The Advent of Murder

The Advent of Murder

by Martha Ockley

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Faith Morgan, former policewoman and vicar of Little Worthy, visits Oliver Markham's farm in the run up to Christmas, only to discover the house surrounded by police cars. A body has been found in the local River Itchen, which turns out to be that of Lucas Kemp, a local boy and chorister. Markham is charged with his murder. Through her connections with Winchester Cathedral Faith is drawn into the investigation, discovering that Lucas had dropped out of college and that his mother had died a few months previously. There is a question of drugs, and a rivalry over Lucas's distraught girlfriend - the choir is a hotbed of tensions. Lucas's unsavoury uncle, and a local drug dealer, both come under suspicion, and Ben, Faith's police inspector ex-boyfriend, has to rescue her when the drug dealer turns nasty. But the actual murderer is none of the above ...

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ISBN-13: 9781782640066
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Series: A Faith Morgan Mystery Book Series
Edition description: Second Edition,New edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Martha Ockley lives in the North-East of England and has close links with the church, having grown up as the daughter of a minister. She is a full-time author, writing both fiction and non-fiction.

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The Advent of Murder 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Advent Of Murder is the second book in the Faith Morgan Mystery series by British author, Martha Ockley (aka Rebecca Jenkins). It's two weeks until Christmas, and Little Worthy’s vicar, Rev. Faith Morgan is, of course, very busy. So many things still need to be organised, including the donkey for the Christmas pageant; her sister Ruth is being demanding, and her church warden seems to be having personal problems. Then, to top it all, Oliver Markham, her Joseph for the Pageant, is suddenly suspected of murder. A teenager is found on the bank of the River Itchen, in his farm, but Faith can't believe he could be a murderer. DI Ben Shorter disagrees, and continues to be derisive of Faith's career change, taking every opportunity to disparage her new-found devotion. And surely this is not jealousy she feels when her former lover appears to be taking an interest in the Police pathologist? The choir-master for the urban youth choir seems to be taking an interest in Faith, but he, too, comes under suspicion. Once again, Ockley gives the reader a great little cosy mystery that is filled with interesting clues, twists and plenty of red herrings. Her characters are familiar, her dialogue credible, and she evokes winter in an English village with consummate ease. Faith Morgan is a very likeable protagonist: good intentions and flaws in equal measure. Astute readers may fix on the murderer before the climax, but this does not detract from the enjoyment of the unfolding drama. An entertaining sequel to The Reluctant Detective. 5 stars
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
The Advent of Murder by Martha Ockley did not grab my interest at the beginning but the more I read the more interesting the story became. Faith Morgan is the new Vicar of Little Worthy and she is very involved in getting everything ready for the Advent season. It seems that she has so many things to do that she seldom gets enough sleep. When Faith goes to visit one of her parishioners, she learns that a young man from the choir has been murdered. Faith was a policewoman before she became the Vicar, and she cannot help getting involved in the murder investigation in spite of all the other things that she must do before Christmas. Detective Inspector Ben Shorter is Faith’s ex-boyfriend and he resents her involvement in the investigation but once in a while he accepts her ideas. Characters and their dialogue were very well developed and the characters seemed to come to life on the pages of the book. The plot had many twists and turns and I was kept guessing until almost the end of the book as to the identify of the murderer. There were also several mysteries in the story which added greatly to my enjoyment. The story had quite a few rather unusual characters but they added interest to the story. After finishing the book I had the feeling that maybe Faith had been a better policewoman than she was a Vicar. I was a little surprised at the ending but it was a satisfactory ending. I would recommend this book if you like mysteries set in England and written by British authors. Kregel Publications provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Martha Ockley in her new book, “The Advent Of Murder” Book Two in the Faith Morgan Mystery series published by Kregel Publications gives us another mystery with Faith Morgan. From the back cover:   “We’ve found a boy’s body by the river.  Want to come take a peek?”  Faith struggled with her demon curiousity a moment.  