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I'm enjoying the tales of the small island community, so many characters! The Vicar is a wonderful invention, as is the circle of sisters, 3 generations. I would have, however, have given this 4 1/2 stars if possible. My biggest issue for this in the series: I can't track why Jess was so compelled to take on the murder. What was at stake. The previous books and the other mystery in this book were all related to her family and parishioners. This murder, Jesse says she needed to solve it. Not even something along the line of her growing experiences. And there was the cul de sac of saying twice she'd need to break in and search the victim's house but never did. 2 other quibbles. I didn't realize that cozy mysteries had so much about who was courting or had done so or wanted to in the future. Tiresome. I plan on reading the next couple books in the series, but if the affectional revealings, unfoldings, disappointments, etc, don't take a back seat I'll probably stop. Last as a retired parish priest I found so much relatable esp in the start of the first book. An earlier chapter almost kicked up the PTSD it was so relatable. Maybe the snags I hit are about language fine points between British and USA practices. But the service of installation of the new vicar is called here a lower c collation. I know that word to mean the reception over food and conversation post-ritual Institution. The priest leads the body to the tomb not the verger, a casket once inside the nave is covered with a pall...same one for pauper or aristocrats. Not a spray of flowers that will be judged as a measure of love or money, Passion Sunday is not the final one of Lent w Lazarus story, but rather the Sunday before Easter that opens w the Liturgy of the Palms. The intervening week is not Easter week but instead the eventful Holy Week, ending in Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Great Vigil of Easter/Easter Sunday. I suppose Easter week follows but isn't the main sacred way of stating what follows.
This third book in the series has Vicar Jessame Ward looking for her place in her family of “pagan” women to help find her own “gift.” Wesberrey is its own Peyton Place and has more than its share of who’s loving who where hurt feelings and jealousy abound. I found this story quite hilarious as Jess gets more TMI than she’s expecting from the towns gossiping parishioners. I was not expecting to get “hooked” on this series but here I am wanting more. I especially enjoy the word building I’m getting from these writers.
This series just gets better with each book. The characters are fun to be with and Vicar Jessamy Ward is on top of things even as her heart is breaking. But she has the Wesberrey Walkers and a new mystery to keep her busy between rounds and Masses and meetings.
Wow! This book opened another whole can of worms so to speak for the newly appointed Vicar of Wesberrey. I enjoyed how Penelope and Steve dropped in some foreshadowing that was very subtle. Some of these characters are immediately likable, some may grow on you,and some remind us of people we really don’t like at all! Enjoyable read.