The Reluctant Detective is different. I liked the English feel of the book, and how daily life and church activities were very well detailed. In this book Faith Morgan goes for a visit to her hometown, Little Worthy.
(Nice name I must add!) Before her eyes and the entire congregation, the priest presiding dies during the service when he takes communion! What a horrible event! To complicated matters for Faith, her ex-boyfriend is the one in charge of the investigation.
These "sheep" are in need of a leader, and Faith winds up in charge of them. She isn't sure she likes them, and she isn't sure who to trust. Faith is a former cop, so she has some rusty instincts to fall back on, but she is only slowly getting to know the people in this church. She isn't totally sure of her relationship with God, and she isn't at all sure she should stay there and take this job that could cause her many complications and/or many blessings.
Over all, I enjoyed the feel of the book. The story was o.k., but I was a bit put off by some of the unresolved issues with Ben. At times I was thrown by Faith's attitude or doubts, yet I know people like her. I think that her doubts and queries of God as well as the unresolved parts of the book was done on purpose to lead us to the next book in the series. I have to add that I do like British and English humor. My own roots are part English.
This is one of those books that you will have to read for yourself and decide if you like Faith, her sister, and Ben, the mystery that they solve, the issues of the heart that are looked into, or if you just don't care for it at all.
ABOUT THE BOOK
She is urged by the Bishop to stay on to look after the parish of Little Worthy. As she meets her parishioners she learns some surprising facts about her apparently well loved predecessor, and starts to suspect a motive for his death. And it is she who finally identifies the murderer.
The story gets off to a dramatic start with the previous vicar collapsing as soon as he drank the communion cup, and it holds the interest throughout. There is some romantic interest too. Inspector Ben Shorter starts by sneeringly telling his sergeant, "Ms Morgan is a vicar. One of the ordained," Ben emphasized the word. “She's a card-carrying professional at the touchy-feely stuff.” But he soon starts to feel differently about her again, although she is well aware that he "didn't understand the reality she experienced through her faith. He didn't even recognize its existence. That was the gulf between them." Her own beliefs and doubts are convincingly described, for even she can't help wondering, "What if there is no truth to it?" But for her, as for Pascal before her, it was a gamble worth taking.
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Reluctant Detective, go HERE
The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1854249851