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The Rector: A Christian Murder Mystery

The Rector: A Christian Murder Mystery

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Combine a suspenseful murder mystery with theology (the study and explanation of religious faith, practice, and experience) and you have The Rector--with an allegory of Christ's ministry

Martha McRae is a widow living in a small Mississippi Delta town in the 1950s. She's obsessed with the sudden death of her Episcopal church's young rector. A murderer could go free if she doesn't investigate. But Martha is torn. If she pursues the suspect, her Bible study friend's awful secret could be revealed. It would be devastating, and life-changing. When the new rector arrives, she encounters a new puzzle--one that takes her into Parchman Penitentiary, where she comes face to face with evil.

"Michael Thompson offers a tantalizing murder mystery filled with chilling explorations of hypocrisy, true faith, and small-town secrets. It's about sin and redemption. It's about the search for truth, in both the physical and spiritual realms. And it's all wrapped up in a puzzle that keeps even skeptics on their toes. The writing is compelling with a plot that grows ever thicker and offers even ardent mystery fans delightfully unexpected twists and turns. The intrigue is well developed with well-placed clues and cliffhangers. The characters are multidimensional and fascinating. The faith themes are so masterfully woven in that those who aren't religious should simply find the novel to be top-notch suspense." Diane Gardner, ForeWord's Clarion Review.

The Editor-in-Chief, Southern Writers Magazine, writes: "Michael Thompson is an author who takes you by the hand and leads you down unexpected paths. His ability to create believable characters instantly draws you into their world. You will find yourself rooting for goodness to prevail as you follow the twists he so brilliantly weaves in this story."

Richard L. Pratt, Th.D., Harvard, professor of Old Testament theology: "The Rector penetrates the facades of southern cultural Christianity to take us to the true gospel ... There is no Savior but Jesus and no salvation from the judgment of God but faith in Christ alone."

"Michael Thompson has brought to life the Mississippi of my youth, complete with small town scandals, murders, prison, and the powerful southern female. Sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy a glass of sweet tea and a romping good tale." Carolyn Haines, author of 68 mysteries and the on-going Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series.

Author: Michael Hicks Thompson
Publisher: Shepherd King Publishing LLC
Published: 12/14/2015
Pages: 342
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.86lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.25w x 0.76d
ISBN: 9780984528264

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 07/24/2017

About the Author
Thompson, Michael Hicks: - MICHAEL HICKS THOMPSON was born in his mother's own bed. Raised on a farm in Mississippi, he claims to know a thing or two about small towns, strong women, and alcoholic men. And Jesus. He graduated from Ole Miss, served in the military, then received a masters degree in mass communication from the University of South Carolina. Married to Tempe Adams for forty-four years, he lives in Memphis, Tennessee. He's the father of three Christian men, grandfather of four, and mortgage holder of a home full of toys. The Rector is his sixth novel. Michael founded an advertising agency in 1977 that grew into a multi-city, multi-service marketing organization with 87 employees, which he sold in 2011. Michael has written movie scripts and novels, is a self-taught artist of religious works, a licensed offshore sailor, and scuba diver. He's traveled to Cuba twice on door-to-door evangelism mission trips, is a member of Kairos prison ministry, and member of IPC Church for 36 years. (That has to be enough about me. There's more on my author site.)

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