Faith Morgan returns! Or rather, we return to her in Little Worthy. Faith is feeling much more settled now- in her calling as a vicar, her connections to the people, her role in the community, and even in the Church itself. She is honored to help organize St. James' 900th Anniversary Celebration, even if her to-do list is ridiculously long.
With all the bustle and new projects, Faith feels like she's constantly forgetting something, and that makes her all the more sympathetic to her mother's memory lapses. Oh yes, she was supposed to call Ruth to talk about Mum. Well, that will be after replacing the bell ropes and before visiting the elderly.
Faith is confident that all the work will come together in the end, and the celebration will culminate in a grand surprise. They've commissioned a commemorative painting of St. James. The artist was a controversial choice, and her work is sure to be dramatic and raw. Something powerful, that hints at 900 years of history, not a dainty postcard watercolor.
Yet the painting will never be properly unveiled... because the artist is murdered.
Detective work has come to Faith's village again.
As with the first two volumes, this is a fine mystery. I enjoy watching Faith conduct an investigation. She's got keen eyes inconsistency or deception, and she's got a kind heart. She knows what human beings are capable of doing- years on the police force made sure of that- and she knows that humans are made in the Image of God, so she treats each one with dignity. Watching the two perspectives inform her actions makes her fascinating for me.
How can she treat people as friends and neighbors when her inner cop can't rule them out as suspects?
And of course, life doesn't take a holiday while Faith tried to solve a crime. There's still tense family dynamics between her and Ruth, an undefined relationship between her and Detective Inspector Shorter, and lots of church politics to handle.
Over the course of these three books, Faith has begun to feel like a friend. I am hoping this isn't the last book in this series.
There are a lot more issues to resolve in Little Worthy, and I want to read about them.
Thank you Kregel for my review copy.