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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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32 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Liked it a lot but...

OK, I really did like this book, Great writing, humor, great narration,, interesting characters. My only complaint is Virgil. I want the old Fucking Flowers back. I'm wondering why Sandford keeps domesticating his protagonists. First Lucas, now Virgil. I'd hoped Flowers would have, by this time, moved on from Frankie and returned to the 3 times married and still searching, Flowers. I still like Virgie, but I think he was much more interesting in earlier books. Unattached.
I also miss his conversations and interactions with Lucas Davenport who's earlier character I also miss.

One more thing... how could anyone not like the Eric Conger narration? He has brought the Flowers series to life. Somebody said the narration was "gruff" - gruff? WTF?

3 of 3 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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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This book was not up to the others

Sometbing was off about this book about Virgel Flowers. Not happy with this one. Just did not have the excitement of the others.

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  • MJ
  • 10-18-18

Disappointed

Not one of John Sanford’s better books. Despite recurring character, Virgil Flowers, very little character development. Turkey pot pie joke repetitive. No action. Dragged along until the very end. Ending very predictable. Did J.S. write this book? Reminds me of a James Patterson novel.

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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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  • jj
  • 10-22-18

the end of Virgil?

I'm not sure why but it feels as if this could be a good stopping place if Mr Sanford decided not to write another. I'd be sad, I've really enjoyed this series.

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Flat characterization

One of the poorer Virgil Flowers stories. Slow. That f’n flowers thing is juvenile and I have grown very tired of its usage. In this story the chicken pot pie thing is also juvenile and over used. Seems to be a book that wasn’t well thought out. I would have rated the performance 4, he usually does a good job, but the star rating system wouldn’t allow it?

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Best one yet!

My favorite Virgil Flowers novel to date! This story had me guessing the whole way....and had just enough Flowers personal story! But...I may never want another chicken pot pie in my life either!