A sinister Episcopal Bishop shows up to confirm Lottie and Josie Albright’s niece at the new frame church built on the corners of four Western Kansas counties. The twins are already agitated over his scathing sermon when the Reverend Mary Farnsworth flees to the anti room after dropping the chalice during communion. Josie, a psychologist, lingers after the service to comfort her, but Lottie immediately orders her sister to leave when they discover Reverend Mary’s body. Alone with Talesbury, Lottie is frightened by the Bishop’s cold strange rituals for disposing of the spilled wine, but as Deputy Sheriff, she’s duty bound to attend to the death.
Back at the county wide picnic, an elderly lady informs Lottie that a man kneeling next to her scared Reverend Mary into a heart attack. Worried that this was not a natural death, Lottie calls in other law enforcement agencies. She soon learns that the beloved Reverend Mary was a woman without a past, and that the rogue Bishop has unexpected ties to Western Kansas. A sheriff from an adjacent county, unaware that Josie is an FBI consultant, assumes that seizing control of the investigation will be easy and instead arouses the twins’ wrath. Although they are used to double trouble nothing has prepared them for the malevolence of Sheriff Deal’s family. Forgetting that the past is always present, Lottie’s investigation into old documents riles up murderous century old rivalries and her volatile marriage reels when Keith takes control.
This is the second book in the series. If you missed the first one like I did, then don’t worry. This is not the type of series where if you miss one book, you are lost. But since I am going to suggest that you run out to the store and get this one, then I am going to suggest you might as pick up Deadly Descent (book one) while you are at it.
This was a really great mystery that was so convoluted it was hard to tell who was supposed to be good and who was supposed to be bad.
I know that I was sitting on the edge of my seat right until the very end with this one.
First off you have the Bishop who is so scary that he makes the Clown Pennywise look like a cuddly toy. Then you have the Sheriff who will do whatever it takes to keep Lottie and Josie from poking their noses where he thinks they don’t belong.
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