The Advent of Murder
Faith Morgan, former policewoman and vicar of Little Worthy, visits Oliver Markham’s farm in the run up to Christmas, only to discover the house surrounded by police cars. A body has been found in the local River Itchen, which turns out to be that of Lucas Kemp, a local boy and chorister. Markham is charged with his murder. Through her connections with Winchester Cathedral Faith is drawn into the investigation, discovering that Lucas had dropped out of college and that his mother had died a few months previously. There is a question of drugs, and a rivalry over Lucas’s distraught girlfriend – the choir is a hotbed of tensions. Lucas’s unsavoury uncle, and a local drug dealer, both come under suspicion, and Ben, Faith’s police inspector ex-boyfriend, has to rescue her when the drug dealer turns nasty. But the actual murderer is none of the above …
This book took me a little while to get into but once I gave it a couple of chapters I really got wrapped up in the story.
Martha (the author) did a great job of keeping me guessing who was involved in the murder of Lucas (the boy who is found by the river). I really had no idea who the murderer was until the last few chapters where things start to come together.
Faith, the main character, is very likeable but she is so disorganized it drives me crazy. I knew she would forget her commitments as soon as she made them. I say all this to say she is very human and very much like the rest of us.
Faith has an ex-boyfriend who seemed arrogant at times but still cared for Faith which made for some interesting,and tense scenes.
This is the second book in a series but I didn’t feel lost, just wished I knew what happened between Faith and her ex, you can read this book without reading the first.
If you like a bit of mystery with Christmas flavor you will enjoy this book.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.