Friday, December 28, 2018

Ten great clerical sleuths

Reverend Jane Willan is a parish minister and author in Paxton, Massachusetts. She serves the First Congregational Church of Paxton and lives in the church parsonage with her husband Don and their two rescue dogs, Magi and Moses. She is the author of the Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mysteries.

At CrimeReads, Willan tagged ten great clerical sleuths, including:
Deborah Woodworth, A Deadly Shaker Spring

One thing to especially enjoy about this series by Deborah Woodworth is its historical accuracy. The author, Deborah Woodworth has a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion and grew up in southern Ohio near the historical site of several Shaker communities—a background which informs and colors her descriptions of the Shaker world. Woodworth effortlessly introduces the reader to Shaker history and culture making the book an intriguing lesson in history as well as an exciting murder mystery. Sister Rose is a sharp, perceptive sleuth who fights for her own identity in the very male world of the 1930’s. She comes out the winner though, and this first mystery wins as well.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue