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- 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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- Word Wise: Enabled
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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.
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. The life of one priest certainly worth far less than the loss of a millions-dollar project.
Life in the mythical town of Pine Tree is calm and peaceful, the way it should be Neighbors take care of each other. They stay out of trouble. They don’t want to get in anyone’s way. Mostly they sit around in a downtown cafe, drink coffee, and grieve as they see the culture and heritage of their town being stolen from them. But death and the bold, unrelenting fortitude of their priest have a way of changing them, their attitudes, and the choices they are willing to make. Sometimes, they decide, the sacred land around them is worth dying for. This is one of those times.
In Over My Dead body, Jim Callan has given us a strong, salt-of-the-earth character in Father Frank, and he’s someone we won’t soon forget. The story peels back the sordid layers of a small town, and we realize immediately that Pine Tree is no different from our own hometowns, large or small. There is always evil. And there is always good. We pray with Father Frank that the good will prevail.
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A cozy but with a modern touch.
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