Thursday, August 15, 2019

Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned - The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings on Friday

Seattle PD Homicide Detectives Nick Winston and Pat Strom are once again on the hunt for a killer in Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned. In this fourth book in the series, the victim is Father Michael Dunne. Who would want to murder the beloved priest? Could the killer be a former lover? A druggie? A sexual abuse victim? The search takes the detectives from Seattle's squalid homeless camps to Tacoma's Catholic sanctuaries in search of the killer.

Kelly Marshall sprinkles her mystery with humor--sometimes dark, often politically incorrect--and the ongoing banter between Winston and Strom provides a respite from the plot's tension. The strong friendship between the detectives shows their human side, too. Marshall kept me wondering whodunit until the story's end.

This book stands alone but once you've read it, you'll like the characters and plot so much you'll want to read all four Winston-Strom mysteries.

Book Beginning:
     Hunched in a pew outside the confessional, Cecilia Armstrong fingered her blue rosary beads as she whispered the well-known words, "Hail Mary, full of grace...." She completed the rosary and opened her eyes. What was taking Father Michael so long with the last penitent? She tried not to judge, but surely someone had confessed mortal sins. Otherwise, why would the priest have to counsel them so long?

Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle):
     "He threatened Dunne on more than one occasion. We don't have a smoking gun yet but give us time. We'll find it because this creep murdered Dunne."

Genre:  Police Mystery
Length:   244 Pages
Amazon Link:   Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned
Author Website:   Kelly Marshall Books

Synopsis (from Amazon):
     A charismatic and popular priest, Father Michael Dunne is brutally stabbed to death in the confessional. The Seattle Catholic Community is stunned and in mourning for a cleric who served not only the people in his parish but many in the Northwest's burgeoning homeless and drug-addicted communities.
     Seattle homicide detectives Nick Winston and Pat Strom find Father Mike face down in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds to his body. Because the attack was so savage, the police surmise the killer knew the pastor. What in his past could account for the highly personal nature of the crime? Was he murdered by a penitent scared that the priest would break the seal of the confessional? Or did an illicit love affair come back to haunt Michael Dunne?
     Everyone loved Father Mike...with one grave exception.


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  1. Wouldn't that be horrifying to find the father dead in the confessional. Horrible! My Friday Quotes

  2. The beginning is very interesting. Enjoy your current read! :-)

  3. I love books set in Seattle, and also enjoy the kind of banter between detectives as they work on a case. Sounds good! Thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “GOOD LUCK WITH THAT”

  4. Thank you, Sandy, for featuring my book on your blog. Your support means so much to me!

  5. Oo! This sounds good! The intro drew me right in. That poor woman is for a surprise. And not a good one. I am adding this series to my wish list. Thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend!

  6. Has some similar themes as the memoir Gilion posted for Book Beginnings this week.
    I'm crazy for mysteries with a strong setting, plus humor. Sounds like this one checks all the boxes. Thanks!

  7. And welcome back to Book Beginnings!

  8. Sounds like a good mystery. I'll have to look for the first book in the series. This week I am spotlighting Stolen Things by R. H. Herron from my review stack. Happy reading!

  9. This sounds like a great mystery. The beginning pulled me right into the story. Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  10. Sounds like a great mystery! I'd have to read from the first book though. :-) Happy weekend!

  11. That beginning is very intriguing! I think we all know where Father Dunne is... Thanks for stopping by Colletta's Kitchen Sink.


  12. I'm bummed I can't find the other books in the series.

  13. This sounds like a great series...I like police procedural and place centered books and , well, you know, Seattle is a familiar city ...we’re heading there next week actually! I’m a little worried about the non-PC remark in your review (given some sad news stories lately) but I’m willing to take a chance and I’ll put the first book on my TBR list!

  14. Intriguing. It made me think about Hitchcock's great movie, I confess


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