Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 22, 2016

‘The Rector’ allegory about Christ’s ministry

Rector.jpgWhen the young Episcopal rector dies suddenly, Martha McRae, a widow living in a small Mississippi Delta town in the 1950s, becomes obsessed with his death, convinced he was murdered by one of the wealthy parishioners.

A new rector comes to town and turns the church and town upside down.  Martha is certain that something isn’t right about the new rector and is later proved right when he rapes her friend, Mary, and fakes his own death by murdering an innocent person.

“The Rector” is a Christian murder mystery and allegory of Christ’s ministry by Michael Hicks Thompson.  It is very entertaining and definitely a page-turner you won’t be able to put down.  Although I appreciate Thompson’s method of bringing the gospel message in a way that is both captivating and effective, I sometimes found it annoying–I suppose it broke up the suspense at the wrong moment.

All in all, it was excellent and well-written.  The characters were well-developed and I am assuming we will be reading more about them.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bostick Communications, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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