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.
While I am not a bog fan of rural life in England, the setting of this novel really set the stage for the story. I appreciated the author's style of relating her story, and I was struck by how simple everything was. The characters and the setting were just so simple to get into, with no long explanations or tedious descriptions. The book was an effortless read because of Ockley's smooth writing, and I've got to say it was a mystery I didn't want to end. (Well, sort of.)
The hardest part for me was trying to figure out who was the killer. I usually have a good guess as to who it is, but this time I just drew a blank. I thought I had the culprit pinned at one point, but I was wrong. I would recommend this book to anyone who like cozy mysteries, and this is a very refreshing British version that just keeps you turning pages.
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.