Monday, March 8, 2010

The Lord Is My Shepherd, Psalm 23 Mysteries Series #1

Cindy’s church is getting ready to celebrate Easter, and Jeremiah’s Temple is preparing for Passover when Cindy literally stumbles over the body of an unknown man lying dead in the sanctuary. The church was locked, and a bloody cross necklace on the floor seems to be the only clue. The killer is likely a member of the congregation, but there are hints that similar deaths have happened in the past. Are Cindy and Jeremiah dealing with a serial killer? They have to unravel the clues before Easter Sunday arrives and more people die.

Cindy and Jeremiah come from two different worlds, even though they work right next door to each other. Cindy is a strong Christian who lives a normal but somewhat dull life, working as a church secretary. Jeremiah is a Reformed rabbi with a mysterious past full of danger and excitement. But one eventful Easter/Passover week, the two find themselves working together to solve a murder and stop a serial killer from striking again. Solving the mystery should put an end to their alliance, but the church secretary and the rabbi quickly find themselves enmeshed in another mystery. Soon the two form a friendly alliance and friendship, exploring personal history and faith and growing closer with each passing adventure. Despite their differences Cindy and Jeremiah find a lot of common ground.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Lord Is My Shepherd, go HERE.

Book Review:

Mondays are no one's favorite day of the week, but for a church secretary they are awful.    Nowhere else but in a church have people been digging through your desk, walking off with all your office supplies and reorganizing your desktop.     Every Monday you spend the first hours of the week finding all of your "stuff" and putting your office back together.     Cindy walks into church dreading those details plus she knows it is going to be extra busy with Easter week, but before she can ever make it to her office she trips over a dead body.    

Her screams bring the Rabbi from the Jewish synagogue next door running to her assistance.       Unknown to them, this meeting won't be their last and neither will this murder.

There are three views of faith in this book.      The Rabbi is obviously Jewish.   Cindy is Christian and Mark, the investigator, is an unbeliever.      Ms. Viguie goes into a great deal of detail explanating the details regarding the Jewish faith and traditions.    The Rabbi plays the role of "hero" to Cindy throughout the book.      Although it is Easter week in the book, the only details regarding Easter involved the murders.    It was also a little disconcerting that the pastor was portrayed in such an inept manner.       

This book was a great read.    Very well written and definitely a great fit for the mystery genre.  

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