The Reaper

The Reaper

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Paperback, Pages: 320

Genres: Mystery, Crime, Fiction, European Literature

Language: English

Reads: 10

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A dark, delicious tale of a popular village cleric who has no conscience

After years spent saving souls, Otis Joy, the rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Foxford, Wiltshire, has found a new calling: ending lives. His young French wife? Anaphylactic shock, what a shame. The bishop? Fell into a quarry. Tragic. It’s not Joy’s fault, really—not that he’s concerned about repentance or absolution these days. He just doesn’t want his other little secret—embezzling church funds to finance a fancy yacht—to be discovered. But when the husband of the new church secretary, Rachel Jansen, turns up dead, it isn’t long before the village starts to gossip and the local constable gets involved. As it turns out, God isn’t the only one who’s always watching.

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  •    Maugar Cogile
    2020
    Rev. Otis Joy is a cleric in the C. of E. with a problem. He eliminates the problem by murdering the bishop. Things just get more and more entangled from there, as this charming rogue cuts quite a swath among his parishioners. An intriguing premise, an unusual ending (slightly unsatisfactory), the main character, and sly humor all combine to make this a pretty nifty suspense novel. Just all in good fun, nothing serious. A good read for those shallow moments...we can't read James or Faulkner *all* the time.
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  •    Gahn Creaymond
    2020
    I've almost completed the Wycliffe series - only one more to go - so now I've started reading Peter Lovesey - that means a variety of sleuths and stories. This one doesn't really have a sleuth and it's one of those reverse mysteries since you know what the killer knows from the beginning and you know who he is and you know why he does what he does, but the police are having a hard time catching him, even when they figure out who he is. The fun part of this book, however, is just that you are in on it all the way and, of course, you root for the killer because he's such a nice rogue. Somewhat the same idea as the Dexter TV series, where the killer is the "good" guy or at least the smart one.
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