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Unholy Ghosts Hardcover – October, 1992

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st U.S. ed edition (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031208515X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312085155
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,517,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think this book has a great opening line as two churchmen discuss what could be done to relieve a parish of an inappropriate vicar. Meanwhile, Deaconess Theodora Braithwaite has been lent a friend's home for some much needed rest and recuperation and finds herself pitched into the middle of a murder.

The characters are entertaining. The insight into the inner workings of the Anglican church (and the Anglo-Catholic nexus) are intriguing to say the least. Greenwood manages satire with reverence, not an easy combination.

While the mystery takes a back seat to the other factors in the story, it comes to rather satisfactory culmination.
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I found this a very satisfying mystery and learned a lot about the workings of the Church of England as well. I was surprised to learn that local church appointments were still often made by the local gentry. I knew this was the case 200 years ago, but would have guessed that the bishops had taken over the role at some point.

A side issue in the novel is the lack of universal acceptance of ordination of women as Church of England deaconesses. Since 1991, when it was published, women have become C of E priests and even a bishop. Per Wikipedia about half of new clergy are women.
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