Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Very Private Grave

Felicity Howard, a young American studying for the Anglican priesthood at the College of the Transfiguration in Yorkshire, is devastated when she finds her beloved Fr. Dominic bludgeoned to death and Fr. Antony, her church history lecturer, soaked in his blood.

Following the cryptic clues contained in a poem the dead man had pressed upon her minutes before his death, she and Fr. Antony—who is wanted for questioning by the police—flee the monastery to seek more information about Fr. Dominic and end up in the holy island of Lindisfarne, former home of Saint Cuthbert.

Their quest leads them into a dark puzzle...and considerable danger.

If you would like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of A Very Private Grave, go HERE.

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Book Review

You know how some books just aren't for you?   Well, this book fits that category for me.    The author of this book is obviously a student and lover of Anglican church history.    The sheer volume of that knowledge packed into the book is proof of that.   However, while I can appreciate some tidbits of history to understand the story line I really began to glaze over when the history parts overwhelmed the plot.

Another problem I had with this book was the main character:  Felicity.    She is supposedly studying to go into the priesthood, but her attitudes and character are so far from Christ-like that I wound up not liking her at all.    

I think that this is supposed to be a series of books, but I as for me.   This is the first and last of this particular series that I will read.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Wow, finally another reviewer that just didn't gel with this book. I was not a fan, but read review after review that just raved about it. I was beginning to wonder what was wrong with me! Sounds like we have similar reading taste. I had the same reaction to "the baseball book." Wondered why I chose to read it, and then really enjoyed it!