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February 22, 2016



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A Father Gilbert Mystery
Book One
Paul McCusker

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First in a series of modern whodunits
 from an accomplished author
 with a worldwide following
A former Scotland Yard detective, Father Gilbert knows about death. But, now a priest of a modest Anglican church in the small town of Stonebridge, he didn't expect it to show up like this--in the suicide of a man who threw himself off the church tower, and in the discovery of a two-hundred-year-old body beneath an ancient bridge.
The deaths are linked. The mummified corpse under the bridge, a murder victim, reignites a centuries-old battle between two local families--the Todds and the aristocratic Hayshams. Then both David Todd and Lord Haysham begin to act strangely. They are fearful for reasons they won’t explain.
When Lord Haysham is murdered, David Todd is the prime suspect. But Todd is maniacal, claiming great forces of evil are at work. An entire history of violence and depravity begins to emerge, interweaving the history of several local families with a secret occult society that engages in Black Masses. Has the Society emerged again?

  • Series: A Father Gilbert Mystery
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction (January 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782641076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782641070
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Paul McCusker 
PAUL McCUSKER is the Peabody Award-winning writer and director of the audio drama "Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom," along with the multiple award-winning audio dramatizations of "The Chronicles of Narnia," "The Screwtape Letters," "A Christmas Carol," his original series "The Luke Reports: The Life of Jesus" (honored as Best Audio Drama by the prestigious Audie Awards) and "The Father Gilbert Mysteries" (also an Audie Award nominee), all for Focus On The Family Radio Theatre.

Apart from dramatizations of C.S. Lewis' "Narnia" and "Screwtape," he also scripted the original audio drama "C.S. Lewis At War" and written the companion book "C.S. Lewis & Mere Christianity: The Crisis That Created A Classic." His work has extended to writing the detailed footnotes for "The Annotated Screwtape Letters" for HarperOne. (It is the first authorized annotated edition of any book by C.S. Lewis.)

McCusker is also a writer and director for the long-running children's audio program "Adventures in Odyssey," scripting over 250 episodes as well as 2 of the animated video series, authoring 18 spin-off novels, and serving as the general editor for "The Imagination Station" chapter books. For adults, he has written the Gold Medallion-nominated "Epiphany," "The Mill House" and, with Dr. Walt Larimore, "The Gabon Virus" and "The Influenza Bomb." His plays and musicals have been performed in churches and community theaters across the country. One, "A Time for Christmas," was a Dove Award nominee. His lyrics have been put to music by the Grammy Award-winning Michael W. Smith.
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Father Gilbert is no stranger to death, not only because he's a priest, but he's also used to be a Scotland Yard detective. Death once again reared it's ugly head in the town of Haysham.  A man throws himself off the tower of the church. There was also a gruesome discover under the  an old bridge, a two hundred year old corpse.Is there any way these deaths are linked together?  Surely not!Do the deaths have anything to do with an old, ever lasting, feud between the Todd family and the Hayshams?
David Todd is strange, he claims there is deep, dark evil.  Lord Haysham was murdered and David Todd becomes their first suspect. Little to be known, the past has come back along with a secret society that uses Black Masses. How are the murders related to David Todd and the feud between his family and the Hayshams?  This is a well written mystery that keeps your attention. There is no setting the book down and thinking maybe you'll read it some other time.  Once you start reading, you are hooked.  The characters are very believable and in this day and time, the events could really have happened. You get the suspense, the murder mystery and a little history all combined.  What more could you want?
There are demons out there that Father Gilbert is having to face too. The story has just a touch of fear to it.  Not too scary, just enough. When you're done reading, you're left wanting more.  Can't wait for the second book in the Father Gilbert Mysteries.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Paul McCusker and Kregel Publications in exchange for my unbiased review. No other compensation took place. 

I would give this book 5 STARS.

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