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The Reluctant Detective (A Faith Morgan Mystery) [Paperback]

Martha Ockley , Ockley
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22 Oct 2010 A Faith Morgan Mystery
The first in a new series featuring the Reverend Faith Morgan Faith Morgan, former policewoman and newly ordained priest in the Church of England, arrives in the village of Little Worthy, near Winchester, to look around the parish. Within an hour of her arrival she witnesses the sudden shocking death of a fellow priest during a communion service. One of the first police officers at the scene is Detective Inspector Ben Shorter, Faith's former long-term boyfriend. They had been inseparable until Faith's sense of calling led her to question his drive for convictions, seemingly at any cost. At the Bishop's urging, Faith stays on to look after the parish of Little Worthy. As she meets her parishioners she learns some surprising details about her apparently well-loved predecessor, and starts to suspect a motive for his death. How will she reconcile her present calling with her past instincts? Is she in danger herself? What should she do about Ben? Then a further shocking event deepens the mystery ...

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (22 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854249851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854249852
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I thoroughly enjoyed the Reluctant Detective, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.' -- Grace Hill The NEWSpaper

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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15 of 15 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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5 of 5 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
2.0 out of 5 stars sorry 31 July 2011
By tdk
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I am afraid that I didn't admire this book as much as the other reviewers. I appreciate the fact that this is part of a series and perhaps there will be more character devlopment in later books, but in this book I did not feel that we learnt enough about the characters to actually care about them.
Faith has given up her police career to join the clergy. This has also been one of the reasons her relationship with Inspector Ben Shorter has ended. The Bishop of Winchester has offered her the parish of Little Worthy (would the Bishop of one diocese really offer a curate from another diocese a job without them actually applying for it?).
On her first clandestine visit Faith witnesses the murder of the current incumbent during communion. Guess who is the officer in charge of the investigation - yep it is none other than Faith's moody ex lover. To be honest if he was that unpleasant when they were together no wonder she turned to God!
There is a twist at the end but it is not unexpected.
I will read future books in the series, but only if I am given them - sorry!
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3 of 3 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A super new series - can't wait to read the rest 25 Aug 2014
I always like a good crime novel so I was please when I found out that Martha Ockley was starting a new series featuring Faith Morgan, a former policewoman who decided on a change career and is now a newly ordained Church of England Minister.
Faith is offered the opportunity to take over the parish of Little Worth as the current incumbent is retiring. She arrives one Sunday morning to quietly investigate what could become her new parish. However, within in an hour of her arriving a fellow Minister is dead. With her instinct for solving crime, Faith sets about helping the police find out what happened that morning. The only hitch comes when the Detective in charge of the investigation, Ben Shorter, is the ex-boyfriend. Will Faith be able to work with Ben to solve this most terrible of crimes or will their previous history become a problem?
I really enjoyed the book and it was a good story and the plot was complex enough to keep you guessing and interested but not too complex that it was a slow read. A must read book for all fans of M C Beaton, Carol Dunn and Simon Brett. The characters were likeable and believable and well introduced seeing that this is the first book in the series. I will certainly be reading the next 2 books and hopefully more after these will follow.
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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 Four Stars
enjoyable but worked it out before the end!
Published 15 days ago by Julie Ashton
4.0 out of 5 stars The Reluctant Detective (A Faith Morgan Mystery)
The book starts with a little history of Faith, then a little slowly into the murder once is get going the story line move at a good pace. Read more
Published 17 days ago by debbie
3.0 out of 5 stars Religious Cosy
A good idea but a bit slow and lots of biblical quotes that get a bit tedious at times, lots of characters but the ending is quite predictable
Published 1 month ago by S Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good book, well written. I have already downloaded the next book written by Martha Ockley.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. N. C. Beard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This was a well written who dun it with a really likeable main character. Faith is an ex-policewoman who is now a vicar. it had a real cosy feel but it was not twee. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ChrisC
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Book was on my daughters kindle so I downloaded it and it was an easy lighthearted bed time read. Would read more of her books
Published 21 months ago by carolyn baxter
4.0 out of 5 stars Ticks all the boxes for this genre
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... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2012 by Mary Roe
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel
Good read, I hope she writes more in this series of detective stories. An interesting mix of classic detective genre with firm christian faith.
Published on 21 July 2012 by Mr. B. L. Dowling
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy going fayre
A curate (vicar in waiting) arrives at her old stomping ground only to do so as the current vicar is murdered. Read more
Published on 2 May 2012 by freedomrulesok
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