Although Christmas reads aren't always my favorite, I do like a good mystery. The Advent of Murder takes place in a small English village around Christmas time. Faith Morgan is a former police officer turned vicar of the small village church. When a murder happens in her village, Faith is instantly thrust into the investigation giving her opportunity to be in close contact with her former boyfriend as she is part of solving the murder investigation.
I really liked this one. Faith is a great heroine. She's independent and strong but at the same time, she shows her compassion and vulnerability as a vicar of the church. I think there is a book that comes before this one- The Reluctant Detective- that gives more detail about how Faith left the police force and about Ben, her former relationship. But I didn't have any trouble following this story without having read that one.
I love that this book, like others I've read from this publisher, is English. It's written and published in England and has a different feel than books published here in the US. I'm not sure how to describe it, but there is a quaintness, a delicateness that I feel when I read these. I'm not sure that's a great description. Suffice it to say that I really enjoy it.
The setting of the book contributes to this feel, I'm sure. I love the setting of the small English village where everyone knows everyone else. The church is a central part of the community. And, Faith, as vicar, is knowing and caring about the lives of those in her church and village.
The Advent of Murder is Christian fiction but isn't preachy. Faith is able to share the beauty of God's love and the meaning of Christmas to several people. And she, herself, experiences the peace and joy of the season. But there isn't anything overbearing here, and I think someone not looking for Christian fiction would enjoy it also because it's just a genuinely good read.
I give this one 5 stars and a PG rating for content.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.