Ben watched her lose the fight, “Of course I do.” Faith Morgan, former policewoman and vicar of the small English village of Little Worthy, goes to visit one of her parishioners at his farm, only to discover the house surrounded by police cars. A body has been found in the local river and farmer Markham is charged with murder. Though busy with preparations for Christmas, Faith is called on to investigate when it’s found out that the victim is also a member of her congregation–Lucas Kemp, a member of the choir. Faith’s informal inquiries lead her to uncover a hotbed of tensions and romantic rivalries in the choir, questions about drugs, and a run-in with an unsavory uncle–which leads to a dramatic rescue by Ben, Faith’s former detective partner and ex-boyfriend. In the tradition of Father Brown and Miss Marple, The Advent of Murder brings readers an authentic picture of English rural and church life combined with a satisfying mystery that will keep readers guessing until the end. I like the English countryside.  There is something about it, one moment it is bright and open the next moment it is dark and mysterious.  Faith visits the farm of the man who will play “Joseph” and not only finds him charged with murder but the victim is a member of her church choir.  This is not light “Murder, She Wrote” fluff this is hard-boiled investigation and in the course of untangling the twists and turns of this case both Faith and her ex-partner Ben, uncover all kinds of unsavory goings on.  Faith Morgan has a keen observant eye that catches all the little things that even I missed, and I was watching for them.  Martha Ockley is an extremely talented writer who really knows how to tell a story that will grab you and keep you flipping pages until you reach the end.  “The Advent Of Murder” is a very exciting book that will keep you engrossed in the characters as Ms. Ockley puts them through their paces.  I am so looking forward to the next book from this very talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
lilredhenJP More than 1 year ago
Faith Morgan is a former policewoman, who is now a Vicar of Little Worthy, but any time a murder happens nearby, she manages to get involved..  Even when she tries to stay out of the investigation, it seems it draws her in. I enjoyed this book, it is well written, and no, I couldn't figure out who had killed the young man, who was found in the river. I can usually figure out the murderer before the end of a boos, so this was a good thing for me.   I did have a bit of an issue staying focused during about 30 pages, up to about page 115, but then the story picked up again, and I found myself drawn into the tale.  This goes to prove that even if a book is a bit of a wade through at times, it is worth taking the time to keep reading, to make sure you aren't missing something really good.   I was given a copy of this book by Kregel publications, to read and review.  No other compensation was given.  I'm not required to give a positive review, and all opinions given here are my own.
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
To me the autumn and winter are the times that I read the most mysteries and now as I'm getting older and am experimenting with more new to me authors and I've come to find that I really enjoy cozy British mysteries. The Advent of Murder is the second novel in the Faith Morgan Mystery series and I enjoyed it very much although I would recommend reading the first book in the series first because I never had a chance to before this tour and while following the story was not difficult, I felt as though I was missing some information about Faith that I would have liked to see. I thought that the Advent of Murder was a quick, well written quaint British mystery with a wonderful setting and a very well written sleuth. At first I wasn't sure what to think of Faith because as I said I felt like I was missing things about her since I hadn't read the first book but she did grow on me and by the end of the novel I thought she was wonderful. The writing was also very good. Since this was the first book I've read by the author and I loved the story line because it had a more depth than I thought it would and the mystery aspect was very well fleshed out. Overall, I had some issues with the book, sometimes I thought it got a little slow, and I wish the author made the characters a little more detailed. However, despite that, I thought it was still well written and I look forward to reading another book by this author soon. I highly recommend this series to fans of cozy British mysteries who want a new series to try and a read set in a quiet and quaint town. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
S-Scales More than 1 year ago
a fun, easy read... This is the second of the Faith Morgan Mystery books. I didn’t realize that at first, but as I read there were several times incidents briefly mentioned that I realized must be from the previous novel, The Reluctant Detective. However, it was not a big deal (even though I would prefer to read a series in order), and I was able to follow the story with no problem. In The Advent of Murder by Martha Ockley, Faith, who was formerly in law enforcement, is the vicar at a small church and is very busy during this Christmas season. It is her first Christmas at this church and she wants to do it right (or at least please some of her picky parishioners). However, murder is not is anyone’s plans! The story was a fun, easy read. I figured out the connections and solved the murder too soon for me! However, I still looked forward to picking up the book as I grabbed small moments here and there to finish! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.
