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Martha Ockley
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17 Oct 2014 A Faith Morgan Mystery
Arriving back in the region of her birth - Winchester in Hampshire - Faith Morgan, newly ordained priest in the Church of England, witnesses the dramatic death of a fellow priest during a communion service at a church in Little Worthy. He has been poisoned with a pesticide mixed with the communion wine. One of the police officers who turns up at the scene is Ben Shorter, Faith's ex long-term boyfriend. They trained as police officers together, until Faith's vocation took a different turn. Her relationship with Ben changed too at this point as she became uneasy with his drive for convictions, seemingly at any cost - even that of the truth. Most reluctantly Faith is drawn to dust down her detective skills, even as she picks her way through the delicate relationships of a church and village reeling from the death of a well-loved minister. Just what was the deceased's relationship with an attractive widow ...?

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction; 2nd Edition edition (17 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782640681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782640684
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reluctant Detective 27 April 2011
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Faith Morgan is a former policewoman who has joined the Church. Her calling led her to leave the police force and also her long term boyfriend, Ben Shorter. Now she is visiting a country parish, a place she knew as a child, to decide whether to move there from the city. It is supposed to be a brief visit, just to see how she feels about it, but eagle eyed parishoners have noted her presence within moments of arrival and then the Priest collapses during the service. Faith suspects poisoning and calls the police, causing Ben to be first on the scene. As if things could not get more complicated, she is asked to stay on by the Bishop, and ends up doing a little detective work...

Faith is a very likeable character. Although she is ordained, she is neither priggish nor old fashioned and I enjoyed this cozy mystery very much. Martha Ockley has created a very enjoyable cast of characters and I hope that she will visit them again soon, as I am very much looking forward to following Faith's further adventures. This kindle book was well edited and without typos and was an excellent start to a promising series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read cozy without being twee 28 April 2011
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enjoyed this very much, well written plenty of interest. cosy without being twee, believable characters good plot what more could you want? Good twist at end too! Hope she writes more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 16 Aug 2011
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I enjoyed this murder mystery which has a good pace. The secondary characters are interesting. The main character The Reverend Faith Morgan is pleasant. Her ex-lover, policeman Ben is not so pleasant, ascerbic - just a little predictable perhaps as a character. The plot is well thought out though and hangs together well.

I have to say I am not entirely enthusiastic about a woman vicar as a detective. Faith spends a lot of time worrying about her strength of faith and coping with guilt. I feel her calling seems to put a break on the action somehow. Faith Morgan is not alone in this. I have the same feeling about Phil Rickman's Reverend Merrily Watkins.

However, this book is a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a breath of fresh air 3 Nov 2013
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I have so enjoyed this book. It is well written, an excellent story line that shows clergy to be what they are... Ordinary people coping with the difficulties of life and the struggles they have in their relationship with God. I love who-dun-nits and, in thus book, joy of joys....NO BAD LANGUAGE ! I am already looking forward to Martha's next book. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next ...? 27 Nov 2012
By Dix
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Really enjoyed this. Basic, straightforward crime novel, but I really liked the characters and liked the feel of it. Hope to see the next one in the series soon please!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. 25 Mar 2014
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This is a first with this author for me so I didn't quite know what to expect. I really liked it and found it to be a quick and easy read; something light for a rainy day. I won't describe the story as others already have but will just add I will be looking for the second in the series and if you too enjoy a quick, light detective novel with interesting likeable characters, you will like this too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ticks all the boxes for this genre 18 Oct 2012
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Very well written (no irritations for pedants like me - or "such as I"), the inticracies of ecclesiastical politics were pretty accurate and there was no need to sacrifice pace or excitement to achieve a satisfying holiday read. I may well get another book in the series next time I go on holiday.
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