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An outstanding Murder Mystery with added depth
on 16 May 2013
I have never read a more gripping and unusual murder mystery than this. In an Agatha Christie-style English seaside village, the black vicar, Anton Fontaine, is discovered crucified in his own vestry.
Many are those in the village who had reason for wishing him dead: enter Abbot Peter, my favourite fictional character of all time. Using intuition and the help of his Police Inspector niece, Tamsin, Abbot Peter sets about studying the characters and motives of this loosely-knit group. In puzzling out what has happened, he also, intriguingly, employs the help of the Enneagram, a centuries old, time-honoured mystic system of character analysis.
I often skim over chapters written in italics but in here these are fascinating, and eventually we discover the link between them and the present day, cleverly worked in.
I highly recommend this book: on the one hand it is accessible and a highly enjoyable romp that packs a punch; and, on the other hand, it possesses an extra dimension, a deeper study of human nature and behaviour.
Whether you are religious, atheist or agnostic, young or old, male or female, I feel confident that you will hugely enjoy this book.