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Karon's bestselling series of Mitford novels has concluded with 25 million copies sold to date, but to the relief of eager fans, she introduces a new series featuring Father Tim. The beloved Episcopal priest returns to his childhood town of Holly Springs, Miss., where he reconnects with old friends and battles some old demons. The novel is thick with Father Tim's past, as Karon uses flashbacks to shed light on his early adulthood, especially his transition to seminary. - Publishers Weekly
Author's website: http://www.mitfordbooks.com
For all those who love returning to Mitford, this gorgeously packaged companion will be the perfect book to curl up with. The Mitford Bedside Companion will make it easy to find the greatest of the countless gems that grace each of Karon's novels, featuring favorite scenes, casts of characters, Mitford crossword puzzles, plus a hilarious read-aloud scene and lots of trivia questions for fan gatherings and family get-togethers. Here, too, are new essays from Karon on everything from the life of a writer to her grandmother's secret to good health. Beautifully packaged and filled with eye-catching art, The Mitford Bedside Companion is a book that any fan will cherish. - Publishers Weekly
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by Kate Charles / Hardcover /March 2007 *
St. Valentine's arrows rain over London in the engaging second installment of Charles's ecclesiastical mysteries (after 2005's Evil Intent) starring newly ordained Anglican cleric Callie Anson. All the characters are well drawn, and the multiple story lines make for a page-turner. -- Publishers Weekly
To Darkness and to Death
by Julia Spencer-Fleming / Hardcover / June 2005 *
Another suspenseful tale of faith and murder featuring the Episcopal Priest Clare Fergusson and Police Chief Russ van Alstyne Julia Spencer-Fleming raises the stakes in the fourth entry in her best-selling series set in the quiet town of Millers Kill, New York. Taking a cue from the smash hit television series, 24 Hours, the thrilling plot of her latest plays out over a single day. An early morning missing persons report sends Chief van Alstyne scrambling to one of the last great Adirondack summer estates. One of the heirs to a fortune is missing amidst evidence of foul play. As Clare and Russ race against time to solve the mystery, an unseen hand seeks to foil the search, destroy key evidence, and destroy the searchers as well.?
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Out of the Deep I Cry
by Julia Spencer-Fleming / Hardcover / April 2004) *
In Agatha winner Spencer-Fleming's triumphant third novel (after 2003's A Fountain Filled with Blood), Clare Fergusson, Anglican priest and ex-army helicopter pilot, and Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne investigate the hidden secrets, past and present, of a prominent Millers Kill, N.Y., family and must also face the hidden secrets of their own hearts.. ... Since her first outing, In the Bleak Midwinter (2002), Clare has grown in complexity, as shown in a number of exquisitely described scenes between her and Russ in the church. The season of Lent serves as a most fitting backdrop, starting with Ash Wednesday and culminating in the Great Easter Vigil. The author expertly portrays the power of grief, guilt, greed and love and their effect on good people in a story as chilling as the month of March in Millers Kill. A subtle sense of humor further enhances this poignant and provocative mystery. - Publishers Weekly
A Fountain Filled with Blood
by Julia Spencer-Fleming / Hardcover / April 2003 *
Spencer-Fleming's second cozy-cum-thriller to feature the Reverend Clare Fergusson, an ex-army helicopter pilot turned Anglican priest, is every bit as riveting as her first, In the Bleak Midwinter (2002). .... Clare, rector of St. Alban's Episcopal Church, and the very much married police chief Russ Van Alstyne, who have spent the last six months avoiding each other in hopes of dispelling their mutual attraction, find themselves working together on a perilous murder investigation. With eloquent exposition and natural dialogue, the precisely constructed plot moves effortlessly to its dramatic conclusion. - Publishers Weekly
In this debut novel, a riveting page-turner from start to finish, born-and-bred Virginian Clare Ferguson, newly ordained priest of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in the small upstate New York town of Millers Kill, is faced with not only an early December snowstorm and the bitter cold of her first Northern winter but also a conservative vestry, who apparently expended all their daring on hiring her, a female priest. When a baby is left on the church doorstep with a note designating that he be given to two of her parishioners, Clare calls in police chief Russ Van Alstyne. The foundling case quickly becomes an investigation into murder that will shatter the lives of members of her congregation, challenge her own feelings and faith and threaten her life. - Publishers Weekly
Long admired as a compassionate churchman and a superb scholar, Rowan Williams is also a poet of resounding voice and feeling. His earthy, poetic meditations are for everyone, religious and nonreligious alike. Archbishop Williams speaks from the crucible of faith, yet his words emerge from the universal experience of life. "I dislike the idea of being a religious poet," he says. "I would prefer to be a poet for whom religious things matter intensely." The Poems of Rowan Williams gathers all of the poems from the Archbishopís two previous collections, After Silent Centuries (1994) and Remembering Jerusalem (2001), and includes some more recent ones as well.
