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- Print Length: 222 pages
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- Publication Date: December 1, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B017IXN3QE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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A Body in the Belfry (The First Ladies Club Book 2) Kindle Edition
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In the prologue of A Body in the Belfry, the reader learns how the body in the belfry came to be -- how the victim succumbed to the unknown assailant and ended up at the end of a rope -- how, but not why. The prologue hooked me, and I remained engrossed in the story lines until the end. I was so caught up that I didn't want to put it down, and finished it in two days.
The main character, and my favorite, is the Reverend Doctor Indigo Merrillanne Bishop. Yes, Indigo. Her two brothers are named Sage and Wolf. Their parents were going through a hippie phase at the time. She goes by Merrill now.
Other primary characters are the ones in the First Ladies Club, "a support group for pastors' wives" who "also do community service projects." The various first ladies are unique, realistic, likable, and well-rounded. They are friendly and welcoming to Merrill, and she is very thankful for their support.
Author J.B. Hawker has created a very believable world of Bannoch, Oregon. She describes it with just the right amount of detail, so that I can picture it -- and want to visit there. The citizens of Bannoch are all three-dimensional and realistic, including the secondary characters.
I liked how everything -- all of the sub-plots -- comes together at the end. You won't want to miss the thrilling climax! I really love that part, with its edge-of-your-seat excitement.
A Body in the Belfry is a fast-paced and enjoyable read. After finishing the book in two days, I was a little sad to leave the First Ladies Club that I have grown to love. I'm looking forward to Author J.B. Hawker's current work in progress, A Corpse in the Chapel.
To sum it all up, I really enjoyed A Body in the Belfry by J.B. Hawker, and grant it Five Stars!
Note: I received a complimentary copy of A Body in the Belfry in exchange for my honest review. All opinions shared are 100% my own.
Originally published on my blog at http://janereads2.blogspot.com/2015/11/a-body-in-belfry-by-jb-hawker-monday.html
"It is a common joke among Christians that if you pray for wisdom or patience, God will give you plenty of memorable learning experiences in answering those prayers".
The Rev. Dr. Indigo Merillanne Bishop has come to Bannoch to lead a new, small Baptist flock. And not everyone is happy in this tiny town where change comes slowly. Her church has divided over "situations" many times in the past, and the rement is meeting in the Annex' Social Hall. However, the "parsonage": an underused and rather shabby apartment attached to the church building, is where Merill sets up her household. And as she gets to know her parish, she discovers a series of "unfortunate events" in the deaths of two people from Portland that happened in the church proper. The question is, neither person had any connection to the church so why was one found hanging in the belfry, and a second dead in the baptistry?
Interwoven into this mystery is the arrival of her nephew,Ryan, who has come to live with her after his missionary parents are killed.
A new parish, a fairly uncomfortable reaction from some. Is she truely meant to lead this flock?
As a retired Transitional Minister who served churches often not ready for, but unable to compensate a male minister ( and his family),I can empathize with both sides of that dilemma. It is well known the significant hurdles change can bring. Add murders to the equation and you get an interesting melange such that answers can hide in plain sight. This is an awesome book with great characters. Worth seeking out!
This book is so much fun to read! I really love that this book is from the view point of a Pastor's wife. This author understands the kind of upbringing I had with family who's female members were mostly pastor's wife's, or felt called into the ministry themselves. For me it just added so much fun, and depth, and connection to the characters in this book, and the author who created "people" I like this much.
My copy was given to me. I leave this review of my own free will and choosing. My thoughts and options are my own.
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