I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Psalmist by James Lilliefors
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Published by Witness Impulse Pages: 435
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Dan John Miller
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Luke Bowers is in the good and evil business.
On a cold, late-winter morning in the Chesapeake Bay community of Tidewater County, Bowers discovers a dead woman seated in a pew at the church where he is pastor—her eyes open, her hands clasped as if in prayer.
Nothing at the scene identifies the woman or explains why she was at the church. And when state police homicide investigator Amy Hunter comes to town to head up the case, not everyone is pleased that a young, female outsider has the job. The only lead in solving the crime is a sequence of numbers that has been carved into the victim's right hand, which Bowers suspects may be a reference to the Book of Psalms.
With Bowers's help, Hunter follows a chain of seemingly innocuous clues to track down a deranged serial killer and unravel an elusive criminal enterprise that is more powerful than they ever could have imagined.
What I thought of this book.
The Psalmist is the first book in the Bower and Hunter series. It’s about a pastor Luke Bowers who helps homicide detective Amy Hunter figure out what some numbers means a dead body that the pastor finds in his church.
He matches up the numbers on her with a book of Psalms and it relates to how the person was killed. With this new information they make some startling discovers to some past cases that were unsolved and have similar numbers referencing other scriptures in Psalms.
Now not everyone is happy to have this young detective who is an outsider come into their town and take over things. Especially the sheriff, so she doesn’t get a lot of good local help so it’s a good thing she has pastor Luke Bowers to help her figure out things. The trail leads to a deranged serial killer who is killing for a criminal mastermind.
They thought they had figured out who was behind things but things just don’t add up and then some things goes a little haywire and don’t go as they had hoped.
I am a little scatchy on the details because I listened to this one during the 24 hr read-a-thon and I should have put down some ideas because if I don’t right a review right away I forget things. 🙁
I do know that it was a good mystery crime novel and I am curious to see how the next book will play out as I really liked Luke and Amy.
Luke Bowers is a pastor who is married and seems truly devoted to his wife and their dog. He gets wrapped up in these murders because he finds the body in his church. I don’t think his wife much likes him working with the younger female detective whom she calls Nancy Drew. Amy is a state police homicide detective and she doesn’t make many friends from the local police as they don’t seem to like outsiders. She is single, which could be one reason the pastors wife doesn’t like her, but she is hard working and very determined to see the case through to the end.
Speaking of the end, it was left a little open but it gives you a clue to look for yourself if you check out Psalms and look what Amy figures out at the end.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Audiobook Challenge 2016
- Cloak and Dagger 2016