It's morning service in a quiet village church. Josie Welford, wealthy widow of one of the country s most wanted criminals and now licensee of the White Hart gastro-pub, is daydreaming during Father Tim Martin s sermon. Suddenly the peace is shattered when a filthy Chinese youth flings himself into the church and demands sanctuary.Should the Church accede to the request for protection that no longer has legal standing? Or should it hand Tang over to the authorities? Josie supports Tim s decision to protect Tang, but not all the congregation agree, taking their grievances to the Church hierarchy. But Josie's friend and long-term lodger, the Food Standards Agency inspector Nick Thomas, fears for the boy's life. Tang is almost certainly an illegal immigrant whose gang-masters would rather have dead than able to betray them. It's not long before the media are involved, the subsequent publicity bringing fatal results, not just to the priest and the refugee, but to St Jude's itself.
|Publisher:||Allison & Busby, Limited|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
JUDITH CUTLER began writing at an early age, and after studying English Literature she worked as a teacher in Birmingham for many years. Her career as a writer began in earnest whilst recovering from chickenpox and her short stories have been widely published in magazines, anthologies and read on radio. She is the author of two series set in the Birmingham area featuring Detective Kate Power and teacher and amateur sleuth Sophie Rivers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Protagonist: Josie Welford, owner of the White Hart pubSetting: present-day southern EnglandSeries: #2Josie Welford, wealthy widow of one of the most wanted criminals in the UK,has made a success of the White Hart pub. The locals like to hang out thereto drink their pints, and people come from miles around to eat deliciousmeals. In a further attempt to fit in with the village, Josie finds herselfdaydreaming in a local church when a disheveled young Asian man bursts inmid-sermon and hysterically claims sanctuary. Like Father Tim, Josiebelieves they should grant him sanctuary, although the law no longerapplies. Not everyone agrees. Nick, her friend and lodger believes the youngman is undoubtedly an illegal immigrant whose gang-masters would rather havehim dead than able to betray them. A media frenzy brings fatal results tothe young Asian, Father Tim and the church itself, and when the police seemslow to get into gear, Josie takes up the reins of the investigation. JudithCutler is one of my favorite British mystery writers--but I couldn't find asingle one of her books in the shops when I visited the UK last year. As YulBrynner would say, "Is. A. Puzzlement!"