Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Truth for a Truth - 5th in the Ministry is Murder Mystery series
Author: Emilie Richards
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Emerald Springs OH
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Emilie's Website/Blog: www.emilierichards.com
This book is a real page turner. A little like a cozy mystery but, not quite. I just know that I loved it.
Aggie Sloan-Wilson is the wife of the minister of the Consolidated Community Church of Emerald Springs, Ohio. The former Reverend of the church was The Reverend Godwin Dorchester, who claimed that he always wanted "to die in the pulpit, hands lifted toward the heavens, gaze riveted on whatever parishioner needed his message the most." Sadly, Godwin, nicknamed "Win", was cheated out of his dream and died while taking out the garbage after a party. Win's final message was to his wife, Hildy who found him was "911" which was not a very inspired idea nor very impressive. The Rev. Dorchester's funeral services were attended by many in the town but, his wife insisted on having the church full of lillies, which the current pastor was very allergic to and he almost didn't make it through the services. However, the services were interrupted by the authorities with the news that the body of Rev. Dorchester could not be interred but must be taken to be autopsied as someone had notified the police that he had been murdered and the main suspect is his wife.
Aggie knows that Hildy Dorchester is a meddlesome creature but, does not believe for a minute that she is a killer. Aggie decides to jump in with both feet and help prove that Hildy did not commit this crime. Suspects seem to come out of the woodwork and soon there are many to investigate. Apparently, there is a shadowy side of the former devoted flock and one of them is planning another crime.
This book is, I believe, the fifth in a series about Aggie and I'm going to try and find the others. I truly laughed out loud when reading some of the passages. I have had some experiences in small town churches and their parishioners and really a lot of the book rings true. The author is a very skilled writer who created very believable characters which is most of the fun of reading the book. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon,
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