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A Saintly Killing by Martha Ockley

A Saintly Killing

Part of the A Faith Morgan Mystery Series
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The ‘Faith Morgan Mystery’ series continues in the same comforting vein with this classic whodunit. As vicar, Faith is rushed off her feet organising St James’s 900th anniversary, so the murder of the prickly artist commissioned to paint the church certainly puts a spanner in the works. If you like to mingle with the crime solvers, you may find it a little more difficult this time to solve the case, clues are there but slightly more illusive and some red herrings join the congregation. This is another entertaining read, where the parishioners in particular are quite delightfully written, although they may be getting a little worried at the murder rate in this particular village! ~ Liz Robinson

The Faith Morgan Series:
1. The Reluctant Detective
2. The Advent of Murder
3. A Saintly Killing

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title the series, The Reluctant Detective.

  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'The start of another super murder mystery series...The characters were likeable and believable and well introduced seeing that this is the first book in the series.' Read full review >
  • Sharon Matthews - 'A cosy mystery story about who killed the priest and the events that the investigation uncovers...the details of the day to day goings on of the Church did not put me off the story as it was relevant.' Read full review >
  • Lynne Rapson - 'A well-written, satisfying mystery with the 'heroine' Faith, a recently ordained priest and former policewoman.  A good story if a little 'comfy'. Very enjoyable and I look forward to the sequels.' Read full review >
  • Cath Sell - 'this book isn’t for you if you like your ‘cozy’ with recipes or knitting patterns or prefer your murder ‘noir’ style but if you like a ‘Golden Age’ – style mystery then this is more than worth a read.' Read full review >
  • George Willmett - 'This has a distinctly ‘Miss Marple’ feel to it, what with the quaint village setting and the amateur female sleuth helping the police with their investigation...An uncomplicated and easy read.' Read full review >
  • Rachael Anderson - 'An enjoyable, yet predictable, crime novel set in an English country village.' Read full review >
  • Cathy Petersen - 'An easy, cosy whodunit, introducing a very reluctant Reverend Faith Morgan to murder in a quiet Hampshire Parish.' Read full review >
  • Michelle Russ - 'A great premise for a book, but didn't quite hit the mark for me...The story itself was ok, but I felt that the religious elements of the book were a little bit overpowering for me.' Read full review >
  • Christine Phillips - 'Faith Morgan, former policewoman and newly ordained priest, arrives in Little Worthy, her childhood village, to consider her options, and becomes part of a murder investigation.'  Read full review >
  • Judith Sharp - 'Gentle murder mystery (no blood and gore) with a church background. Lots of possible suspects in a nice setting. Enjoyable.' Read full review >
  • Jill Peters - 'I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a good old fashion ‘Who Done It’ with a modern twist.   Not normally a fan of this genre of fiction, I was absolutely won over...' Read full review >
  • Magdalena Vidgen - 'I had expected something in the line of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple story. And sure enough, we have a little sleepy village, old gossiping ladies and vicar's murder in the middle of a mass in the local church...' Read full review >
  • Janet Gilliard - 'This falls somewhere between a “cozy” murder mystery and a police procedural. Worth a read but I’m not sure I would read any more in the series.' Read full review >
  • Jenny Grange - 'I enjoyed this book...I would recommend it to my parents who are 88 years old!' Read full review >
  • Sallyann Spittle - 'This is an exciting book that will keep you guessing right till the end.  There are a few twists along the way and I couldn’t put it down once I started to read it.' Read full review >
  • Kate Thacker - 'I really liked this book, it was a new author for me and a series I want to follow and am looking forward to getting the next one soon.' Read full review >


A Saintly Killing by Martha Ockley

It is late July, the run up to St James's Day. It is also the 1000th anniversary of the church at Little Worthy, and Faith Morgan has planned a whole range of celebratory activities - a music festival; a photographic booklet of recent history; a planting of new trees in the graveyard and vicarage garden; bell ringing; a visit from the bishop. A new painting of the church is commissioned from distinguished local artist Sal Hankley. Sal, who has recently returned from Australia, is not a universally popular choice: outspoken and opinionated, she has made her share of enemies. Before the painting can be completed, Sal is found dead at her easel on a hillock overlooking the church. Suddenly a very respectable member of the community - a PCC member, no less - is under suspicion. Faith - trying to hold church and village together - finds herself teamed with former lover Detective Inspector Ben Shorter (who has no more time for art than God).


'Clerics and clues, painters and pointers - there are dastardly goings on amongst the hollyhocks and honeysuckle of Little Worthy. This delightful book is right up my street!' -- Pam Rhodes

About the Author

Martha Ockley writes both fiction and non-fiction. When she is not writing, she loves to act, potter about her eighteenth century cottage, read, and spend time with her parrot!

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Publication date

17th October 2014


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Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc


240 pages


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