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Murder Before Evensong: The instant no. 1 Sunday Times bestseller (Canon Clement Mystery)

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A disclaimer at the start with something along the lines of ‘words that were prevalent at the time’ would have been a good way to do this, because there are a range of slurs used through, including g***y, that really doesn’t feel necessary. There were too many characters so it was quite difficult to keep up and it was impossible to get to know or feel anything for them because of this, although they were well formed. Two thirds of the way through, his mother comments on how good at detecting he is when, to my mind, he hasn’t done any.

I love Reverend Richard Coles with all my heart and have been a fan of him for quite a few years now. The murder itself was an event so long coming that in the meantime I began to come up with alternative titles for the book. I had no chance of guessing who the killer was and even when it was revealed I still wasn’t sure who they were. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.A dispute over installing a toilet at the church where the main people campaigning against were middle aged / elderly women? as Daniel locks horns with his flock over the matter of whether the vintage pews in St Mary's can be moved to make way for a new lavatory, Coles rivals Barbara Pym in his ability to make supremely low-stake conflict gripping.

As I love crime novels – Ann Cleeves, Peter Lovesey, Anthony Horowitz, Elly Griffiths - I really wanted to like this, but it was disappointing. Canon Daniel Clement is an inscrutable and erudite detective, while four-legged sidekicks Hilda and Cosmo are his delightful foils. But between a family of idle aristocrats, embittered clam frogs and the son of a punk-looking Lord, he has a good range of suspects.This dignified, compassionate, beautifully written and a very clever (so far, I am only half way through) story is BY FAR, the best contemporary mystery that have read in a long, time. They would, of course, and the murders would enter local folklore, generate tales of dogs refusing to go into church, or birds no longer singing in the trees around the bath house. He's not quite as mean-spirited and whiny as his fellow fictional rev-sleuth Sidney Chambers, but apart from "fed up with certain members of the family" and "a little creative with parish statistics" he doesn't seem to have much personality.

I didn't understand why; I can't imagine the cast of characters would really have used that language, so maybe it was just the author showing off.The debut novel from broadcaster and cleric Reverend Richard Coles, Murder Before Evensong features Daniel Clement, amateur sleuth and rector of St Mary’s church in Champton, an English village surrounded by verdant hills and country lanes lined with primroses.

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