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Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2018
While not uproariously funny, this murder mystery is likely to make you smile a lot. Virgil Flowers is on hand - reluctantly, since his pregnant girlfriend is an hour away and he'd rather be with her - to lend his expertise on a peculiar matter. The local church had a visitation by the Blessed Virgin Mary and has become something of a pilgrimage shrine, lifting a fading prairie town out of its death spiral, but that isn't his concern. People are getting shot in front of the church, though, and that is what brings him to a town where there isn't a decent restaurant and he's reduced to living on frozen pot pies. There are an assortment of sub-plots, but they all tie into one another in Sandford's trademark way: with a combination of shrewd and bird-brained characters. I got a real kick out of this entry in an ongoing series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but you'll get more out of it if you read them in order and you can watch Virgil Flowers gradually move from ladies' man to settled dad-to-be.
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