All good things&emdash;even laughter and orange marmalade cake&emdash;must come to an end. And in Light from Heaven, the long-anticipated final volume in the phenomenally successful Mitford Years series, Karon deftly ties up all the loose ends of Father Timothy Kavanagh's deeply affecting life. On a century-old valley farm where Father Tim and Cynthia are housesitting, there's plenty to say grace over, from the havoc of a windstorm to a surprising new addition to the household and a mystery in the chicken house. It's life on the mountaintop, however, that promises to give Father Tim the definitive challenge of his long priesthood. Can he step up to the plate and revive a remote, long-empty mountain church, asap? Or has he been called to accomplish the impossible? Fortunately, he's been given an angel&emdash;in the flesh, of course. Light from Heaven is filled with characters old and new and with answers to all the questions that Karon fans have asked since the series began nearly a decade ago. To put it simply&emdash;it's her best. And we believe millions will agree. -- The publisher
Author's website: http://www.mitfordbooks.com
Previous books in the Mitford series areShepherds
Abiding / In
This Mountain /
Common Life /
New Song /
Home in Mitford /
Light in the Window
High Green Hills /
The eighth novel in the bestselling Mitford Years series is a meditation on the best of all presents -- the gift of one's heart. Lovingly written and beautifully illustrated, it seeks to restore the true Christmas spirit and give everyone a seat at Mitford's holiday table.
Previous books in the Mitford series are In
This Mountain /
Common Life /
New Song /
Home in Mitford /
Light in the Window
High Green Hills /
In This Mountain finds Father Tim
and Cynthia again living in Mitford, following their stint
on Whitecap Island a couple of years ago. Though Father Tim
dislikes change, he dislikes retirement even more. His wife
wins awards, receives bouquets, gets invited to tour the
country. What's he doing? Staring at a blank page in a
proposed book of essays, waging a losing battle against
moles, and filling an occasional pulpit. Thus, when he
decides to take on a unique and difficult ministry, he feels
newly energized. He even begins to think he likes
change-until an unexpected event propels him on a painful
journey that shakes his faith, his marriage, and the whole
town of Mitford.
Author's website: http://www.mitfordbooks.com
Mitford's Lord's Chapel seats barely two hundred souls, yet millions of Jan Karon's fans will be there for the most joyful event in years: the wedding of the Episcopal priest, Father Tim Kavanagh, and Cynthia Coppersmith. All the beloved Mitford characters will be there: Dooley Barlowe, Miss Sadie and Louella, Emma Newland, the mayor; in short, everybody who's anybody in the little town with the big heart.
As if being a Episcopal priest in
this day and age isn't difficult enough, try shepherding two
parishes, located hundreds of miles apart, at the same time.
A predicament of biblicalproportions indeed, but one the
indomitable Father Tim Kavanaugh and his cheerful wife,
Cynthia, can handle, with a little help from the Lord--not
to mention their friends--in Jan Karon's A New Song, the
fifth installment in her much-loved Mitford series.
Throughout his years as Mitford's beloved Episcopal priest, Father Tim Kavanagh has been reading and also pondering two crucial questions: How can he guide and encourage his flock? How can he deepen and encourage his own spirit? The result is a wonderful collection of his favorite quotes from thinkers, theologians, poets, and philosophers&emdash;from Mark Twain and C. S. Lewis to St. Paul and Wordsworth.
