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Just as the sexton is about to inter the ashes of one of Grace Church's last wealthy patronesses in the Memorial Garden, he unearths a wine crate containing the ashes of an unknown. Next to the ashes is a distinctive pair of shoes. Not only are the woman's relatives furious at the interruption, but they soon have grounds for a lawsuit: yet another piece of the church's tower comes crashing to the ground. With their congregation dwindling and their world literally falling in around them, Father Robert Vickers and his colorful staff members and volunteers put their heads together to solve the mystery of the anonymous ashes and find the means to save Grace Church from the developers; all in time for the Bishop's visit.

©2012 Kathie Deviny (P)2016 Coffeetown Enterprises, Inc.

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Entertaining cozy mystery with lively characters

I thought this was an entertaining cozy mystery. It is different than most of the "church" mysteries that I've read over the years. In fact, a quote from the book that I found quite amusing was, "She wondered why religious mysteries almost always featured monks or priests rather than descendants of Martin Luther or John Calvin. Possibly they considered solving crimes a distraction from Bible Study.” I thought the characters were interesting, especially the socially inept organist (who probably had Aspergers), as he was only interested in music and could spout a million words a minute on the subject. I listened to the Audible audio version of the book narrated by David Loving. I think this was the first book I listened to that he narrated, and he did a good job. His "Daniel" character was great, and he did a good job giving everyone a unique voice.

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Charming Story!

Good storytelling, I thought reminiscent of Jan Karon's Mitford series. Enjoyable narration and entertaining characters.

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Cozy

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I really enjoyed this novel and I loved the friendship between the congregation. I particularly loved the socially awkward organ player with an eidetic memory. He was brilliant.
David Loving was particularly good as the narrator, giving everybody an individual voice. Listening, you could tell who everybody was from his tone of voice and he was brilliant.

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Wonderful

I was sent this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

A humorous little mystery set in the confines of a crumbling city church. A lovely little snapshot of urban life, street people, and the desire of progress.

What starts out as a internment of ashes in the church's memorial garden turns into a mystery when they unearth something unexpected, then turns into a murder. Oh, and maybe a bit of romance thrown in.

The characters were quirky and likeable, well thought out. The narration was very good, I'm really liking this narrator. Well done

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Quirky characters, good narration, enjoyable!

Where does Death in the Memorial Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle.

What does David Loving bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Unique voice characterization added another layer of humor to the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Quirky church flock of octogenarians and one frustrated but courageous priest wage war against unscrupulous developers to save their church!

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?? Christian story??

This book is not a Christian story. It makes one wonder if all the past stories you have read about Catholics has some truth? Once again another story that I didn't finish because of all the untrue stuff related to Christianity.
I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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not a Christian book.....

Although the first four chapters were enjoyable, I could not get past all the church goers AND the priest himself, taking Gods name in vain. quit reading because of it.