A_Cluttered_Mind More than 1 year ago
Reading a book which is second in a series, and not having read the first, makes the task of reviewing just that much more difficult. Plot twists can catch the reader unaware. Character traits & development may seem just a tad more shallow because the author may have forgotten that the reader hasn’t read volume one and therefore, not quite as familiar with each continuing character. Some series, if not written intentionally to appear as ‘stand alone’ novels, come across this way in spades. Fortunately, I did not find ‘The Advent of Murder’ to be quite in this category. However, even though author Martha Ockley did quite a good job of seeking to have book #2 stand alone, I did find the characters and a few of the relationships from book #1 carrying over and therefore not fully explained. I don’t think this took away from the plot, but it kept me on my toes a bit more than usual when reading a fictional novel. I think this is also why I found the opening chapters of ‘The Advent of Murder’ to move a bit slowly, even though the reader is thrown into the ‘case’ within the first few pages. I didn’t give up on it (and not simply because I had to write a review; trust me, there are books I’ve given up on and still written the review). And I’m glad I didn’t. There was plot twist gold to be found well into this work and the wealth mined from that perseverance paid off. All in all, an enjoyable read; good for a cold, winter’s night (it’s early December here in southern Minnesota and the temps this late fall are dipping below zero on a regular basis) along with a hot cup of tea or chocolate. Sit back, watch Faith Morgan (the key character) struggle to ‘fit’ into her new role as a vicar (having served as a police officer) and with a variety of relationships, both parishioners and men who come across her path, all the while trying to ‘pull off’ all the traditional matters for Christmas in a local parish AND seeing what she can do to help the local police solve a murder mystery. Hang on to your hat and enjoy! If you'd like to start at the beginning, then get a hold of Ockley's first introduction to Faith Moragn in The Reluctant Detective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THE ADVENT OF MURDER by Martha Ockley, from Lion Fiction via Kregel. It is a Faith Morgan Mystery, my first Faith Morgan mystery to be exact, and not my last. I’ll be looking for the first book in the series, THE RELUCTANT DETECTIVE. In this second book, Faith Morgan becomes involved in the appearance of a body in the Tiver Itchen. I read many mysteries, and this one struck me as something different. For one thing, there is a church connection, which you don’t usually find in mysteries – at least not the mysteries I usually read. On that same note, Faith is the vicar of Little Worthy. Normally in mystery novels, there is a detective and a load of unsavory characters, with tons of swearing and sexual content. Yes, Faith Morgan does have a love interest (the police investigator, no less), but the book felt refreshing to read, and I would feel comfortable allowing a young adult to have a go at it. My only fault with the book was not having read the first one, so I was confused about backstory and characters, but it didn’t hold me back from enjoying it. Also, her little village and church are steeped in history – I can’t get enough of history!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Faith Morgan Mystery #2 I got confused in part of the story because I had not read book 1 and I am not familiar with some of the English terms and church system. But those are more my faults than with the story. I did guess early on who the murder was and motive. Still enjoyed the book. Faith is a interesting character. She used to be a cop and now is a Vicar. She used to date Ben when she was on the force. Faith still can't leave the mind set of a cop and finds herself investigating the murder. People she talked to got the impression she was a cop still and were surprised to learn she was clergy. Ben detective in the murder case. Still asks and tells her things. I am not sure why they broke up. Don't know if Vicar can marry or not. A young man was murdered he was close too two other teens and was a member of a choir. He helped take care of his Uncle who is a drunk. His mom died this past year. It is the busy Christmas season. The first one that Faith is in charge of. She is on her way to a member's house when she sees a bunch of police. Oliver Markham is going to play Joseph. It is his farm that the teenager is found and looks bad for him that he did not call the body in. I really want to go and read the first Faith Morgan Mystery and learn more about Faith and her choices she has made. I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley. 07/19/2013 PUB. Lion Hudson Plc 224 pages ISBN-10: 1782640061