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Murder Before Evensong by The Reverend Richard Coles

This is the first fiction book written by Richard Coles, and I had the great pleasure of hearing Reverend Richard being interviewed at the Chester Storyhouse Theatre, and even got myself a signed copy! 

We have several precedents for priestly murder mysteries, with the Grantchester series, the Father Brown mysteries, and the new “detective priest” story. The detective priest story features Canon Daniel Clement, Rector of the fictional village, Champton, and stands out as not only being very clever with many plot twists, but extremely humorous.

"The author’s character building is excellent, the writing is eloquent and clear, and the mystery keeps you busily turning the pages to the very end."

Most readers will recognise one or more of the characters in the story especially if you are a member of the clergy! Augmenting changes in churches is never easy and the initial plotline is of the difficulties the new Canon faces, following the proposal of a new toilet! A gruesome murder at the back of the church thereafter, and the scene is set for a gradual unveiling of everyone’s darkest secrets. There is also a definite whiff of autobiography with the Canon having two adorable pooches and we know Richard Coles has a penchant for dachshunds too!

I look forward to the second in the series and was pleased to hear at his interview, that it will be being televised as well.

Fellow clergy and others, you will while away many a pleasant hour as you engage with this most enjoyable book.

- The Rev’d Dr Jenny McKay

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Posted on September 12th 2022

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