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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 38 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Prospero Media
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 28 April 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JXAIPP0
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A Vicar, Crucified Audiobook – Unabridged
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On the murder most foul scale, this is close to the far end of foul, with flippant priest Anton Fontaine, vicar of St Michael's Stormhaven (a quiet south coast town), nailed to a cross in his own vestry after the mother of all church meetings. The cast of suspects includes Bishop Stephen, who elevates himself by putting others down, Curate Sally, who likes to demonstrate she's in charge, and youth worker Ginger, whose temper is on a hair-trigger.
Helping the police with their enquiries (as witness rather than suspect) is Abbot Peter, recently returned to Britain from running a monastery in the Sinai Desert. And helping him is the enneagram, the psychological profiling tool which gives the Abbot deep insight into the motivations of the suspects.
The dialogue of the novel is especially satisfying for anyone who fantasises about telling others exactly how irritating they are. `I sometimes wonder if you belong here, Peter?' the Bishop tells the Abbot in a savage moment of passive aggression. `Have you ever thought of going somewhere you matter?' Simon Parke, before he did his vicaring, was a scriptwriter for Spitting Image, and his satirical instincts are on fine display in the novel.
Most of all, though, I enjoyed the psychological insights of the book, with Abbot Peter lifting the lid on his fellow human beings as they manipulate others and reveal their own desires. That gave me plenty to think about when I wasn't engrossed in the plot or trying to beat the Abbot in the race to discover the murderer. Which I didn't, of course.
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.
I think we will see the Abbott on our screens before long and Simon writing episode 10 from his yacht.
Superb and engrossing. All I can say is, "More please Simon!"
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An improbable plot admittedly, but no less entertaining to read because of that.