in this book of prostitutes, human trafficking, enslavement in the sexual world, and it gets brutal. I do not recommend this book for the faint of heart. At times it was honestly a bit difficult to read. Father Gilbert is open about his own temptations even as a priest, and thankfully, he does not succumb to them. For me, the second book was tougher to read than the first, quite dark and sinister, yet eye opening. Although not my usual choice, something draws me to them. It is so much easier not to think about the reality of the evil that dwells in this world, especially if we are sheltered, than to face it. I am so thankful we have a GOD who is greater than our enemy and who will one day put to rights the enemy, the evil and those who choose to be a part of it. It is really sad that these things are happening all around us. The author includes in the back of his book a list of organizations created to stop human trafficking. I received this book free from Kregel to read. I was not required to review positively. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of DEATH IN THE SHADOWS by Paul McCusker from Lion Fiction via Kregel in exchange for an honest review. It is the second book in the Father Gilbert Mystery series. Like the first book, this is expertly written and you will find yourself not only lost in the mystery, but consumed by the characters and setting as well. In this story, Father Gilbert is attending a three-day religious conference. It turns out that the town, Engelsea, isn’t a wonderful family vacation spot. In fact, it is rather scummy. Father Gilbert quickly becomes ensconced in a murder. He sees an apparition and decides to investigate. If you’re like me, you won’t figure out who did it until the very end. Much of the book focuses on the sex-trade world, something I don’t normally read about. It is, however, written tastefully. I do find this book to be appropriate for adults and young adults. I enjoy how Father Gilbert is written not just as a priest, but someone real and relatable. I find that him being an awesome, intelligent person shines more than him being a man of the cloth, although the book doesn’t make light of religion.
TamaraTilley More than 1 year ago
DEATH IN THE SHADOWS, A Father Gilbert Mystery, is methodical in its delivery and reads like a vintage whodunit mystery. Father Gilbert is an extremely unique man. Before becoming an Anglican priest, he was a detective. No matter his change in vocation, murder seems to follow him wherever he goes. While attending a church conference, he sees the apparition of a young woman. Feeling the need to find out who she is and why she suffered such an untimely death, Father Gilbert works with a detective associate from his past. What ensues is a tangled web of illegal activity involving police, politicians, priests, and a sex trade industry that is consuming the small seaside village of Englesa. This is the first Father Gilbert Mystery I have read. Though it had a very slow beginning, my interest was piqued as more details were revealed. Father Gilbert’s character was comforting and even-tempered. Though outraged by all he discovered, he remained cool and calculated in order to extract as much information from the people who had the answers but lived in fear. There were definite twists and turns as you found out how the lives of those in Englesea intersected. However, as others were murdered, you felt a sense of urgency for the police to solve the crimes before all who had evidence were killed. DEATH IN THE SHADOWS was an interesting read. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Father Gilbert’s ability to see dead people, but it wasn’t the focus of the story so I didn’t let it bother me. Though the pacing was slower than I enjoy, I was still entertained by the story Paul McCusker penned. Book provided for review purposes.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Father Louis Gilbert, the unconventional, ex-police detective turned clergyman, is back in the second instalment in the ‘Father Gilbert Mysteries’ by Paul McCusker. This time, Father Gilbert has left his parish behind and travelled to the seaside town of Engelsea, to attend a three-day religious conference. As with the first book, things don’t go quite according to plan for Father Gilbert, as he finds himself in deep in a murder mystery. Engelsea isn’t exactly a nice seaside town. Covered in graffiti and host to lots of ‘ladies of the night’, plus a murderer on the loose, this isn’t exactly a holiday destination. Whilst having breakfast in the hotel’s dining room, an apparition of a dead, young woman floats before the Father. Noticing that the dead young girl is the same one he has just been reading about in his morning paper, he goes to enquire at the local police station to see if he can be of assistance, especially as his ex-colleague is the lead officer on the case. Father Gilbert never expected the case to take some of the vile and disturbing directions that it does. Disturbances so great that they even shock the good Father. I absolutely loved the first book in the series, and couldn’t wait to dive into this book. Once again, Paul McCusker weaves a good thriller and mystery together. Father Gilbert is a very likeable character. Although he may be a man of the cloth, you don’t often get a feel of him like that. He’s extremely helpful and articulate, this is often why he ends up in these dire situations. There are lots of shocking moments, lots of red herrings and plenty of plot twists to keep you on your toes, and excited throughout. If you love a good mystery, then the Father Gilbert mysteries certainly won’t disappoint you. You also don’t have to be a follower of religion to appreciate them.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Father Gilbert is a retired cop who has joined the church. This is another installment in the Father Gilbert mysteries. Having not read others in this series I am sure that I have lost some of the back round concerning the main character but not enough that it hindered the story. Gilbert attending a church conference is drawn into a recent murder when he sees a ghost portrayed at the time of her death. He gains help from a monk that he happens to know in the community and a former detective colleague from Gilbert's Scotland Yard days. The paranormal ingredient adds a twist to this crime drama. Interest is achieved by the many threads and players involved. Copy was gifted by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.