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The Penitent Priest: A Contemporary Small Town Mystery Thriller (The Father Tom Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Susan Mathis was born in and grew up in an extremely small town in Alachua County, Florida where her family has lived for more than 100 years. When Susan was still very young, James (J.R) Mathis was born in a somewhat bigger small town about 100 miles south of where she lived. Within a decade, James' small town would become part of Orlando, the biggest tourist destination in the United States. He was not amused. That is how, while Susan was running barefoot, swimming in lakes full of alligators and feeding chickens, James was sitting in his bedroom reading books faster than his father could bring them home from the library.
Were James and Susan to write their love story, it would definitely be an enemies-to-lovers trope. They met in the library where he was working. He found her demands for books that he had to pull and bring to her so unreasonable that he actually turned her into the head librarian. She in turn was so anxious to drive him away that when some friends secretly set them up she laid out an entire speech about how miserable her life was (she is typically very upbeat). Little did she suspect that he had a passionate attraction to misery and they were married just over a year later.
Fast forward 26 years, three children, four grandchildren and 20 years of James working for the Federal government. He was diagnosed with a highly treatable but still very scary form of cancer. As so often happens, this brush with mortality inspired him to do something he'd always wanted to do, write a novel. After the publication of the second Father Tom Mystery, Susan joined him as coauthor. As far as the Mathises are concerned, writing together is the most fun a couple can have sitting at a computer.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B086RYHYC6
- Publication date : May 23, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1279 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 318 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1393857833
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,003 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Father Tom's wife was murdered 10 years previously, with her dying in his arms. He loved her so much, but he couldn't bear to continue living in that town after her death, so he left. He felt a call to the priesthood, went to the seminary, and was sent to the parish in his home town to fill in for the current priest for four months. Naturally, living there brought back all the memories of his marriage. He discovers a major secret his wife had kept from him and he decided he was going to look for the killer himself, because the murder was still unsolved.
Each page of the book unfolds more of the mystery, and the author carries you along with Father Tom, while he's trying to get to the bottom of what happened and why. This is one of the rare books I will keep to reread.
Oh, and it's not a cliffhanger, either! I hate those.
I loved this book! The fast-paced mystery drew me in from the very first paragraph. Father Tom is a likable and complicated character. The writing style made me feel as if I was looking over Father Tom's shoulder as he was sleuthing - your attention never waivers. The supporting characters are complex, kind and with human flaws. Mysteries that are rich with layers, atmosphere and intriguing characters are wonderful and The Penitent Priest has all those qualities!
I look forward to the next book to see what mystery Father Tom and his friends are solving!
Top reviews from other countries
As with ‘Father Brown’ books and TV appearances there is a genteel approach to storytelling. Murders are dealt with without horror, violence, sex, bad language etc. and ‘The Penitent Priest’ is the first in what is to be a new series of cozy Father Tom mystery thrillers. Author J R Mathis skilfully provides background as he promotes the various protagonists. He makes characters credible and he cleverly introduces both good and bad to readers of his gripping and compelling murder mystery. There are twists and turns – and a few red-herrings. As expected, in addition to an exciting and entertaining storyline ‘The Penitent Priest’ is informative with insights to duties of a Catholic priest, police procedures etc. but somewhat surprisingly there is a serious element as Mathis deals with mental illness. This endorses the book’s award of a 5-star rating.
I enjoy a book better when I really have to work out who did it and why. Am not sure I will read any more in this series.