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The Snares of Death

Kate Charles: The Snares of Death (USA 1993)

From the Publisher:
The new vicar for the traditionally Anglo-Catholic church of St. Mary the Virgin has charisma and renown, but Robert Dexter may be the wrong man-of-the-cloth for the job. A prominent Evangelical minister, he has an unshakable faith in his own righteousness and a talent for rubbing people the wrong way. When he begins selling off church pews and statues, dismantling shrines and "modernizing" the altar, he has some of St. Mary's parishioners mad enough to kill. Within days of his arrival the Reverend Dexter also arouses the ire of local animal rights activists and bangs heads with one of his Evangelical colleagues. And beneath the surface of his seemingly tranquil home life, his long-suffering wife, Elayne, and beautiful daughter, Becca, are harboring secrets that Dexter does not suspect - until the day he is murdered. It's a murder with any number of possible suspects. David Middleton-Brown is sure of one thing: the devout young man arrested by the police is innocent. Unfortunately the circumstantial evidence looks damning, and David, with Lucy assisting, is searching for clues to the real murderer in the hidden agendas and carefully concealed sins of clergy and congregation alike. As they follow a perilous path through affairs of religion and the heart, their sleuthing culminates at a controversial religious pilgrimage. There, where High Church pomp and ceremony disguise an undercurrent of danger, they might find their solution - and a killer who has decided a second victim must die.

Kate Charles: The Snares of Death. A Book of Psalms Mystery. Mysterious Press, ISBN: 0892964987 (December, 1993), 362 p., $18.95.

 

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The Snares of Death

Kate Charles: The Snares of Death (UK 1992)

From the Publisher:
Everyone agrees that Bob Dexter, the prominent Evangelical clergyman, has a great deal of personal charisma. Those who know him realise that he also has an unshakable faith in his own righteousness, and a real talent for rubbing people up the wrong way. It is no surprise, therefore, that someone should want to kill him. In fact, when the Reverend Dexter moves to a small Norfolk parish, traditionally Anglo-Catholic, and begins remoulding it in his own image, it seems only a matter of time. The real question becomes: who will get to him first?

His distraught parishioners are not the only ones with good reason to want to remove him - permanently. Dexter has also fallen afoul of a group of ardent animal rights activists, and his heavy-handed efforts to take over the leadership of an Evangelical protest movement have made him very unpopular with its founder. And there are undercurrents in his seemingly tranquil home life: both his downtrodden wife Elayne and his adored daughter Becca have secrets that Dexter does not even begin to suspect - until the fateful and eventful day of his death. Solicitor David Middleton-Brown and his artist-friend Lucy Kingsley step in to investigate. Their search for the truth culminates at the annual National Pilgrimage to Walsingham, where Anglo-Catholic pomp clashes with heated Evangelical protest, and feelings run perilously high. Too late, perhaps, David realises the danger: will he be in time to prevent a second murder?

Kate Charles: The Snares of Death. A Clerical Mystery. Headline, ISBN: 0747238731 (November, 1993), 438 p., £4.99.

 

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