I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist this…
I was on Goodreads just now and came across a review I’d not seen for The Rector–which is in movie development as we chat. I don’t know this lady, Ann Rightler, but appreciate her perceptive, insightful analysis of what I was trying to write.
Anne Rightler rated it as a 5-STAR NOVEL-
“The Rector by Michael Hicks Thompson is one humdinger of a murder mystery! Mississippi in the 1950s and a church setting to boot. The characters are marvelously portrayed, with the expected drawl and idioms as well as depictions of a small town of this era…a sheriff who hides on the church floor to hear a confession, a meat cleaver-toting woman, a rector who may not be a rector and the bed and breakfast owner (Sherlock Holmes herself!) with her gaggle of Bible study friends. There’s gossip, secrets galore, compassion, and close friendships and with being a murder mystery, evil, greed, and jealousy abound as well. “The Delta was swarming with boll weevils and all sorts of evil.” The story line moves quickly and is action packed from the death on page one to the surprising climactic finish. The author tops it off with a little humor (“I needed a plan. But first, I needed some sherry.”) and threads throughout the story a strong Christian theme, or as one character puts it, theological interludes. With these ‘interludes’ Thompson reminds the reader that God is a personal Deity and faith in Christ alone is the key to a relationship with this God of justice and love. A captivating first book in the Solo Ladies Bible Study series. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.”
(Yes, of course, we at Shepherd King Publishing are trying to entice you to read The Rector. Before the movie comes out! Hopefully, Fall, 2018. Please remember, we at ShepKing must do our own marketing of Michael’s books. And, we couldn’t do it without you! Thank you for your support. TAT.)