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The story is set in a small English town. Father Gilbert is a former Scotland Yard detective who is now serving as the priest of the local church. When a body turns up under an old bridge, Father Gilbert is called out and becomes part of the action. The discovery of the bodies an eerie occurrence after a vision that Father Gilbert had that very morning, a vision of a man jumping from the church's bell tower.
With supernatural dreams and visions and physical evidence, the police- and Father Gilbert- begin piecing together a mystery that involves a long-standing feud between local families.
As I said, I've never read any of the Father Gilbert mysteries, and the author was new to me. The very title and story line drew me in. And the compelling mystery kept me hooked.
There are some dark parts of this story. It's a murder mystery, after all. And there is a spiritual/supernatural element with the dreams and visions that makes the book a little creepy at times.
The characters are interesting, and, although the secondary characters aren't really developed, I really enjoyed Father Gilbert. And, after reading this one, I'd like to read more of Father Gilbert as well.
If you enjoy mystery and suspense, The Body Under the Bridge is a great read. I give it five stars and a PG13 for content. (It's a murder mystery.) You can find the book from Kregel here and on Amazon here.
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