The heartbreaker of the title is a stylish and gorgeous young man by the name of Gavin Blake&emdash;a newcomer to Howatch's popular Church of England series. Set in 1992, two years after the conclusion of the last entry in the series (The High Flyer), this latest details Gavin's life as a high-class prostitute in London and his involvement with characters who will be familiar to readers of the series: Carta Graham, a well-heeled former lawyer; Nicholas Darrow, the charismatic rector of St. Benet's church; and the mysterious Elizabeth, Gavin's pimp-mistress with a shady past in the occult and New Age healing. -- Publishers Weekly
The High Flyer: A Novel
by Susan Howatch / Hardcover / July 2000 **
Set in 1990, this book follows The Wonder Worker and once again we see Alice, Nick Darrow, and the other denizens of the Healing Centre at St. Benet's church. This time, however, the story is told from the point of view of Ms. Carter Graham, a 35-year-old lawyer who nearly "has it all." But reality is about to change her course. Carter slowly begins to learn that her husband, Kim, is not what he seems. Her world shattering--is she going mad?--Carter plunges into a darkness and terror she has never known before. In desperation, pushing past her long-held scepticism, she seeks shelter and help at St. Benet's Healing Centre and begins a psychological and spiritual journey that will bring her to a startling understanding of Kim and, more important, of her own life, past and future. Following in the tradition she has so brilliantly made her own, Susan Howatch once again gives us a novel that weaves together the ecclesiastical and the earthly in an electrifying, masterfully told story.
The Wonder Worker : A Novel
Susan Howatch / Paperback / Oct 1998 **
After 17 novels, including the
acclaimed series about the Church of England (Absolute
Truths), Howatch continues to write impressive fiction
imbued with moral questions. At St. Benet's-by-the-Wall, a
small church in the City of London, Nicholas Darrow heads a
ministry of healing. He is a clergyman in his mid-40s,
blessed -- and cursed -- with both true healing powers and a
deeply mysterious allure. He is haunted by a profound and
dangerous weakness: at times of greatest stress, he falls
into the habits of a 'wonder worker,' believing his powers
to be God-like rather than God-given. And recent events at
St. Benet's -- a 'demonic brew' of obsession, deception and
desire -- are beginning to push him in that direction. He
must undertake an arduous struggle to regain emotional and
psychic equilibrium or risk ruining, in the most insidious
ways, every life he attempts to heal.
The sixth and final part of Howatch's Church of England series. Charles Ashworth, the narrator of the first in the series (Glittering Images, 1987), is even more attractive as an aging intellectual bishop struggling to come to terms with the very un-Christian 1960s. There's really very little like this work in modern literature. There are hints of Trollope, hints of C. S. Lewis, in these pages, but nowhere else does one discover the distinctive genius of Anglican theology--intelligent, commonsensical, optimistic--so movingly wrapped in the heartbreaking dramas of husbands, wives, fathers, children, and spiritual guides. At the center of each novel is a tragedy, but Howatch's novels are not so much about tragedy as about the way ordinary men and women struggle through humility and forgiveness toward the far horizon of redemption. Stuart Whitwell
A satisfying sequel to Father
(1990), Godwin contemplates family ties, the prickly bonds
of marriage, and the varieties of religious faith. Walter
and Ruth Gower's daughter is now Margaret Bonner, 33, an
Episcopal minister like her father, married to his former
helpmeet Adrian Bonner.
Lily Connor, the slightly unorthodox Episcopalian priest, now a temporary chaplain at Tate University near Boston, gets involved with an old friend from divinity school in mystery and adventure involving an ancient scroll, The Book of Light, which predates the New Testament gospels and includes the words of Jesus himself. In spite of the personal dangers the priest and her friends face, the document provides a stepping stone for Lily to clarify her own personal doubts and solidify her spiritual beliefs. Eloquent prose, astute scholarship, convincing characters and vivid settings, from the streets of Harvard Square to a monastic community on the Greek island of Athos, make this a remarkable work, raising the genre of the parish mystery to new heights. - Publishers Weekly
The much anticipated second novel
featuring Lily James Connor, an Episcopalian priest whose
passion for the truth forces her to confront evil-even when
it dwells within her own church.
