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False Tongues: 4 Paperback – 7 April 2015
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- Publisher : Poisoned Pen Press (7 April 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1464200041
- ISBN-13 : 978-1464200045
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 21.59 cm
- Customer Reviews:
A nice mystery with a important message for today of cyber bullying and its effects on our youth. Two very independent women that were former classmates meet at their theology school reunion and the mystery takes off from there. I found the book has a good flow, the two stories interact well and it is very enjoyable to read. Well Done. I highly recommend False Tongues as a very enjoyable read. Thank you for the advance reading copy.--NetGalley
Easter Monday should be a quiet day for clergy and lay alike. But when the missing-persons report called in by doctors Miranda and Richard Frost matches up with the body of a 15-year-old boy found stabbed in Paddington Green, DI Neville Stewart doesn't get the Bank Holiday. He pulls in Family Liaison Officer Mark Lombardi to work with the family and to fend off a bulldog reporter, Lilith Noone, who is seeking to break open a big story. The investigators, both police and press, are put off the trail by the reluctance of the victim's privileged friends to tell the whole truth. Meanwhile, Callie Anson, curate in the Paddington parish and Lombardi's fiancée, is attending a retreat and reunion in Cambridge of her class of deacons. There, rumors and gossip obscure the truth about the real relationships among both faculty and the reuning deacons. As in others in this series, Callie is not actively involved in the case, but she does unwittingly provide Lombardi with the key to its solution during a telephone conversation. The story works as both a well-crafted mystery and a novel of human relationships.--Booklist
In Charles's accomplished fourth Callie Anson mystery (after 2009's Deep Waters), the Anglican curate faces a former lover and old friends at a religious retreat in Cambridge, as well as the less-than-enthusiastic family of her new fiancé, Mark Lombardi. A police-family liaison officer, Mark gets involved in investigating the knifing murder of teenager Sebastian Frost in London's Paddington Green. Though Sebastian apparently had it all--popularity, brains, good looks, athletic ability--Det. Insp. Neville Stewart soon uncovers a darker side to his life in his relationships to schoolmates and technology. The interesting narrative approach of alternating Cambridge and London sections provides texture and commentary on family situations from various points of view. Some readers may be disappointed not to find a more direct connection between the case and Callie, but the toll of cyberbullying and the pressure to conform to social expectations is intelligently and poignantly rendered.--Publishers Weekly
More than one mystery intersect in another adventure from Kate Charles. She's an experienced expat author living in England exploring the mysteries of faith, love, family and violence in her books. In this fourth Callie Anson novel, it is her circle of acquaintances who are involved in a variety of actions and decisions, old and new, that drive the story and its sometimes complicated relationships....Callie travels from London to Cambridge to attend a reunion of her classmates, graduates from theological seminary. She will have to confront both the scenes and at least one man with whom she was deeply emotionally involved during her time there: a man who unceremoniously dumped her in a shameful and hurtful way. Around her are arrayed classmates and older theologians who help Callie's travel to emotional understanding. Meanwhile, the new love of her life, a London policeman who functions as a Family Liaison officer, becomes involved in the murder of a young man in Paddington Square. As intriguing as the convoluted relationships among the religious that are examined in this story are, the murder of a school boy with only a single tenuous link to the other plot, leads to examinations of working and absent parents, stresses in modern society and pressures of various kinds on law enforcement. Together, the development of these separate plot lines present a realistic picture of modern life....These ideas and more are nicely embodied in the characters brought to the page by the author. The messages are many, perhaps too many, but the author's delicate touch leaves them to the reader to accept or pass over. None is presented in such a way that one feels manipulated or into forced acceptance....Charles nicely places the action in several consummately English locations. No generics here. She's been called a most English of writers and compared favorably to Agatha Christie in these aspects. All in all an excellent, calm and deliberate story that can leave a reader with considerable food for thought.--Carlbrookins.com
About the Author
Kate Charles, a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and the Barbara Pym Society, is American by birth but has lived in England for almost thirty years. She is co-organizer of the annual St. Hilda's Crime and Mystery Conference and a member of the prestigious Detection Club. Best known for her Church of England-based Book of Psalms mysteries, Kate has also published three stand-alone suspense novels, and is now writing a series set in the 21st century Church, featuring newly-ordained curate Callie Anson. False Tongues is the fourth in the series.
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Her current boyfriend - Marco - decides not to announce their engagement at his family Easter get together and Callie is feeling just a little insecure. In the meantime Marco Lombardi and Neville Stewart have the murder of a teenage boy to investigate. This is no young tearaway gone off the rails but the only son of two hospital consultants. But was he as well behaved as his parents think he was?
There is plenty going on in this book and each chapter includes most strands of the story which make it seem to rush along at a great rate but it does hold your interest. Has the author tried to pack too much into one book? I did wonder when I realised there were a couple of other sub plots going on too. However I did enjoy it and managed to keep everything straight in my head while I was reading.
If you like your crime stories with a combination of church and police then this series might be a good one to try. This is the fourth book in the Callie Anson series and I think you really need to read them in the order in which they were published to understand the relationships between the series characters.
It is not a style that this reader appreciates but it is clever and difficult.