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Virgil Flowers investigates a miracle - and a murder - in the wickedly entertaining new thriller from the master of "pure reading pleasure" (Booklist)

Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of 700 souls, for which the word moribund might have been invented. Nothing ever happened there, and nothing ever would - until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong? 

When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles - and Virgil Flowers' - as they are all about to discover all too soon.

©2018 John Sandford (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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F*****G Flowers and Frozen Pot Pies!!!!

This story begins with a religious hoax that goes horribly wrong.
Following one and then another sniper shooting outside the church Virgil Flowers is called in to investigate. Of course CSI investigators are not called in. Why use forensics when you can use the gossipy townsfolk against each other. So Virgil sets up a few traps and calls in old friends Shrake and Jenkins. Unfortunately on of them is injured. But Virgil's not done he has a few more tricks up his sleeve.
Meanwhile Virgil can't seem to find food in town and is living on frozen pot pies from the convenience store. By the middle of the book he's sick of them. By the end the thought makes him want to retch. As with other books in this series this is a fun fast listen that will keep wondering until the end.
Eric Conger does an outstanding job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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As good as any

Just as good as the rest of the Virgil books. Maybe better because it keeps you guessing longer than most.

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Ghosts are real. Neither is this book.

Humor. Charisma. Fast paced, interesting plotting. "Holy Ghost" has none of what I have come to expect from a 'Flowers" novel. I ordered the 'audible' version. While the performance was adequate, the first four chapters of this newest installation of Virgil Flowers was, simply put, boring. The premise itself should have carried this book, but well into chapter 6 the best we receive is flat characterization and little action while the 'backstory' is told in droll exposition. What action does occur (other than being told what happened before Virgil was called in) amounts to Flowers walking the streets of this small town looking for likely places a shooter may have hidden. No real danger. No real excitement. I'd say, "Spoiler alert" but there isn't enough happening to spoil. I'm a devoted fan of John Sanford, but am no fan of this latest entry into an otherwise fascinating and fun world. Perhaps Lucas Davenport should be sent to investigate what the heck went so wrong!

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Loved it as usual.

Listened to it all in one day. Sorry I didn't space it out cause now it's done.

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Slightly Thin?

First, Let me say I am a huge John Sandford fan. I have read/listened to everything available by him. This story was, unfortunately not his best work. It felt slightly trapped in a small town and became repetitive at points. While I eagerly await each work by this author I wonder if the pressure to produce quickly us taking a toll? I can only imagine the pressure to create a masterpiece each time and try not to judge. The read by Eric Conger was consistently great, as usual, and it was nice to find out what Verge had been up to. I know we have been spoiled by past efforts and the book is good. Just not incredible as we have come to expect. Looking forward to the next one.

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Virgil Flowers the best one yet!

John Sandford has done it again. This character, 'F...' Flowers has a unique personality when solving a mystery.

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Another flowers mystery Home Run <br />

Sanford and Conger are the best .
You will be wondering who did it til the end.
buy it, you will refer this book to friends

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Great read

What I like most about Sanford is how he truly reaches a conclusion so that we don't have to guess about what happened to any of his characters.

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gotta love that ****** Flowers

As usual Sandford has done it again. Great story with the right amount of comedy

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good but others have been better

a little too wordy..some editing would have helped but worth the credit..always fun entertaining characters..