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The Tentmaker (Lily Connor Mysteries) Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 30, 1999
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Blake, a poet who has a master's degree from Harvard Divinity School, writes cool and sparkling prose that gives her first mystery an unusual depth. As the church struggles with issues of sexuality, her clerics and parishioners mirror that struggle. Did the late Father Barnes kill himself with an overdose of insulin because of his feelings toward the 16-year-old son of one of the congregation's richest members? That's one possibility; even worse is the chance that Father Barnes was murdered because of someone else's sins. Equally riveting is Lily's growing dilemma: what to do with the potential scandal that she has unearthed. "Back at her desk, she thought of the ways in which her life and vocation had always been so clear to her, the terrain mapped miles into the future--mountains and plains, good guys and bad guys, right and wrong, faith, friendship. Now she groped down a dim corridor, feeling her way inch by inch, barely able to tell where she stood at that instant, much less where anyone else stood, much less where she was headed."
It's this quality of enriched uncertainty that bonds us with Lily, regardless of our own beliefs, and makes this such a promising debut. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Art isn't required to serve some useful function, but despite itself, it often does. A photography show drew my daughter and me to Idaho for one of the great adventures of our lives. Dorothy Sayers's novel Gaudy Night introduced me to the possibility of a life of the mind, for women, where books and thinking and truth held sway over the polite lies and pincurls of my southern upbringing.
I've been a writer for all of my adult life, and most of my childhood. I wrote poetry for the first fifteen or twenty years (depending on when you start counting). During most of that period I taught writing and literature, and founded and directed a graduate writing program at Warren Wilson College. Later, I attended Harvard Divinity School, where I got my Master of Theological Studies and for a short while considered seeking ordination in the Episcopal Church. Instead, I started a mystery series that features Lily Connor, a priest and activist in Boston.
This was the right choice. I would not have been a good priest. I am an impatient perfectionist who prefers to be left alone with a good book or a blank page, or both. I have just finished a new novel that is not part of the mystery series, though it does include an art heist and a psychic. I live with my husband, the writer Dennis McFarland, in rural Vermont, and our two grown children, when we can lure them home.
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I must have misunderstood what the "Tentmaker" term really meant. I expected there to be conflict between the pastoral duties and her outside job and wasn't expecting that... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Daisy
I read this book for my book club as part of a series of three mysteries featuring Episcopal women priests. This was by far the weakest of the three books. Read morePublished on February 18, 2005 by The Write Woman
I picked up this novel after i read "Earth has no Sorrow" the 2nd in a series, The Tentmaker does a fine job of introducing the basic character's in Lily's life with a bit of... Read morePublished on December 30, 2004 by Reality tourist
The Tentmaker is not a happy read. Oddly bleak and oblique, the clues are well-hidden--too well hidden to make this a suspenseful or gripping story. Read morePublished on October 4, 2000 by tertius3
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character, Lily, is strong and likeable, the plot line interesting. Read morePublished on September 13, 2000 by L. Guild
Blake's book was a fine read, a good story, and it contained some unexpected twists. I look forward to the next one. Read morePublished on July 8, 2000
This was an excellent book. Blake is an extremely talented writer with a flair for mystery. What a gripping tale!Published on December 8, 1999