Death at Whitewater Church

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Benedicta “Ben” O’Keeffe is trying to forget the past. She moved to the Inishowen Peninsula to practice law and get out of Dublin, where people know her and would bring up what happened to her sister. Her current clients are trying to sell the deconsecrated church that they own and so have called for a survey to be done. In the midst of the survey being taken, a body in the crypt is discovered, and it seems to be out of place. Though mostly bones, the opinion of the townsfolk is that it’s Conor Devitt, who disappeared six years before from that church on his wedding day. After Conor’s brother dies after coming to see Ben, Ben becomes determined to discover the mystery surrounding the Death at Whitewater Church. She’ll find out along the way that most people have secrets and are trying to forget their past. And she’ll find out how far they will go to keep the past where it belongs.

I did enjoy this book, and I hope that the author is able to turn it into a series with Ben constantly sticking her nose in other people’s business. However, I found the plot explanation in the final showdown to be a little complicated. It’s not that I didn’t understand it; it just wasn’t the clearest explanation I’ve ever read. It’s like the author was attempting to be Agatha Christie, but it wasn’t even close. Ben is still fun to get to know, but she’s no Poirot or Miss Marple.

The author did a great job of noting the way a small town works, where everyone knows everyone else’s business. She also described Ireland beautifully, a place that would well be worth a visit.

Overall, an entertaining read that I hope leads into a profitable series for Ms. Carter.

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Author Andrea Carter
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 352 pages
Publisher Oceanview Publishing
Publish Date 2018-Sep-04
ISBN 9781608093021
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Issue September 2018
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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