In the seventh audiobook of the deftly written Collins-Burke Mystery series, Father Brennan Burke's patience is pushed to the limit when a young woman announces to the world that the Virgin Mary has appeared to her in the churchyard, and hordes of pilgrims, souvenir hawkers, and reporters converge on the scene. But, as unwelcome as these guests may be, they pale in comparison to yet another aggravation in Father Burke's life, a controversial talk show host who clashes with Burke upon arriving in town. Events take a darker turn when a body is found at the apparition site, and the talk show host is picked up for the murder. There is enough aggravation to go around, as Monty Collins learns when he takes on the loud-mouthed TV man as a client. Monty and Brennan both have a stake in uncovering the truth about the murder, and they both learn disturbing things about the accused man and other suspects in the case. Neither man can talk to the other about what he has learned, however, due to solicitor - client confidentiality on one side, the seal of the confessional on the other.
©2013 Anne Emery (P)2013 Audible Inc.
Anne Emery has done it again. This latest in the Collins-Burke mysteries sees Monty dealing with the client from hell and Brennan turning private detective. Not since their first outing together, when Monty defended Brennan on a murder charge, have the two been unable to ask the other for support. Brennan has been told something in the confessional which rocks him to the core and he cannot ask anyone for help, not even his old pal Monty. Monty is faced with the dilemma of a client who he knows is guilty but has to defend against a charge of murder. The information he has he cannot share with Brennan who is a witness for the prosecution in the trial of the client from hell. Not only that, but Brennan and the client have had their own run-ins which cloud the waters even more. Throw in visions of the Virgin Mary, a sacked secretary after damages from St Bernadette's Church (and Fr Burke), and Monty performing an heroic life-threatening act which nearly kills him and it's all go from first page to the last. But, as usual with Anne Emery's Collins-Burke books there is plenty of time along the way to explore the relationship of the main characters with humour and with sympathy. The cast of characters have become old friends. The sad bit is now waiting for the author to write the next story. These books would make lovely TV mini-series and I'm at a loss to see why they have not been snapped up in this era obsessed with crime and detection stories. The narration by Christian Rummell is spot on and no-one could do it better. He brings all the characters (even the female ones) to life, giving them a voice and portraying their characters soundly. So sad, now have the wait for the next book. I hope Anne Emery has got something on way already.
"Well crafted murder mystery"
I hate to admit it but this is the first Anne Emery novel I've listened to or read and I live in Halifax. It's a delightful mystery well-performed by Christian Rummel. Emery has developed two fascinating main characters in Father Burke and Monty Collins and in this book and equally diabolical, nauseating, obnoxious character in TV show host, Pike Podges. A young woman is stabbed to death on the grounds of Father Burke's church and the journey to discover who committed the crime takes the reader through many exciting hills and valleys.
I must now go and check out another Emery book. It's well worth it.
"Books 1 & 4 Better"
It's o.k.... I love Burke & Collins....... And I love Christian Rummel's narration. So far I have laughed out loud with the sarcasim in each book. I didn't like the end that much.... The middle was o.k.... I'm glad I'm not a parishioner at that church... People keep ending up dead there. I don't know har far the series should go...
"Really like this series"
Did not read print
All of the books are great. Hard to decide
?? I have no idea
Wanting to get the next book
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