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A Murder in Mount Moriah: Lindsay Harding Mystery Series (Reverend Lindsay Harding Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Bringing some Southern Comfort to the world of Civil War re-enactments." --Recommended book in the 52booksorbust's 2013 holiday gift giving guide
"Rev. Harding is delightful!" BookoftheDay.org
About the Author
She has won a number of awards for her short stories, including the 2013 Bloody Scotland prize. Her non-fiction writing includes an academic article co-authored with the researcher who created Dolly the Sheep. More recently, she was project manager of the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, a research clinic founded in Scotland by the author J.K. Rowling. Her work as the coordinator of a pastoral services program at the Duke University Medical Center provided the inspiration for her bestselling Reverend Lindsay Harding mystery series.
She lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, with her Civil War history professor husband, their daughter, and their miniature Schnauzer.
- ASIN : B00FAQXQ5U
- Publisher : Little Spot for Stories (January 7, 2014)
- Publication date : January 7, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 3657 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 251 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #678,398 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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That being said, the mystery is good, and there are a couple of very funny things in the book, thus the two stars. I already have the other books in the series, so I may read them to see if the mystery parts are good and to see if they are humorous.
I like this book for the very reasons others were offended by it – Lindsay “lives” in the real world. She occasionally curses. She has a love/hate relationship with her parents and still struggles with how much to disclose to them. She struggles with her beliefs, but keep putting one foot in front of the other. She doesn’t judge, but supports her friends, gay or straight. The religious angle is organic to the plot, and the author doesn’t hammer you over the head with her beliefs. The religious discussions are just a part of the plot and add realism to the story, rather than trumpeting a particular belief or course of action.
The mystery beings when she attends a Civil War reenactment with a blind date who turns out to be a not-quite-out-of-high-school 18-year-old re-enactor. Lindsay’s embarrassed because at 30, she feels like she’s robbing the cradle. Turns out you just can’t trust those online dating sites. The day really takes a turn for the worse when another re-enactor, the husband of Lindsay’s high school friend gets shot for real and dies a few days later. The police want to pin it on the wife to quell a potentially racially explosive situation (the dead man is Black and his wife is white). Lindsay gets involved in the investigation because of her connection to the wife and because her personality is built on a compulsion to ease the suffering of others.
Lindsey has an interesting back story – her parents were small-time marijuana growers who got arrested. Her father found religion in jail, her mother booked town and Lindsay grew up rebelling from her father’s jailhouse conversion, but ended up choosing a path similar to his – he’s a revival tent preacher and she ends up a chaplain. Her boss and bff is a gay Asian who’s partner is a local man with a nutty father, her other bff is a Yankee transplant ER doctor, and the detective investigating the case is another high school friend. The book reminded me of the line from “Doc Hollywood” where a character says something like “You can’t poop in this town without everyone knowing the color.”
The ending was satisfying and a great lead-in to book 2. I liked this book enough that I bought Book 2 in the series a couple of days after I finished the first.
I entered in to the book fully expecting weakly developed characters, a flimsy plot, and half-hearted editing, but the book was free so I decided to utilize it to pass some time.
What I found was something akin to what I've come to expect, and thoroughly enjoy from some of my favorite cozy mystery authors: Tamar Myers, Joan Hess, JoAnn Carl, Cleo Coyle, and Laura Childs.
As alluded to, this title is a cozy mystery with touches of Southern romance, race and religion. Centered in North Carolina and encompassing Civil War re-enactments and their participants, murder knocks on Mount Moriah's front door and comes crashing in.
What does the history of race relations, romance and religion have to do with the victim, the perpetrator, and the solution to Mount Moriah's latest social stain? Read the book and find out. You will not be disappointed.
Don't worry about not knowing the author, she will grow on you just as quickly as Mount Moriah's well constructed populace. And don't worry about the religion; it will by no means knock you up side of the head and hold you hostage.
Lindsay Harding is a well-rounded character, not without flaws. That makes her well-suited to her role as chaplain and pseudo-detective, and very relatable to readers. This novel has a bevy of characters, some of whom will no doubt show up in subsequent books (Warren, Ron, Anna, even Dean). A pleasant surprise. I'll be following the series as I can.
Top reviews from other countries
I didn't find it difficult to put this book down and it wasn't the first thing I turned to when I had spare time but I did finish it so it's not bad. Obviously plenty of readers have enjoyed it so it has an audience, just not me.
Perhaps the most noticeable thing about this for me was the number of likable and well-drawn characters. Lindsay herself is great, with a fantastic sense of humour, but there are at least another four of five characters who the reader can genuinely warm to, care about and laugh with.
As well as the characters there is a very well constructed plot which moves along at a fair pace, set in a very believable backdrop of a small town in Carolina, all presented in natural and eloquent prose.
Looking forward to Lindsay's next case.