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Over My Dead Body (Father Frank Mysteries Book 2) by [Callan, James R.]
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  • File Size: 1999 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
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  • Publisher: Pennant Publishing (May 4, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 4, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V1K1IFO
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By S. Carpenter on May 26, 2015
Format: Paperback
A enjoyable, light read, the second in the series about a parish priest who helps the police solve crimes in a little Texas town.

One of Fr. Frank’s parishioners, Syd Cranzler, is fighting a development corporation that wants to build a shopping center on his land. After Syd has a heated argument with a representative from the company, the landowner is found dead at his home from an apparent overdose of heart medicine. The police find a suicide note and close the case.

But Fr. Frank and one of the church ladies, Georgia, believe that Syd wouldn’t kill himself. George is dating the investigating detective, Mike. She and the priest try to convince Mike to reopen the case. And when Mike balks, Georgia threatens to end their relationship.
Fr. Frank and Georgia start looking for evidence to get the police moving. Eventually Mike joins the hunt, especially when two attempts are made on the priest’s life.

I would have liked more red herrings, as the prime suspects Fr. Frank tracks are a bit too obvious. But the fun in the story is building up enough solid evidence for the DA. At first the evidence is circumstantial but our heroes keep plodding until they find the right witnesses and proof.

There’s plenty of human interest subplots: the trouble relationships among Syd’s relatives; Georgia and Mike’s on again, off again dating, and Fr. Frank’s sister, who’s having marital woes of her own.

Non-Catholics will like this book as well, as the Catholic terminology is kept at a minimum.
As the only priest in his parish, Fr. Frank seems to have a great deal of free time on his hands for sleuthing. But that doesn’t detract from a fine whodunit. There’s also a timely message on the misuse of eminent domain to benefit large commercial establishments.
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James Callan's newest novel Over My Dead Body finds priest, Father Frank, in the middle of trouble once again! If you like a good mystery, if you love intrigue, I highly recommend this book. Did the elderly, cantankerous parishioner commit suicide or was there something more sinister afoot? This book has all the elements of a good mystery. The characters are well rounded with personal touches that help you identify with them. For instance, Father Frank is a Dr. Pepper lover, something dear to my heart! These little nuances give the characters a personal touch and make them come alive. I've read Murder a Cappella, another great mystery by this author, and enjoyed it very much. I look forward to more from James Callan!
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Fr. Frank is fast becoming one of my favorite sleuths!

When a parishioner, Syd Cranzler, is found dead from an overdose of heart medicine, the police call it suicide and close the case. But Fr. Frank knows his parishioner and suicide is not something the cantankerous Syd Cranzler would do. Fr. Frank's friend and parishioner, Georgia Seitz, agrees and tries to get her sort-of boyfriend, Mike, who is a detective, to get the case reopened. There are plenty of people who wouldn't have minded seeing Syd dead... and Fr. Frank becomes a suspect himself when it's revealed that his parish is a beneficiary of Syd's considerable estate!

The story is well-written and fast-paced, keeping the reader interested and intrigued. My only complaint is the way Georgia badgers Mike for information on the case and then pouts and acts rather unreasonable and uncharitable when he lashes back. In contrast, Fr. Frank's sister, Maggie, is a welcome addition to the cast and I hope to see more of her in the future!
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I have a strange fascination for cozy mysteries. I don’t write them, but I am intrigued by them, and I deeply admire those who choose to find, then dig up, the crime, shame, greed, and corruption that hide in the shadows of small town America. One of the best cozy mystery writers we have today is James R. Callan, and he has struck gold again with Over My Dead Body. He has lived and continues to live in small town America, residing deep within the piny woods of East Texas. He understands the jealousies that fester even when no one wants to talk about them or even admit they exists.

The story behind Over My Dead Body is not a new one. Small towns are facing the same dilemma every day. Years of tradition are suddenly torn down by large corporations wanting to come in, remove the old with bulldozers, and replace it with glittering new shopping centers. You can’t fight city hall. You can’t fight eminent domain. You can’t fight big money. You can’t fight the threat. But what does happen when someone fight back. Sometimes he dies suddenly. Sometimes the deaths is ruled a suicide. But sometimes it may be murder.

In Pine Tree, Texas, the indefatigable Father Frank is more than a simple priest. He represents the soul and the conscience of the town. He knows what’s right and does not mind standing up and doing his best to correct the wrongs. In this case, he believes that an open-and-shut case of suicide does indeed have the bitter, acrid smell of murder. He makes a decision. If law enforcement can’t or won’t solve the crime, he will. One man dared to stand in the way of greed. He wound up dead. Will Father Frank be the next target, the next victim? Progress, it seems, has its own hired gun, and he’s on the prowl.
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