Blessed is the Busybody (Ministry Is Murder, Bk 1)
Blessed is the Busybody - Ministry Is Murder, Bk 1 Author:Emilie Richards Meet the unconventional Aggie Sloan-Wilcox, a minister's wife with her own calling: helping troubled souls in need of justice. — When the naked body of a murdered woman turns up on Aggie's front porch -- and suspicion falls on Aggie's husband -- she doesn't have a prayer of clearing his name unless she can uncover the truth in a town not known fo... more »r confessing its sins.« less
At first I thought this was really going to be "hokey"---with the daughter performing mock burials of the live cat in the backyard, but I quickly became engrossed in Aggie's life as a minister's wife in a small town in Ohio. I'm sure most ministers aren't treated to dead bodies on their front stoop....the ensuing mystery and violence were tempered by interesting characters and fun/funny situations. I look forward to reading #2 in this series!
This is the first book I have read by Emilie Richards, although I have maybe of her books on my bookshelf to be read. I put off reading this series for a few reasons. !. The main characters name is Aggie, which lead me to believer she was a blue haired ministers wife. 2. I am not a big fan of Christian authors.
Those two objections could not be farther from the true. 1. Aggie is a mother of 2 kids, who has been married about 12 years to Ed. 2. I wouldnt consider this Christian Fiction like Janette Oke, or Gilbert Morris. The characters are Unitarian Universalists, they drink alcohol, hire homosexual employees, and believe in 1st amendment rights even when it comes to pornography. So it never gets preachy except when it comes to politics.
I really enjoyed the books and all the characters, even the bad guy. I thought it got a little preachy about politics, but didnt get preachy about Gay rights. I dont think the views will offend Christians, or non christians.
I also liked that the police officers respected her and the main character wasnt trying to undermine his authority, but clues kept getting dumped on her front porch so to speak.
I think I will enjoy this series, and would recommend it most people.
Patricia S. reviewed Blessed is the Busybody (Ministry Is Murder, Bk 1) on
Interesting, though sometimes wierd, characters. She certainly does alot of character development. Unfortunately, it is to the point of making the characters well concieved as a single trait, so most of the characters become almost parodies. Let's see - by page 10, our protagonist loves everybody except one person who she absolutely hates. Guess who gets killed? By page 10, you have also guessed the motive, the ironic twist coming at the end and the relationship to the event which happens by page 5. There is a subplot, too, but, it resolves itself just as expect, when expected for the expected reason.
Absolutely predictable but cute, light read. Very, very light read.