And another strong church theme. Although I picked some of the story early, it’s still worth reading to see it all play out. Plenty of gothic elements- premonitions, glances, atmospheric scenes. Our hero and his girlfriend continue to feature- by now his girlfriend must think she’s jinxed.
Struggled to read the first two books, and told myself to not be picky, but when I started this book I couldn't bear it anymore, the lack of interest in the police characters and way too many religious quotes for me, became very tiring. I think I managed 20 or so pages and then called it quits.
This is book 3 of 4 and I am really getting to know the characters. Markham is still a little insecure regarding his relationship with Olivia. Noakes is still the loveable brash individual and the newer team members continue to develop workwise and personality wise.
This book brings Noakes wife into the story and the reader is treated to a strong woman who likes to move in the higher circles and dresses accordingly. Trying to coach her husband to match up is a battle I doubt she will win. Her links with the church make her part in the story work very well.
Why are nuns and monks being murdered? This is the main question and as the body count increases Markham and his team are baffled. The clues are very well hidden and the team are, as usual, up against it to try to solve the case.
It has become the norm for Olivia to be caught up in the middle of the murders and this book continues that theme.