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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.
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