The Indecent Death of a Madam: An Abbot Peter Mystery (Abbot Peter Mystery 5) Paperback – 21 Sep 2017
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Cunningly plotted, scary and darkly funny . . . the dialogue crackles as crisply as ever. Source: Church Times
Abbot Peter is a true original. Source: Daily Mail
To a long list of much-loved detective pairings, which includes Holmes and Watson, Poirot and Hastings, and Morse and Lewis, we must now add Abbot Peter and Tamsin Shah. Source: Church Times
He is a brilliant creation. Clever. Rounded. Articulate and real. It may take a few years for him to be accepted as one of the greats. But . . . he will be. Author: Tim Hastie-Smith, National Director of Scripture Union
The characters that Parke pens are convincing, and the dialogue is rich and entertaining. Author: The Revd Professor Nicolas Goulding Source: Church Times
[Reviews of earlier Abbot Peter mysteries, A Director's Cut (2014), A Psychiatrist Screams (2013) and A Vicar Crucified (2013, all DLT)]: Highly original . . . very different from most detective stories Source: Clerical Detectives
An engrossing page-turning thriller, propelling the reader through its multiple twists and turns and keeping one guessing until the final unpredictable - yet satisfying - denouement. Source: Irish Independent
A nicely plotted, swiftly paced yarn, full of teases . . . Parke evokes the creepiness of the setting marvellously. He has a stunning ear for the way people actually speak, with pages of uninterrupted dialogue flashing by with the speed of a radio play. Source: Church Times
Sleuthing couple DI Tamsin Shah and her unusual cleric uncle battle to solve a murder mystery that reveals dark secrets from Abbot Peter's tempestuous student years . . .See all Product description
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I have always enjoyed the scenes between Abbot Peter and his wilful, driven niece, Tamsin. The much discussed so-called chemistry between the two goes a long way to adding to the popularity of this series.
Between the brothel, the Bybuckle asylum and the assorted well-drawn characters, the plot is never short of drama, twists and intrigue.
I had to laugh at the antics of The Stormhaven Etiquette Society - especially at its chairman, Martin Channing, editor of 'The Sussex Silt', Stormhaven's 'oily rag', packed full of scurrilous gossip and low-brow quizzes. I well remember Martin Channing from previous stories, and love his lazy egotism and false bonhomie.
The characters and plot held my attention as firmly as they always do in this series.
Its interesting having a none traditional sleuth such as Abbot Peter who helps his policewoman niece. i enjoyed the plot.