Plymouth, Massachusetts, America's home town, is shaken to its colonial core when Mayflower descendent and well-heeled member of the community, Thomas Bradford, is found dead in the wrong bed. As in any other town, there are secrets better left buried. But it isn't long until the Rev. Olympia Brown finds herself dead-center in an unholy firestorm, trying to keep her balance on the horns of a curious ethical dilemma.
I don't know if I misunderstood the nature of this book before listening, or if the writing itself just doesn't quite do it for me. The nature of what this mystery (of sorts) is about is interesting. The frequent pointed political/ethical commentaries mirror my own values. But all of this written with more subtlety might have made it smoother, and made it a more skillfully contrived book.
I think weaving the morality issues into the story in a way that left the reader to form their own conclusions, instead of having them directly spelled out, might have left me liking the book a great deal more.
This is the story of a woman pastor who gets involved in a suspicious death merely through being the temporary clergy person serving a church when the funeral needs to happen. But she is the one who holds the rest together.
I don't know whether this book was meant to be a mystery, or a social commentary, but despite that it had interest, it seemed simplistic--a cozy that attempted some ethical depth? The narrator was ok, but didn't do men's' voices very well. I listened to the entire book--just felt that it was a bit heavy-handed in trying to make sure the reader/listener got the moral points she was trying to make, rather than depending on the reader's own intelligence to draw those conclusions. All that being said, if you know that's how the book will be, not a completely bad listen. Did deal with interesting, and sometimes difficult to discuss topics.
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Great book with lots of tension keeping me totally intrigued I also like the thought provoking moral lessons!