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Murder Before Evensong: The instant no. 1 Sunday Times bestseller (Canon Clement Mystery)

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This book simply didn’t know what it wanted to be; diaries of a reverend, a murder mystery, or a comedic twist on church life. Half of Daniel's (and his mother's) thoughts went straight over my head, too obtuse and loaded with religious terminology. Not the worst cosy mystery I've read by any means (The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes probably takes that crown), but a bit of a damp squib. O facto de ser passado entre as décadas de 80 e 90 do século passado empresta-lhe um charme que gosto.

I am sure much of it will be based on his own experiences and certainly Daniel Clement’s personality is very reminiscent of Richard Coles’ own. Murder Before Evensong has all the elements that make up a classic detective story: a pitch-perfect setting, a genuine puzzle, a gruesome murder (or more) and engaging characters.

Murder Before Evensong was written by the Reverend Richard Coles and it is a slow burner of a cozy mystery. Murder Before Evensong, the first book in the Canon Clement Mystery series, was an instant number 1 Sunday Times bestseller.

Some controversy arises when he proposes installing a toilet in the church, which will mean getting rid of the back pews. Instead it felt more like the diaries of a reverend, in a parish where some murders take place sometimes. I like the author, Richard Coles and am always on the look out for a new crime series so this book based around the Rector of a small English village sounded perfect. The most exciting thing to happen in Champton is the argument as to whether the church should install a lavatory or a buttery for the flower arrangers, then Bernard de Floures' alcoholic cousin is found by Daniel, murdered in one of the pews, with a pair of secateurs no less! Coles is a sharp observer of human nature, but his observations are tempered with both humour and compassion, and much of the pleasure in the book lies in the incidental asides.

Started off with big smile as the canon brought up the topic of installing a much needed lavatory in the cathedral in the face of overwhelming opposition due to the ingrained belief of the congregation that the historic building must not be sullied. Canon Daniel Clement is Rector of Champton, a small village with its own stately home owned by Bernard de Floures.

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