Also by Michelle Blake The Tentmaker
by Michelle Blake / Hardcover / Sep 1999 *
In a debut novel that promises many good things to come, Michelle Blake introduces us to Lily Connor, an Episcopalian priest whose own life could use a lot of prayer. It takes a lot for a new female protagonist to stand out in the crowded, cluttered mystery field, but based on "The Tentmaker," Lily could be one of the few with staying power. She's smart but not smart-alecky, insecure but not weak, interested in romance but not bed-hopping or bitter. Blake has given her enough texture to interest readers without making her so quirky that she's off-putting. - The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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This story is told through the eyes of a very human and humorous priest who enjoys his martinis and is not swayed by what he considers meaningless convention. The Reverend Sam Adams is the Episcopal priest of a rapidly growing parish on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. His Bishop insists he take an assistant who, after some trial and error, turns out to be a young woman, Rachel, bright and attractive, but with a turbulent emotional background. In love with a man reported missing in Nepal, she is, at the same time, thrown together with a young convict she had befriended years ago. Rachel feels compelled to rehabilitate Ben in the face of the parish's growing displeasure. Sam's support and sympathy sustain Rachel, but can only slow the inevitability of a tragic ending.
Also available in paperback.
Callie Anson, a newly ordained Anglican priest, soon discovers that the London church scene is a world of political infighting in this absorbing mystery from British author Kate Charles (Cruel Habitations). The low-church evangelicals and the high-church Anglo-Catholics disagree on everything, except that they both oppose the ordination of women and homosexuals. In this climate, someone murders Father Jonah Adimola, a conservative priest known for his outspoken dislike of feminism. -- Publishers Weekly
Jacquie Darke's sister, Alison, had been banished from her home 11 years ago, never to be heard from again. Her parents' deaths enable Jacquie to search for her, leading her to the somnolent cathedral town of Westmead, where she discovers her sister was murdered the day after she left home.
Here's a mystery with an Episcopal edge to it. When Andrea West, a theology professor in an Episcopal seminary in Berkeley, California, agrees to examine a rare and valuable Russian icon for signs of forgery, she plunges headlong into a tangled plot of blackmail, murder, and pure Evil. Besides all that, it is an engrossing page-turner of a story.
Everyone agrees that Mason Blaine had a lot of enemies. But one of them hated the chairman of the university's Spanish Department enough to kill him&endash;and then stick a knife in his back. The Reverend Kathryn Koerney is no stranger to the sins of man, but this shocking example of overkill in small-town New Jersey has even her puzzled. Now, with Harton police chief Tom Holder, she finds herself hunting a killer through the cloistered world of academia&endash;an unexpected hotbed of adultery, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. For Blaine's murder is only the bait in a carefully disguised trap set for the real victim. And with their personal and professional lives on the line, Kathryn and Tom can only pray they aren't looking the other way when death strikes again.
Cristina Sumners holds a M.Div from the General Seminary of the Episcopal Church and an M.Phil. in Medieval English Studies from Oxford University. She has worked in two churches in Texas and as the Education Officer at a large urban church in England. Married to a scientist, she lives in Taos, New Mexico
The Reverend Kathryn Koerney is looking forward to guiding a group of her New Jersey parishioners through historical Oxford, England. She's also eager to visit her cousin, Richard, who works for a baronet at Datchworth Castle. But just before she departs, Kathryn gets word that Richard has fallen to his death from a castle tower. The police are calling it murder--yet they don't have a single lead. Fortunately, her friend, Chief of Police Tom Holder, is anxious to accompany her to the scene and lend his expertise. .. And when Kathryn stumbles upon what could be the most sensational find of the century, Tom and Kathryn are caught in a web of greed and madness that will require all their courage and faith--not just to save their friendship, but their lives.
by Cristina Sumners / Hardcover / October 2002 **
When housewife Grace Kimbrough goes missing in the affluent university town of Harton, N.J., Tom Holder, overweight 40-something police chief, seizes the opportunity to recruit The Rev. Dr. Kathryn Koerney, a professor at Harton's renowned seminary and associate of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church -- anything to have contact with the pretty, witty priest and a respite from his worse-than-bad marriage, if only in his fantasies.
Merrily Watkins faces her most challenging case yet in British author Rickman's unsettling seventh mystery to feature the Anglican priest and deliverance consultant to the diocese of Hereford (after 2004's The Prayer of the Night Shepherd). When the 14-year-old nephew of newly retired Det. Sgt. Andy Mumford falls from the ruined castle in the medieval town of Ludlow, the official inquest rules the boy's death a suicide. Suspecting foul play, Mumford seeks Merrily's aid.
