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Critical Acclaim for The Rector
It's hard not to enjoy the humor of the situation just as much as the murder mystery. Martha is a strong character who presents a few flaws when her obsession in solving the crimes became paramount. And it is gratifying to watch the evolution of the church and its members as everything occurred within their town and congregation. This is one of those books that I want to just keep telling you about all the great situations, plots, and sub-plots that have been provided.
The last time that I fell in love with a town so deeply, it was when Jan Karon created Mitford. These characters will completely capture your heart. These are real characters with real struggles. Most of them just want to be the best they can be and help each other. Of course, we do have a few characters that just don't fit in. They have their own agenda. Every character is beautifully flawed. This book captures human essence better than any other mystery I've read.
“Set in the 1950s, the key figures are Martha, Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, Satan, and Jesus.” The Christian allegory in this book is not as overbearing as, say, the Christian allegory in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But it is still there. I was wondering who the John the Baptist character was in the book, then it dawned on me: honey, wooley man, JJ! That, by the way, accounts for a scene in the book that I initially thought was unnecessary and gratuitous.
James B. Pate
The Rector is one of the best murder mysteries I have ever read. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.
As I sat and read The Rector, I was drawn into the book. Michael Hicks Thompson had just enough of everything to make it intriguing, exciting, likeable and then he added a perfect touch of good old Southern religion with Bible quotes and Christian ethics. It is the perfect blend for a Christian Murder Mystery and you will be very glad that you decided to read The Rector.
Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite
Though reading the story was enjoyable, there is something more in it that made the book better. Even with the sin and problems the characters face, God's love and redemption were often spoken of. Especially when the topic of revenge would come up. Faith in Jesus was prominent, and trusting Him for guidance and protection were shown as something we need to do. There are also allusions to Bible passages and lessons."
If you are a fan of mystery novels with a lot of action you will enjoy this book.
Quick paced, well written with a wonderful cast of characters, a good plot, a really scary bad guy and all the trappings of a good murder mystery... (even some humor)... The Rector will keep you entertained from start to finish and the biblical references aren't in the least "preachy" and only help to enrich the story. This is book one of a series that I will certainly follow as this author comes out with each new murder mysteries that Miss Martha McRae will surely feel compelled to solve as she was with this one.
This novel is packed full of suspense, great characters, a believable plot, and stimulating theological discussions. This may be the most interesting novel I have read in ages.
A mystery centered around an Episcopal church in a small Mississippi Delta town. The story is multi-layered and sophisticated with surprises throughout...an easy read that provides insights to a piece of Americana that most are not aware of. –