Other books in The Rev Merrily Watkins Mystery series: The Wine of Angels / Midwinter of the Spirit / A Crown Of Lights / The Cure of Souls / The Lamp of The Wicked / The Prayer of The Night Shepard / The Smile Of A Ghost
Merrily Watkins, single mom, Anglican priest and exorcist gets involved in sinister doings rooted in legend that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had in mind a tale from the Welsh border region, not Devon, for the background to The Hound of the Baskervilles.
For Detective Hayden Konig, things are going well. He enjoys his two jobs, heีs independently wealthy, his girlfriend has agreed not to marry him, and no one has been killed in St. Germaine since Palm Sunday. Summers in North Carolina are usually peaceful, but when Kokomo, the world-famous "talking" gorilla, comes to town, suddenly thereีs a dead body in the church and all the evidence points to the great ape. Can Hayden figure out the mystery in time to save Kokomo? (Well...of course he can...)
St. Barnabas has come into a great deal of money. Sixteen million dollars, to be exact, and the members of the congregation all have ideas on how to spend it. Suddenly, a shot rang out! A woman screamed, and Detective Konig (part-time Episcopal Choirmaster) has another dead body in the choir loft. It's business as usual in St. Germaine. With Easter right around the corner and suspects galore, Hayden must find the murderer. Can things get any worse? Hayden Konig's 4th mystery &emdash; The Soprano Wore Falsettos
St. Germaine is usually a quiet little town in the mountains of North Carolina and the inhabitants like it that way. But, as All Saints' Day approaches, Hayden Konig (fulltime Chief of Police, part-time Episcopal Choirmaster, and aspiring whodunit novelist) once again finds himself with a bad manuscript, a dead body, and a parish full of characters that only Raymond Chandler could love.
Hayden Konig, a part-time Episcopal choirmaster, a full-time police detective and an aspiring whodunit novelist, returns in the hilarious sequel to The Alto Wore Tweed. This uproarious adventure takes him from his home in the mountains of North Carolina to the city of York in the north of England. As the season of Lent approaches, Chief Konig not only has a murder to solve, but also has to deal with a new priest, The Feng Shui Altar Guild, a performance of The Edible Last Supper and a Clown Eucharist. St. Barnabas Church will never be the same.
The Alto Wore Tweed
by Mark Schweizer / Paperback / July, 2002
St. Germaine is a quiet little town in the mountains of North Carolina. Quiet until full-time police detective, part-time Episcopal choirmaster and aspiring whodunit novelist Hayden Konig begins his opus amidst murder and hilarious mayhem at St. Barnabas Church.
An Episcopal priest hears a private confession in a foreign tongue from a mysterious supplicant who then tries to kill him. After his escape, the priest learns that the words he has heard are unique to the Deathangel murderer imprisoned ten years earlier.
The Rev. Charles Meyer, an Episcopal priest, was the author of three previous mysteries: The Saints of God Murders, Beside the Still Waters, and Blessed are the Merciless. He aslo wrote nine non-fiction books, most recently Dying Church Living God. He died in 2000 in a traffic accident.
A new mystery featuring
cello-playing, crime-solving New Jersey Episcopal priest
Lavinia Grey. When a man finds his father's remains
inexplicably missing from the local cemetery, he enlists
Mother Vinnie's help.
Kate Gallison lives in Lambertville, New Jersey, with her husband and son. She is the author of four previous Mother Lavinia Grey mysteries, Bury the Bishop / Devil's Workshop / Unholy Angels / Hasty Retreat.
This is a hardcover adult edition of this seven-book classic series by C. S. Lewis Since its release in the middle of the last century, the Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted over sixty million readers&emdash;children, as well as adults. This new hardcover edition for adults includes all seven books, plus C. S. Lewis's essay, "On Three Ways of Writing for Children."
The nervous new vicar's youthful dyslexia suddenly resurfaces in an odd form: Certain words come out of his mouth reversed. Thus, advising a group of first communicants on how to accept the wine, he cries, ``You must never plug it...What you must do is pis. Pis gently.'' After a stream of similar incidents, the vicar sees a doctor who reassures him (``Back-to- Front Dyslexia. It is very common among tortoises...'') and prescribes a simple cure: walk backwards. And so the vicar does, through a long and happy career. Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) wrote this story (and auctioned the rights) to benefit the Dyslexia Institute; the book is slim but handsomely designed for children and adults and it's a particularly good laugh for Anglicans, especially when we begin to take ourselves too seriously.
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